September 25, 2013 |
Writers Donald Antrim and Karen Russell join 22 others as 2013 MacArthur fellows, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday. At 32, Russell is one of the two youngest fellows in the 2013 class; at 55, Antrim is one of the two eldest. Antrim is the author of three novels -- "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World" (1993), "The Hundred Brothers" (1997), and "The Verificationist" (2000) -- and a memoir, "The Afterlife" (2006). Sometimes his work is built around a central conceit: "The Hundred Brothers" sets 100 brothers in the same room.
September 24, 2013 |
The 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, who were announced Tuesday evening, feature a distinguished honor roll of 24 recipients in various fields of study. Among the recipients this year are several artists, including pianist Jeremy Denk , playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky . Recipients of the award -- known informally as the MacArthur "genius" grant -- each will receive a stipend of $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years.
October 2, 2012 |
UCLA neurobiologist Elissa Hallem has won a prestigious MacArthur fellowship for her work studying a topic you've almost definitely never considered unless you work in her lab: how worms smell stuff. Strange as it may sound, Hallem's work has the potential to reduce the devastating health effect of parasitic worms around the world -- and to improve our still-thin understanding of how all animals smell. Hallem and 22 other winners from the arts and sciences will each receive "genius grants" of $100,000 a year for five years.
September 20, 2011 |
Kevin Guskiewicz, one of the winners of the MacArthur Foundation award announced Tuesday, was long a thorn in the side of the National Football League. Since 1999, he has wired the helmets of about 700 college football players with accelerometers to study what kinds of hits result in concussions , which kinds of players get them, and what the long-term consequences of those brain injuries can be. He was among the first to find a strong link between multiple concussions and later dementia, depression and memory and intellectual deficits that often lead to Alzheimer's disease.
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September 19, 2011 |
A UC San Francisco neurologist working to crack the mysteries of early-onset dementia and a Marin County poet known for her spare, often witty verses are among the 22 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Each winner will receive $500,000 over the next five years to use however they choose. Established in 1981, the prestigious prizes recognize originality and the potential for important future work in a wide array of sciences, arts and social activism. Among this year's other MacArthur recipients are a New Jersey silversmith who restores medieval treasures, a Massachusetts psychologist working to lower suicide rates and a North Carolina researcher who has made key advances in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related concussions.
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September 28, 2010 |
Eight Californians, including a public high school physics teacher, a deaf sign-language expert, a jellyfish researcher and an installation artist, are among 23 winners of this year's grants from the MacArthur Foundation. The recipients will each receive $500,000 over the next five years, with no strings attached. Included on this year's list are a few celebrated names, such as David Simon, the Baltimore-based screenwriter of "The Wire," the 2002-08 television series about the urban drug trade, and Annette Gordon-Reed, the Harvard law professor who has written about Thomas Jefferson's relationship with a slave.