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At #UCDavis today: Rich Corsi Living in a Material World: Why the Surfaces that Surround You Affect What You Breathe

Living in a Material World:

Why the Surfaces that Surround You Affect What You Breathe

Richard L. Corsi, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Environmental & Water Resources Fall Seminar Series

Tuesday, October 3, 12:10 pm, 3102b Ghausi Hall

From infancy to twilight years, the air that we breathe and surfaces that we touch inside buildings have a substantial impact on our lifetime exposure to air pollution, including pollution of outdoor origin. As such, there is value in understanding the processes that affect the sources and fate of air pollutants indoors, with a goal of manipulating these processes to improve the air that we breathe.

An important feature of indoor atmospheres is the relatively large ratio of surface area to volume of air, particularly in comparison to the same ratio for the outdoor atmosphere. From building materials to architectural coatings, flooring to furniture, and HVAC system components to human occupants, indoor surfaces vary considerably from one another and within and between buildings. These surfaces are sources of air pollutants and reservoirs (sinks) onto and into which pollutants adsorb, absorb and persist. They contain reaction sites that permanently remove pollutants while forming others. They also allow for direct contaminant transfer following physical contact. Importantly, indoor materials and their surfaces are dynamic, with changes that occur over time scales of minutes to decades and that can dramatically influence surface interactions with pollutants in indoor air.

This presentation will begin with a discussion of the importance of indoor air quality, including the broader impacts associated with its improvement and the intellectual merit of its continued study. The importance of indoor materials and their impacts on indoor air quality will be explored using several examples from past and ongoing research that reflect different interfacial phenomena and influencing factors. The potential for smart use of materials for improvement of indoor air quality will also be discussed as a rich topic for future research.

There are materials around you that are affecting the amount and nature of pollutants that you are inhaling as you read this abstract. Get to know them.

Richard L. Corsi is a proud graduate of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis (MS 1985, PhD 1989). He is a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal recipient of the College of Engineering at UC Davis (2016) and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Humboldt State University in 2006. Dr. Corsi is past Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and currently holds the Joe J. King Chair in Engineering. His research focuses on sources, fate, human exposure and innovative control strategies related to indoor air quality. In recent years his team has focused significantly on ozone-initiated chemistry and indoor air quality. He serves as Vice-President of the Academy of Fellows of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. In 2015, Dr. Corsi was inducted into the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers (top 5%), and in 2016 he received a Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System.

Richard Harris of NPR at #UCDavis 10/25 “Common Errors that Bedevil Biomedical Research and How to Fix Them,”

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Harris, Distinguished Science Writer- NPR Correspondent on Science, Medicine, and the Environment, will be presenting the Storer Lectureship in Life Sciences Series, “Common Errors that Bedevil Biomedical Research and How to Fix Them,” at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room. Please see the attached flyer for additional information. Richard will be signing his book, “Rigor Mortis- How Sloppy Science creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions, ” immediately after the lecture.

Richard Harris_flyer fnl.pdf

Call for applications: UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Attached is the 2018-19 Call for Applications for the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program awards.

Please feel free to forward the attached call for applications to your professional networks that include:

Graduate students;

PhD candidates;

Postdoctoral appointees;

Department/Division chairs; and

Campus Diversity Officers.

The application deadline is November 1, 2017.

University of California



THE PROGRAM. The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non‐traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses.

The award includes a salary starting at approximately $48,200 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research‐related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12‐months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at: ppfp.ucop.edu

DEADLINE: November 1, 2017


Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz

More information:
President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program University of California visit online: ppfp.ucop.edu/info/
email: ppfpinfo

University Partnerships for Faculty Diversity

Partner Programs with University of Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, The California Alliance, UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs, and the UC‐affiliated National Labs.
Please visit: http://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/about-ppfp/partnerships.html

2018-19 Call for Applications.pdf

Publishing Symposia at #UCDavis Main Campus and Med School, October 16 & 17

The Office of Research, the UC Davis Library, and the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center at the School of Medicine are hosting two Publishing Symposia.
The UC Davis campus Publishing Symposium on Monday, October 16th is a full day event at the UC Davis Conference Center from 9-5pm.

