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Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences

Education and Research Center (ERC)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates:

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Characterization of Aerosols from Musical Performance and Risk Mitigation Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: July 29, 2020 4pm-5pm EST

Location: WebEx

Presenter: Jun Wang, Ph.D., PE, CIH, CSP

Panelists: Tiina Reponen, Ph.D., Sergey Grinshpun, Ph.D., James Bunte, Ph.D.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns have been raised regarding potential airborne virus transmission and exposure during musical performances. Past studies suggest the magnitudes of aerosol emissions from singing and speaking vary by person and vocal pitches. Meanwhile, little is known about aerosol emissions from wind instruments. There are several real-world cases of airborne infection during music-related events. It is critical to understand the potential risks related to K-12 music education programs, college music education programs, and professional choir and orchestra performances.

During this webinar we will review the potential implications of airborne transmissions associated with musical performance. We will disseminate the results of a recent study at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. We examined the spatial and temporal changes of aerosol concentration in a small musical performing environment where singing, the performance of wind instruments, and talking were involved to represent practicing and teaching scenarios. Besides singing, seven instruments (clarinet, flute, French horn, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and tuba) were performed by musical professionals during the study. These findings suggested there are certain risks associated with aerosol transmission during musical performances, especially for combined vocal and instrumental performances. Proper guidance, disinfecting procedures, and engineering controls are needed to minimize the risk.

At the conclusion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic principles of aerosol transmission in relation to COVID-19 pandemic, including differences between aerosols and droplets.
  2. Explain the effects of distances, ventilation conditions, and other factors on aerosol concentrations in a room.
  3. Explain how singing, playing of wind instruments, or talking elevates aerosol concentrations in a room.
  4. Identify potential engineering controls, personal protection, and proper guidelines to reduce risks of COVID-19 infection during practicing and teaching vocal and instrumental music.

21st Annual Pilot Research Project (PRP) Symposium

Date: October 1-2, 2020

Location: Virtual Symposium on Whova and WebEx

About: The Pilot Research Project symposium is part of the University of Cincinnati NIOSH Education and Research Center. Completed projects and project plans will be presented by 2019-20 & 2020-21 PRP awardees as well as a keynote presentation by Dr. Claire Caruso, Research Health Scientist at NIOSH/CDC. Dr. Caruso will be presenting on shift work and long work hours. All PRP awardee presentations and posters will be on various topics concerning occupational health and safety. This event is free and open to the public, please register in advance.

Register Here

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UC Student Section - American Society for Safety Professionals 

Fall and Spring meeting dates - student section meets first Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in Rhodes 501

Fall 2020 TBD

Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences Seminars

Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences Wednesday Seminar Series here

Division of Epidemiology Seminar Series here

Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Seminar Series here

University of Michigan ERC

Webinars here

Seminar series here (not available live - if available videos are posted a few weeks after event)


NIOSH ERC Ergonomics and Industrial Hygiene Webinar Series here