Yuxuan Wang, Ph.D - Seminar

Thursday, January 29 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Seamans Center, 3315
103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Associate Professor, Division of Air Pollution Control Tsinghua University Air Pollution:  Science, policy, and informatics Air pollution is one of the leading health risks globally. Approximately 75 million people in the US lived with air pollutant levels above the primary air quality standard in 2013, and this number may be several or ten folds larger for developing countries such as China. Air quality is dependent upon many factors: natural or man-made, domestically originated or long-range imported. The community now has vast datasets on atmospheric composition from satellites, in situ observing networks and large model databases. But challenges arise in trying to mine these big data for useful diagnostics and statistics, analyze model successes and shortcomings, and pinpoint the key processes involved. This seminar will present the applications of informatics to address those big data challenges in air quality studies, covering topics such as the effect of droughts on US air quality, the complexity of Beijing Haze, and the global atmospheric impact of economic growth in East Asia. Implications of those analyses on air quality management policy will also be discussed. Dr. Yuxuan Wang received her B.E. in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Computer Technology and Application from Tsinghua University in 2000 and Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 2005. She is currently an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, with joint appointment as associate professor at Tsinghua University where she has been on the faculty since 2008. Her research interests include air pollution, the interaction between air quality and climate change, and sustainable development. She has published more than 50 papers in leading scientific journals including Science and led research projects totaling $2M+ in funding. Dr. Wang’s research has been covered by the press such as the New York Times, The Lancet, and China Energy News. Dr. Wang received teaching awards from Harvard (2005) and Tsinghua University (2012), and China’s State Science and Technology Award (2012).

Contact Info: Jacquie L. Albrecht, jacquie-albrecht@uiowa.edu, (319) 335-1400