National Weather Center Colloquium
“To the Last Breath” - A Memoir of Going to Extremes
Dr. Francis Slakey
Associate Director of Public Affairs
American Physical Society, Washington, D.C.
23 April 2013, 4:00 PM
National Weather Center, Room 1313
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
In 2009, physicist Francis Slakey became the first person to summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean on Earth. In this talk he takes us from the peaks of Mount Everest to the Arctic ocean and elaborates how he used the laws of physics to his advantage in his climbing expeditions and the knowledge of the geophysics of waves to surf. He will also talk about how his adventures led him on a path to address global challenges like climate change: “Every glacier that I have ever punched my crampons into is shrinking. Every one of them.” For years, Dr. Slakey has inspired students and researchers across the nation to address societal challenges through science and motivated them to turn their ideas into legislation.