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Matthew Bunn, senior research associate with the Belfer Center’s Managing the Atom project, will receive the 2007 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for his "outstanding contributions" in helping to formulate and communicate policies "to decrease the risk of theft of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials."
The prestigious award, presented by the American Physical Society, is given annually "for contributions to the understanding of issues relating to the interface of physics and society."
"The Belfer Center is extremely proud to have Matt Bunn as part of our team," said Belfer Center Director Graham Allison. "Matt's work to secure nuclear weapons - along with his annual updates in Securing the Bomb and his successes in communicating the importance of this effort to the American and Russian governments - has played a significant role in the progress made to date in making us safer from nuclear terrorism."
Belfer Center Science, Technology, and Public Policy director and board of directors member John Holdren said, “Matt is known by all who work on reducing the risks from nuclear theft and proliferation as one of the best informed, most creative, most tireless, and most effective scholars and practitioners in the world in this domain. (Indeed, many of us would drop the ‘one of’ from that statement.) It is gratifying indeed that the American Physical Society has recognized his exceptional contributions with this award.”
Previous Belfer Center recipients of the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award include Holdren, Ashton Carter, co-director of the Preventive Defense Project and member of the Center's board of directors, and the late Harvey Brooks, first director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program.
The official presentation of the 2007 Burton Forum award will be made in mid-April 2007 at the American Physical Society annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.