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Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar Series

Past Lectures

Fall 2021 Schedule

Date Title Speaker Host
Sep 10 Kinetics, organic acid yields, and atmospheric impact from the aqueous photooxidation of isoprene derived organic aerosol compounds Tran Nguyen (UC Davis) Colette Heald
Sep 24 The role of chemistry in mixed-phase clouds nucleation processes Luis Ladino Moreno (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Jesse Kroll
Oct 8 Salty tales about the formation and growth of atmospheric nanoparticles Jim Smith (UC Irvine) Allison Steiner
Oct 22 Anthropogenic impacts on tropospheric reactive halogens Becky Alexander (University of Washington) Jen Murphy
Nov 5 Pollution, policy, and people: Intersectional atmospheric science and the disappearing Salton Sea Will Porter (UC Riverside) Julie Fry
Nov 19 Isoprene Measurements from Space: New Retrieval Developments for Fine-Scale Resolution of Emissions and Chemistry Dylan Millet (University of Minnesota) Delphine Farmer
Dec 3 Particle-based methods for improving the representation of aerosol in atmospheric models Laura Fierce (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Chris Cappa

Spring 2021 Schedule

Date Title Speaker Host
Jan 29 Climate change, air pollution, and public health impacts: Past, present, and future Susan Anenberg (George Washington University) Colette Heald (MIT)
Feb 5 Organic reactions within aqueous atmospheric particulate matter Melissa Galloway (Lafayette College) Allison Steiner (University of Michigan)
Feb 12 It takes two to CCN! The role of gas-phase chemistry in the growth of atmospheric droplets Akua Asa-Awuku (University of Maryland) Chris Cappa (UC Davis)
Feb 19 Trends in wildfires and agricultural fires over different timescales: Implications for radiative forcing and air quality Loretta Mickley (Harvard University) Jen Murphy (University of Toronto)
Feb 26 Mapping urban emissions with neighborhood resolution Ron Cohen (UC Berkeley) Julie Fry (Reed College)
Mar 5 Global distribution of "forever" chemicals: Importance of atmospheric production and policy Cora Young (York University) Colette Heald (MIT)
Mar 12 Formation and evolution of organic aerosol: from laboratory fires to wildfire plumes Shantanu Jathar (Colorado State University) Jesse Kroll (MIT)
Mar 19 Multiphase Oxidation Chemistry: From East Asian Haze to Wildfires to Indoor Environments Jon Abbatt (University of Toronto) Delphine Farmer (Colorado State University)
Mar 26 The impact of dust, smoke, and chemical aging on aerosol biogeochemical cycles in tropical ecosystems Cassie Gaston (University of Miami) Chris Cappa (UC Davis)
Apr 2 Volatile organic compounds in western US wildfire smoke Lu Hu (University of Montana) Jen Murphy (University of Toronto)
Apr 9 Relevance of organic compounds in air for public health in the United States Havala Pye (EPA) Julie Fry (Reed College)
Apr 16 Understanding the drivers of atmospheric carbon fluxes through tower and aircraft observations Róisín Commane (Columbia University) Jesse Kroll (MIT)

Fall 2020 Schedule

Date Title Speaker Host
Sept 11 Impacts of Global Climate Change Mitigation on Health, Crops and Labor in the US Drew Shindell (Duke University) Chris Cappa (UC Davis)
Sept 18 Risky reductionism: what simple model systems can—and can’t—tell us about the air quality and climate impacts of desert dust and biomass burning aerosol Sarah Styler (McMaster University) Julie Fry (Reed College)
Sept 25 The coupling of lightning, air quality and climate Lee Murray (University of Rochester) Jesse Kroll (MIT)
Oct 2 Applications of deterministic models, geospatial methods, and machine learning to address multi-scale air quality challenges Cesunica Ivey (UC Riverside) Colette Heald (MIT)
Oct 9 Aerosol impacts on biogeochemical cycles: new insights for ocean and land systems Natalie Mahowald (Cornell University) Jen Murphy (University of Toronto)
Oct 16 Exploring Contemporary Changes in Biosphere-Atmosphere-Chemistry Interactions Jeff Geddes (Boston University) Allison Steiner (University of Michigan)
Oct 23 Understanding the impacts of molecular structure on the fate of atmospheric organics Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz (Virginia Tech) Julie Fry (Reed College)
Oct 30 Microphysical and Chemical Processing of Saharan Dust Aerosols During Their Atmospheric Life Cycle Vernon Morris (Arizona State University) Allison Steiner (University of Michigan)
Nov 6 In search of ice nuclei over the Southern Ocean Sonia Kreidenweis (Colorado State University) Jen Murphy (University of Toronto)
Nov 13 Observing nitrogen dioxide air pollution inequality using high spatial resolution remote sensing measurements Sally Pusede (University of Virginia) Jesse Kroll (MIT)
Nov 20 Organic peroxy radical chemistry in the limit of NO -> zero Paul Wennberg (California Institute of Technology) Delphine Farmer (Colorado State University)
Dec 4 Effect of ammonia on the volatility and composition of secondary organic aerosols Ellie Browne (University of Colorado, Boulder) Delphine Farmer (Colorado State University)

