Robert E. Sheriff Lecture - University of Houston
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Robert E. Sheriff Lecture

  1. Maximum of 50 students allowed to present posters.
  2. Poster Abstract Submission: 
  3. Students not presenting posters: need to register with HGS

NB: Prize categories to be determined.

 Monday, November 14, 2022

In person event at the Norris Conference Center, Red Oak Ballroom

(816 Town and Country Blvd #210, Houston, TX)

Student Poster Session is both in-person and virtual

In person: at the event 5:30-6:30 all posters and presenters will be available.

Virtual posters and video viewing prior to the event (6 pm 11/10 - 5:30 pm 11/14)

( HGS registration is not required to view the virtual posters

Event Agenda

5:30–6:30pm in person Student Poster Session & Social Hour

6:30–7:30pm Dinner, 

7:30- 9:00pm Presentation


Please visit the HGS website to register.

HGS Registration ends at 5 am on 11/14/22.

Sheriff Lecture Committee

Regina Capuano (chair), Dan Hauptvogel, Paul Mann, Steve Naruk, and Jiajia Sun.

Judges Needed for Poster Session

We invite interested professionals willing to serve as virtual poster judges to contact Dr. Dan Hauptvogel at




Dr. Yuxuan Wang,
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Houston

Lecture: Connecting the Dots: Climate Change and Air Pollution


Air pollution is one of the leading health risks our world is facing today. More than 40% of the US population are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Air quality—strongly dependent upon weather—is also sensitive to climate change. To effectively reduce air pollution in the future, we will not only need sustained efforts to curb anthropogenic air pollutants. The ability to predict climate change’s impact on natural emissions and extreme weather events, which can adversely affect air quality, will be crucial as well. In this talk I will first present retrospective analysis that identifies the interconnectivity between air quality and climate change signals in metropolitan areas such as Houston. I will then focus on the air quality impact of extreme events, such as fires, droughts, and hurricanes before closing with the policy implications of these analyses.

About the Speaker

Dr. Yuxuan Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Houston. Her research group uses a combination of modeling, observations, and data analysis methods with the goals of improving our predictive ability of atmospheric composition and its coupled relationship with the climate system and societal choices such as energy. She is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Wang is a member of the Global Emissions Initiative (GEIA) Scientific Steering Committee, International GEOS-Chem Steering Committee, and the Independent Technical Advisory Committee of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program.

Dr. Wang received B.E. degrees in Environmental Engineering and in Computer Technology and Application from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  She was awarded a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University.  Prior to joining UH, Dr. Wang was a faculty member at Texas A&M Galveston and Tsinghua University.