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I got to meet 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner!

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Last October I was invited to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation annual Evening for Peace. This year’s gala was dedicated to Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN, recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to advance the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The TPNW is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. It bans the use, possession, development, testing, deployment, and transfer of nuclear weapons under international law. The TPNW was adopted at a Conference at the United Nations on July 7, 2017 after 122 UN Member States voted in favor of the treaty. Sixty nine nations did not vote, including all of the nuclear weapon states and all NATO members, except the Netherlands, who voted against the treaty. The TPNW opened for signature by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on September 20, 2017 and it will enter into force 90 days after the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession has been deposited. As of today, 69 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the TPNW.

Resources

Educational video on the TPNW

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Overview of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) by NTIUNODA, and ICAN

Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT),

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I am starting a new position!

Starting on July 1st, 2017, I am starting my new role as the Assistant Director of the K1 Center for Nuclear studies. Check our website here!

The mission of the Center is to create an environment that encourages informed, scientifically-guided public discussion of the issues surrounding nuclear technologies, by offering educational programs and creating resources that can be used by the non-specialized public, with the hope of nullifying the effect of misleading information in the mass media, and ultimately paving the way to greater support for needed regulation and other threat-reducing initiatives.

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The Big Green Theater!

Last week I participated in the Big Green Theater initiative in the PS239 and the PS075 schools in NYC (Ridgewood and Bushwick). I discussed the importance of phytoplankton and climate change with 5th graders and they will write theater plays based on the discussions we had. At the end of the semester those plays will be performed by professional adult actors and actresses!

Big Green Theater (BGT) is a program developed by The Bushwick Starr and Superhero Clubhouse that combines environmental education with an annual green theater festival. Fifth-grade students from Bushwick schools explore environmental topics with guest experts, and then are guided in writing original eco-plays. Finished plays are fully realized and professionally produced at The Bushwick Starr Theater during Earth Week, featuring sustainable and efficient design.

Ecusa en las Escuelas!

Last night ECUSA en las escuelas reached Spanish-speaking children from NYC and run a series of workshops to engage children in science discussions. We specifically discussed what DNA is and extracted DNA from a banana!

The mission of the program “ECUSA en las escuelas” is to awaken 5-14 year-old children’s interest and curiosity in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) while cultivating spanish language and culture.  Learn more about the program here.