In a series of studies conducted in the Marshall Islands in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, K=1 Project researchers found that the effects of the United States’ nuclear weapons testing remain apparent more than sixty years after the bomb detonations ended in the atoll chain.

Learn about the experience of youth living in today's Marshall Islands, the site of US nuclear testing in the 1940s and 1950s, through the eyes of two American youth, high school students Jenni Hill and Inge Hughes. 

A lot of people ask us about the name of our center, the K=1 Project. Where does it come from? For an answer, watch this short video created by the 2018 K=1 Project Summer Fellow, Bassel El-Rewini.

Bassel has created a number of different videos and we're excited to share them with you in the coming weeks!

The K=1 Project focuses on preparing the younger generation for the heavy responsibilities they will inherit in regards to nuclear technologies, including nuclear weapons and nuclear power. The Center works with bright and promising undergraduate and high school students on radiological research, as well as the preparation of educational and creative materials for use by the general public.

This summer our students come from Columbia University and Barnard College in New York City, and Columbia High School in New Jersey. 

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Last night around 140 students attended the K=1 Project discussion panel.

Members of the K=1 Project, Center for Nuclear Studies, have traveled to the Marshall Islands several times, and have engaged in two research expeditions in the region. The research trips were conducted in an attempt to learn about the Marshallese nuclear legacy, and to assess radiological conditions stemming from the US nuclear weapon testing program, which took place between 1946 and 1958.

The K1 Project joins the international community in mourning the passing of Tony de Brum, the Pacific nation’s Climate Ambassador and former Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, in the Central Pacific.

The United States tested sixty-seven nuclear weapons in the northern Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958, with devastating consequences for the health and well-being of the island inhabitants. More than seventy years after the first test on Bikini Island, many of the islands remain contaminated. In addition to the fatal consequences of nuclear testing, the Marshall Islands face the consequences of sea level rise, as a result of global warming. Professor Hughes discussed with the directors of Fantastico some of the research studies the K=1 Project Center has been performing in the islands during the past years. Fantastico is recognized as one of the best programs of Brazilian television and the most watched program on Sunday nights. 

Our Director, Prof. Emlyn Hughes and faculty affiliate Dr. Ivana Nikolic Hughes were invited to attend the 63rd Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day on March 1st in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and to participate in Nuclear Legacy Conference with international experts and members of the Marshallese government (March 1-3). At the conference, Prof. Hughes spoke about our recent work in studying the radiological conditions in the Marshall Islands. Dr. Nikolic Hughes spoke about the worldwide threats of nuclear weapons and climate change, and the educational and outreach efforts through Frontiers of Science and K1 Project that she is involved in. The videos of their talks are available below.