Annual Reports

2009 MacArthur Fellows

Lynsey Addario »

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Istanbul, Turkey
Age: 35

Photojournalist creating a powerful visual record of the most pressing conflicts and humanitarian crises of the 21st century.

Maneesh Agrawala »

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University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Age: 37

Computer Vision Technologist designing visual interfaces that enhance users’ ability to synthesize and comprehend large quantities of complex, digital information.

Timothy Barrett »

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University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Age: 59

Papermaker reinvigorating the art of hand-papermaking and leading the preservation of traditional Western and Japanese techniques and practices.

Mark Bradford »

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Los Angeles, CA
Age: 47

Mixed Media Artist incorporating ephemera from urban environments into richly textured, abstract compositions that evoke a multitude of metaphors.

Edwidge Danticat »

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Miami, FL
Age: 40

Novelist chronicling the power of human resistance and endurance through moving and insightful depictions of the Haitian immigrant experience.

Rackstraw Downes »

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New York, NY
Age: 69

Painter rendering minutely detailed landscapes of unexpected vistas that reconsider the intersection between the built and the natural world.

Esther Duflo »

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
Age: 36

Economist analyzing the forces perpetuating cycles of poverty in South Asia and Africa and enhancing the policies and interventions designed to improve lives.

Deborah Eisenberg »

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New York, NY
Age: 63

Short Story Writer crafting distinctive portraits of contemporary American life in tales of striking precision, fluency, and moral depth.

Lin He »

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University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Age: 35

Molecular Biologist advancing our understanding of the role of microRNAs in the development of cancer and laying the groundwork for future cancer treatments.

Peter Huybers »

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Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Age: 35

Climate Scientist mining a wealth of often-conflicting experimental observations to develop compelling theories that explain global climate change over time.

James Longley »

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Daylight Factory
Seattle, WA
Age: 37

Filmmaker deepening our understanding of the conflicts in the Middle East through intimate portraits of communities living under extremely challenging conditions.

L. Mahadevan »

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Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Age: 44

Applied Mathematician investigating principles underlying the behavior of complex systems to address such accessible, but vexing, questions as how flags flutter, how skin wrinkles, how Venus flytraps snap closed.

Heather McHugh »

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University of Washington, Seattle
Seattle, WA
Age: 61

Poet composing richly layered verse that unabashedly embraces such wordplay as puns, rhymes, and syntactical twists to explore the human condition.

Jerry Mitchell »

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Clarion-Ledger
Jackson, MS
Age: 50

Investigative Reporter ensuring that unsolved murders from the Civil Rights era are finally prosecuted by uncovering largely unknown details of decades-old stories of thwarted justice.

Rebecca Onie »

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Project HEALTH
Boston, MA
Age: 32

Health Services Innovator building a low-cost, replicable program that melds the aspirations of college students and the needs of health care institutions to address the link between poverty and poor health.

Richard Prum »

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Yale University
New Haven, CT
Age: 48

Ornithologist drawing from developmental biology, optical physics, and paleontology to address central questions about avian development, evolution, and behavior.

John A. Rogers »

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
Age: 42

Applied Physicist inventing flexible electronic devices that lay the foundation for a revolution in manufacture of industrial, consumer, and biocompatible technologies.

Elyn Saks »

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University of Southern California Gould School of Law Los Angeles, CA
Age: 53

Mental Health Lawyer expanding the options for those suffering from severe mental illness through scholarship, practice, and policy informed by a life story that adds uncommon depth and insight.

Jill Seaman »

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Old Fangak, Sudan
Age: 57

Infectious Disease Physician adapting the tools of 21st-century medicine to treat infectious diseases endemic to Southern Sudan and other remote, war-torn regions of the world.

Beth Shapiro »

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Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Age: 33

Evolutionary Biologist using molecular phylogenetics and biostatistics to reconstruct the influences on population dynamics of extinct or severely challenged species.

Daniel Sigman »

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Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Age: 40

Biogeochemist unraveling the interrelated physical, chemical, geological, and biological forces that have shaped the oceans’ fertility and the Earth’s climate over the past two million years.

Mary Tinetti »

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Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Age: 58

Geriatric Physician challenging prevailing notions of falls as unavoidable accidents associated with advanced age and identifying risk factors that contribute to morbidity due to falls.

Camille Utterback »

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San Francisco, CA
Age: 39

Digital Artist redefining how viewers experience and interact with art through vibrant, pictorial compositions that are activated by human presence and movement.

Theodore Zoli »

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HNTB Corporation
New York, NY
Age: 43

Bridge Engineer making major technological advances to protect transportation infrastructure in the event of natural and man-made disasters.