The John C. & Susan S.G. Wierman Lecture Series

The John C. and Susan S. G. Wierman Lecture Series in Air Quality Data Analysis features talks on developments in air quality data analysis that are relevant for policy development. It seeks to bring together faculty and researchers in engineering and natural sciences with state and local air quality officials, to enhance understanding and stimulate collaboration on important air quality issues. The lectures are intended to showcase new developments, to encourage the quantitative analysis of scientific issues related to air quality, and to elucidate the policy implications of recent research. The lecture series was established with a permanent endowment by Prof. John C. Wierman and Susan S. G. Wierman.


About the Sponsors


John C. Wierman, a professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Johns Hopkins University since 1981, served as department chair from 1988 to 2000. The founder of the W. P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship & Management, he was director of the program and its successor, the Center for Leadership Education, from 1996 until 2009. His mathematical research is published in probability, discrete mathematics, and statistics journals, with applied articles in physics, computer science, molecular biology, education, and business journals. He received his B. S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.

Susan S.G. Wierman,

Susan S.G. Wierman was Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association from 1996 to 2017, working to improve regional air quality. She earned urban planning degrees from the University of Washington, and a certificate in Continuing Engineering Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Fellow of the international Air and Waste Management Association, and was the 2012 recipient of its S. Smith Griswold Outstanding Air Pollution Official award.


Past Lectures

2020 – Dr. Doug Dockery, Harvard University – “Air Pollution Accountability Studies: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities”

2019 – Dr. Lianne Sheppard, University of Washington – “Modeling Particulate Air Pollution for Inference About Neurodegenerative Effects”

2017 – Brian Duncan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – “The Growing Importance of Satellite Data for Air Quality Applications”

2017 – Amy Herring, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – “Spatial-temporal Modeling of the Association between Air Pollution Exposures and Birth Outcomes: Identifying Critical Exposure Windows”

2015 – Francesca Dominici, Harvard University – “Comparative Effectiveness Research of Evironmental Exposures: Connecting the Dots with Big Data”

2014 – Michelle Bell, Yale University – “Exposure to Air Pollution during Pregnancy and Risk of Adverse Birth Outcomes”

2013 – Montse Fuentes, North Carolina State University – “Calibration of deterministic numerical models using nonparametric spatial density functions”

2012 – Richard L. Smith, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/SAMSI – “Attribution of Extreme Climatic Events”

2011 – C. Arden Pope III, Brigham Young University – “Human Health Effects of Air Pollution” Statistics and Public Policy”

2009 – Katherine Bennett Ensor, Rice University – “Houston Air Quality: A Simultaneous Examination of Multiple Pollutants”

2008 – William Christensen, Brigham Young University – “Identifying Pollution Source Locations for Air Quality Monitoring”

2008 – Barry D. Nussbaum, US Environmental Protection Agency – “Greenhouse, White House, and Environmental Statistics: The Use of Statistics in Environmental Decision Making”

2006 – William F. Hunt, Jr., North Carolina State University – “Environmental Statistics: A New Source of Discovery for Tomorrow’s Problem-Solvers”

2004 – Philip K. Hopke, Clarkson University – “Advanced Factor Analysis Methods for Receptor Modeling”

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