Research ideas can come from the unlikeliest of places. Just ask graduate student Anna Scott. She was attending a protest in 2015, shortly after Freddie Gray died while in custody of Baltimore police. A young woman was addressing the crowd.
“She said that every single person at the protest could do something to make Baltimore a better place,” recalls Scott, a student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. “She told us that everyone could take their talent or their gifts and do something positive for the city. And I thought, ‘Maybe I could do something with my studies on climate science.’”