This year the Knight Fellowships will bring in the usual number of Fellows to study at MIT and Harvard, but will also bring in a thirteenth Fellow, this one to carry out a project and produce a product rather than to study. We hope to have a Project Fellow every year into the future. In our first, experimental year, the Project Fellow will be Eli Kintisch.
A contributing correspondent for Science magazine, Kintisch will be working on a project called Bay in Flux to develop interactive apps exploring how climate change is impacting the Narragansett Bay. The year-long effort will begin with a studio class at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) that Kintisch will coteach with two RISD professors which will explore the changing Bay and innovate new means of telling its story with tablet computers. Kintisch will then coordinate the development of content and help develop the design of a working prototype tablet app aimed for May 2013 release. The project is supported by Knight Science Journalism at MIT, RISD and the National Science Foundation.