Susan Solomon, an internationally recognized leader in the field of atmospheric science, headlines the 2013 Pomona College Robbins Lecture Series "Exploring Our Atmosphere's Climate and Chemistry," February 4-7. The series begins with the Feb. 4 public lecture "A Tale of Our Times: Something for Everyone About Climate Change and the Reasons for Climate Gridlock." The talk begins at 8 p.m. and will be held in the Pomona College Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont).
Solomon is best known for her pioneering research explaining why the ozone hole occurs in Antarctica and obtaining some of the first chemical measurements that helped to establish chlorofluorocarbons as its cause. She was the head project scientist of the National Ozone Expedition at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, 1986-1987, and Solomon Glacier in Antarctica was subsequently named to recognize her accomplishments. Solomon has an abiding interest in historical meteorological data and is the author of a popular book on Antarctic history, The Coldest March, which was selected among the "2001 Books of the Year" by The New York Times, The Economist (U.K.) and the Independent (U.K.).
In addition to authoring several influential scientific papers in climate science, Solomon co-led Working Group I of the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. She has also been recognized with the 1999 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the US; as well as the Grande Medaille, the highest award of the French Academy of Sciences; and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, and the Acadameia Europaea. Time magazine named her as one of the most 100 influential people in the world in 2008.
Solomon is currently the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), from 1981 to 2011, and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder since 1982.
The 2013 Robbins Lecture Series, presented by the Pomona College Chemistry Department, is the 51st in the series established by Mr. Fred Robbins to bring to Pomona College distinguished chemists to discuss their current research. This year's Robbins Lecture Series schedule follows:
Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
"A Tale for Our Times: Something for Everyone About Climate Change and the Reasons for Climate Gridlock"
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
"Ozone Depletion: Enduring Challenges from Pole to Pole"
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
"Identifying the Local Signals: Where in the World Will the Climate Change First?"
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
"Surprises in Radiative Processes: What Chemicals are Changing our Climate?"
All of the lectures are open to the public and will be held in the Pomona College Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Avenue Claremont). There is no cost to attend.
Pomona College, established in 1887, is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate institutions.