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My research in the history of science focuses on late-twentieth century and contemporary biology, biomedicine, industry science, and science policy. My dissertation was a history of the tobacco industry in which I examined the internal scientific research labs built by the tobacco industry in the late 1950s and early 1960s in response to mounting concerns about the health effects of smoking. These labs were shut down in the 1980s amid concerns over litigation.

My work on polonium-210 in tobacco was published in 2009 in Isis and in 2011 in Scientific American:

The Polonium Brief: A Hidden History of Cancer, Radiation, and the Tobacco Industry (Isis, 2009 100:453-484 PDF)

Radioactive Smoke: A Dangerous Isotope Lurks in Cigarettes (Scientific American, 2011)

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