2014 Award Winners

The Selection Committee for the Peccei and Mikhalevich Awards has completed its review of the 2014 nominations. We congratulate the winners!

About the Awards

The Awards are given annually for outstanding work by participants in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program. They provide financial support for the winners to return to IIASA for an additional six month period of research.

In addition, honorable mentions will be accompanied by a grant for recipients to return to IIASA for up to 3 months.

A total of 14 papers were nominated for an award. The Selection Committee gratefully acknowledges the evaluations performed by all external reviewers; their input was of great value in the selection process. 

The 2014 Peccei Award

The winner of the Peccei Award is Danielle Haak from the United States. Her final paper entitled: "Coupling ecological and social network models to assess 'transmission' and 'contagion' of an aquatic invasive species" was a result of her three month stay in IIASA's Advanced Systems Analysis Program (ASA)

Danielle is currently a third-year PhD candidate in the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Click here to read an interview with Danielle on IIASA's research blog.

The 2014 Mikhalevich Award

The Mikhalevich Award goes to Jun Liu, for her paper on “Air quality benefits of coal substitution policies in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region in China”. Jun spent her summer in IIASA's Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases (MAG) Program.

Jun is a fourth-year PhD student at the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University, majoring in Environmental Sciences. Her main fields of scientific interest include source of air pollution, regional air quality modeling, mitigation policy, and health effects of atmospheric air pollutants. 

Click here to learn more about Jun's work on IIASA's research blog.

Honorable mentions

This year, in addition to the Peccei and Mikhalevich Awards, the following two students were granted honorable mentions which will be accompanied by a grant for recipients to return to IIASA for up to 3 months:

Thomas Schinko a third year PhD student from the University of Graz, Austria receives an honorable mention for mention for his work on “Impacts of risks perceptions on investment costs of renewable energy sources”. Thomas was part of IIASA's Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program (RPV).

Edoardo Borgomeo from Italy, is a second-year PhD student at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. 
His paper entitled "Modelling vulnerability to drought in water supply systems” was granted the second honorable mention. Edoardo spend his summer in IIASA's Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program (RPV).

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