New gene-editing system enables large-scale studies of gene function.
Martin R. Friedmann
Martin R. Friedmann, 29, a research associate at the Media Laboratory and a 1993 alumnus of MIT, died by suicide January 31. Mr. Friedmann, who earned the SM two years ago, was a member of the Media Laboratory's Perceptual Computing Section, headed by Professor Alex P. Pentland, who was his adviser when he was a student.
A virtual reality demo created by Mr. Pentland was installed at the Chicago Science Museum. He also recently created a World Wide Web page for the Rolling Stones.
A memorial service was held at the MIT Chapel February 4. His survivors include his parents, Herbert and Joan Friedmann, and a sister, Elisabeth Pryor, all of Chicago.
James A. Smith
James A. Smith, 31, a graduate student pursuing a medical degree and a PhD in physics through the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, died January 31. He had suffered from brain cancer for several years.
He is survived by his parents, Jane and Richard Smith of Weston, and two sisters, Lisa and Tracy, both of Wellesley.
Funeral services were held February 2 at the Berlin Chapel, Brandeis University.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 15, 1995.