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Indoor Air Pollutants to be Discussed at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe Wednesday

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Indoor air pollutants will be discussed by Clarkson University Prof. Andrea R. Ferro at the next Science Cafe at Jack & Wezzie’s Coffee House (formerly Fields Coffee House) in Potsdam this Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Her talk will focus on how emitted pollutants become inhaled pollutants and what can easily be done to mitigate inhalation exposure.ferro2

Science Cafes bring together scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, where a guest scientist makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

In describing her presentation, titled "The Rule of 1000 Determines Our Exposure to Environmental Pollutants," Ferro says, "To protect human health, we measure outdoor air quality, but it is actually indoor air quality that results in pollutant dose and potential health effects. The Rule of 1000 states that the fraction of material released that actually enters someone’s breathing zone is 1000 times higher for a pollutant released indoors than for a pollutant released outdoors.

"To reduce your exposure to indoor pollutants, the most important thing you can do is control the source in your home or business. This may seem obvious, but current practices do not consider this direct exposure route. How many kitchens are built without an adequate exhaust fan above the stove?"

Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat, or to place your food or drink order.

The last Science Cafe for the fall is on November 12 and will feature Prof. Kathleen Fowler on "Coffee, Gossip, and Math."

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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