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STLCC instructor to discuss secret chemical testing in Cold War-era St. Louis

September 05, 2013

Lisa Martino-Taylor  
Lisa Martino-Taylor

Lisa Martino-Taylor, instructor in sociology at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, will present “The St. Louis Open-Air Studies & Human Radiological Tests in the United States: A Study in Context & Embeddedness” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Martino-Taylor’s discussion takes place in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre, located on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road.

Martino-Taylor teaches sociology and is the coordinator of the Global Studies program. She taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia, worked in the legal profession for 13 years and published several journal articles, including placements in the Journal of Political and Military Sociology. She also has worked on issues related to chemical exposure and toxins, and currently is researching the development and testing of radiological weapons during the Cold War.

Last fall, Martino-Taylor received national and international media coverage for research detailing secret chemical testing in impoverished areas of St. Louis during the Cold War era. The research also raised concerns that the U.S. Army performed radiation testing by mixing radioactive particles with zinc cadmium sulfide. After learning of Martino-Taylor’s research, both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators, Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill, wrote to the Army requesting further information.

“St. Louis Open-Air Studies” will highlight Martino-Taylor’s research into the secret St. Louis military tests in the context of the Cold War and a secretive offshoot of the Manhattan Project, the focus of which was to develop radiological weapons.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-513-4488.