California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), UCLA
The modern era of research into global environmental change came about with the first successful numerical weather forecast experiment in 1950 on the ENIAC computer (which had a 10-word memory) and the launch of Nimbus satellite in 1964. Technologies once considered disruptive were made possible by theoretical advances across all fronts, many of which were led by scientists at UCLA. Come learn how these major transformations greatly expanded our understanding of global environmental change.
Inez Y. Fung is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was founding director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center and founding director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment. Her research focuses on understanding and predicting the causes and consequences of changes in the abundance of climatically-significant trace species in the atmosphere. Fung is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society; and a recipient of NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. She contributed to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.