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24 New MacArthur Fellows: 13 men and 11 women — Now so-called “Geniuses”

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN


Meet the 2013 MacArthur Fellows


  • Profile portrait of Kyle Abraham

    Kyle Abraham

    Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion

    New York, NY

    Age: 36

    Choreographer and Dancerexploring the relationship between identity and personal history through a unique hybrid of traditional and informal dance styles.


  • Profile portrait of Donald Antrim

    Donald Antrim

    Columbia University

    New York, NY

    Age: 55

    Writercomposing works of fiction and nonfiction that are characterized by tightly controlled prose juxtaposed with absurd and surreal events.


  • Profile portrait of Phil Baran

    Phil Baran

    Scripps Research Institute

    La Jolla, CA

    Age: 36

    Organic Chemistinventing efficient, scalable, and environmentally sound methods for recreating in the laboratory natural products with potential pharmaceutical applications.


  • Profile portrait of C. Kevin Boyce

    C. Kevin Boyce

    Stanford University

    Stanford, CA

    Age: 39

    Paleobotanistestablishing links between ancient plant remains and present-day ecosystems through a pioneering and integrative approach to evolutionary plant biology.


  • Profile portrait of Jeffrey Brenner

    Jeffrey Brenner

    Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

    Camden, NJ

    Age: 44

    Primary Care Physiciancreating a comprehensive health care delivery model that addresses the medical and social service needs of high-risk patients in impoverished communities.


  • Profile portrait of Colin Camerer

    Colin Camerer

    California Institute of Technology

    Pasadena, CA

    Age: 53

    Behavioral Economistexpanding our knowledge of individual behavior and challenging models of human interaction that form the basis of classic economic theory.


  • Profile portrait of Jeremy Denk

    Jeremy Denk

    New York, NY

    Age: 43

    Pianist and Writerengaging listeners and readers in a deeper appreciation of classical music through unmatched musical ability paired with an unusual eloquence with words.


  • Profile portrait of Angela Duckworth

    Angela Duckworth

    University of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, PA

    Age: 43

    Research Psychologisttransforming our understanding of the roles that grit and self-control play in educational achievement.


  • Profile portrait of Craig Fennie

    Craig Fennie

    Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY

    Age: 40

    Materials Scientistdesigning new materials, atom by atom, that have electrical, magnetic, and optical properties desirable for electronics and improved communication technology.


  • Profile portrait of Robin Fleming

    Robin Fleming

    Boston College

    Chestnut Hill, MA

    Age: 57

    Medieval Historiandrawing on archaeological and textual sources to provide fresh insight into the social, economic, and cultural lives of inhabitants of late Roman and medieval Britain.


  • Profile portrait of Carl Haber

    Carl Haber

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    Berkeley, CA

    Age: 54

    Audio Preservationistdeveloping new technologies for the preservation of rare, damaged, and deteriorating sound recordings of immense value to our cultural heritage.


  • Profile portrait of Vijay Iyer

    Vijay Iyer

    New York, NY

    Age: 41

    Jazz Pianist and Composerforging a new conception of the practice of American music in compositions for his ensembles, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and scholarly work.


  • Profile portrait of Dina Katabi

    Dina Katabi

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA

    Age: 42

    Computer Scientistworking at the interface of computer science and electrical engineering to improve the speed, reliability, and security of data exchange, particularly in wireless networks.


  • Profile portrait of Julie Livingston

    Julie Livingston

    Rutgers University

    New Brunswick, NJ

    Age: 46

    Public Health Historian and Anthropologistcombining archival research and ethnographic observation to illuminate largely ignored crises of care in both the developing and developed world.


  • Profile portrait of David Lobell

    David Lobell

    Stanford University

    Stanford, CA

    Age: 34

    Agricultural Ecologistunearthing richly informative, but often underutilized, sources of data to investigate the impact of climate change on crop production and global food security.


  • Profile portrait of Tarell McCraney

    Tarell McCraney

    Steppenwolf Theatre Company

    Chicago, IL

    Age: 32

    Playwrightevoking a sense of our shared humanity in works that explore the diversity of the African American experience and imbue the lives of ordinary people with epic significance.


