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Discover Innovation is a series of receptions that showcase the innovations and discoveries of our faculty. Attend an event and discover the research that is driving UH to its powerhouse status.


“How Clean is Houston Air?”

How Clean is Houston Air?Saturday, September 17, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Air Quality Balloon Launch at 6:15 p.m. sharp

Calhoun Lofts Sky Lounge
University of Houston
4700 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, Texas 77204

Join alumni and friends from University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and St. Edward’s University for a reception, air quality balloon launch, and scientific talk.

Featuring

Robert Talbot

Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

University of Houston

Gary Morris

Dean, School of Natural Sciences
St. Edwards’s University

For more information, contact Hillary Norwood at henorwoo@central.uh.edu or 713-743-2834.

Speaker Bios

Robert Talbot, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Talbot is director of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science at the University of Houston and a professor of atmospheric chemistry in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Talbot is also an adjunct professor of atmospheric chemistry in the School of Atmospheric Science at Nanjing University in China. He also serves as vice chair for the Institute for Climate and Global Change Research at Nanjing University. Talbot has been part of the NASA Global Tropospheric Chemistry program since 1983, serving on the science team for 20 major airborne expeditions supported by this program. He was also chief scientist for the NOAA-AIRMAP program which focused on understanding regional atmospheric chemistry, dynamics, and climate change in New England.

Talbot’s interests encompass regional-to-global scale atmospheric circulations and associated transport of trace constituents. His research areas include: anthropogenic sources of methane; controls on ozone in southern Texas; impact of Saharan Dust on air quality in southern Texas; sources and cycling of atmospheric mercury; green sustainable urban areas; Houston port impacts on air quality and human health; intercontinental transport of trace gases and aerosols; and regional air quality and climate change in southern Texas.

Gary Morris, Ph.D.

Dr. Gary Morris joined St. Edward’s University in July 2014; he currently serves as dean of the School of Natural Sciences and professor of physics. He began his research program on urban air quality in Houston while teaching at Rice University (2000 – 2004). There, he established an ozone measurement program using weather balloons that has resulted in more than 500 flights since 2004 (the largest such data set within a megacity in the world). The project has engaged more than 100 students (undergraduate and graduate) since its inception.

In his career, Morris has worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow, at Hokkaido University, and at the Frontier Research Center for Global Change in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar. He spent the spring 2008 semester at the University of Houston as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, in which he continues to have an adjunct appointment, working with undergraduate and graduate students on his air quality research.


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