Annie Song ’21

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title

Racial Disparities in Exposure to Air Pollution

Certificate(s): Computer Science, Global Health and Health Policy

I was matched with my project through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s new Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality (RISE) program, which encourages students to explore and advocate for racial justice broadly. My mentor’s research group works on issues of air pollution and energy consumption, specifically how different demographics are disproportionately exposed to forms of pollution and, thus, multiple health risks. That some groups are exposed to pollution and its effects more than others falls under environmental injustice. I worked on making the lab’s information and results more accessible for the average person. I worked on a data set of racial-ethnic disparities in pollution exposure across the continental United States from 1990-2010. I used Tableau Desktop to transform the raw data into maps and graphs that mimicked the figures published in research articles. Additionally, Tableau data visualizations are interactive, which makes them more appealing to people who are uninterested in reading papers or who would like to explore the data themselves. These figures can be published and shared online, which helps connect the science to the general public.



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Climate and Environmental Science

Organization(s)

University of Washington

Mentor(s)

Julian Marshall, John R. Kiely Endowed Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington