Monday 19 May 2014 (7:00 - 8:15 pm - Open to all)
Somewhere in Beirut at this moment someone is riding a bust to work, walking by a burning tire, or sucking a cigarette while caught in nerve-shredding trafic. Someone somewhere is holding a strained conversation with a lover over the din of a construction site. Nearby, children play football in the plume of a diesel generator or on a highway, or both. Somewhere a pharmacist advises a worried parent how to handle his toddler's asthma attack. She tells him summer has come early while he glances in the distance at the haze hiding the mountains Nicotine, gasonline, ventoline: join me on a tour of our inhaled environment.
Alan Shhadeh: Professor of Mechanical Engineering at AUB, founded and directs the AUB Aerosol Research Laboratory (ARL). The ARL is dedicated to policy-driven science of airborne particle pollutants and to developing devices and methods needed to support its conduct. He is internationally recognized for his empirical studies of narghile waterpipe tobacco smoke and its health effects. Dr. Shihadeh has published numerous studies on the subject and others, and serves as a scientific expert to the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation. Dr. Shihadeh earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering at MIT in 1998.