In a talk geared towards undergraduate students, Dr. Hughes will discuss some of the science behind nuclear weapons. She will also speak about the K1 Project's ongoing work to ascertain radiological conditions in the Marshall Islands - the site of U.S. nuclear testing in the 1940s and 1950s.
Dr. Hughes graduated from Caltech with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with Honors, in 1999. While at Caltech, she was the recipient of several research fellowships, and conducted research in novel therapeutics at the University of Nis in Serbia, at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, and at the University of Washington in Seattle. Hughes earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2005, working in the Department of Biochemistry as an American Heart Association Fellow. She studied enzymatic catalysis and protein evolution in the alkaline phosphatase superfamily. Dr. Hughes is the Director of Frontiers of Science, a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Chemistry, and a Faculty Affiliate of the K1 Project.
Nuclear free world: is it just a dream?
Tuesday, November 28, 2016 @ 6:30 PM
A discussion panel about the current state of the policy of nuclear weapons. The panel will feature Dr. Lynn Sykes, Higgins Professor Emeritus at Columbia University DEES and LDEO, and Mr. Michael Spies, Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office of Disarmament. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Ivana Hughes, Director of Frontiers of Science and Faculty Associate of the K=1 Project.
In case you miss the event, you can read about it HERE.
Testing the Hydrogen Bomb: A Status Report
by Prof. Emlyn Hughes
Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 4:15 PM
In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States performed 67 nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of the largest US thermonuclear weapon (15 megatons), named Castle Bravo. Seventy years later, the impact of these tests on the Marshallese people is still apparent. The more recent challenge of rising sea levels, coupled with the remaining nuclear waste represents a particularly chilling problem. In this talk, we will discuss our recent work on this topic, as well as future research plans.
Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands
by Dr. Ivana N. Hughes
Friday, December 30, 2016 @ 1:30 PM
In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States performed 67 nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of the largest US thermonuclear weapon (15 megatons), named Castle Bravo. Seventy years later, the impact of these tests on the Marshallese people is still apparent.
The Marshall Islands: Nuclear Legacy and Climate Change
Discussion panel with President Hilda Heine
April 19, 2016 @ 5 p.m.
A panel discussion on the Marshall Islands' challenging nuclear legacy and their present-day problems with climate change. Panelists include: President Hilda Heine, Minister John Silk, Ambassador Tony de Brum, and Ambassador Amatlain Kabua. Sponsored by K=1 Project and Frontiers of Science.
Horace Mann Auditorium, Broadway btw 120th and 121st Street
Free and open to the public!
In case you missed the event, you can watch the full video HERE
Marshalling Peace and Amalia
The Man Who Saved the World
February 3, 2015: 7-9 p.m.
Docudrama starring Kevin Costner
Roone Arledge Auditorium
Sponsored by the K=1 Project, Columbia Scholars Program, and Columbia Science Review, in conjunction with the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Hiroshima Girl and Before Recently
November 19th, 2013: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Columbia University Roone Arledge Cinema, floor 2W Alfred Lerner Hall
Sponsored by the K=1 Project, Columbia Scholars Program, and the Columbia Science Review.
Click HERE for more information.