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Climbing Your Own Everests – Dr. Arlene Blum


Arlene Blum

Climbing Your Own Everests

Thursday, October 15, 12 – 1:30 PM, at Alumni Hall

arlene-profileNotable biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer Arlene Blum will share photos and stories from her memoir, Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life, illustrating both her scientific research and her mountaineering expeditions. Building on her own experience achieving extremely demanding objectives, Blum will highlight how to define worthwhile goals, manage logistics and finances, select a winning team, deal with group dynamics in stressful situations, anticipate and solve problems, maximize successes, and overcome failures.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Open to all graduate students and faculty.

Sponsored by: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Page Barbour Fund via the Plastic Project, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development.

arlene-blum-low-resArlene Blum is the founder and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute and a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Beginning with removing cancer-causing chemicals from children’s sleepwear in the 1970s, Blum’s work to bring science into regulatory decisions has stopped the use of hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals. Blum holds a doctorate in biophysical chemistry, and has taught at Stanford University, Wellesley College, and U. C. Berkeley.

Blum led the first American and all-women’s ascent of Annapurna I, among the world’s most dangerous and difficult mountains. She also led the first women’s team up Mt. McKinley; was the first American woman to attempt Mt. Everest; made the first traverse of the Great Himalaya Range of Bhutan, Nepal and India; and hiked the length of the European Alps with her baby daughter on her back.