The Steven Starr file

Thursday, June 11, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:19 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 11, 2009


Steven Starr
604 West Blvd. South
Columbia, MO 65203

— Senior scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility
— Member of International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation and Physicians for Global Survival (Canada)

I began my studies in nuclear engineering but changed majors and received two bachelor's degrees in general studies (1982) and clinical laboratory sciences (1985).

I completed the curriculum in the medical technology program at MU in 1985 and passed my ASCP Board of Registry exams as a medical technologist in 1985, and again in 1987, as a technologist in blood banking.

I worked 22 years full time in mid-Missouri clinical laboratories from 1985 until June 2007; I now occasionally work on a substitute basis in a mid-Missouri hospital lab.

Since childhood, I have maintained an interest in the prevention of nuclear war and have had a number of articles published on this subject.


— Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Let's Go No-LOW," May/June 2004.

— Strategic Arms Reduction Web site of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, "Change Launch on Warning Policy."

— Strategic Arms Reduction Web site of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, "Nuclear Primacy is a Fallacy."

— Bulletin of the International Engineers and Scientists Against Nuclear Proliferation, "Catastrophic Climatic Consequences of Nuclear Conflict," April 2008.

— SGR Newsletter, "High-Alert Nuclear Weapons: the Forgotten Danger," Autumn 2008.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, "Effects of a 300-kiloton Nuclear Warhead Detonated above Washington, D.C."; "Eliminate Launch on Warning"; "An Explanation of Nuclear Weapons Terminology"; "Cold War has Thawed Only Slightly".

World Federalist Movement (Canada), "Replace Launch on Warning Policy."

International Peace Institute, "De-Alerting Nuclear Weapons."

Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, "Nuclear Winter: the Forgotten Danger."

Presentations and briefings on the dangers of nuclear war, specifically on the issues of launch-on-warning, the high-alert status of nuclear weaponry and the likely catastrophic climatic and environmental consequences of nuclear conflict.

— October 2006: United Nations panel, "Operational Status of Nuclear Weapons,” Sydney, Australia.

— January 2007: Briefing with Physicians for Global Survival for members of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and Defense Department, Ottawa, Canada.

— February 2008: Meeting on disarmament with deputy director of New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs in Wellington.

— February 2008: Presentation at the University of Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand.

— March 2008: Meetings with assistant secretary for arms control and counter-proliferation, and director of arms control of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Canberra, Australia.

— March 2008: Presentation at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

— May 2008: United Nations panel at the NPT PrepCom meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, with the ambassadors of Switzerland, Sweden and Chile on the operational status of nuclear weapons, and John Hallam of Nuclear Flashpoints.

— May 2008: Presentation for Project for Nuclear Awareness Conference, Philadelphia.

— June 2008: Presentation for group of international parliamentarians sponsored by the Middle Powers Initiative and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

— August 2008: Presentation for Missouri Peace Coalition on Hiroshima day.

— October 2008: Round table at the International Peace Institute with Christopher Ford, former U.S. special representative for nuclear non-proliferation, and John Hallam of Nuclear Flashpoints, New York City.

— October 2008: United Nations panel sponsored by Switzerland and Sweden, presentation as expert witness; panel included the Swiss, Swedish and Chilean ambassadors, Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists and John Hallam of Nuclear Flashpoints, Sydney, Australia.

— February 2009: Congressional briefing sponsored by the Project for Nuclear Awareness, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.

— March 2009: Lectures at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Ontario and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

— May 2009: United Nations panels, first panel on the Medical and Environmental Consequences of Nuclear War, second panel on the Operational Status of Nuclear Weapons with John Hallam of of Nuclear Flashpoints, Sydney, Australia.


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