MAY 22 FREE Citizen-Science Training for Portable Air Monitoring

by jim on September 10, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT 22

Session 1:

10:30 am -1 pm

Session 2:

2pm to 5 pm

Goodwork Co-Working Space

1808 South Good Latimer/Dallas

 

For the first time, Downwinders is offering members of the public the chance to learn how to take air quality samples with one of our Aeroqual Series 500 portable Particulate Matter monitors – the monitors that helped defeat the proposed Joppa batch plants back in March.

For this first introductory lesson, there’s a 45-60 minute classroom presentation followed by 90 minutes in the field actually taking readings with the machines. The field trips will all be aimed at helping Downwinders assemble a growing data base on Dallas PM levels.

This customized training has been put together by Downwinders’ PM Science Director, Dr. Tate Barrett of UNT, as well as Cresanda Allen and Amanda Poland of our PM Committee. There’s no charge to attend. Lunch won’t be served, so bring some snacks and since we’re going out in the filed, you’re advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

At the completion of this first hands-on training, participants will be given a certificate that classifies them as “apprentice” level citizen scientists. This allows them to sign-up and go out on individual portable monitoring trips with members of the PM team in the weeks ahead. After two such outings with the team they’re classified as a Citizen Science “Researcher” and assigned more responsibilities.

After three such excursions with team members, they’re classified as an “Investigator” and are eligible to check put the monitors for their own projects or help contribute to group efforts. In effect, we’re creating a lending library of portable air monitors open to anyone willing to go through the training.

On Saturday the 22nd we’re offering two training workshops:
Training Session #1          10:30am – 1pm
Training Session #2           2 pm – 5 pm

Both sessions will be conducted at the GoodWork Co-working space at 1808 South Good-Latimer,  Downwinders’ home.

Participation is limited to let everyone get a chance to actually use the portables. To assure yourself a spot, please sign-up now by letting us know which session you want: downwindersatrisk@gmail.org, re:citizen science training.

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