Dr. Jeffrey Draves Presents “Breathing May Be Hazardous to Your Health”

February 22, 2008

LINCDravesJeff“It is important to be aware of air quality in Alliance and the surrounding communities,” said Mount Union professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Jeffrey Draves. “Pollution and population go hand in hand.”

Draves was the speaker for the third session of LINC, the college-community luncheon series featuring Mount Union College professors and community members discussing current topics.

“Comparing the air of cities to the air of deserts and arid lands is like comparing waters that are befouled and turbid to waters that are fine and pure,” said Draves. “In the city, the air becomes stagnant, turbid, thick, misty and foggy.”

He challenged the community to be more aware of the hazardous pollutants we are emitting into the air. These pollutants can lead to health problems such as lung irritation, wheezing, aggravated asthma and even permanent lung damage.

Draves discussed the importance of the Clean Air Act and Amendments, which sets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for pollutants such as lead, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone and particulate matter.

“Stark County did not score well on the scales,” said Draves. After reviewing the various air quality indexes of Northeastern Ohio, the conclusion is that the entire Start County area is over-the-limit in particulate matter and on-the-fence when it comes to ozone quantities.

Draves earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry cum laude from Monmouth College and a doctoral degree in physical chemistry from the University of Illinois. He has served as an associate professor of chemistry and department chair at Monmouth College. He also served as an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Central Arkansas. Draves, a member of the Mount Union College faculty since 2006, has been instrumental in the growth of the chemistry major at the College.

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