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Community Leader Juan Salgado, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Juan Salgado is a community leader creating a model for workforce development and training among immigrant communities through a holistic approach that addresses language skills, education, and other barriers to entering the workforce. Read More
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Computational Biologist John Novembre, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

John Novembre is a computational biologist shedding new light on the links between geography and genomic diversity and producing a more finely grained picture of human evolutionary history. Read More
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Computer Scientist Christopher Ré, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Christopher Ré is a computer scientist democratizing big data analytics through open source data-processing products that have the power of machine learning algorithms but can be integrated into existing and applied database systems. Read More
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Economist Heidi Williams, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Heidi Williams is an economist unraveling the forces that hinder or spur medical innovation through empirically based studies that are informing public policy. Read More
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Education Entrepreneur Patrick Awuah, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Patrick Awuah is an education entrepreneur creating a new model for higher education in Africa that combines training in ethical leadership, a liberal arts tradition, and skills for contemporary African needs and opportunities. Read More
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Environmental Engineer Kartik Chandran, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Kartik Chandran is an environmental engineer transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources, and fertilizers. Read More
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Environmental Health Advocate Gary Cohen, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Gary Cohen is spurring environmental responsibility among health care providers and repositioning health care institutional practice around the broader challenges of sustainability, climate change, and community health Read More
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Historian Marina Rustow, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Marina Rustow is a historian mining textual materials from the Cairo Geniza to deepen our understanding of medieval Muslim and Jewish communities. Read More
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Inorganic Chemist Peidong Yang, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Peidong Yang is an inorganic chemist opening new horizons for tackling the global challenge of clean, renewable energy sources through transformative advances in the science of semiconductor nanowires and nanowire photonics. Read More
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Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a journalist interpreting complex and challenging issues around race and racism through the lens of personal experience and nuanced historical analysis. Read More
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Neuroscientist Beth Stevens, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Beth Stevens is a neuroscientist revealing the heretofore unknown role of microglial cells in neuron communication and prompting a fundamental shift in thinking about brain development in both healthy and unhealthy states. Read More
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Painter Nicole Eisenman, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Nicole Eisenman is a painter expanding the expressive potential of the figurative tradition in works that engage contemporary social issues and restore cultural significance to the representation of the human form. Read More
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Photographer and Video Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

LaToya Ruby Frazier is a Photographer and Video Artist capturing the consequences of postindustrial decline for marginalized communities and illustrating how photography can promote dialogue about historical change and social responsibility. Read More
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Playwright, Composer, and Performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a playwright, composer, and performer expanding the conventions of musical theater with a popular culture sensibility and musical styles and voices that reflect the diverse cultural panorama of the American urban experience. Read More
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Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Ellen Bryant Voigt is a poet meditating on will and fate and the life cycles of the natural world through a distinctive intermingling of lyric and narrative modes and ongoing experimentation with form and technique. Read More


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