Jacob Darwin Hamblin is the Director of Environmental Arts and Humanities at OSU. A historian by training, his work explores the nexus of history, science, and environmental issues. His book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism (2013) challenges us to consider how our views of global environmental change came from collaboration between scientists and the military as they planned to fight, and to survive, a third world war. He also is the author of Poison in the Well: Radioactive Waste in the Oceans at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age (2008), the first international history of one of the least-understood environmental controversies of the twentieth century. An earlier book, Oceanographers and the Cold War (2005) explored the reasons for the explosive growth of the marine sciences after World War II. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and many publications devoted to the history of science and the natural world.
Carly Lettero, Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative Program Manager, is an interdisciplinary researcher, writer, and community organizer. She holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in applied ethics, anthropology, and sociology from Oregon State University and a BA in creative writing from University of Nevada, Reno. She has over ten years of program design and management experience for environmental organizations. In addition to working with Environmental Arts and Humanities, she is also the program director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University and director of Energize Corvallis, a program of the Corvallis Environmental Center. She co-founded Communities Take Charge, a grassroots program that encourages residents to reduce their carbon emissions and become active in local climate change movements. The Communities Take Charge program is being replicated throughout the Pacific Northwest.