Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Two MIT faculty members have been appointed to named professorships.
Stuart G. White, assistant professor of political science, was awarded the Class of 1957 Career Development Professorship for a three-year term beginning July 1, 1998.
Professor White, whose interests center on political economy, public policy and British politics, received the BA in 1988 and the master of philosophy in 1991 from Oxford University, and the PhD from Princeton University in 1995. He was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College at Oxford from 1994-97. He is organizing a joint Harvard/MIT conference on the social and economic policies of the new British government, "Labour in Government: The 'Third Way' and the Future of Social Democracy," scheduled for November 13-15.
Assistant Professor Mark Spearing of aeronautics and astronautics has been selected to be an Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Assistant Professor for three years as of July 1, 1998. There are four holders of the chair, established by the MIT Corporation in 1973 to honor Professor "Doc" Edgerton and his wife.
Professor Spearing's research is in the areas of advanced structural materials, failure mechanics and highly stressed micro-machines. He holds the BA (1986) and PhD (1990) from Cambridge University and came to MIT in 1994 as an assistant professor. Before that, he was an assistant research engineer at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a research associate with British Petroleum.ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 4, 1998.