On September 13th, 2012, Susan Solomon, the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at MIT, gave a talk entitled "The World's Chemistry in Our Hands: Global Environmental Challenges Past and Future." Throughout the lecture she discussed how combinations of science, public policy, and citizen engagement can lead to environmental solutions and inform key challenges of the 21st century, especially climate change. Excellent coverage of the event can be found on the MIT News website.
The Dean's Colloquium series was established to recognize and celebrate scientists who have chosen innovative, non-traditional career paths and have been unusually successful. The event is free and open to the public.
Solomon, who joined MIT in January 2012 after more than 20 years as a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has led two expeditions to Antarctica and had a glacier named after her. She is best known for proposing the theory and discovering the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole. She also co-led the science assessment of the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Her numerous awards and honors also include the 1999 National Medal of Science, the Grande Medaille (the highest award of the French Academy of Sciences), and mention in Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008.