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An Aerosol Science Perspective on SARS-CoV-2

Originally delivered Jul 23, 2020
Source: AIChE
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The debut of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, has prompted hyper-awareness of the invisible threat of viral transmission through the air we breathe. We don masks and keep six-feet of social distance to avoid getting infected; however, we may not understand the science behind these preventive measures. As we navigate this global pandemic, details on the physics behind aerosol and droplet transmission of viruses like SARS-CoV-2 can help to inform safe behaviors.

This one-hour webinar provides an overview of aerosol transmission of viruses, the current knowledge of the science as it relates to SARS-CoV-2, and the efficacy of some non-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce viral transmission. Chemical engineers in industry and academia, including undergraduates with a background in basic fluid mechanics will find this webinar helpful in understanding the emerging and evolving science around SARS-CoV-2. 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Technical vocabulary needed to read emerging scientific literature in this area
  • Relevant aerosol physics
  • Current understanding of modes of transmission
  • Current understanding of efficacy of non-pharmaceutical interventions

Sheryl Ehrman

Sheryl Ehrman is the Don Beall Dean of the Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University, a position she has held since 2017. Prior to joining San Jose State, she was a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, for 19 years, serving as Keystone Professor and Chair from 2010 to 2017. Dean Ehrman’s educational interests include project based learning for first year engineering students, increased participation and retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering, and on smoothing pathways between community colleges and universities for engineering transfer students. Her current research interests are in aerosol technology and air pollution. In 2006, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship, supporting a sabbatical visit to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Mumbai, India. In 2019, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR).Read more

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