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Please mark your calendars for the latest in the library’s series of Resident Scholar presentations, which will take place next week. Justin McBrien, a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Virginia, will discuss his research in a lecture titled “Making Climate Change: The ‘Atom Weather’ Controversy and the Question of Human Planetary Agency, 1945-1970.”  

This event will be Thursday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center on the library’s fifth floor. A summary of McBrien’s talk is below. Hope to see you there. 

This presentation examines the public debate in the US during the 1940s-1960s over the potential of the nuclear explosions to affect large-scale climatic changes. The “atom weather” controversy prefigured the awareness that humans have enormous environmental impacts with the power to save or destroy life on earth. By suggesting that nuclear explosions could inadvertently trigger extreme weather and rapid climate change, believers in atom weather were early articulators of the concept of the global biosphere as a chaotic system vulnerable to disturbances. 

By the mid-1950s, a considerable proportion of the American public blamed nuclear testing for droughts, frosts and tornado outbreaks. Meteorological experts studying fallout circulation dismissed the possibility that nuclear explosions could rival nature’s most powerful forces. They assumed that the global atmosphere was a stable system that could absorb any disturbances or pollutants that humanity might produce. Yet in their attempts to justify the continuation of nuclear testing and mollify public fears, these experts began to promote the bomb’s potential to modify the climate. They advocated for ambitious programs to use “peaceful explosions” for the “good of mankind” in continental-scale “geographical engineering” schemes. 

This rhetoric seemed only to exacerbate public fears of the bomb’s potential to precipitate environmental catastrophes. Even atmospheric experts who had previously denied possibility of bomb-induced “weather modification” began to speculate about their potential to trigger an Ice Age. When testing went underground in the 1960s, these same scientists turned their attention from the circulation of radioactive fallout to that of a variety of human-caused pollutants. Their studies led to the conclusion that the public had the right idea all along, though not the right culprit: it was not nuclear testing but industrial pollution that was inadvertently modifying the global climate system. 

Come by for short demos (10 minutes) on Wednesday (12/2) and Thursday (12/3) at noon and 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons (near the Info Desk on the second floor). Dead Week and Finals Week in the Valley Library means lots of students -- and lots of food. Do your part, and learn how to properly sort your waste into the compost, recycling and trash bins.

Come by for short demos (10 minutes) on Wednesday (12/2) and Thursday (12/3) at noon and 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons (near the Info Desk on the second floor). Dead Week and Finals Week in the Valley Library means lots of students -- and lots of food. Do your part, and learn how to properly sort your waste into the compost, recycling and trash bins.

Come by for short demos (10 minutes) on Wednesday (12/2) and Thursday (12/3) at noon and 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons (near the Info Desk on the second floor). Dead Week and Finals Week in the Valley Library means lots of students -- and lots of food. Do your part, and learn how to properly sort your waste into the compost, recycling and trash bins.

Come by for short demos (10 minutes) on Wednesday (12/2) and Thursday (12/3) at noon and 3:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons (near the Info Desk on the second floor). Dead Week and Finals Week in the Valley Library means lots of students -- and lots of food. Do your part, and learn how to properly sort your waste into the compost, recycling and trash bins.

The Valley Library’s winter break workshop offerings are scheduled for December 14 and 15. Learn about managing your citations with Zotero or EndNote, build a top-notch survey with Qualtrics, or get a jumpstart on creating your first (or next) Data Management Plan. Registration is encouraged but not required, and you can register at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/graduate-students

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The Valley Library’s winter break workshop offerings are scheduled for December 14 and 15. Learn about managing your citations with Zotero or EndNote, build a top-notch survey with Qualtrics, or get a jumpstart on creating your first (or next) Data Management Plan. Registration is encouraged but not required, and you can register at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/graduate-students

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The Valley Library’s winter break workshop offerings are scheduled for December 14 and 15. Learn about managing your citations with Zotero or EndNote, build a top-notch survey with Qualtrics, or get a jumpstart on creating your first (or next) Data Management Plan. Registration is encouraged but not required, and you can register at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/graduate-students

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

The Valley Library’s winter break workshop offerings are scheduled for December 14 and 15. Learn about managing your citations with Zotero or EndNote, build a top-notch survey with Qualtrics, or get a jumpstart on creating your first (or next) Data Management Plan. Registration is encouraged but not required, and you can register at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/graduate-students

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Libraries and Press stands in solidarity with the students of color who participated in the Speak Out and bravely shared their experiences of racism endured throughout their lives, as part of their educational experiences, and here at OSU. We condemn the injustices against you and commend your strength and leadership. We hear you, we value you, and we stand with you in your courage and activism.

OSU Libraries and Press upholds the students’ call to action for the university to make institutional changes that move us toward a more socially just and inclusive campus. We support all students of color through our outreach and engagement, services, and collections to ensure that they receive the educational experience they have earned and deserve. As OSU Libraries and Press, we are committed to ensuring that both our physical and virtual spaces are safe and welcoming. We welcome dialogue and the opportunity to partner with students to expand our efforts.

 

Bonnie E. Avery
Courtesy Faculty

 

Anne Bahde

 

Michael Boock
Head, Center for Digital Scholarship and Services

 

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Laurie Bridges
Instruction and Outreach Librarian

 

Marty Brown
Marketing Manager, OSU Press

 

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Stefanie Buck
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Deborah Carroll

 

Faye A. Chadwell
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Erin Clark

 

Anne-Marie Deitering
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Natalia Fernández
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Don Frier
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Kerri Goergen-Doll
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Library Tech, Valley Library Circulation

 

Victoria Heiduschke
Library Experience Coordinator

 

Lori Hilterbrand
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Uta Hussong-Christian
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Korey Jackson
Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services


Valery G. King
Government Information/Business Librarian

 

Lawrence A. Landis
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Zac T. Laugheed
Building Manager & Reference Assistant

 

Mary Markland
Librarian for Guin Library

 

Kelly McElroy
Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian

 

Margaret Mellinger
Director, Emerging Technologies & Services

 

Cheryl A. Middleton
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Daniel Moret

 

Jane Nichols
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Elizabeth Nielsen
University Archivist

 

Chris Petersen
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Gregorio Luis Ramirez
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James Rankin
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Rima Reves

 

Hannah Gascho Rempel
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Valerie Sterling

 

Kristin Swetland

 

Steve Van Tuyl
Digital Repository Librarian

 

Ruth Vondracek
Associate Professor: Natural Resources Archivist & Oregon Explorer Librarian

 

Amanda L. Whitmire
Assistant Professor, Data Management Specialist

 

Laura Wilson
Library Technician 3

 

Margarita Zamora-Saunders
Acquisitions & Collections Maintenance Unit Manager

 

April S. Zeller

 

Sara Q. Thompson
OSU Cascades Librarian

 

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