"Belfer Center Newsmakers"
Author: Beth Maclin, Former Communications Assistant, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Belfer Center Director Graham Allison gave the keynote address during the International Symposium on "Global Terrorism and International Cooperation" in Ankara, Turkey, in March. He spoke about the threat and prevention of nuclear terrorism. The symposium, the third in a series, was organized by the Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism to focus on "consolidating the understanding that international cooperation is needed more than ever in order to deal with terrorism that has become a global problem."
Philip Auerswald, an associate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, was selected as a topic leader for the Clinton Global Initiative's 2010 Annual Meeting in the area of "Strengthening Market Based Solutions." He and Julia Novy-Hildesley, his co-leader, will help guide the programming content that is presented at the meeting in September.
Albert Carnesale, a member of the Belfer Center's board of directors, was named to President Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. The commission, co-led by former Rep. Lee Hamilton and former presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft, will have two years to produce a report that will "chart new paths to manage highly radioactive nuclear waste," according to the Department of Energy.
Paula Dobriansky, an adjunct senior fellow with the Belfer Center, received the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland on March 30, 2010, at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. The Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is a Polish order awarded to those who have rendered great service to the Polish nation. It is granted to foreigners or Poles in residence abroad and as such is a traditional "diplomatic order."
Former International Security Program Research Fellow Alexander Downes' book, Targeting Civilians in War, won Georgetown University's Joseph Lepgold Prize for best book on international relations this year (the book was published in 2008). The award honors exceptional contributions to the study of international relations. Downes received the award and gave a public address on April 28, 2010. Past winners include Samantha Power, former founding director of the Belfer Center Human Rights Initiative, who won for her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.
Robert Frosch, senior associate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program and a physicist who has served in a number of top government positions, is the 2010 recipient of the American Physical Society's George E. Pake Prize. The award is given "for outstanding achievements in physics research combined with major success as a manager of research or development in industry."
Melissa Hathaway, senior advisor to the Belfer Center's Project Minerva on cyber security, received the Internet Security Dave McCurdy Internet Security Award for her contribution to strengthening cyber security. The award recognizes Hathaway's contribution to U.S. national cyber security in her role in conducting the Cyberspace Policy Review and her ongoing efforts to raise cyber security awareness.
John P. Holdren, on leave from the Belfer Center's board of directors to serve as assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, received the prestigious Boston Society of Natural History's Walker Prize in March for "meritorious published scientific investigation and discovery."
Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University distinguished service professor and a member of the Belfer Center's board of directors, received the Distinguished Scholar of the Year Award from the Foreign Policy Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) in February at the 2010ISA Annual Convention in New Orleans. He was honored at the Distinguished Scholar Panel and presented with the award at a reception that followed.
James Schlesinger, chair of the Belfer Center International Council, received the Department of Defense's Eugene G. Fubini Award for 2009. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates presented the award, which was established in 1996 to annually recognize an individual from the private sector who has made highly significant contributions to the Department of Defense in an advisory capacity over a period of time.
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