Linda M. Richards has been working on her Ph.D. (ABD) in the history of science at Oregon State University (OSU) since 2007. As a student, she has designed and taught original curriculum and facilitated several public history projects on environmental justice and nuclear history. She has also toured Hanford Nuclear Reservation with the Oregon Department of Energy and participated in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorations in Japan in 2010 and the Nonproliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in Vienna in 2012.
This year she has been teaching classes at OSU while writing her dissertation, “Rocks and Reactors: The Origins of Radiation Exposure Disparity, 1941–1979,” using archival research from CHF, the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Special Collections at Oregon State University and a 2012 National Science Foundation grant. The NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant took her to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, U.N. agencies and archives in Geneva, and North American indigenous uranium mining sites.
She was a CHF Doan Fellow previously in 2011, an Oregon University System Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow for International Research, and an Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Scholar in Residence at the OSU Special Collections. While at CHF, Linda will work on unscrambling the confusion around radiation health safety by examining documents of nuclear chemists and radiobiologists.
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