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International research awards presented to 15 students

The Center for International Studies announced a number of research awards for students.

Energy, Technology and International Affairs Research Grants for 2001-02 went to political science graduate students Yinan He of China for "Overcoming Shadows of the Past: Interstate Reconciliation in the Wake of Traumatic Conflicts," and Christopher Twomey of Oakland, CA for work on explanations of avertable conflicts.

Predoctoral Summer Internship/Fellowships on Transnational Security Issues funded by the MacArthur Foundation were presented to political science graduate students Danny Breznitz of Jerusalem for "The Davids Go Global: The Politics of High-Technology Corporations Development in Peripheral States," Doug Fuller of Potomac, MD for "Creating Ladders Out of Chains: Leveraging International Production Chains for Economic Development in China," Andrea Gabbitas of Avon, CT for "The Power of Coercive Diplomacy: A Study of Nuclear Proliferation," Michael Glosny of Chicago for "Strangulation from the Sea: A Chinese Submarine Blockade of Taiwanese Shipping," Ms. He; Sarah Lischer of Durham, NC for "Refugees and the Spread of Civil War in Central Africa"; and Jenny Lind of Aptos, CA for "Contrition and Threat Perception in International Relations," as well as urban studies and planning graduate student Monica Pinhanez of S�o Paulo, Brazil, for "Increasing State Tax Collection: Technological Works and Institutional Change in States' Tax Administration Reform in Brazil in the 1990s."

An Energy, Technology and International Affairs Research Grant for summer 2001 was given to Shanti Rabindran, a graduate student in economics from Malaysia, for research on catastrophic fires in Indonesia. A Social Science Research Council /International Predissertation Fellowship went to Eden Miller, a graduate student in the Program on Science, Technology and Society from Columbia, MD for work on the relationship between politics and technological development in Latin American history, with particular attention to computer technology.

Research grants from the Mellon-MIT Program on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Forced Migration were presented to urban studies and planning graduate students Shahid Punjani of Vancouver, Canada for "Settlement Patterns of Afghan Refugees in Peshawar," Katrina Simon of Stone Mountain, GA for "Using Geographic Information Systems for Sustainable Environmental Management of Refugee Operations in Dadaab Camp, Northern Kenya," and Smita Srinivas of Bangalore, India for "Social Security for Migrant Workers: Prospects in the Indian Construction Sector," as well as political science graduate student Heather Gregg of Nevada City, CA for "Assessing Strategies and Measuring Successes of Diasporic Communities in Securing Aid to the Homeland: The Role of Ethnic Lobby Groups in the US."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 6, 2001.

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