Professor Purvis-Roberts has been a part of a study that has examined the environmental and health impacts of the nuclear testing in the former Soviet nation. She has already traveled to Kazakhstan three times to be a part of the project. She is particularly interested in how those who live near the testing site cope with the idea of interacting with such a decimated environment. The study is also looking at the longterm health effects of the exposure to radioactive material. Using both historical and environmental data, the study promises to produce informative and amazing results. She plans to return to Kazakhstan next summer to complete the study and present her findings.
In addition to this fantastic experience, Purvis-Roberts is also a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. This Iecture is part of the ongoing Athenaeum series The Environment in Crisis.