Winning the Davis Prize

I have scheduled this post ahead of time, because I can’t contain my enthusiasm, yet I’ve agreed to hold off talking about it until the prizewinners are announced. But I’m delighted to report that my book Arming Mother Nature has won the 2016 Helen Miles Davis and Watson Davis Prize, from the History of Science…

OMSI’s Reel Science: Planetary with Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Date: Apr. 22, 2015 Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Located at: Empirical Theater at OMSI Who is this for: All ages Cost: $7 non-members; $6 members Reel Science: Planetary with Jacob Darwin Hamblin, author and associate professor of history at Oregon State University Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI highlights the science of documentaries on the big screen. Perfect…

Arming Mother Nature wins Birdsall Prize

I am delighted to report that my most recent book, Arming Mother Nature: the Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism, was awarded the 2014 Paul Birdsall Prize from the American Historical Association. I was able to pick up the prize just after spending an incredible New Year’s eve and day staying in Times Square, the venue of the…

Want to speed up the pulse of nature?

I am fanatically enthusiastic about the organizers of this summer’s Congress on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, in Manchester, UK.  This is how conferences should be done! They have rejected curmudgeon-hood and have fully embraced social media. They have started a blog beforehand, and they have included a list of presenting historians of science —…

Imagining Cold War Environments

I’m looking forward to going to Philadelphia later this month, to meet with fellow scholars working on the environmental dimensions of the Cold War.  The meeting, titled “Imagining Cold War Environments,” will be hosted on April 26 and 27 (2012) by Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy.  A PDF of the…

The Nuclear Promise

In November I traveled to Boca Raton, Florida, to give the annual John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture at Florida Atlantic University. John O’Sullivan was a scholar of the twentieth century, and was deeply concerned with nuclear issues. I was honored to be asked to talk to a packed auditorium of locals wanting to learn how to…