Topics Environment
Date August 17, 2022
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Olivia McClain: Exploring hyperlocal air pollution in Providence

As a summer research assistant in Brown’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, McClain is supporting research and building community connections.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [网上买球十大正规平台]-大多数罗德岛居民呼吸着不健康的空气, including elevated levels of ozone and particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association.

This summer, 网上买球十大正规平台大四学生奥利维亚·麦克莱恩正在帮助建立对空气污染及其对个人和社区环境健康影响的超局部理解.

Since June, 麦克莱恩一直是梅雷迪思·黑斯廷斯领导的一个项目的研究助理, a professor of Earth, 网上买球十大正规平台环境与行星科学研究所副所长. Called Breathe Providence, 这个为期一年的项目将在全市设置25个空气污染监测器,检测七种污染物, including carbon monoxide and dioxide, ozone, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, such as dust, soot or smoke. 该试点项目是清洁空气基金与普罗维登斯市等组织合作资助的一项全球倡议的一部分, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, the American Lung Association, and the Conservation Law Foundation, among others.

网上买球十大正规平台正在建立一个社区尺度的空气质量监测网络,”麦克莱恩说. “We’ve been calibrating and siting the BEACO2N sensors, driving out to different parts of neighborhoods, taking pictures, 并与不同的建筑经理沟通,以确定安全的地点.”

As a member of the six-person research team, 麦克莱恩一直在研究报告和信息——比如普罗维登斯的气候正义计划, 由普罗维登斯市可持续发展办公室和普罗维登斯种族和环境司法委员会共同开发,并建立社区伙伴关系.

McClain has met with grassroots organizations, neighborhood groups, the Rhode Island Department of Health and other agencies. 该团队还开发了相关的教育课程,并设计了将环境正义和空气质量教育纳入当地高中科学课程的模块.

网上买球十大正规平台不想创造出人们难以使用、与受空气污染影响最严重的人群无关的数据,” McClain said. “We want it to have real impact in the community.”

麦克莱恩在空气质量研究项目上的经验是她在网上买球十大正规平台环境科学专业的一个恰当的顶点.

“It’s a very cool marriage of data, hard science and chemistry,” McClain said, “with direct policy impacts, community engagement, community empowerment and environmental justice.”

During her studies at Brown, 麦克莱恩曾担任正规买球app十佳排行郊游俱乐部的联合主席,并作为志愿者向普罗维登斯三年级学生教授地球科学 地球、环境和行星科学系科学教学和教育计划 (DEEPS STEPS), among other activities.

麦克莱恩说,她在普罗维登斯的经历拓展了她的视野, 特别是对社区成员和组织的访谈.

“As students, we spend so much time on College Hill, 参与到普罗维登斯社区中,把我在课堂上学到的东西与人们联系起来,真的很有力量,” McClain said. “As an environmental science concentrator, 它能帮助你脚踏实地,问一些重要的问题:你觉得对谁负责? Who are you doing the research for? And who do you want to be the ultimate benefactor of your work?”

麦克莱恩将在12月完成她的理学学士学位要求,作为网上买球十大正规平台的“.5ers.在新冠肺炎疫情最严重的2020年秋天,她中断了学业,在奥佐基县2020年总统选举期间担任民主党的现场组织者, Wisconsin, which was “a huge learning opportunity,” she recalled.

For her final semester, she’ll study abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica, before returning home to West Bend, Wisconsin. 她将带着这个夏天的研究经验,展望未来在她的领域的职业生涯, such as community resilience or educational outreach.

“从这个侧面研究化学反应和数据是很有影响的,”麦克莱恩说. 它强调了这些联系的重要性,以及建立一个强大的团队的重要性.”