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A. The Establishment of a New Air Pollution Research Center

Narrator: This is Science Today. The University of California at Davis will be home to a new research center studying the effects of air pollution on human health. The San Joaquin Valley Aerosol Health Effects Center will focus on a region notorious for three of the nation's five metropolitan areas with the most polluted air and one of the highest childhood asthma rates. Kent Pinkerton is co-director of the new center.

Pinkerton: We are one of five centers in the United States that have received funding to do multi-investigator directed research on the health effects of particles and we're particularly interested in those particles that are found in our environment that are known to be present in both urban and rural areas. Our faculty who are involved with the center come from multiple disciplines. From the College of Agriculture, from the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, as well as our College of Engineering and together, we're just beginning to learn how to do collaborative research.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.