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Mian Receives 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award

Dec 9, 2013
Eric Wilkens
Woodrow Wilson School

Zia Mian, research scientist and director of the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program on Science and Global Security (SGS), received the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award. Mian was chosen for his work contributing to the global effort for nuclear disarmament and for a more peaceful world.

Mian researches issues of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation with a focus on nuclear weapons and nuclear-energy policy in South Asia. He is co-director and deputy chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, a group supported by SGS and comprised of nuclear experts from 18 countries that works to end the production of nuclear weapons materials and eliminate existing stockpiles worldwide. 
“The Woodrow Wilson School celebrates Zia Mian for receiving such a distinguished honor,” said Cecilia Rouse, WWS dean. 
Mian is also co-editor of Science & Global Society, the international journal of arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation science, based at the University. 
“In winning the Linus Pauling Legacy Award, Zia joins an extraordinarily accomplished list of previous recipients who have played major roles in efforts to protect humanity from weapons of mass destruction,” said Christopher Chyba, director of SGS. “The Pauling Legacy Award is very well deserved.”
The Linus Pauling Legacy Award is granted every other year by Oregon State University Libraries and Press to an individual who makes significant achievements in an area once of interest to Linus Pauling, an OSU alumnus who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963 for his campaign to end nuclear weapons testing. Mian is the eighth recipient of the award; all but one of the recipients are scientists, and five of the previous recipients are Nobel Prize winners.
To celebrate this year's Linus Pauling Legacy Award, Mian will deliver a free, public lecture at the Oregon History Society in Portland, Ore., on April 21, 2014.
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