Get Me To the Geeks

by Downwinders on June 8, 2017

Come See How Radical The Future Really Is

3 Evenings of Exploring One of the Most Exciting Collaborations between Scientists and Citizens in the Nation while their grant is under consideration at the National Science Foundation


A consortium of North Texas universities, municipalities, and citizen groups, including Downwinders at Risk, is laying the foundation for a revolutionary grassroots high-tech approach to air quality monitoring that will render the current top-down system obsolete.

This new consortium proposes to build a dense grid of small, inexpensive air sensors that anyone can access for real-time air quality information. It’s currently in the running for a $3 million National Science Foundation grant for two local pilot projects that will do just that. It also has two other projects involving the distribution of e-sensors in DFW already in-progress. One of these is our very own Wise County Ozone Project. 

It’s hard to overestimate how much of a game-changer this bottom-up approach to monitoring air pollution can become once citizens exploit its tools. Residents will be their own clean air watchdogs, asthma patients will have a huge heads-up, industrial plumes can be tracked in real time across the Metromess. Many of the ways this new effort will be most useful haven’t even been invented yet.

That’s why we’re bringing the good news of this new consortium to you in three public events.

Not only are we laying out the concept as it was presented to the National Science Foundation, but we’ll have some of the consortium’s leading researchers at each event to field your questions, and displays of some of the new generation of e-sensor air monitors being used.

Whether you’re a asthma suffer, clean air activist, science geek, or researcher, you’ll be amazed and intrigued by the policy and public health implications of the consortium’s vision.

This is an opportunity to be inspired.

An unprecedented alliance is coming together in your own backyard.

Plug-in and make change happen.



Thursday, June 22

7-9 pm

Bryan Street Tavern

4315 Bryan Street 



 Dr. David Lary                                      University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Lary is the DFW Air Research Consortium’s leading expert on environmental sensors. He’s the founding Director for Multi-Scale Intelligent Integrated Interactive Sensing Center for Space Science at UTD. He has extensive experience with both stationary sensors and use on mobile platforms, including drones. 

Fort Worth 

Monday  June 26th                    

7-9 PM

The Ginger Man                          

3716 Camp Bowie Blvd



Dr. David Sterling  
University of North Texas
Health Science Center

Dr. Sterling has more than 30 years experience as a public health investigator. Much of his research has focused on environmental exposures in low-income communities. Dr. Sterling’s current research centers on asthma management in a school environment, and assessing how communities perceive and react to air quality issues. He’s worked extensively with the Ft. Worth League of Neighborhoods in identifying resident concerns and needs in reading and using air quality data. 

Co-Sponsored by the Forth Worth League of Neighborhoods


Wednesday, June 28th

The Greenhouse

600 North Locust 



Double Feature for the Host City of the
Worst Smog Monitor in the Region

Leslie Allsop MSN, MPH UNT Health Science Center

Ms. Allsop is a doctoral student at UNT’s Health Science Center and has worked for years with skeptical North Texas citizens groups to build community acceptance and effectively use the data provided by a new system of sensor air monitoring. 

Dr. David Lary
University of Texas @ Dallas

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