2017 Cum Laude Students hear about climate science from Jane Baldwin ’07

Twenty-eight members of the class of 2017 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on Thursday evening, May 18. Following an introduction by Head of School Kai Bynum, and a history of the Cum Laude Society by Dean of Academics David Harpin, guest speaker Jane Baldwin ’07 spoke to the students and their families about her research on climate change. The Cum Laude Society has the tradition of inviting a Cum Laude member from 10 years ago to return to speak to the new inductees. Read Jane’s full bio below, and watch her address, as well as the entire Cum Laude ceremony, in the attached videos.

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Inductees from the Class of 2017:
David Bian
Emma Bucklan
Tiffany Buu
Madeleine Cahn
Phoebe Cardenas
Hunter Congdon
Sean Gao
Chloé Glass
Lucy Hanson
William Hartog
Taylor Kendall
Yoseph Kim
Andrew Kindseth
Aaron Kogan
Gwyneth Maloy
Hannah Melchinger
Ryan Meury
Anne Nields
Gabrielle Olshan-Cantin
Anees Patwa
Zev Rosen
Samantha Steinberg
Paul Stelben
Martin Tipton
Holden Turner
Charlotte Wang
Alexander Withers
Jane Baldwin’s Biography:
Jane is a PhD candidate in Princeton’s Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences program in conjunction with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, where she is advised by Dr. Gabriel Vecchi. Her core research employs a combination of dynamical climate models and earth observations to elucidate the ties between global and regional climate, and move towards useful predictions of climate change. A recipient of the National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship, her current work explores the influences of mountains on regional climate, with particular foci on the deserts across interior Asia and the Asian monsoons. She also does environmental policy research related to temporal structure of heat waves via a fellowship with Prof. Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.
She received her BA Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2012, with minors in East Asian Studies and Mandarin Chinese. After her junior year of college, she took a gap year to work as a fashion model in Athens, Milan, Tokyo, and New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys doing ballet, modern dance, and yoga, hanging out with her undergraduate advisees in Princeton's Rockefeller College, and coming up with creative new ways to avoid cooking.