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Clarkson Professor Philip Hopke to Speak at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

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Philip K. Hopke, Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science at Clarkson University, will deliver a symposium presentation at the 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, February 16-20, in St. Louis.

Hopke is one of six scientists and public health experts invited to speak at the "Particles, Policy and Public Health" symposium on February 19. The symposium will cover the topic of airborne particles and health, focusing on the most recent findings and regulatory implications of the evidence. It will also address how the standards for particles have evolved with careful balancing of risks to public health, uncertainties and costs. hopke

Hopke's presentation, "Sources of Airborne Particulate," will describe the challenges of characterizing particulate matter (PM) in ways that help identify the likely toxic constituents or source emissions most likely to produce adverse health effects. It will also include a perspective on the variation in composition across the U.S., the relationship between the observed variation in composition and the emissions inventories for the major precursors, and the tools available to extract source information and apportionments from ambient PM data.

Hopke is an internationally renowned expert on airborne pollution who has received over $12 million in external research funding. He currently serves on the EPA's Science Advisory Board and was a member of the National Research Council's (NRC) Congressionally-mandated Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States. He has also served on five other NRC committees.

Hopke was recently appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Science to assess the urban impact of the dual problems of continued coal consumption and the rapid increase of private vehicles in China. He is a recipient of the David Sinclair Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research and has served as the association's president.

Hopke received his doctoral degree in chemistry from Princeton University. He has contributed chapters to 70 scientific books, authored or co-authored 343 journal articles, presented 70 invited addresses and participated in 485 additional professional addresses. Hopke has also authored or co-authored numerous technical reports.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS is an international nonprofit organization serving some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science. The association is dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world.

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