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As we reflect on the 34th anniversary of Chernobyl and its relevance to the current public health crisis, Prof. Emlyn Hughes is making plans to teach a new course in Columbia's summer session. The course will be entitled Chernobyl.

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. 

Is the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty bringing us closer to a nuclear-free world? 

What are nuclear weapons? How are they made? What scientific concepts underlie them? Below is a glossary of key terms to know when reading articles on this website, or any article about nuclear technology and weapons.

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.