Arlene Blum is a biophysical chemist, mountaineer, and author of Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life, which tells stories of high adventure in the chemistry laboratory and the worlds’ toughest mountains. Blum is currently working to bridge the gap between scientific research and public policy to help create a healthier safer environment. She is the scientific advisor for California AB 706, legislation to reduce potentially toxic fire retardant chemicals in furniture and bed clothing in California. Her previous research contributed to the regulation of tris, cancer-causing flame-retardants used in children's sleepwear.

Blum’s first book, Annapurna: A Woman’s Place, is in Fortune magazine's list of “The 75 Smartest Business Books We Know” and chosen by National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of the 100 top adventure books of all time. Blum holds a doctorate in biophysical chemistry from U. C Berkeley, and has taught at Stanford University, Wellesley College, and U. C. Berkeley for more information or to send Arlene a message