At the beginning of 2021, NASA expanded the newest version of the Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences team to 14 members composed of air quality and public health scientists across the United States. We’ve started to collaborate with public stakeholders, who help guide our research, and also created new short-term, high-impact projects in small groups called Tiger Teams.

In this public HAQAST meeting, we will rekindle partnerships through two-way dialogue in which stakeholders share their research needs and priorities, and scientists share their resources, insights, and new discoveries.

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Meeting Information

Our meeting will take place June 1-2, 2022, at the Hilton Houston Plaza Medical Center, where our local HAQAST member, Qian Xiao of University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, welcomes us. This workshop aimed to bring HAQAST PIs and stakeholders/members of the public into close discussion.

This meeting will be available in a hybrid format. Some sessions will be primarily in-person or primarily online, but all participants, both in-person and online will be able to access both types of sessions. Registrants can choose to attend the meeting in Houston or online using Zoom. Use this link to register here.

Hilton Houston Plaza Medical Center (via Hilton)

Participants can book rooms at the HAQAST meeting rate of $129/night by using this meeting link and selecting the rooms in the desired date range.  Participants can also call 713-313-4656 to book reservations directly with the hotel or to ask about government rates. Room availability may be limited after 4/20/2022.


Day 1 – Wednesday, June 1st

8:30 – 9:00 CST – Coffee and Networking

9:00 – 10:15 CST – Session 1: Overview of NASA HAQAST

John Haynes (Program Manager for Health and Air Quality Applications)

Tracey Holloway (HAQAST Team Leader, University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Allison Patton (Health Effects Institute)

10:15 – 10:40 CST – Coffee and Networking

10:45 – 12:00 CST – Session 2A and 2B

Session 2A – Characterizing Air Quality in the Gulf Coast Region

Moderator: Bryan Duncan

Doug Boyer (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)

Holli Ensz (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) & Ryan Stauffer (NASA)

Ted Russell (HAQAST Member, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Amber Soja  (HAQAST Member and Tiger Team Lead, National Institute of Aerospace, NASA LaRC)

Session 2B – Climate Risks in Health and Air Quality

Moderator: Yang Liu

Arlene Fiore (HAQAST Member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Tabassum Insaf (New York State)

Chris Uejio (HAQAST Member, Florida State University)

Ebrahim Eslami (Houston Advanced Research Center)

12:00 – 2:00 CST – Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:15 CST – Session 3A and 3B

Session 3A – Addressing New Challenges with Light at Night Data

Moderator: Chris Uejio

John Barentine (Dark Sky Consulting)

Christopher Elvidge (Colorado School of Mines)

Debbie Moran (Softlight Houston)

Qian Xiao (HAQAST Member and Tiger Team Lead, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Session 3B – Near Real-Time Data for Air Quality and Health Applications

Moderator: Daniel Tong

Pawan Gupta (HAQAST Member and Tiger Team Lead, Universities Space Research Association)

Barron Henderson (Environmental Protection Agency)

Yang Liu (HAQAST Member, Emory University)

Mary Tran (Department of State)

3:30 – 4:30 CST – Session 4: Flash Talks

Jed Anderson (CEO, Enviro AI)

Deeder Aurongzeb (Dell Technologies)

Bryan Duncan (HAQAST Member, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Yun (April) Hang (Post-doctoral Fellow, Emory University)

Giovanna (Gia) Henery (Graduate Student, Colorado State University)

Gaige Kerr (Research Scientist, George Washington University)

Steve Moran (Director of Business Development, BreezoMeter, Inc.)

Madankui Tao (Graduate Student, Columbia University)

Magdeline Sanders (Earth Stewards Indigenous)

Alqamah Sayeed (Post-doctoral Researcher, Universities Space Research Association)

Amir Souri (Atmospheric Physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Day 2 – Thursday, June 2nd

9:00 – 10:00 CST – Coffee and Networking

10:00 – 11:00 CST – Session 5A and 5B

Session 5A – Environmental Justice, Health, and TEMPO (online in conjunction with TEMPO Early Adopters Meeting)

Moderator: Ted Russell

Susan Anenberg (HAQAST Member, George Washington University)

Tracey Holloway (HAQAST Team Leader, University of Wisconsin—Madison)

Leticia Nogueira (American Cancer Society)

Allan Just (Mount Sinai, TEMPO Early Adopter)

Session 5B – Wildfire Air Quality and Health Effects

Moderator: Jeff Pierce

Jingqiu Mao (HAQAST Member, University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Daniel Tong (HAQAST Member, George Mason University)

Mary Uhl (Western States Air Resources Council)

Michael Geigert (Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

11:00 – 12:00 CST Session 6A and 6B

Session 6A – Meeting Air Quality Needs with TEMPO (online in conjunction with TEMPO Early Adopters Meeting)

Moderator: Arlene Fiore

Angie Dickens (Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium)

Daniel Goldberg (HAQAST Investigator and Tiger Team Lead, George Washington University)

Randall Martin (HAQAST Member, Washington University)

Dan Welsh (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

Session 6B – Public Communication on Smoke and Health

Moderator: Pawan Gupta

Kevin Cromar (HAQAST Investigator and Tiger Team Lead, New York University)

Cassie Archuleta (City of Fort Collins)

Kellen Nyamurungi (African Centre for Clean Air)

Jeff Pierce (HAQAST Member, Colorado State University)


Q: Is there an attendance fee?

A: No. HAQAST Texas is free to attend.

Q: Will NASA be providing funding for stakeholder travel like they did for previous meetings?

A: Applications were awarded on a rolling basis, and all funds have been allocated for this meeting.

Q: When will an agenda be available?

A: Since we generate the agenda from the registration list, a final agenda typically isn’t available until a few weeks before the conference. A draft agenda is available above. If your agency requires an agenda for approving travel, please reach out to Jenny Bratburd, HAQAST outreach coordinator.

Other questions? Please contact Jenny Bratburd, HAQAST outreach coordinator (bratburd@wisc.edu)!