Past Events Archive

November 12, 2008 - Demystifying Bacteria Sampling and Data Interpretation 

Keynote Speaker: Florence Wu, PhD, President of Aemtek, Inc.

Continuing Education Credits:  AmIAQ Council: 4.0 RC; ABIH: 0.5 CM.

Do you sometimes feel confused with bacterial sampling methods or lab reports? This practical course will help you to understand the occurrence of bacteria in indoor environments and learn practical methods for bacterial sampling and field assessment, including:

·         Normal level of bacteria in indoor environments

o        Biology and ecology of bacteria

o        Gram-negative bacteria and endotoxin

o        Bacterial sampling and media selection

o        Laboratory analysis and data interpretation

o        Rapid field assessment of bacterial load

·         Sewage contamination and verification testing

o        Sewage indicator bacteria

o        Surface verification testing after cleaning

o        Air sampling in the event of sewage contamination

·         Legionella sampling and risk assessment

o        Legionella growth conditions

o        Legionella sampling and analysis strategies

·         Sampling for pathogenic bacteria

o        Sampling proficiency

o        Bacteria recovery

o        Novel sampling and analysis methods

Dr. Florence Wu is the founder and president of Aemtek, Inc. She has over 20 years of academic training and work experience in microbial analysis, scientific research, and laboratory management. She holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee and has given numerous lectures covering a wide range of subjects in the field of applied and environmental microbiology and mycology.

March 28, 2007 -

Risk Communication Principles and Methods for IAQ Professionals

Keynote Speaker: Mary A. Finn, PhD, CIH 

·          Have you been asked to discuss the risk of airborne contaminants?
·          Do you know why people react to risks the way they do?
·          How to interpret and respond to risk in constructive ways?
·          What type of risk communication should you provide?

Your ability to alert (inform); reassure; characterize the issue; disseminate information; and communicate occupant risks are all paramount to a successful project. But as technical people, we are poorly trained as risk communicators!

June 21 & 22, 2006: Mold Investigation, Prevention, and Remediation Workshop June 21, 2006 – Mold Investigation and Sampling Indoor Microbial Contamination

How to Conduct Residential Mold Inspections
How to Perform Mold Sampling How to Interpret Sample Results

June 22, 2006 – Mold Prevention and Remediation

Reducing Mold Risk during Building Construction and Maintenance
Building Envelope Waterproofing Evaluation
Mold Remediation Standards and Management
IICRC S520 and Ethics of Mold Remediation


Joe Spurgeon, Ph.D., CIH, President, Bayshore Environmental
Tim Kirk, CAC, CMC, CIAQI, Regional Manager, Clark Seif Clark, Inc.
Jeffrey B. Hicks, CIH, QEP, Principal Scientist, Exponent
Mona Shum, M.Sc., CIH, Managing Scientist, Exponent
Bill Weber, CR, CMRS, CBST, Vice President, Four Star Cleaning and Restoration
Sergio J. Zilli, PE, Sr. Associate, Gale Associates
Florence Wu, Ph.D., Principal Mycologist, Aemtek