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Mina Carson’s new book: Ava Helen Pauling

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Congratulations to Mina Carson, whose biography of Ava Helen Pauling provides a long-awaited study of a crucial yet often-neglected figure in the history of science and peace activism.  Among its many merits is how well the book highlights the rich collections we have at Oregon State University.  Here’s the book the description.  It is so [...]

Theft, Archive Photos, and more thoughts on Nuclear Proliferation

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

by Linda M. Richards* My latest blog entry has been delayed due to theft! But before you read on, wondering, what does this have to do with the history of science, please keep in mind one of the greatest scientists of our time, Linus Pauling, believed that the structure of molecules and society determined behavior. [...]

An American’s View of NPT, From Vienna

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

by Linda M. Richards* May 1 is a real Worker’s holiday all over Austria, so today the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) was closed and there were no official NPT Preparatory Committee meetings. The NPT is the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Almost all the shops and businesses are closed, except for restaurants [...]

Reflection: Cleaning Up Hanford’s Waste

Monday, February 27th, 2012

by Jindan Chen* What’s in Hanford’s backyard? What cleanup has been accomplished, and what are the current challenges? What can you do about Hanford? These questions were presented to the Feb 23 open forum here at Oregon State University about the former plutonium production facility in Hanford, Washington.  Participants in the forum included representatives from [...]

National Science Foundation will support Rocks and Reactors Project

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Linda M. Richards, Ph.D. student in History of Science at Oregon State University, has been awarded a prestigious dissertation improvement grant from the National Science Foundation.  She weathered the storm of a tough selection process and now is ready to take her research project on the road–literally.  She’ll be traveling by bus (!) to multiple [...]

Pauling Collections Inspire Research on Nuclear History

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The Oregon State University research magazine Terra carries an article by undergraduate student Ingrid Ockert, discussing the research of one of our advanced doctoral students, Linda Richards. “Nothing could have prepared Linda Richards for her visit to the Navajo Nation in 1986. The landscape was littered with piles of uranium debris. Signs warning of radioactive [...]

Historians and scientists look back at Linus Pauling

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Long-time OSU historians Mina Carson and Mary Jo Nye (emerita) contributed to a fascinating OPB documentary on chemist and activist Linus Pauling.  It includes substantial discussion of the science, the political controversies, and his partnership with Ava Helen Pauling.

The Legacy of Nuclear Radiation on Native Lands

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Navajo scientist Perry H. Charley and Navajo elder Elsie Mae Begay joined with History of Science graduate student Linda Richards and others recently on a panel about radiation effects, held this April in Phoenix at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History.  Charley brought samples of rock from Begay’s home, along with [...]

What Will Our Energy Legacy Be?

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

By Jacob Darwin Hamblin The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan is a potent reminder of how vulnerable humans are to the shrugs and twitches of nature. Nuclear power advocates are quick to say that the compromised Japanese reactors were of an old design. But Japan is a sophisticated, technologically savvy nation. If a [...]

Mina Carson Writing about Ava Helen Pauling

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Oregon State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Mina Carson is the third person this year to have presented work supported by the Resident Scholar Program at OSU Libraries.  A professor of American Social and Cultural History, Carson’s research interests have thus far included the Progressive and New Deal eras, the gay and lesbian movements [...]

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