Cleaning up Teller's Mess: Radiation Studies in the northern Marshall Islands

Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 4:15pm
Location: 
Room #1 LeConte Hall
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Affiliation: 
Columbia University
Public Lecture: 
Yes
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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 plans.