Winter Speaker Series 2021: Susan Solomon

January 30, 2021 2:00 pm Virtual, Live on Zoom

"Three Environmental Success Stories and What They Tell Us About Climate Change"

Susan Solomon, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Humans have faced a series of national and global environmental challenges in the past half-century, including smog, the use of lead in gasoline, and ozone depletion. How can we address these environmental challenges to ensure our sustainable future? Solomon, recipient of the nation’s highest scientific honor, the US National Medal of Science, will reveal how success in addressing past environmental challenges has been achieved through a combination of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens. Solomon will probe how those lessons learned provide key guidance for better managing our current critical environmental issues and addressing the causes of climate change.

Lecture will be followed by audience Q&A with Susan Solomon via Zoom chat.

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About the Speaker

Susan Solomon is the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to MIT in 2012, she was a scientist at NOAA in Boulder, Colorado and an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado from 1982-2011. She is well known for her pioneering work in atmospheric chemistry, including explaining the cause of the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer. She is also the author of several influential scientific papers in climate science, including the understanding of how the ozone hole influences southern hemisphere climate. She received the US National Medal of Science, our nation’s highest scientific award, in 1999. She has also received the Grande Medaille of the French Academy of Sciences, the Blue Planet Prize in Japan, the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, the Crafoord Prize of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the Volvo Environment Prize. She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society in the UK. Time magazine named Solomon as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Two geographic features in Antarctica have been named after her, Solomon Saddle and Solomon Glacier.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Johanna and Ronald Becker
Santiago Neville
Cynthia Sinclair
Kathleen Shinners
Lockett Ford Ballard, Jr.
Mary Jennings

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Thank you to the Winter Speaker Series Committee

Johanna Becker, Chairwoman
Cristin Searles Bilodeau, Director of Community Engagement
Eleanor Doumato
Anne DuBose Joslin
Susan Kieronski
Santiago Neville
Kathleen Shinners