"I am satisfied by simply being able to help out in whatever way I can." an interview with Claire Parkinson

Recorded February 4, 2019 Archived February 4, 2019 19:54 minutes
Id: APP611949

Description

Dr. Claire Parkinson, senior scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center since 1978, discusses using satellite data to monitor sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic and serving as project scientist for the NASA satellite Aqua, which makes measurements of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, ice, and land. She discusses her early interest in math and her moving away from math because of worries her work could be subverted for the purposes of war. "I could not spend a whole career working with theoretical math and not knowing what my results might be used for," she said. Claire shares about the challenges of science communication in a polarized world, and about gratitude for being able to make scientific contributions. (Recorded 11 December 2018)

Participants

  • Claire Parkinson
  • Rachel Kauffman

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