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July 18, 2014

In memoriam: Patterson & Carmin

Posted by: David Weininger

Again, we have the sad duty of passing along news of the passing of two of our authors.

Paul H. Patterson passed away in June 25 at the age of 70. At his death Paul was Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He developed a revolutionary approach to studying the immunologic and biological aspects of autism and animal behavior. He wrote about this connection, and more, in his 2011 book Infectious Behavior: Brain-Immune Connections in Autism, Schizophrenia, and Depression. "Professor Patterson was a pioneer and iconoclast who was not afraid to work outside the scientific mainstream, and who consequently made a number of important and seminal contributions that opened up entire fields of research," said his colleague David Anderson in a Caltech obituary.

More recently, JoAnn Carmin died July 15 at the age of 56. She was a member of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and an expert on cities and climate change. She spent a decade researching the relationship between environmental problems and governmental actions in cities around the world. Fruits of that research went into Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices, a 2011 book which she coedited with Julian Agyeman.

"JoAnn quickly established herself as one of the world’s leading environmental sociologists," said her DUSP colleague Eran Ben-Joseph in an MIT obituary. "Her work on the role of social movements and institutions in shaping climate change policies has helped define climate-adaptation planning in cities across the world."

They will both be missed.

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