Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Dava Newman, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics, will present this year's Sigma Xi lecture, "Human Space Flight from Mir to Mars." Her talk, which is free and open to the MIT community, will be Monday, May 8 at 8:30pm in the Student Center Mezzanine Lounge.
Professor Newman, a 2000 MacVicar Faculty Fellow who is affiliated with the Center for Biomedical Engineering, has worked extensively with NASA, flying three scientific experiments in space.
Her lecture will be preceded by the annual initiation dinner for newly elected members of the MIT chapter of Sigma Xi, founded in 1886 as a scientific-research counterpart to honor societies such as Phi Beta Kappa. Anyone wishing to join Professor Newman and the new members for the dinner beforehand should contact Professor Linn Hobbs, MIT chapter president, at x3-6835 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $15.
MIT's annual Sigma Xi lecture highlights a rising faculty member whose research has had particularly notable impact.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 3, 2000.