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The impact of “nuclear” in Idaho, the U.S. and beyond

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Dr. Sarah Robey and Dr. Marty Blair
Dr. Sarah Robey and Dr. Marty Blair

ISU Associate Professor Sarah Robey discusses the impact and history of nuclear energy in America. She talks about how the so-called “atomic age” of the past 70+ years has influenced cultural and societal expectations and relationships.

Dr. Sarah Robey, ISU Associate Professor of History, discusses the cultural and societal impact of nuclear energy in America. She describes how she gravitated to this specific area of historical inquiry and how the insights she is gaining can impact future policy. Dr. Robey talks about the research behind her 2022 book, “Atomic Americans: Citizens in a Nuclear State.” She provides several examples of how ISU students are part of her unique research–from gathering historical material to summarizing interesting and rarely-viewed documentation of Idaho’s nuclear history.

Dr. Sarah Robey is Associate Professor of History at Idaho State University, where she teaches courses in American history, the history of the Cold War, the history of science and technology, and the history of energy. Her research focuses on the intersection of American public life and the history of nuclear science and technology. Her first book, Atomic Americans: Citizens in a Nuclear State, was published with Cornell University Press in 2022. She also recently contributed a chapter to American Energy Cinema (West Virginia University Press, 2022), which explores how popular entertainment served as public nuclear education in the early Cold War. Robey holds a PhD in History from Temple University and has held past fellowships at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and the Philadelphia History Museum. She is currently writing a book about the history of Idaho National Laboratory and its relationship to eastern Idaho and the American West.

Martin Blair joined Idaho State University in 2022 as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Dr. Blair began his career as a special education teacher. Then, spent two decades at the Utah State University Center for Excellence in Disabilities in a variety of research and training leadership roles. In 2013, he moved to Missoula, Montana where he spent nine years directing the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. In these various roles, Dr. Blair has worked extensively across the U.S. to improve the quality of services, supports and policies for individuals with disabilities of all ages, and their families. <a href=""></a><br/>