Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
Fifteen research awards were made through MIT's Center for International Studies.
MacArthur Predoctoral Summer Grants on Transnational Security Issues were awarded to the following graduate students (all are in the Department of Political Science unless otherwise noted):
Danny Breznitz of Jerusalem, Israel -- "Managing the Flood: The Politics of High-Tech Industry in the Global Economy." Kelly Greenhill of Lincoln, MA -- "Forced Migration as an Instrument of Coercion: The Case of the United States and Cuba." Heather Gregg of Boston -- "On Religion and War." Natasha Iskander of McLean, VA (urban studies and planning) -- "Transnational Investment, Local Labor Markets, and Working Conditions: The Case of Tehuacan, Mexico." Alan Kuperman of New York, NY -- "Tragic Challenges: How and Why Communal Groups Provoke Genocidal Retaliation."
Ali Lejlic of Skokie, IL -- "Does History Matter?" Jenny Lind of Aptos, CA -- "Contrition, Historical Memory, and Threat Perception in International Relations." Sarah Lischer of Somerville -- "Refugees and the Spread of Conflict: Assessing the Evidence from the Great Lakes Crises." Jeremy Pressman of Somerville -- "Lemmings or Leashes? Alliances as Restraining Devices." Trudy Wilcox of Cambridge -- "Intellectual Property Rights in a Global Economy."
MacArthur Predoctoral Fellowships on Transnational Security Issues for the academic year 2000-01 also were awarded to Jeremy Pressman and Trudy Wilcox.
Mellon-MIT Inter-University Program on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Forced Migration gave awards to Ray Bonoan of Tenafly, NJ ("The Cessation Clause: Principles and Practice") and Daniel Metz of Cambridge ("Relief for Internally Displaced People: The Performance of Indigenous vs. International NGOs"). Both are graduate students in political science.
A Luce Scholarship for work and travel in Asia went to Dr. Sandhya Vasan (SB in mechanical engineering, 1992) for work with international NGOs on health care policy.
The Social Science Research Council gave an International Predissertation Award to Dean Karlan of Cambridge, a graduate student in economics, for research and training in South Africa on the effects of credit and savings and village banking and microbusinesses on movement in and out of poverty.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 31, 2000.