Body 2.0 Keynote: Dr. Arlene Blum – “Breaking Trail, A Climbing Life”

Arlene Blum PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer is a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Department of Chemistry and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. Her research and policy work has contributed to preventing the use toxic flame retardants from children’s sleepwear, electronics, and other products. She has taught chemistry at Stanford University, Wellesley College, and U. C. Berkeley.

At Stanford. Blum led the first American and all-women’s ascent of Annapurna I and 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.

She is the author of Annapurna: A Woman’s Place and Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life Her awards include selection by the UK Guardian as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring women, National Women’s History Project selection as one of 100 “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet”, and a Gold Medal from the Society of Women Geographers.

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