Summer 2023 High School Program

Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Testing
With Prof. Emlyn Hughes and other faculty

July 5 – August 11, 2023
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Monday to Thursday (+ July 7)
1622 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Learn about nuclear weapons and nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands and elsewhere with Prof. Emlyn Hughes and other NAPF-affiliated University faculty. The course will combine an understanding of science behind nuclear weapons with an exploration of the impact that nuclear weapons testing had on Marshallese culture through investigations of literature, music, and poetry.

Upon successful completion, students will receive a certificate and a letter of recommendation for college. Please direct all questions to and

Emlyn Hughes is a Professor of Physics at Columbia University and the founding director of the K=1 Project: Center for Nuclear Studies at Columbia University. He is an author of over 800 refereed publications in particle, nuclear, and atomic physics. Among other distinctions, he is a Fellow at the American Physical Society and the winner of the Feynman Teaching Award at the California Institute of Technology. His currently work focuses on an assessment of radioactive contamination in the Marshall Islands from the US nuclear weapons testing program, as well as research on long-term impacts of COVID-19 using novel imaging techniques.

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