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UW faculty members honored by White House

SEATTLE — Two University of Washington faculty members are being honored by the White House with presidential early career awards for scientists and engineers. The university says the awards are among the most prestigious for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.

Ben Kerr, an assistant professor of biology, is being recognized for his research and educational activities studying the way that hosts of infectious diseases move around.

He uses mathematical models, computer simulations and microbial experiments to address how social network structure affects evolution within host-

The second honoree is Dr. Kristina Utzschneider, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition. She is part of a group of scientists studying why people get type 2 diabetes and other diseases related to obesity.