Because Science is Important.

The world is full of information that is impactful to our wellbeing. But we have to be equipped to understand this information to make sense of what the science is trying to tell us. Let me help.

I’m a college professor in a strange discipline: environmental health science. I study how pollutants go from a tailpipe or smokestack, and cause health problems in people. This is pretty messy stuff, and there are lots of opportunities for misinformation to spread around - especially when someone has motives that are not in the interest of the public good. While it might be messy and complicated, it is also deeply important.

What I offer here is objective analysis of science - mostly air quality and health, but occasionally dipping my toes in other directions where I might have something to say. No industry or environmental or lobbyist group pays me for these pieces - they are a result of my own thinking, and do not reflect the opinions, beliefs, or positions of my primary employer (University of Massachusetts) or any agency in which I serve or conduct research for, including any federal funding agency. There are also no ghost-writers here, so I own up to any typos you see.

This newsletter is meant for anyone who wants to learn. Policy makers, journalists, students, or any one who wonders about their environment: you are my target. If you are curious about science, this newsletter is for you. I promise there won’t be any pop quizzes.

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Professor of environmental health, an exposure scientist, and a breathing enthusiast. I'm interested in air quality, human health, and the occasional whoopie pie.