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The 17th Annual Virtual Symposium

Research Education on Air and Cardiovascular Health

The REACH Program's

2021 Virtual Air Quality Research Symposium


  1. 5 Levels in a Smoking vs. Non-Smoking Household
    Tanner Eggers and Courtney Benson, Libby High School – Renee Rose, $250.00


  1. Hay! PM Particles
    Leah Hamilton and Kayden Hogsett, Anaconda High School – Kate Mattern, $200.00


  1. The Effects of Foundation Type on the Levels of Radon in Home Environments
    Braylin Brook and Noah Boyd, Libby High School – Renee Rose, $150.00


There was s Middle School Division this year. The top awards went to:

  1. 5 at Different Latitudes
    Payne Brower – Independent, $100.00


Top Projects from the 2020 Symposium

Research Education on Air & Cardiovascular Health (REACH) 2020 Virtual Air Quality Research Symposium

Thank you to the students and their instructors that submitted air quality research projects to this year's Virtual Air Quality Symposium. Thirty three projects were submitted from five schools. Here are the final results:

 1.  The Effects of COVID-19 on PM2.5 Levels in U.S. Cities. Hadli Lords, Haley Lords - Corvallis High School, $250.00.


2.  Does Radon Affect Plant Growth? EliseBedrock's Effect Erickson, Isaac O'Rourke - Libby High School, $200.00.


3.  Bedrock's Effect on Radon Levels. Jaden Dupler, Maren Elliot - Helena Capital High School, $150.00.



  The 2020 Symposium Winners!


Hadli Lords, (left), Haley Lords and teacher Brock Hamill. 





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Research Education on Air and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Program 2021 Summer Teacher Workshop


Using Air Quality and Cardiovascular Health to Bring Citizen Science Research into the Classroom

Presented by the University of Montana's School of Public and Community Health Sciences


When: August 9 - 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: University of Montana  campus - Missoula, Montana

Who: Middle and High School Teachers Who are Interested in Incorporating Scientific Research into their Classrooms

Participant Compensation: $400.00 and the REACH Program will cover lodging costs for out of town participants. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

To Register: http://bit.ly/2021_REACH_Workshop

12 OPI Renewal/Continuing Education Credits available.

For more information

Email Dave Jones: david.jones@mso.umt.edu

More details about the workshop content and schedule will be available soon.


Featured Article

Air Pollution Puts Children at Higher Risk of Disease in Adulthood

Summary:  In a first of its kind, Standford-led study, released last month in Nature Scientific Reports, researchers investigate air pollution's effects at the single cell level and simultaneously focus on both the cardiovascular and immune systems in children. This study confirms previous research that bad air can alter gene regulation in a way that may impact long-term health. 


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Additional Resources

You can find more articles and videos in our BOX folders:


The REACH YouTube channel has a number of videos available to help you and your students navigate the REACH Program air quality research project.

REACH Program Virtual Air Quality Symosium, May 18, 2021 - https://youtu.be/D5ujvCMr_ds

REACH Program Air Quality Monitors Overview, Spring 2021 - https://youtu.be/bDDi5RyO1r4

REACH Program Classroom Presentation 2020-21 - https://youtu.be/p1ffMr-Evqk

REACH Program Website & Using Existing Data Sets, Feb. 24, 2021 - https://youtu.be/z-4vQTDx3js

REACH Program Wynd Air Quality Monitor Training Webinar, Oct. 28, 2021 - https://youtu.be/WlqwCaWpu4k

Student Air Quality Research During the COVID Era Webinar, Jan. 13, 2021 - https://youtu.be/__sf41-8njsI


 A Virtual Tour of the University of Montana's Health Medicine (UMHM) Program

The tour has both images and interactive materials that highlight the degree programs, labs, and clinics on campus so students can learn more about what UM has to offer in the health and biomedical sciences. (This tour was produced by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center/UM Health and Medicine.)

The UMHM Virtual Tour 


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