Tony Ward, PhD – Chair & Professor, University of Montana School of Public & Community Health Services – Fires and IAQ: Living with Soot

Air Date: 10-16-2020|Episode 602

This week on IAQ Radio+ we welcome Tony Ward, PhD for a wide ranging discussion on fires, IAQ, air cleaners and public health. Dr. Ward is a Professor and Chair of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana. Originally from Houston, Texas, he moved to Missoula in 1997 to attend graduate school at the University of Montana In addition to teaching environmental health classes, his research involves working with schools and rural communities and schools throughout Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and Arizona on air pollution (forest fires and wood stoves) and respiratory / cardiovascular health issues. On a personal note, he has two teenage daughters and enjoys the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer (skiing, backpacking, trail running, and fly-fishing).

Research in his laboratory focuses on investigating indoor and ambient inhalational exposures (including emissions from wood stoves and smoke from forest fires) common to residents of rural and underserved areas of the northern Rockies and Alaska. The research group also has delivered the Research Education on Air and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Program, an outreach / education program, to rural schools throughout Montana, Idaho and Alaska since 2003.

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