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Women in Scientific & Environmental Professions Speaker Series

With the Department of Chemistry Seminar Series
Adventures at the Science-Policy Interface
Brooke Hemming

Senior Physical Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC
March 28, 11 am, Alumni (Nifkin) Lounge
Sponsors: Department of Chemistry, Environmental Scholars Program and the ESF Women's Caucus

Dr. Hemming began her education as a chemist at a community college before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley.  While there, she conducted research in the Division of Research Medicine at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the synthesis of a macrocyclic polyamine-based ligand for a positron-emitting isotope of Gallium, meant to serve as a tracer in Positron Emission Tomography studies of the human brain.  She studied biophysical inorganic chemistry at Stanford University, before changing her field of study to atmospheric chemistry and climate science.  She conducted her doctoral research at NASA-Ames Research Center and the Molecular Physics Laboratory at SRI International, on atmospheric chemistry and energy transfer studies of relevance to the measurement of the hydroxyl radical in the lower stratosphere. She went on to complete post-doctoral studies in atmospheric aerosol thermodynamics at the California Institute of Technology.  She then won an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship, which she served in the US EPA Office of International Affairs.  In 2002, upon the completion of her fellowship, she began her current position in air quality assessment at the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, campus of the US EPA.  Dr. Hemming has received multiple US EPA Bronze Medals for her work on the NAAQS reviews, and a Gold Medal for her work as a leader and co-author of the science assessment that formed the basis the US EPA Carbon Dioxide Endangerment Finding, designating CO2 as a harmful air pollutant. 

Dr. Hemming is the editor of a new book series, Climate and Policy, under the Anthem Press Environment and Sustainability Initiative.   She has served for several years as a technical advisor, representing the US EPA, on the Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Resource Conservation and Resiliency Technical Committee; and as an advisor on the North Carolina State Climate Change and Society Program Advisory Board.   In 2013, Dr. Hemming served as the science advisor for Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s production of “Invisible Earth,” educating the creative director about the global carbon cycle and climate, and as a member of the costume production team (“monkey furrier”).

with Adaptive Peakes Lecture Series
The Ocean is losing its breath - an overview of the problem, its effects, and solutions
Denise Breitburg
Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD
April 25, 4pm, Illick 5
Sponsors: Department of Environmental and Forest Biology and ESF Women's Caucus

Dr. Breitburg directs SERC’s Marine & Estaurine Ecology Lab and thinks up new ways to investigate the impacts of dead zones and acidification on Chesapeake Bay’s fish and invertebrates.  She is a leader of the international Global Ocean Oxygen Network, and spearheaded the major 2018 review of ocean deoxygenation published in Science. Dr. Breitburg is the penultimate speaker in the semester long Adaptive Peaks Lecture Series theme of "Effecting Change at Local to Global Scales."

In addition to her duties at SERC, Breitburg has served as  Participating Faculty, Graduate Program in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland System.  She was previously Curator, Marine/Estuarine Ecology, Ichthyology, at The Academy of Natural Sciences, Estuarine Research Center and Adjunct Professor, and Graduate Faculty member within other departments at the University of Maryland.   She earned a BS and MA in Biology from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara,  where she looked at Marine and estuarine ecology; relationship between behavior and community ecology; and the behavior and ecology of fishes.


Presented by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The ESF Women's Caucus, with the assistance of other offices and programs at ESF and Syracuse University.

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