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Boise State Convenes Wildfire Smoke Scientists To Identify Research Gaps In Our Region

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This year was historic for wildfires. Smoke from western states was detected across the United States and as far as Europe. As climate change continues to worsen our fire seasons, it’s critical to understand how this smoke impacts our health and how to best protect ourselves from this smoke. 

This Friday, Boise State University is hosting the Rocky Mountain Regional Wildfire Smoke Symposium, gathering experts from across the west to better understand the gaps in research around wildfire smoke.


Luke Montrose is a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State and joins Idaho Matters live along with Curtis Noonan, who runs the Center for Population Health Research at the University of Montana in Missoula.

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.