Interview: Michael Oppenheimer

Recently I had the unique opportunity to interview renowned climate scientist Michael OppenheimerWe met at the Hubbard Brook Annual Conference following his motivational speech. Dr. Oppenheimer is not only a professor of Geo-Sciences and International Affairs at Princeton, but also is a former member of the Environmental Defense Fund, and has an active role in the International Panel on Climate Change. He attained an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Physics, but is also versed in Atomic and Molecular Astrophysics and has even taught Astronomy at Harvard. Oppenheimer is able to speak about climate change in such a way that he has been a guest on several significant shows such as Oprah Winfrey, ABC News, and the Colbert Report. Aside from his credentials Dr. Oppenheimer is actually a very humble and inspiring person. Once you speak to him you will find he is quite delightful.

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Dr. Oppenheimer is an astute climate scientist, but was also very warm and welcoming to undergraduates Jessica Turner (left) and Brandon Colon (right)

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Shoutout to Dr. Letitia Thomas

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Congratulations Dr. Thomas! This past week, one of my favorite faculty advisors was presented with the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award. University at Buffalo’s Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender selected two faculty members who inspired students throughout their career to receive this award. I nominated Dr. Thomas for this award because she has closely guided me through the Daniel Acker Scholars program from freshman year until now. Dr. Thomas also traveled with me to Turkey on study abroad, and encourages students from all backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM, including myself.

For the article: UB Gender Institute Excellence in Mentoring Award