Honors & Awards

XIAOMENG MILTON YU, a postdoctoral fellow, has been awarded a three-year Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation fellowship. Yu’s sponsor is Liqun Luo, a professor of biology. The $140,000 fellowship provides financial support to outstanding young scientists who are conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators. Yu is studying how a cell senses its environment and uses this information to control its own survival and regeneration. Development of a tumor in the human body is dependent upon sensation and adaptation to its tissue environment. Understanding the mechanisms of how a cell responds to its environment may thus give rise to new therapies to interfere with tumor development. Yu is among 14 scientists awarded one of the fellowships this year.

JEREMY WEINSTEIN, assistant professor of political science, will be presented with the 2008 William Riker Award for the best book on political economy for Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2007) at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in August. Weinstein also is co-author of the article "Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision?" which appeared in the November 2007 issue of American Political Science Review and which will be presented at the meeting with the Michael Wallerstein Award for the best published article in political economy.