New gene-editing system enables large-scale studies of gene function.
The Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, given annually to students planning a summer research investigation or creative study in science, engineering, the arts, the humanities or the social sciences, has awarded $5,000 apiece to the following projects:
"Information Technology in India: An Indian Perspective," by Ashu Atwal, a senior in management from Rochester, NY; "The Musical and Cultural Significance of Chordophones in the Lives of the Dagomba People of Northern Ghana," by Kamel Addo, a senior in chemical engineering from Accra, Ghana; "Neurofeedback-Based Educational Software," by Salman Khan, a junior in electrical engineering and computer science from Metairie, LA; and "Vivid Brightness: Rediscovering Richard Bruce Nugent," by Joaquin Terrones, a senior in literature fom Mexico City.
First awarded in 1969, the fellowships are a gift from the late Dr. Edwin H. Land, founder and president of Polaroid Corp., and were established in memory of the late Peter J. Eloranta, an employee of Polaroid and a member of the MIT Class of 1968. Committee members are Professors Arthur Steinberg of anthropology (chair), Frank Solomon of biology, Lynn Stein of EECS and Barry Vercoe of the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, Senior Lecturer Alan Lazarus of physics, and UROP Director Norma McGavern.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 4, 1997.