Classes & Readings

Spring 2021 Classes

Reed College: Chem 405, Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar, half-unit conference course; instructor: Juliane Fry

One-half course for one semester. In conjunction with a planned cross-institutional virtual speaker series, which will feature weekly seminars spanning the cutting-edge topics in atmospheric chemistry research, students in this course will meet weekly to discuss a paper from the primary literature related to the seminar. The course will deepen students’ understanding of the frontiers of atmospheric chemistry, while we learn to evaluate scholarship, pose questions, and participate in scientific discourse.

University of Toronto: CHM1430 – Advanced Topics in Atmospheric Chemistry; Instructors: Jon Abbatt, Jen Murphy, Arthur Chan
University of Michigan: CLIMATE 501-003 Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar Series, 1 credit; instructor: Allison Steiner

Fall 2020 Classes

Reed College: Chem 405, Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar, half-unit conference course; instructor: Juliane Fry

One-half course for one semester. In conjunction with a planned cross-institutional virtual speaker series, which will feature weekly seminars spanning the cutting-edge topics in atmospheric chemistry research, students in this course will meet weekly to discuss a paper from the primary literature related to the seminar. The course will deepen students’ understanding of the frontiers of atmospheric chemistry, while we learn to evaluate scholarship, pose questions, and participate in scientific discourse.

MIT: 1.S977, Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry, 3U; instructors: Colette Heald and Jesse Kroll

This special subject will be coupled to a multi-institutional virtual seminar series (Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar Series). This subject will expose graduate students to new research in the field, and provide opportunities to discuss the previous work of seminar presenters in a journal club format with student colleagues across multiple institutions. The intention of this class is to help compensate for lost research dissemination and networking opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbia University: GR9910 Seminar in Atmospheric Science - Composition and Chemistry, 1 or 2 credits; Instructor: Roisin Commane
CSU: CHEM 651A, Special Topics in Chemistry, 1 credit; instructor: Delphine Farmer
UC Davis: ECI 289A Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar Series, 1 credit; Instructor: Chris Cappa
University of Michigan: CLIMATE 501-003 Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar Series, 1 credit; instructor: Allison Steiner
Virginia Tech: Civil and Environmental Engineering 6114: Advanced Air Quality Engineering, 1 credit; Instructor: Linsey Marr
William & Mary: Chem 460, Atmospheric Chemistry, 1 credit; Instructor: Rachel O’Brien

Spring 2021 Readings

Date Speaker Paper
Jan 29 Susan Anenberg Global, national, and urban burdens of paediatric asthma incidence attributable to ambient NO₂ pollution: estimates from global datasets
Feb 5 Melissa Galloway Heterocyclic Product Formation in Aqueous Brown Carbon Systems
Feb 12 Akua Asa-Awuku Gas-phase kinetics modifies the CCN activity of a biogenic SOA
Feb 19 Loretta Mickley Improved estimates of preindustrial biomass burning reduce the magnitude of aerosol climate forcing in the Southern Hemisphere
Detection of delay in post-monsoon agricultural burning across Punjab, India: Potential drivers and consequences for air quality
Feb 26 Ron Cohen Observed Impacts of COVID‐19 on Urban CO2 Emissions
Mar 5 Cora Young Ice Core Record of Persistent Short‐Chain Fluorinated Alkyl Acids: Evidence of the Impact From Global Environmental Regulations
Mar 12 Shantanu Jathar Oxygenated Aromatic Compounds are Important Precursors of Secondary Organic Aerosol in Biomass-Burning Emissions
Mar 19 Jon Abbatt Fast oxidation of sulfur dioxide by hydrogen peroxide in deliquesced aerosol particles
Mar 26 Cassie Gaston African biomass burning is a substantial source of phosphorus deposition to the Amazon, Tropical Atlantic Ocean, and Southern Ocean
Apr 2 Lu Hu Emissions of trace organic gases from western U.S. wildfires based on WE- CAN aircraft measurements
Apr 9 Havala Pye Criteria pollutant impacts of volatile chemical products informed by near-field modelling
Apr 16 Róisín Commane Carbon dioxide sources from Alaska driven by increasing early winter respiration from Arctic tundra