New study on Lead from Piston Engine Aircraft featured in MIT News

Photo: Travis Air Force Base/Flickr

Photo: Travis Air Force Base/Flickr

Our recent study published in Environmental Science and Technology showed that lead emissions from piston-driven aircraft can pose a significant health threat to the U.S. These aircraft account for about half of anthropogenic lead emissions in U.S. skies. Our study, the first to assess the nationwide annual costs of IQ losses from aviation lead emissions, estimated that aircraft lead results in about $1 billion in damages from lifetime earnings reductions each year.

See a summary in MIT News here and the original paper here. Lead author of the study is recent PhD Philip Wolfe, and graduate student Amanda Giang is a coauthor. The study was a collaboration between the SelinGroup and Prof. Steven Barrett's group. It was funded by a seed grant from MIT's Center for Environmental Health Sciences.

Three EAPS students graduate in a week!

Congratulations to Dr. Colin Pike-Thackray, Dr. Shaojie Song, and Dr. Jareth Holt for their successful defenses on August 16, 17, and 18, respectively! In addition to individual celebrations with cake, we also had a group celebration on August 19!

Amanda Giang wins best paper award at Technology, Management and Policy Consortium

Noelle Selin and Amanda Giang attended the 2016 Technology, Management and Policy graduate consortium, held at Cambridge (UK) Judge Business School in June 2016. Amanda's paper won the Best Paper award at the conference. To learn more about Amanda's research, see this recent MIT News feature on technology policy research at MIT.