Category Archives: Energy

How The Radium Girls Influenced Worker Safety In The Manhattan Project

Radium Girls

June 9, 2017 - The book “Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America’s Shining Women” tells the story of the women employed to paint watches and clocks with radium-based paint, starting in World War I. At the time radium was considered a miracle element that many touted would improve health. These women became the first proof of just how deadly radium was. Author Kate Moore delves into their stories and how their quest for recognition and compensation made the dangers of radium more widely understood. She also tells correspondent Megan Kamerick how their experience helped protect future generations of workers in the nuclear industry, including those at the Manhattan Project in New Mexico.

Read More:
Dark Lives Of “The Radium Girls” Left A Bright Legacy For Workers, Science – NPR
The Forgotten Story of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Save Thousands Of Workers – BuzzFeed
The Impact of the Radium Girls On Manhattan Project – Atomic Heritage Foundation

Myths About Water In The West

NMiF: John Fleck

March 3, 2017 - This week on New Mexico In Focus, we talk with John Fleck about his 2016 book, “Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West.” A reporter with the Albuquerque Journal for decades, Fleck now directs the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. We talk about the Colorado River, New Mexico’s most pressing water issues and the role of science in solving tough disputes.

Further reading:

Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West—John Fleck
Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land and Water­—Fred M. Phillips, G. Emlen Hall, Mary E. Black
High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River—G. Emlen Hall
Next stop for Texas-NM water dispute: Supreme Court—Laura Paskus, NM Political Report
Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment (2013)