A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed to be on the American Geophysical Union podcast, called Third Pod from the Sun! The episode is all about "famous" smog or air pollution events in the mid-20th century that paved the way for some of the first air quality legislation like the Clean Air Act. I was interviewed to explain the meteorology that helped influence some of these air quality events.
The first event is the 1948 Donora, PA smog event, which killed 20 people and caused respiratory problems for thousands more. The second event is termed the Great Smog of 1952 in London. Both of these events are discussed from an epidemiological perspective given by Dr. Devra Lee Davis, who was raised in Donora. These events were exacerbated by a stagnant high pressure system, or anticyclone.
This interview was my very first scientific interview and I was pretty nervous. However, I learned that it's common to see many if not most of the questions beforehand, which made the interview less stressful. In future interviews as my scientific career continues, I have a much better idea on how to prepare and what to expect.
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