Nuclear Darkness

Steven Starr, MT (ASCP)

City, State: Columbia, Missouri
PSR Affiliation: Senior Scientist
School Affiliation: Director of Clinical Laboratory Science Program, University of Missouri-Columbia

Areas of Expertise:

  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Risk of nuclear war causing acute climate change
  • Taking nuclear weapons off high-alert status 

Biographical Sketch

Steven Starr, MT (ASCP), graduated from the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1985. He subsequently worked as a Medical Technologist over a period of 27 years at a number of hospitals in Columbia, Missouri, including Columbia Regional Hospital, Boone Hospital Center, and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, as well as at Saint Mary's Health Center, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Mr. Starr is currently the Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri.

Steven is an Associate member of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and has been published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His writings appear on the websites of PSR, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, Scientists for Global Responsibility, and the International Network of Scientists Against Proliferation. Since 2007, he has worked with the governments of Switzerland, Chile, and New Zealand, in support of their efforts at the United Nations to eliminate thousands of high-alert, launch-ready nuclear weapons.

Mr. Starr is also an expert on the environmental consequences of nuclear war, and in 2011, he made an address to the U.N. General Assembly describing the dangers that nuclear weapons and nuclear war poses to all nations and peoples. He has made presentations to Ministry Officials, Parliamentarians, Universities, citizens and students from around the world, and specializes in making technical scientific information understandable to all audiences.

To request Steven Starr as a speaker, please email [email protected] or call 202-667-4260



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 on the likely catastrophic climatic and environmental consequences of nuclear conflict.

  • 2006-10-01
    Sydney, Australia
    United Nations side panel on “Operational Status of Nuclear Weapons”
  • 2007-01-01
    Ottawa, Canada
    Briefing with Physicians for Global Survival for members of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and Defense Dept
  • 2008-02-01
    Meeting with Deputy Director (Disarmament) of New Zealand Dept of Foreign Affairs in Wellington
  • 2008-02-01
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Presentation at the University of Auckland
  • 2008-03-01
    Canberra, Australia
    # Meetings with Assistant Secretary for Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation and Director of Arms Control of Australian Dept of Foreign Affairs
  • 2008-03-01
    Sydney, Australia
    Presentation at the University of New South Wales
  • 2008-05-01
    United Nations side 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
  • 2008-05-01
    Philadelphia, PA
    Presentation for Project for Nuclear Awareness Conference
  • 2008-06-01
    Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada
    # Presentation for group of international Parliamentarians sponsored by the Middle Powers Initiative and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
  • 2008-08-01
    Presentation for Missouri Peace Coalition on Hiroshima day
  • 2008-10-01
    New York City, NY
    Roundtable at the International Peace Institute with Christopher Ford, former U.S. Special Representative for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and John Hallam of Nuclear Flashpoints, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008-10-01
    United Nations side 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
  • 2009-02-01
    Washington, D.C.
    Congressional briefing sponsored by the Project for Nuclear Awareness, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia
  • 2009-03-01
    Ontario, Canada
    Lectures at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and University of Hamilton
  • 2009-04-01
    Helsinki, Finland
    Presentation at IPPNW joint European - Russian /CIS meeting and Symposium
  • 2009-05-01
    United Nations side 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