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Diana Erazo, the 2016 Annual Fund recipient from Colombia would like to thank the Annual Fund donors for her opportunity:
"I have always been amazed by the field of ecology, particularly tropical disease ecology. Currently, my research focuses on Chagas disease ecology and epidemiology, which is a neglected tropical disease in Latin America. My main aim is to understand the disease transmission dynamics by combining field, laboratory and computational work.
In the future, I would like to improve my ecology knowledge about not only Chagas disease, but other tropical diseases from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Thus, I could help to develop control strategies against diseases that affect the life of millions of humans and wildlife animals.
I am grateful for having been accepted for the YSSP 2016. I really appreciate the support of the donors, because without them opportunities like this one for students from developing countries would not be feasible. By participating in the YSSP 2016, I considerably advanced my research, improved my academic skills and will certainly continue pursuing my scientific career. Many thanks for making it possible!"
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Roger Levien’s donations to the Annual Fund are a sign of trust and support of the YSSP, which he created back in the summer of 1977, inspired by a similar program at the RAND Corporation, in which he was the first participant. By supporting the Roger Levien Fellowship, he is hoping to bring the two organizations together so that they benefit from each other’s expertise and networks.
In 2011, a generous gift from IIASA Alumnus Petr Aven established the Petr Aven Fellowship, under the framework of the Annual Fund, to fund a young researcher from Russia or a developing country that is not a member of IIASA.
Petr Aven was a YSSP participant in 1977 and remembers this experience as the best time of his life. "My involvement in the IIASA summer program was my first experience working with foreign scientists, who I found to be a rich source of new knowledge and expertise. Today, many years after my YSSP experience, I am still aware of the influence my participation in the program had on my life," he says.
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