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Puppetry Artist and Director Basil Twist, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Basil Twist is a puppetry artist and director revitalizing puppetry as a serious and sophisticated art form in imaginative experiments with its materials, techniques, and uses in both narrative and abstract works. Read More
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Set Designer Mimi Lien, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Mimi Lien is a set designer translating a text’s narrative and emotional dynamics onto the stage in bold, immersive sets that enhance the performance experience for theater makers and viewers alike. Read More
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Stem Cell Biologist Lorenz Studer, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Lorenz Studer is a stem cell biologist pioneering a new method for large-scale generation of dopaminergic neurons that could provide one of the first treatments for Parkinson’s disease and prove the broader feasibility of stem ... Read More
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Urban Sociologist Matthew Desmond, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Matthew Desmond is an urban sociologist revealing the impact of eviction on poor families and the role of housing policy in sustaining poverty and racial inequality in large American cities. Read More
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Writer Ben Lerner, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Ben Lerner is novelist transcending conventional distinctions of genre and style in works that convey the texture of our contemporary moment and explore the relevance of art and the artist in modern culture. Read More
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"Tap dancer Michelle Dorrance Hits the MacArthur jackpot"

The News & Observer
Michelle Dorrance, 2015 MacArthur Fellow
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"Inspection of King Tut’s Tomb Reveals Hints of Hidden Chambers"

National Geographic
Peter Hessler, 2011 MacArthur Fellow
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"Bay Area Scientists Win MacArthur grants"

San Francisco Chronicle
Christopher Ré, Peidong Yang, 2015 MacArthur Fellows
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"The Schorske Century"

The New Yorker
Alex Ross, 2008 MacArthur Fellow
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"Playhouse-Linked Puppeteer Wins MacArthur Fellowship"

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Basil Twist, 2015 MacArthur Fellow
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