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

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


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 managing the NASA satellite Aqua, which measures precipitation and cycling of water worldwide. She discussed her early interest in math, and she moves away from it 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. Clair 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)


  • Rachel Kauffman
  • Clair Parkinson