From Panic to Solutions: Climate, COVID and Racism
This year has been a rough year as we together recognized our global connectivity. Whether it is the ice in Antarctica causing the sea levels to inch up in Miami, the Covid virus rearranging our lives or the recognition of widespread systemic racism. The remarkable link between these three is that solutions rest in individual, institution and cultural shifts that are within our reach.
Dr. Robin Bell received her undergraduate degree in geology from Middlebury College in Vermont and her Ph.D. in geophysics from Columbia University in 1989. Bell has explored our planet’s ice sheets, developed innovative technology and improved the scientific culture for women. Bell has coordinated ten major aero-geophysical expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland, studying what makes ice sheets collapse, discovering a volcano beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet and several large lakes
beneath two miles of ice, and demonstrating that ice sheets can thicken from below. She led a Lamont team to map the Hudson River from Staten Island to Albany. She was the first women to chair the National Academy of Science’s Polar Research Board (2002-2008) and launched the International Polar Year 2007-2009 that brought together over 50,000 scientists from around the globe. Bell is president of the American Geophysical Union, the largest organization of Earth and space scientists in the world.