Watch the Bulletin’s virtual broadcast “At the Gates of Catastrophe: 100 Seconds to Midnight” featuring Science and Security Council members Robert Latiff, Suzet McKinney, Steven Miller and Robert Socolow in conversation with the President and Chief of the Bulletin’s editor, Rachel Bronson.
These experts discussed the factors that helped set the Doomsday Clock in 2022 and the ways we can #TurnBackTheClock. Participating students joined in the moderated discussion before moving on to a small group Q&A session led by Science and Security Council members Daniel Holz and Robert Rosner. Watch a recording of the moderated program above to learn more.
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Robert Latif retired from the United States Air Force as a major general in 2006. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame and a research professor at the George Mason University School of Engineering. He is also a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board and the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Latif’s new book, Future Peace: Technology, Aggression, and the Rush of War, looks at the role technology plays in bringing us into conflict. He is also the author of Future War: Preparing for the New World Battleground.
Suzet McKinney is the Principal and Director of Life Sciences at Sterling Bay, where she oversees relationships with the scientific, academic, corporate, technology and government sectors involved in the life sciences ecosystem. She also leads the strategy to expand Sterling Bay’s life sciences footprint nationally. Previously, she served as CEO and Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District, where she managed a 24/7/365 environment that included 560 acres of medical research facilities, laboratories, a biotechnology business incubator, universities, raw land development areas, four hospitals and more than 40 health-related institutions. In 2020, Dr. McKinney was appointed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker as Operations Manager for Illinois State’s Alternative Care Facilities, a network of alternative medical locations designed to decompressing the hospital system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. McKinney holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at the Chicago School of Public Health and received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brandeis University. She earned her Masters in Public Health and certificates in Care Management and Health Care Administration from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
Steven Miller is director of the international security program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he is a member of the Committee for International Security Studies (CISS). Miller is also co-chair of the US Pugwash Committee and a member of the Council of International Pugwash. Miller co-led the Academy’s Global Nuclear Futures Initiative project with Bulletin Science and Security Council Chairman Robert Rosner.
Robert Socolow is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. From 2000 to 2019, he and Steve Pacala were co-principal investigators of Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a twenty-five-year project (2001-2025) supported by BP. His best known paper, with Pacala, was in Science (2004): “Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies”. Socolow is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His awards include the 2009 Frank Kreith Energy Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the 2005 Axelson Johnson Commemorative Lecture Award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering (IVA). In 2003 he received the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society.
Rachel Bronson is President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she oversees publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing body of activity around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy , climate change and disruptive technologies. Prior to joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a number of capacities, including: Vice President of Studies, Vice President of Programs and Studies, and Senior Researcher, Global Energy. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management.