OAL News and Information

News, special announcements, and other information from the Organic Analytical Laboratory team at DRI. 

OAL's e-cigarette research on the front page of Reno Gazette Journal!

RGJ front page 8 27 2018  
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Local media coverage of the latest OAL publication

Local media coverage of the latest OAL publication
The latest OAL publication by Vera Samburova et al. on aldehydes in exhaled breath attracted attention of all major local media outlets! Please click "Continue reading" to see image gallery and enable links to videos. Reno Gazette Journal (RGJ) story: https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/08/20/vaping-leaves-cancer-causing-chemicals-lungs-study/1015582002/ and RGJ Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/RGJmedia/videos/301882897057641/     KTVN Channel 2 news story: http://www.ktvn.com/story/38910498/pilot-study-shows-significant-amount-of-carcinogens-stay-in-lungs-after-vaping   News 4-Fox 11 story: https://mynews4.com/news/local/dri-scientists-e-cigs-leave-dangerous-amounts-of-cancer-causing-chemicals-in-lungs  
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Our publication highlighted in the DRI press release!

Toxics paper snapshotRecent OAL publication "Aldehydes in Exhaled Breath during E-cigarette Vaping: Pilot Study Results" in the open access journal Toxics is highlighted in the DRI news release! Please read the full story here (click Continue reading to enable links)
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Congratulations to Chiranjivi Bhattarai!

Chiranjivi defense smaller   Congratulations to Chiranjivi Bhattarai who successfully defended his Master of Science in Atmospheric Chemistry thesis on June 27th, 2018, at the Desert Research Institute!  Chiranjivi has joined the OAL in fall 2014, and conducted detailed study of "Physical and Chemical Characterization of Fresh and Aged Biomass Burning Emissions" under supervision of Dr. Andrey Khlystov. Results of this study will be published in the journal Aerosol Science and Technology in August 2018.  
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NSHE Rising Researcher Award presentation

Award presentation DRI President Dr. Kristen Averyt presented Dr. Vera Sumburova with the NSHE Rising Researcher Award during a ceremony at the DRI's Las Vegas location on June 21, 2018
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Visit to NV Dept of Health and Human Services

Visit to NV DHHS Today, DRI team (DAS Executive Director Marc Pitchford and OAL scientists Drs. Andrey Khlystov and Vera Samburova) traveled to Carson City to meet with the officials from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Khlystov presented results of OAL's study on the hazardous levels of toxic aldehydes in e-cigarette flovorings and  the new OAL's findings on emissions from very popular JUUL e-cigarettes. While having relatively low carbon monoxide and formaldehyde emissions, JUUL pods subject users to very high concentrations of nicotine, a known addictive substance. Active discussion followed the presentation, and a visit by NV DHHS representative to DRI is expected in the near future. Nevada leads the nation in juvenile e-cigarette use, causing serious concern among state health officials. E-cigarette emissions research done by the OAL at DRI helps to educate and empower the lawmakers.
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OAL Participates in Toxic Metals Monitoring Campaign

Dave Cambell - mobile Cr VI measurements Dave Campbell, Associate Research Scientist at the DRI's Division of Atmospheric Sciences and the Organic Analytical Lab member, participated in a 5-week long monitoring campaign near Paramount, CA, sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and conducted in collaboration with Aerodyne Research Inc. Dave used Steam-Jet Aerosol Collector - long Pathlength Absorbance Spectroscopy (SJAC-LPAS) instrument developed by Dr. Khlystov to perform real-time on-line measurements of hexavalent chromium concentration in the air, while riding aboard Aerodyne Mobile Laboratory (click Continue reading to see images).
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Board of Regents awards Dr. Vera Samburova 2018 Rising Researcher Award

Dr. Vera SamburovaThe Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents this week awarded Vera Samburova, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution at DRI, with its annual Rising Researcher Award. She was recognized for her early-career accomplishments and leading a new and exciting area of research at DRI looking at inhalation and indoor air quality related health effects. The honor is given annually to one NSHE faculty member from DRI, UNR, and UNLV.   Read the full press release.
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Dr. Andrey Khlystov wins Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco New Investigator Award

Dr. Andrey Khlystov wins Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco New Investigator Award
Dr. Andrey Khlystov has been named a "2018 New Investigator Award Winner for Best Abstract" by the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco for his presentation "The Effect of Puff Topography and Power Settings on Aldehyde and Carbon Monoxide in E-cigarette Aerosols". The award was presented at the Society's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Khlystov is the Director of the Organic Analytical Laboratory and a Research Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at DRI. Two other OAL members presented posters at the SRNT meeting: Dr. Vera Samburova ("Carbonyl Compounds in Exhaled E-cigarette Aerosols") and Dr. Yeongkwon Son ("Indoor Air Quality in Electronic Cigarette Vape Shops").
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Welcome to OAL, Yeongkwon Son!

Dr. Yeongkwon Son joins the OAL as a postdoctoral fellow. Yeongkwon comes to DRI from Rutgers university with a PhD in Exposure Science. Dr.Son is an expert in exposure science, chemical and biomarker analysis, computational modeling and sampling device design. Welcome, Yeongkwon!
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