News in “MacArthur Fellows”

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Computer Scientist Craig Gentry, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Computer Scientist Craig Gentry is fueling a revolution in cryptography and theoretical computer science through his breakthroughs in fully homomorphic encryption, leading to the possibility of more secure cloud computing. Read More
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Criminal Lawyer Jonathan Rapping, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Criminal Lawyer Jonathan Rapping is safeguarding the essential democratic right of every American to high-quality legal representation by transforming the practice of indigent defense in the South through training, mentorship, and community. Read More
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Documentary Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Documentary Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer is illuminating the social, psychological, and emotional dimensions of controversial subjects, such as state-sponsored violence, in works that challenge the modern aesthetic of contemporary documentary cinema in both intimacy of focus and ... Read More
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Environmental Engineer Tami Bond, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Environmental Engineer Tami Bond is unraveling the global effects of black carbon emissions, or soot, on climate and human health and playing a key role in understanding the complex relationship between energy and climate change. Read More
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Historian of Modern Europe Tara Zahra, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Historian of Modern Europe Tara Zahra combines extensive archival research with broad sociohistorical analysis of notions of nation, family, and ethnicity to construct an integrative, transnational understanding of events in twentieth-century Europe. Read More
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Historian of Science and Technology Pamela O. Long, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Historian of Science and Technology Pamela O. Long is challenging our understanding of the role of scholarship and craftsmanship in Renaissance societies and demonstrating how technologies are deeply enmeshed within the broader cultural fabric. Read More
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Housing Advocate John Henneberger, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Housing Advocate John Henneberger is building collaborations among elected officials, developers, and community residents to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing and ensure that all Americans have equal access to housing and federal disaster ... Read More
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Jazz Composer and Saxophonist Steve Coleman, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Jazz Composer and Saxophonist Steve Coleman is infusing iconic spontaneous music idioms with the melodic, rhythmic, and structural components of an eclectic range of musical traditions to create a distinctive new sound. Read More
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Labor Organizer Ai-jen Poo, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Labor Organizer Ai-jen Poo is catalyzing a vibrant, worker-led movement for improved working conditions and labor standards for domestic or private-household workers. Read More
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Legal Scholar and Advocate Sarah Deer, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Legal Scholar and Advocate Sarah Deer is developing policies and legislation that are empowering tribal authorities and reshaping the landscape of support and protection for Native American women at risk for domestic and sexual violence. Read More
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Materials Scientist Mark Hersam, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Materials Scientist Mark Hersam is drawing on techniques from a variety of fields in investigations of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of nanomaterials, offering new promise for applied uses. Read More
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Mathematician Jacob Lurie, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Mathematician Jacob Lurie is creating a novel conceptual foundation for derived algebraic geometry (DAG) and rewriting large swathes of mathematics from a new point of view. Read More
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Mathematician Yitang Zhang, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Mathematician Yitang Zhang is tackling truly hard questions in number theory leading to the first finite bound on a gap between prime numbers and the best possible qualitative approximation of the twin prime conjecture. Read More
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Physicist Danielle Bassett, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Physicist Danielle Bassett is applying mathematical approaches to the analysis and modeling of brain connectivity and enhancing our understanding of how these connections give rise to the functions the brain performs. Read More
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Playwright Samuel D. Hunter, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter is crafting quietly captivating dramas that explore the human capacity for empathy and confront the socially isolating aspects of contemporary life across the American landscape. Read More
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Review Affirms Impact and Inspiration of MacArthur Fellows Program

“We are proud of the Fellows Program and its impact on the lives of not just those selected but people all over the world." Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows program. Read More
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"Five Myths About the MacArthur ‘Genius Grants’"

Commentary by Cecilia Conrad originally published in the Washington Post Read More


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Cecilia A. Conrad

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