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WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) Speaker Series: Kim Prather

portrait photo of Kim Prather
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Faculty Club, Main Dining Room

Registration Deadline is Sunday, May 19, 2019. Registration is required.

Learn from other changemakers in STEM, and build your professional and academic network at WINS. The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) provides you the opportunity to engage with a diverse array of stand-out women in science and engineering, and connect with potential mentors, peers, and other colleagues.

The Spring 2019 WINS will feature Kim Prather, distinguished professor and distinguished chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego

Flying through the Clouds to Understand How Microbes Affect Our Climate

How do biological processes and microbes in the ocean influence clouds and climate, and control the temperatures of our planet? Taking an unconventional approach, as founding director of the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE), I am working with a team to move the full complexity of the ocean/atmosphere system into the lab. This work enables studies directly addressing biological, chemical, and physical factors controlling the transfer of species from the ocean to the atmosphere, including pathogens, viruses, bacteria, lipids, and proteins, as well as gases, in turn critical for improving model predictions of future planetary temperatures. My path to being a professor at the University of California, San Diego, was atypical, and I will also discuss unexpected twists and turns, critical guidance, support, and lessons learned along the way.

Kim Prather's Bio

Dr. Kimberly Prather holds a joint appointment at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as the Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and Distinguished Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

She is the founding Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE), an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation, which focuses on developing a better understanding of how ocean biology influences atmospheric chemistry, clouds, and climate.

Professor Prather has received numerous awards and is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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