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Brianna Rego, Curriculum Vitae
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Education
2012 Ph.D. History, Stanford University
  • Dissertation in the history of science titled Behind a Veil of Smoke: Big Tobacco and the Secret World of Research at Philip Morris, 1950-1985
  • Ph.D. Advisor: Robert N. Proctor
  • Dissertation Committee: David M. Kennedy, James T. Campbell
  • 2010 M.S. Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
  • M.S. thesis in paleobiology titled "Evolutionary dynamics of foraminiferan size during mass extinction, recovery, and background intervals"
  • Supervisor: Jonathan L. Payne, Second Reader: Steve C. Wang
  • 2009 M.A. History, Stanford University
    2006 B.A. History and Latin American Studies, Oberlin College


    Publications: History of Science
    In Review "Behind a Veil of Smoke: The Rise of the Department of Research at Philip Morris," Isis
    Forthcoming Reprint of "Polonium Brief" (Isis 2009) in Sally Gregory Kohlstedt and David Kaiser, eds., Science and the American Century: Perspectives on Science, Technology, and Medicine (Readings from Isis) (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
    2011 "'Waking a Sleeping Giant:' The Hidden Story of Polonium in Tobacco," invited submission to Tabaccologia January 2011, 15-22
    2011 "Archaeology in the Petén: The Early Classic Maya Site of Holmul in Guatemala," Electrum Magazine, March 2011
    2011 "Radioactive Smoke: A Dangerous Isotope Lurks in Cigarettes,"Scientific American, January 2011, 78-81
    2009 "The Polonium Brief: A Hidden History of Cancer, Radiation and the Tobacco Industry,"Isis, 2009 100:453-484
  • Distributed in June 2009 to members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives by the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids and helped influence the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (legislation for U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco, signed into law June 22, 2009)
  • Parts reprinted in Robert N. Sayler and Molly Bishop Shadel, Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion (Wolters Kluwer: Austin, 2011)


  • Publications: Science
    2012 Brianna Rego, Steve C. Wang, Demir Altiner, Jonathan L. Payne, "Within- and among-genus components of size evolution during mass extinction, recovery, and background intervals: a case study of Late Permian through Late Triassic foraminifera," Paleobiology 2012 28(4):627-643
    2011 Jonathan L. Payne, Mindi Summers, Brianna Rego, Demir Altiner, Jiayong Wei, Meiyi Yu, and Daniel J. Lehrmann, "Early and Middle Triassic trends in diversity, evenness, and size of foraminifers on a carbonate platform in south China: implications for tempo and mode of biotic recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction,"Paleobiology August 2011 (3):409-425


    Academic Positions and Research Fellowships
    2012-Present Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Stanford University
    2012-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco


    Honors and Awards
    2010-2012 The Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Dissertation Fellowship
    2007-2012 Distinguished Departmental Scholar, Department of History, Stanford University
    2009-2010 Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation Graduate Fellowship Program
    2007-2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
    2007-2009 Fletcher Jones Foundation NSF Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University
    2007 NSF Travel Grant to attend the History of Science Annual Meeting in Crystal City, VA, November 2007
    2006-2007 Lane Graduate Fellowship, Program in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Stanford University
    2006 Awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in History, Comfort Starr Prize in History, Oberlin College


    Presentations
    2012 Hidden Histories of Internal Industry Research on Polonium in Tobacco, poster presentation at the World Conference on Tobacco Or Health, Singapore, March 2012
    2012 Hidden Histories of Internal Industry Research on Polonium in Tobacco, poster presentation at the TRDRP/CTCP conference "Linking Tobacco Control Research and Practice for a Healthier California," Sacramento, CA, April 2012
    2010 Presenter at the Sun Valley Writers' Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, August 2010
    2010 Waking a Sleeping Giant: The Hidden Story of Polonium in Tobacco, talk given for the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation Graduate Fellows Program, April 2010
    2010 The Polonium Brief: A Hidden History of Cancer, Radiation, and the Tobacco Industry, talk given for the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, January 2010
    2009 "It Has the Potential of Waking a Sleeping Giant:" The Tobacco Industry's Private Debate on Publishing Internal Polonium Research, talk given at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
    2008 Sediments of the Himalayas, Tailings of the Triumph Mine: Tracing Arsenic Through Mines, Mountains, and Groundwater, talk given at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
    2007 The Polonium Brief: A Hidden History of Cancer, Radiation and the Tobacco Industry, talk given at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA


    University Service and Professional Experience
    2010-2011 Visiting Graduate Researcher, Institute for Business Ethics, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
    2009-2010 Graduate Admissions Committee Member, Department of History, Stanford University
    2007-2008 Graduate Studies Committee Member, Department of History, Stanford University
    2007-2008 Department of History Graduate Student Representative, Stanford University
    2007-2008 Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Stanford University
  • Fall 2007 History 163, Richard White, History of the North American Wests
  • Spring 2008 History 103E, David Holloway, History of Nuclear Weapons
  • 2006-2008 Stanford University Libraries Special Collections, survey of Stephen Jay Gould archive and collections
    2004-2006 Teaching Assistant, Department of Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College


    Other Experiences
    2006-2009 Professional Figure Skater, Sun Valley Summer Ice Show, Sun Valley, Idaho
    2009 Photographer, Special Olympics World Winter Games, Idaho, USA
    2009 Photographer, Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Sun Valley Pavilion, Sun Valley, Idaho



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