Included in Issue: Summer 2021

Conference Update from the Chair

Dear Colleagues:

I look forward to interacting with you at the AAAR 39th Annual Conference, which, as described in Sergey’s Summer 2021 President’s Message, is now going to be a virtual event held October 18 – 22, 2021. We have spent the past several weeks working to adapt the conference program to a virtual format, and we hope to provide you with a rewarding and intellectually stimulating conference experience.

While the switch to a virtual conference format brings about many program changes, I am pleased to state that the conference will still feature 5 plenary sessions with extremely accomplished speakers:

  • Professor Kimberly Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego – “ASEEP Lecture: Tiny Critters, Huge Impacts: Ocean Microbes, Climate, and Health
  • Professor Yifang Zhu, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles – “Friedlander Lecture: Electronic Cigarette: The Knowns, Known Unknowns, and Unknown Unknowns
  • Professor Murray Johnston, Department of Chemistry, University of Delaware – “Aerosols in Chemistry and the Chemistry of Aerosols
  • Professor Angela Violi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – “Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Formation and their Health Effects
  • Professor Randall Martin, Department of Energy, Environmental, & Chemical Engineering, Washington University -“Fine Particulate Matter: Interpreting Satellite Observations to Advance Understanding for Health Applications

Program Format:

Presenters: To minimize program corrections, if you are unable to present your paper for any reason, please email us immediately at

  • There will be no distinction between platform and poster presentations.
  • To maximize scientific interaction throughout the conference, each presenter will upload an 8-10 minute video presentation whereafter registrants will be given access in advance of the conference. This leaves space for presenters, in groups of up to three individuals, to provide a 2-minute live overview of their work, followed by a 15-minute Q&A panel in each session.
  • Tutorials will be held the week preceding the conference with 14 sessions occurring October 13-15. Due to the virtual format, registrants can sign up for individual tutorials at a rate of $50 per tutorial.
  • Technical sessions on one of 16 topics will take place across 12 times slots.
  • There will still be four special symposia sessions covering Aerosol Standards, Infectious Aerosols in the Age of COVID-19, Translating Aerosol Research for Societal Impact, and Wildfire Aerosols.
  • Working group meetings will be held Friday, October 22, following the conclusion of the regular conference program.

Awards, Fellows, and Networking:

Thanks to all of the working group chairs, symposium organizers, and others who have worked hard to put together an outstanding 2021 conference. I look forward to seeing you there (virtually)!

Chris Hogan

2021 AAAR Conference Chair


Newsletter Committee Members:

Editor | Gabriel Isacman-VanWertz, Virgina Tech UnivesitySenior Assistant Editor | Kerry Kelly, University of UtahJunior Assistant Editor | Krystal Pollitt, Yale University