Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
There are two new faces at the helm of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Michael Fischer, professor of anthropology and science and technology studies, is the new director of STS, replacing Professor Merritt Roe Smith. Deborah Fitzgerald, associate professor of the history of technology, is director of graduate studies, replacing Professor Kenneth Keniston.
Professor Keniston is taking on the new role of director of projects, to develop new projects with other areas of MIT and with similar programs abroad. Professor Smith, who held the director's role starting in 1992, is on leave this year, writing a new American history text that integrates science and technology with social and political history (see MIT Tech Talk, December 6, 1995).
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 2, 1996.