Other Writing & News

The Wretched Atoms wins 2022 Oregon Book Award

Book excerpt: “The Disneyfication of Atomic Power,” Nautilus (Oct 2021)

Featured in Scholars’ Circle Podcast, “How did the U.S. Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology in a World of Growing Nuclear Arsenals?” (01 Aug 2021)

Review of Les Politiques de la Radioactivité: Tchernobyl et la mémoire nationale en Biélorussie Contemporaine, by Tatiana Kasperski, in HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology 14:2 (2020), 120-122.

Review of “Learning to Think Long-Term,” review of Deep Time Reckoning, by Vincent Ialenti, in Science 370:6520 (November 27, 2020), 1043.

Review of Neptune’s Laboratory: Fantasy, Fear, and Science at Sea, by Antony Adler, in Earth Sciences History 39:2 (2020), 483-485.

Review of Greening the Alliance: The Diplomacy of NATO’s Science and Environmental Initiatives, by Simone Turchetti Isis 11:2 (2020), 437-438.

Review of Land of Nuclear Enchantment: A New Mexican History of the Nuclear Weapons Industry, by Lucie Genay, Pacific Historical Review (Spring 2020), 306-308.

“Nuclear Power and Promise,” review of Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator, by Gregory B. Jaczko, Science 363:6424 (2019), 237.

“Anatomy of a Meltdown,” review of Chernobyl: A History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, by Serhii Plokhy, American Scientist 106:4 (2018), 250.

Review of After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century, by William Rankin, in Technology and Culture 59:3 (2018), 805-806.

Featured in 99 Percent Invisible podcast episode 301 (13 Apr 2018), “Making it Rain”

Featured in OSU’s Research in Action podcast episode 107 (16 Apr 2018) “Dr. Jacob Hamblin and the Downwinders Project”

“A Toxic Timeline,” review of Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present, by Richard S. Newman, Science 353:6296 (2016), 226.

“The Invention of Sustainability,” review of Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century, by Stephen Macekura, Diplomatic History (online July 6, 2016)

“An Ethical Evolution,” review of Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research, by Sarah Bridger, American Scientist (Nov-Dec 2015).

“Pick Your Poison,” review of Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology, by Frederick Rowe Davis, Science 347:6227 (March 13, 2015), 1208.

Review of Range Wars: The Environmental Contest for White Sands Missile Range, by Ryan H. Edgington, Quest: The History of Spaceflight, A Quarterly Journal 22:1 (2015), 62-63.

“The IAEA Demands Nations Open Up to Its Inspectors, Yet is Itself a Tightly Shut Box of Secrets,” The Conversation (15 May 2014)

Review of Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, by Kate Brown, H-Environment Roundtable Reviews 4:5 (2014)

Author Response to Roundtable on Arming Mother Nature in H-Environment Roundtable Reviews 4:5 (2014). 

Review of Project Plowshare, by Scott Kaufman, Journal of American History 100:4 (2014), 1278-1279.

Review of Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty, by Edwin A. Martini, Pacific Historical Review 83:1 (2014), 179-180.

“Ecology Lessons from the Cold War,” New York Times (May 30, 2013), A23.

“Promises, Promises,” review of Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America, by Audra J. Wolfe, Chemical Heritage Magazine 31:3

Review of The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland, by Gretchen Heefner, Agricultural History 87:4 (2013)

Review of Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade, by Gabrielle Hecht, Isis 104:1 (2013), 183-184.

“The Strange Military Origins of Environmentalism,” The Conversation (17 July 2013)

“The Long Cold Nuclear Winter,” essay review of A Nuclear Winter’s Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s, by Lawrence Badash, Metascience 21:3 (2012), 727-731.

Review of Ocean: Reflections on a Century of Exploration, by Wolf H. Berger, Earth Sciences History 31:2 (2012), 337-338.

Review of Confluence: the Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhône, by Sara B. Pritchard, Isis 102:4 (2011), 809-810.

Review of Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element, by Jeremy Bernstein, Technology & Culture 52:2 (2011), 415-417.

Review of Pursuing Power and Light, by Bruce J. Hunt, Physics in Perspective 13:1 (2011), 117-118.

Review of The Great Ocean of Truth, by Peter Wadhams, Polar Record 47:2 (2010), 187-188.

“Science and Technology for Every Man, Woman, and Child,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 20:2 (2010), 259-267. Essay review of Red Prometheus: Engineering and Dictatorship in East Germany, 1945-1990, by Dolores L. Augustine; In Sputnik’s Shadow: The President’s Science Advisory Committee and Cold War America, by Zuoyue Wang; Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier and Megascience, by Lillian Hoddeson, Adrienne W. Kolb, and Catherine Westfall; Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly, by Michael D. Gordin.

Article review of “The Atomic Hero: Robert Oppenheimer and the Making of Scientific Icons in the Early Cold War,” by David K. Hecht (appeared in Technology and Culture 49:4 (2008), 943-966).  H-Diplo Online Reviews.

Review of American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe, by John Krige, Technology & Culture 49 (2008), 489-491.

Review of Deep Freeze: The United States, the International Geophysical Year, and the Origins of Antarctica’s Age of Science, by Dian Olson Belanger, Journal of American History 94 (2007), 637

Review of Eisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test Ban Debate, 1945-1963, by Benjamin P. Greene, Technology & Culture 48 (2007), 892-893

Review of Underwater to Get Out of the Rain: A Love Affair with the Sea, by Trevor Norton, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 28 (2006), 616-617

Review of Instrumental in War: Science, Research, and Instruments between Knowledge and the World, by Steven A. Walton, ed., Isis 97 (2006), 739-740

Review of The Privatization of the Oceans, by Rognvaldur Hannesson, Journal of the History of Biology 39 (2006), 812–814

Review of The Journey to PICES: Scientific Cooperation in the North Pacific, by Sara Tjossem, Bulletin of the Pacific Circle 17 (2006), 20–22.

Review of Ancient Fishing and Fish Processing in the Black Sea Region, by Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen, ed., History and Technology 22 (2006), 333–334

Double review of Edward Teller: The Real Dr. Strangelove, by Peter Goodchild, and The Bomb: A Life, by Gerard de Groot, Canadian Journal of History 40:3 (2005), 601–604

Review of A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility, by Andrew Ede and Lesley B. Cormack, The History Teacher 38:4 (2005), 546–547

Film review of Deadly Enemies [on biological warfare], directed by Susan Lambert, The History Teacher 38:3 (2005), 418–419

Review of The Machine in Neptune’s Garden: Historical Perspectives on Technology and the Marine Environment, by Helen M. Rozwadowski and David K. van Keuren, eds., Environmental History 10:1 (2005),130

Review of The Sea Knows No Boundaries: A Century of Marine Science under ICES, by Helen M. Rozwadowski, Isis 94:3 (2003), 560–561

Review of Oceanographic History: the Pacific and Beyond, by Keith R. Benson and Philip F. Rehbock, eds., Journal of the History of Biology 36 (2003), 215–217

Review of Permissible Dose: A History of Radiation Protection in the Twentieth Century, by J. Samuel Walker, Environmental History 6:3 (2001), 480–481

Review of Supplying the Nuclear Arsenal: American Production Reactors, 1942-1992, by Rodney P. Carlisle with Joan M. Zenzen, Technology & Culture 39 (1998), 365–367