CHICAGO, IL--The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today announced the 2006 winners of the annual Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship in Science, Technology, and Global Security. The Rieser Fellowship supports undergraduate students who want to pursue projects that explore issues at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy. Since its inception in 1999, more than $50,000 in support has been awarded to young women and men from diverse backgrounds and a range of educational institutions. The annual deadline is March 15.
Leonard M. Rieser (19221998) was a physicist, professor, mentor, and a vocal advocate for the peaceful resolution of conflict. Through the Rieser Fellowship, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists honors his belief in the ability of the next generation to play a critical role in finding solutions to persistent global problems. This year's recipients are:
Christopher Affolter, University of Texas at Dallas
Molecular and Cell Biology, 2007
Christopher plans to create short discussion guides and literature geared toward doctoral students in life sciences, addressing codes of ethics related to biological weapons proliferation. Christopher will work under the direction of Patricia Lewis, head of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, in Geneva, Switzerland. While at UNIDIR, he will attend the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Review Conference and will assist with ongoing biological weapons disarmament research.
Kafui Gbewonyo, Harvard College
Environmental Science and Public Policy, 2007
Kafui will conduct a comparative study of the use of wastewater for agriculture in Ghana and in Kern County, California. She will assess the quality of wastewater used for agriculture, the health and environmental risks, and the ways to reduce risks so that wastewater irrigation can be used to increase food production in developing countries as well as in the industrialized world.
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