A new technique enables the conversion of an ordinary camera into a light-field camera capable of recording high-resolution, multiperspective images.
The Public Service Center's Fellowship Program funds projects that provide sustainable community benefit as well as educational value for the MIT students involved. The fellowships are funded through a grant from the Lord Foundation and by Public Service Center donors. Fellows each receive $4,000 for summer projects and may also apply for materials grants.
Elizabeth Basha G, EECS, Woodland, Calif., for an automated flood warning system for a Honduras community
Andrea McCarty G, Comparative Media Studies, Cambridge, Mass., for a preservation and access project for an African film archive in Burkhina Faso
Monica Lewis '05, aero/astro, Berwyn, Penn., for "Invent India," a plan for student-community development work at an Indian university
Evan Freund G, DUSP, Washington, D.C., for a project to preserve the environment and develop sustainable tourism practices for Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
James M. Smith G, architecture, for a design for a school, orphanage and medical clinic in Haiti
Neil Ruiz G, political science, Oxnard, Calif., and Johanna Klein G, management, Lexington, Mass., for a project to encourage entrepreneurship in the Philippines
Vector Fellowships--to create positive change in students' hometown communities
Monique Lowery '06, management, Bronx, N.Y., for developing a computer science and peer teaching program for a Harlem youth program
David Bermejo '07, EECS, Cicero, Ill., for "Transitions," a college preparation program for the teenagers at his largely Hispanic high school
Asia Price '05, management, Providence, R.I., for a literacy program for her city's public libraries
For projects that meet needs of community organizations
Yeu-Whai Kathy Lin '06, political science and mathematics, North Potomac, Md., for helping the Community Charter School of Cambridge to open its doors
Kimberly Harrison '07, mechanical engineering, Brooklyn, N.Y., for an experimental educational model for the Cambridge Community Arts Center
Student Leader Awards
Best New Service Project
Sidney-Pacific Outreach Committee, for its tax preparation workshops for MIT students and Cambridge residents. Their work also earned a commendation from the Cambridge City Council.
Community Connection Award
Parmesh Shahani G, humanities, for "Between the Lines: Negotiating South Asian LBGT Identity," a film and literature festival
Community Event Award
Relay for Life, organized by Kyle Rattray '05, BCS, with Matthew Gattis '07, Jupiter, Fla., and Christine Graham '07, Coral Springs, Fla.
Living Service Award
Phi Delta Theta, for service events including Toy Days
The Vagina Monologues
Service Leadership Award--for community service
Jina Kim '06, materials science and engineering, for renewing the MIT chapter of Best Buddies