2020 THEME

We will continue to explore the research and practice of Environmental Science and Public Health/Public Policy by focusing in Berkeley, California. We will be examining the area's air quality issues, neighborhood equality, and health challenges to deepen our understanding of local pollution and the increases of air pollutant concentrations. Students will have the opportunity to try their hand at collecting field data for social and environmental information. The goal for this summer program is to help the students pose a hypothesis and then write a scientific paper to verify or disprove it. The main research question may be to quantify how much air pollution seems to be coming from the industrial parts of Richmond (especially the oil refinery) compared to general traffic emissions. (Dr. Noth/Program Director)