Meet the 2002 MacArthur Fellows

  • Bonnie Bassler

    Molecular Biologist

    investigating the chemical signaling mechanisms that bacteria use to communicate with each other.

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  • Ann M. Blair

    Intellectual Historian

    tracing the influence of technological advances, as well as political and religious upheavals, on the transmission and evolution of ideas during the Renaissance.

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  • Katherine Boo

    Journalist

    chronicling the stories of people struggling at the invisible margins of society.

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  • Paul Ginsparg

    Physicist

    revolutionizing scientific communication by providing a free service for publishing and reading research reports.

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  • David B. Goldstein

    Energy Conservation Specialist

    maximizing efficiency by undertaking sound scientific analyses, designing economic incentives, and advocating progressive regulation.

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  • Karen S. Hesse

    Writer

    experimenting with form and subject matter to enrich and redefine literature for children and young adults.

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  • Janine Jagger

    Epidemiologist

    inventing new devices and monitoring systems to protect health care workers from transmission of blood-borne diseases.

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  • Daniel Jurafsky

    Computer Scientist and Linguist

    improving the capacity for computers to process natural language by analyzing the syntax and usage of ordinary sentences.

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  • Toba Khedoori

    Painter

    working meticulously in wax, oil, and pencil to create immense but delicate drawings on vast stretches of unframed paper.

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  • Liz Lerman

    Choreographer

    demonstrating that dance can build upon people’s experience to recreate their connections across ages and communities.

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  • George E. Lewis

    Composer, Performer, and Music Theorist

    bridging traditions and opening wide frontiers in experimental music.

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  • Liza Lou

    Installation Artist

    creating large works of color and complexity that merge fine art and craft.

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  • Edgar Meyer

    Bassist and Composer

    fusing classical and bluegrass styles to create an expansive repertoire of American music.

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  • Jack Miles

    Writer and Biblical Scholar

    interpreting, through the genre of biography, the Bible as literary text with God and Christ as the principal characters.

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  • Erik Mueggler

    Anthropologist and Ethnographer

    enriching understanding of ethnic minorities in China through vivid ethnographies of ordinary lives in provincial populations.

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  • Sendhil Mullainathan

    Economist

    explaining how limits on knowledge, willpower, and self-interest affect economic behavior.

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  • Stanley Nelson

    Documentary Filmmaker

    synthesizing biography, history, and culture in signature portrayals of the African American experience.

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  • Lee Ann Newsom

    Paleoethnobotanist

    gleaning new insights into prehistoric societies through analyses of fossilized plant remains.

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  • Daniela Rus

    Computer Scientist and Roboticist

    building innovative devices ranging from abstract information processors to self-reconfiguring robots.

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  • Charles C. Steidel

    Astronomer

    inventing new methods for detecting light from the most distant galaxies, opening a window into the early history of the universe.

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  • Brian Tucker

    Seismologist and Disaster Prevention Specialist

    designing low-cost methods to minimize structural failure and human injury from natural disasters in the developing world.

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  • Camilo José Vergara

    Photographer

    chronicling the transformation of urban landscapes across America.

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  • Paul O. Wennberg

    Atmospheric Chemist

    developing new instruments and analytic methods for measuring and understanding the earth’s gaseous shell.

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  • Colson Whitehead

    Writer

    experimenting with inventive plots weaving American folklore and history into freshly drawn contemporary stories.

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Twenty-Four MacArthur Fellows For 2002

Chicago, IL- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named 24 new MacArthur Fellows. Each will receive $500,000 in "no strings attached" support over the next five years.   "As the MacArthur Foundation approaches ... Read More