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UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will host Michelle Bell, Yale University’s Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health, as part of the center’s Energy and Environment Policy Distinguished Lecture series at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 10.

Bell’s lecture, “Air Pollution and Human Health: Reflections on Research and Paths Forward,” will be held in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Bell will review past research and current thinking about air pollution and also look at what the future may hold. She will talk about how research has moved from the study of a single pollutant to that of a multipollutant mixture. She will also look at how research has shifted from looking at the conditions of the present day to considering the effects under a changing climate, from looking at the health impacts of the general population to those of sensitive subpopulations, and from U.S.- and Western-based studies to global health.

Bell’s research investigates how human health is affected by atmospheric systems, including air pollution and weather. She has been honored with the Rosenblith New Investigator Award and the National Institutes of Health Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award.

Bell received her bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her master’s degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University, and both her MSE in environmental management and her doctorate in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


Elizabeth Woody (, ext: 4-0931)

Tyra Haag (, 865-974-5460)