2013-2014 Topic: On Air

AIR, a Natural History: John Armstrong, Ph.D., WSU PhysicsAIR, a Natural History: John Armstrong, Ph.D., WSU PhysicsThe Engaged Learning Series is a yearly series based on a topic around which the WSU campus will focus its community engagement. ELS includes a series of events, exhibitions, speakers, community service events, etc. surrounding the selected theme.

As one of life’s Essential elements, Air plays a key role in everything we as people (and plants and animals) do – especially here in Northern Utah. Air quality affects our health and the health of our planet. Air creates opportunities for sport and play (as we ski, hike, run, bike, balloon, sky dive and participate in many other outdoor activities). Air provides jobs (in the Air Force, aviation, and aerospace industries, among others). Air allows us to stay informed (with television, radio and internet all traveling over airwaves and wireless networks to reach us virtually anywhere). In these and in many other ways, Air matters.

>> 2013-2014 Topic: On Air <<


  • HARBOR Exhibit In Union Bridge Gallery 
    September 3 - 30, 2013
  • Discussion of HARBOR Project with Dr. John Sohl & Students
    Wednesday, September 11, 2013
  • Mt. Ogden Hike with Campus Rec
     “Get out in the Air”
    Saturday, September 21, 2013
    Mount Ogden, 7:15 am - 4:15 pm
  • Film Screening & Discussion: "Gasland"
    Monday, September 23, 2013
    Wildcat Theater, 12:30 pm
    Co-Sponsored with the Environmental
    Issues Committee


  • Lt. Gov Greg Bell & Senior Environmental Advisor Alan Matheson 
     "Let's Clear the Air"

    Thursday, October 3, 2013
    Shepherd Union Ballroom C, 12:00 pm
    Co-sponsored with the Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service
  • Sick of Building Syndrome? Indoor Air Quality Issues & HVAC Equipment Solutions
    Monday, October 14, 2013
    Wildcat Theater, 12:30 pm
    This Panel will cover both commercial & residential building air quality.
    Co-Sponsored with the Environmental Issues Committee
  • “Prospects for the global wind power industry: What does success look like?”
    Monday, October 21, 2013
    Wildcat Theater 12:30pm
    Presented by Dr. Adam Serchuk, Senior Analyst for Vestas America.
  • Dr. Brian Moench - Utah Physician for a Healthy Environment 
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Wildcat Theater 12:30 pm
    Dr. Brian Moench will discuss the health impacts of air 
  • Make a Difference Day
    Saturday, October 26, 2013
    Speech by Cherise Udell- founder Utah Moms for Clean Air & Air -themed volunteer projects in the Ogden Community


  • Please, No More Environmentalists Embodiment as a Path to Ecological Citizenship: Chip Ward
    Tuesday November 5, 2013
    Wildcat Theater, 12:00 pm
    Co-Sponsored with the Environmental Issues Committee
  • Discussion Panel on Campus Sustainability
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Wildcat Theater, 12:30 pm
    Learn with WSU Facilities Management about the past and future campus sustainability efforts related to Air.


  • “Basin and Range: AIR” Exhibit

January 3-31, 2014
Shepherd Union Gallery
Photography by Jennifer Mueser Bunker
Paintings by LeRoy Jennings 

  • Basin & Range Art Exhibit - Opening Reception
    Friday, January 3, 2014
    Show opens in conjunction with First Friday Art Stroll. No reception on this night. Gallery open during regular Shepherd Union Building Hours.
  • Utah Air Quality Expert Panel Discussion
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014
    Shepherd Union Gallery, 7:00 pm
    AIR Quality: Dr. Peter Clemens, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. Are you worried about Utah's air problems? If so, and you’d like to learn more about what you can do to improve our air quality, join the discussion
  • Basin & Range - Air/Flight (Birds)
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Shepherd Union Gallery, 7:00 pm
    Creatures of the AIR: Jennifer Mueser Bunker, photographer
  • Basin & Range - Airs/Music (Dowland to Bach)
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Shepherd Union Gallery, 7:00 pm
    AIRES: Dorian Mirth, Early Music Ensemble, performing musical aire, Bach to Dowland
  • Utah Air Quality Panel
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    Wildcat Theater, 12:30 pm
    Co-Sponsored with the Environmental Issues Committee
  • Basin & Range - Air: A Natural History
    (Planetary Science)

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    Shepherd Union Gallery, 7:00 pm
    AIR, a Natural History: John Armstrong, Ph.D., WSU Physics



  • Film Screening: The “Idle Threat”
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    WIldcat Theater, 12:30 pm
    The film is about activism regarding air pollution in NYC.
    Co-Sponsored with the Environmental Issues Committee


  • Hybrid & Electric Vehicles 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Fireplace Lounge, Shepherd Union Buiding 
12:30 - 1:30 pm
What you can do to minimize your personal contribution
to Utah's air quality problems.


  • Intermountain Sustainability Summit
Thursday, March 6 - Friday, March 7 2014
RSVP by February 28th to the Walker Institute - cprice@weber.edu
Shepherd Union Building
  • Film Screening: The Air We Breath
Wildcat Theater, 12:30 pm
A film about Utah's air quality which was made by a WSU Geography graduate, Isaac Goeckeirtiz for KUED. 
  • Alternative Energy with Dr. Kirk Hagen "Wind Power - Without the Hot Air"
Wednesday March 26, 2014
Wildcat Theater, 12:30 pm 



Lt. Gov Greg Bell/Alan Matheson 

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell said Thursday he really doesn't care how Utahns "feel" about environmental threats or state policies.
"I'm not here to take opinion polls, and I'm not here to deal with your feelings," Bell told his audience, gathered at Weber State University for a talk, "Let's Clean the Air."

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Dr. Brian Moench

"The Environmental Protection Agency ranks Utah as the second-most toxic state, Salt Lake County is the second-most toxic county in the country and Forbes Magazine, which is hardly a tree-hugger rap sheet, ranks Salt Lake City as the ninth-most toxic city in the country," said Dr. Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.

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New Exhibit Explores the State of the State's Air Through Art

Utah’s air can be clear and sweet. At other times it’s a thick, gray-brown haze that’s difficult to breathe.

“Basin and Range: AIR,” a new exhibit opening Jan. 3 in Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Gallery, explores the state of the state’s air through art.