USU’s Science Unwrapped seeks to ‘Clear the Air’ Oct. 11

LOGAN – Gorgeous fall colors herald Cache Valley’s colder weather and popular winter pursuits, but they’re also a reminder that one of the area’s not-so-attractive qualities is just around the corner: smoggy inversions.

We can see how pollution obscures our beautiful landscapes but how is it affecting our bodies?

Utah State University toxicologist Roger Coulombe tackles this question at USU’s Science Unwrapped presentation Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (Room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center. Coulombe’s talk, “Clearing the Air: Public Health Impacts of Particulate Matter in Cache Valley” is free and open to all ages.

In his USU lab, Coulombe, professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences and director of the Graduate Toxicology Program, studies the effects of Cache Valley’s particulate air pollution on human lung cells. In his Oct. 11th talk, he’ll share his findings.

Hands-on learning activities about lung anatomy, air pollution, climate, biofuels and sustainability, coordinated by USU biology, public health, industrial hygiene, physics, chemistry, toxicology, environmental studies and secondary education students, follow Coulombe’s talk. Other exhibitors include USU Extension Sustainability, Cache Valley Transit District, green business Caffe Ibis and the Bear River Health Department.

Hosted by USU’s College of Science, Friday’s Science Unwrapped gathering is the second presentation in the program’s fall 2013 “Toward Fewer Bad Air Days” series.

For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit and view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ Facebook page.

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