For more information on the agenda, confirmed speakers,

or to register visit:


This morning event on Tuesday, October 17th from 8:30-12pm at the School of Medicine Campus in Sacramento at the Educational Building,

Lecture Hall 2222.

This event will have some of the same speakers as the main campus event, but with more emphasis on medical, health and clinical sciences.

For additional details or to register:



UC Davis Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellow Search

This is a great opportunity — and if you are interested in applying to do something on microbes or microbiomes … please … let me know .. happy to discuss

EFFECTIVE: September 22, 2017 DEADLINE: October 30, 2017

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN POPULATION BIOLOGY–The Center for Population Biology at UC Davis invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Population Biology, broadly defined to include ecology, phylogenetics, comparative biology, population genetics, and evolution. We particularly encourage applications from candidates that have recently completed, or will soon complete, their PhD.

The position is for TWO YEARS, subject to review after one year, and can begin as early as July 1, 2018. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit. It has a starting annual starting salary of $48,216 plus benefits, and $6,000 per annum in research support. The Fellow will be a fully participating member in the Center for Population Biology and will be expected to have an independent research program that bridges the interests of two or more CPB faculty research groups. We strongly encourage candidates to contact appropriate faculty sponsors before applying. We also ask that each Fellow propose a workshop, discussion or lecture series that they could offer to the community of population biologists at UC Davis; faculty sponsors or the Director of CPB, Artyom Kopp, can provide additional input on this aspect of the fellowship. For samples of past workshop abstracts and more information about UC Davis programs in population biology, see https://cpb.ucdavis.edu/cpb-postdoc-fellowship.

ONLINE APPLICATION: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a short (1- 2 page) description of research accomplishments, a short (1-2 page) description of proposed research including potential faculty mentors, a brief (1 page or less) description of their proposed workshop, and copies of two publications, all in PDF format at: smmann.


Postdoc Search Ad 2017.pdf

New Faculty Position in Host-Pathogen Interactions at Cal Poly Pomona


The Biological Sciences Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is inviting applications for a tenure-track, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in Host-Pathogen Interactions, beginning August 2018.

As Chair of a Department with a leading program in microbiology, we hope that you can distribute our faculty search announcement. The enclosed announcement describes the position, the qualities we are searching for in a candidate, and information on how to apply. We would appreciate your assistance in finding qualified applicants. The University and this Department are especially interested in contacting women and applicants from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, but applicants from all backgrounds are eagerly sought. Please post and distribute the enclosed announcement to anyone you think may qualify and be interested in the position.

Although we are including information on our Department below, further information may be obtained by writing or by calling the Biological Sciences Department at (909) 869-4037/4038. Our Fax number is (909) 869-4078. For more information about the university, college and our department, you can access the webpage at http://www.cpp.edu/~biology. Thank you very much for your assistance.


Drs. Christos Stathopoulos and Jamie Snyder

Chairs, Host-Pathogen Interactions Search Committee

Biological Sciences Department

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Call for Abstracts: 4th Annual UC Davis Human Genomics Symposium

4th Annual UC Davis Human Genomics Symposium

Office of Continuing Medical Education

4th Annual UC Davis
Human Genomics Symposium

Submit Scientific Abstracts
Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017

Call for Abstracts Flyer

November 17, 2017
Friday, 9am-4pm
UC Davis Education Building, Lecture Hall 1222
4610 X Street, Sacramento, California

Symposium Webpage
Genomic Medicine Webpage

Complimentary Registration

Poster Prizes

University of California, Davis, Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


UC Davis Health, Office of Continuing Medical Education
4610 X Street #2301, Sacramento, CA 95817