Interim Dean of Science Robert J. Silbey has announced the finalists for four Edgerly Science Partnership Fund Awards.
Sponsored by William S. Edgerly, chairman emeritus of State Street Corp. and chairman of the Foundation for Partnerships, the Partnership Fund is designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT and Harvard Medical School.
A total of $282,000 in awards was granted to:
Professor Kerry Emanuel of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences and Assistant Professor Nick Makris of ocean engineering for "Tropical Cyclone Mitigation."
Assistant Professor Peter So of mechanical engineering and Associate Professor Peter Dedon of the Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Health for "Effect of Mechanical Forces on DNA Structure and Protein Binding."
Assistant Professor Alexander van Oudenaarden of physics and Professor Alan Grossman of biology for "Stochastic Gene Expression: Towards a Quantitative Understanding of Non-genetic Individuality."
Instructor Martin Bazant of mathematics and Associate Professor W. Craig Carter of materials science and engineering for "Multiscale Modeling of the Time-Dependent Strength of Living Bone and Orthopedic Prostheses."
Dean of Engineering Thomas L. Magnanti said, "The Edgerly Partnership Awards support innovative research and this is important. But perhaps more significantly, as exemplified by this year's awards, the partnership program has prompted the faculty to collaborate across traditional disciplinary boundaries. These collaborations can have profound implications on our future."
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 29, 2000.