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BC Researcher, Undergraduates Pursue ‘Neighborhood Science’ Study in Boston


By Ed Hayward | Chronicle Staff

Published: July 18, 2013

A two-year, $200,000 National Science Foundation award will enable Boston College students and faculty to install sensors to track air quality in Boston neighborhoods and relay the data to storefront windows they plan to convert into large touch screen displays.

Students of Lynch School of Education Associate Professor G. Michael Barnett, the grant’s principal investigator, will deploy environmental sensors in Brighton, West Roxbury, Dorchester, Roxbury, West Roxbury, South End, South Boston, Mattapan, and Hyde Park, as well as in several surrounding communities for comparative analysis.  As data about ozone, dust, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, temperature, humidity and volatile organic compounds are collected, the information will be displayed in local storefront windows through touch foil technology, a thin film that can be placed on any glass surface and transform it into a large, interactive touch screen able to display data.

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