International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate - Event Information
ISIAQ-ISES Webinar: A Modular Mechanistic Framework for Assessing Human Exposure to Chemicals in Materials, Products and Articles – Next Steps
with Dr. John Little & Ms. Clara Eichler.
Thursday January 14, 2021
9am EST (Confirm local time at https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/)
ZOOM link will be provided
Abstract: A modular mechanistic framework was developed for predicting chemical emissions from indoor sources, partitioning among indoor compartments and exposure to humans, focusing initially on semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs). One major goal of the framework is to achieve consensus regarding what is currently known about SVOC behavior indoors. Another goal is to provide a roadmap for further research and for the development of an indoor-exposure community model.
Building on the workshop during the INDOOR AIR 2020 conference, we will give brief introductory presentations followed by a guided discussion. The guided discussion is not intended to provide concrete answers to all questions, but will serve as a brainstorming session to elicit constructive suggestions and ideas from the audience. A preliminary list of questions is provided below.
How should the community model be developed and funded?
Who should be responsible for maintaining the model?
What programming environment should be used and where should the model be stored?
How do new ideas get considered and incorporated in the model in an equitable fashion?
Who are the important stakeholders?
How do conflicts get resolved?
Dr. John Little is the Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. His primary research interests are cross‐media mass transfer and process dynamics in environmental systems, currently focusing on understanding and controlling chemical emissions from building materials and consumer products and managing water quality in lakes and reservoirs. An emerging area of interest is the management of complex socio‐environmental problems using a system‐of‐systems modeling and data science framework.
Ms. Clara Eichler studied Environmental Engineering at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany. Since January 2016, Clara works as a Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. In 2020, Clara started pursuing her PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her research interests are exposure assessments of chemicals present in consumer products and particularly the emission and transport of semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the indoor environment.