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Where There's Fire, There's Smoke
Last fall, smoke affected your life and health. Learn about the science of wildfires, the dangers of smoke, and how to protect your health at home. The event features a science writer, a medical doctor and a public health researcher.

May 13, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dana Nuccitelli
Environmental Scientist and Climate Journalist
Dana Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist and climate journalist with a bachelor's degree in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in physics from UC Davis. He has published climate-related papers on various subjects, from the build-up of heat in the Earth's climate system to the expert consensus on human-caused global warming. Dana has written for SkepticalScience.com since 2010, and for The Guardian since 2013, and for Yale Climate Connections since 2018. He published the book Climatology versus Pseudoscience in 2015.
Dr. Helene Margolis
Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Dr. Helene Margolis is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis Health and School of Medicine. She is a chronic disease and environmental epidemiologist, nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise and research on health impacts of climate change, including clinical ramifications and interdisciplinary interventions to reduce vulnerability, and on children’s environmental health. The mission of her research and its translation is to reduce health and social inequities and to tackle ethical issues in local-to-global health and the challenges of healthcare access that are being amplified by climate change-mediated stressors. Integral to the mission is to simultaneously achieve earth systems’ protections.
Jeff Williams
Air Pollution Specialist @CARB
Jeff Williams is an Air Pollution Specialist in the Research Division at CARB, where he conducts in-house research and manages extramural research contracts. He also has expertise in the areas of air filtration and exposure reduction, and serves on two technical committees for the development and revision of test methods that support CARB regulations. Recently, Jeff has been active in helping schools and communities affected by wildfires. Jeff is a member of the interagency Wildfire Guide team and was a contributor for the updated guidance document titled “Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials”. He also interacts with regional and local health agencies to provide guidance about reducing exposure to wildfire smoke. Jeff has a B.S. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California at Davis.