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Link Between Air Pollution and Autism

Jon Strelecki

Autism is one of the most baffling disorders affecting children. 

While the causes are unclear, the result is evident in the difficulty autistic children have with interpersonal relations. It’s estimated that 1 in 68 children in the US have the disorder.

At UW-Milwaukee, one faculty member has discovered a link between air pollution and autism. Joining us to discuss her findings is Amy Kalkbrenner, assistant professor in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.