Is Your House Killing You?

OCTOBER 10, 2008

Dr. Richard Corsi

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

What is the talk about?

Indoor air can be much more toxic than the air we experience outdoors, but outside of industrial workplaces isn’t regulated by any agency. Where do these toxic pollutants come from? How well do air filters or ozone generators clean indoor air? Dr. Corsi will answer these questions and show us how some very common (and presumably safe) products that we use in our homes present challenges to maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

About our presenter

Dr. Richard Corsi

Dr. Richard Corsi

Dr. Richard Corsi researches indoor air quality, including sources and control of indoor air pollution and human exposure to indoor toxic pollutants from dishwashers to paint and computers. He also recently completed a large study involving building disinfection chemistry in the wake of anthrax attacks in the Fall of 2001. He and his research team (students) have published over 230 journal/conference papers and reports, and have been featured on the Canadian television series The Nature of Things, National Geographic, The Economist, Business Week, National Wildlife, Prevention, Men’s Health, the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Corsi earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1989 and joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1994.