  • Profile portrait of Susan Murphy

    Susan Murphy

    University of Michigan

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Age: 55

    Statisticiantranslating statistical theory into powerful tools for evaluating and customizing treatment regimens for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders.


  • Profile portrait of Sheila Nirenberg

    Sheila Nirenberg

    Weill Cornell Medical College

    New York, NY

    Neuroscientistinvestigating fundamental questions about the nervous system and developing new kinds of prosthetic devices and robots.


  • Profile portrait of Alexei Ratmansky

    Alexei Ratmansky

    American Ballet Theatre

    New York, NY

    Age: 45

    Choreographerrevitalizing classical ballet with a distinctive style that honors the past while infusing a modern sensibility to interpretations of the standard repertoire as well as his own works.


  • Profile portrait of Ana Maria Rey

    Ana Maria Rey

    University of Colorado

    Boulder, CO

    Age: 36

    Atomic Physicistadvancing our ability to simulate, manipulate, and control novel states of matter through fundamental conceptual research on ultra-cold atoms.


  • Profile portrait of Karen Russell

    Karen Russell

    New York, NY

    Age: 32

    Fiction Writerblending fantastical elements with psychological realism to construct wildly imaginative settings and characters in tales of transformation and redemption.


  • Profile portrait of Sara Seager

    Sara Seager

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA

    Age: 42

    Astrophysicistadapting fundamental maxims of existing planetary science to create a comprehensive theoretical framework for determining the characteristics of planets beyond our solar system.


  • Profile portrait of Margaret Stock

    Margaret Stock

    Cascadia Cross Border Law

    Anchorage, AK

    Age: 51

    Immigration Lawyerfinding solutions to complex immigration issues faced by military personnel and contributing to policy debates about the role of a healthy immigration system in ensuring national security.


  • Profile portrait of Carrie Mae Weems

    Carrie Mae Weems

    Syracuse, NY

    Age: 60

    Photographer and Video Artistexamining the legacy of African American identity, class, and culture in cinéma vérité–style works that incorporate elements of folklore, multimedia collage, and experimental printing methods.



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24 Extraordinarily Creative People Who Inspire Us All: Meet the 2013 MacArthur Fellows

“This year’s class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity.” — Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows programRead More

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Paleobotanist C. Kevin Boyce was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013. The Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.  View … Watch Video

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The MacArthur Foundation, which gives out fellowship awards each year to winners who work in science, music and the arts, and journalism, among other fields. The fellowship comes with a five-year, “no-strings-attached” $500,000 stipend, which the foundation now says it is increasing to $625,000, the Associated Press reports.

“We looked at many benchmarks and decided it was time to make an adjustment,” Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the MacArthur Fellows Program, told the AP. She adds that the grant needed to account for inflation. The amount of the grant was last changed in 2000.

The Foundation also asked past fellows about how receiving the award affected their work and lives, with 93 percent reporting that it made them more financially stable and 88 percent said it gave them more opportunities to be creative. A small portion, about 8 percent, said that they had less time personal or family time after receiving the award, and some asked for advice on coping with newfound visibility after winning the genius grant.

This year’s crop of MacArthur fellows includes a paleobotanist, a statistician, and a neuroscientist as well as other scientists and writers and artists, according to the MacArthur Foundationthat gives out the fellowships. These 13 men and 11 women — now so-called “Geniuses” — will receive a stipend of $625,000 over five years, an award that was recently upped to keep pace with inflation.

“It was amazing to me,” new fellow and dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham tells the New York Times about receiving his phone call from he foundation. “It was a shock. I was laughing about it; I was crying about it, it was so overwhelming. I’ve been trying to figure out how to pay off my student loans to this day.”

Among the two dozen recipients are Kevin Boyce, a paleobotanist at Stanford University, who studies ancient and modern plants in an effort to understand how climate change may affect ecosystems; statistician Susan Murphy at the University of Michigan, who is developing a method to evaluate adaptive treatments for people with chronic or relapsing disorders like addiction or depression; and Sheila Nirenberg, a neuroscientist at Weill Cornell Medical College, who is studying how the brain processes visual information and ways to restore sight.

Review Affirms Impact and Inspiration of MacArthur Fellows Program – See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/publications/macarthur-fellows-program-review-summary/#sthash.rvNcLj3r.dpuf


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