the TEAM - WORKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Stan Farkas, PhD: Organization Lead; Scientist

    Retired NASA Ames Project Manager.

Stan first became fascinated with climatology while teaching Human Evolution and finding how climate change drove the evolution of early man. A trip to the arctic solidified his interest after witnessing the power of the sights and sounds of ice bergs calving off Greenland glaciers. After briefing 4 members of Congress or their staff on the dangers to our national security from major proposed cuts to NOAA and NASA’s climate related programs, his passion became educating and advocating to resolve the climate crises. 

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Gary Latshaw, PhD: Scientist 

    Retired College Physics Professor

I  became completely enamored with science after the Soviets launched  Sputnik in 1957. I sat on the edge of my couch watching Cape Canaveral  launches. The Unites States was trying to catch up with the Soviets in  space. For every successful launch, there were multiple failures. I  became a science nut and eventually earned by doctorate in physics at  Stanford. Also, growing up in smoggy LA I was well aware of the harm of  atmospheric pollution and other environmental issues. Now, in  retirement, I am able to devote myself to environmental issues. I was  among the first trained (1987) by Al Gore's organization, The Climate  Reality Project, on the topic of man-made climate change. 

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Philip B. Russell, PhD: Scientist 

    Retired NASA Ames Atmospheric Scientist 

Phil was first attracted to the science of climate change in the late 1960s while working on his PhD in nuclear physics. In the 1970s he discovered that his PhD background in photon scattering could be applied to studying the properties of suspended particles (aerosols) and their role in climate. This led to a multi-decade career with NASA, developing and using airborne instruments to test and extend satellite measurements of aerosol and trace gas properties and effects, and applying the satellite data sets to evaluate regional impacts. 

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Anthony W. Strawa, PhD:  Scientist 

    Retired NASA Ames Atmospheric Scientist

I was working at NASA on as an aerospace engineer in the early 1990’s. I was intrigued by the fact that computer models could not accurately predict climate without including the effects of particles in the air. I thought that my expertise in experimental diagnostics could be put to better use to help explain the effects of particles on climate instead of making airplanes go faster. It is difficult to believe that 30 years later we are still we are not moving quickly to address the climate crisis.

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Steven Zornetzer, PhD: Scientist 

    Retired NASA Ames Associate Center Director for R&D

Steve's passion for climate change blossomed in 2010 when he led the NASA team managing the design and construction of the greenest building in the Federal Government at the time, "Sustainability Base", at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.  This award-winning LEED Platinum building project sparked Steve's interests in all aspects of the climate crisis.  Since then, his passion continues to grow as he thinks about the impacts global warming will have for his grandchildren and future generations. He feels compelled to try to slow down this crisis.