Meet the new MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ winners

call. MacArthur colleagues remember the call as blurry, foggy, shocking, what? Especially in the age of cell spam and the season of constant political solicitation and polls, many recipients have lost their calls from unknown numbers. Repeatedly. One colleague even blocked the good people of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation when they were sharing the happiest news imaginable. Artist and architect Amanda Williams, 48, recalls standing in front of her former Cornell University dormitory. She said to her 9-year-old daughter, “My life changed when I was here.” At that very moment, her phone rang and her life changed again. “So many things don’t give us hope. ‘Don’t get over it. “This seems to help swing the pendulum in the other direction.” 10 The month is the season of awards for the extraordinarily smart: First, the Nobel Prize and now the MacArthur Fellowship were unveiled on Wednesday: the high-paying accolade you can’t apply for will forever brand you a genius and arrive brilliantly and unconditionally. When it rang, Reuben Jonathan Miller believed that the calling would only bring him more problems to solve, and his MacArthur colleagues are working on solving huge problems that no one else can.” follows people in prison.” , a sociologist and criminologist at the University of Chicago. “I think it was called by a lawyer defending someone incarcerated.” Miller, who is rebuilding a home on the South Shore, was fixing a drainage problem with the help of a YouTube video. The person answering the call asked Miller if he was alone in a “secret place.” Foundation staff asks all of his colleagues about this. Confidentiality Miller, author of “Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and Afterlife of Mass Incarceration,” thought, “Oh, what’s the bad news now?” This class of colleagues is literally especially lucky. Their current salary is $800,000 over five years, a 28% increase over the previous cohort and the first increase since 2014. It took me 60 seconds to register,” Miller says. Then he exclaimed. After a moment, uncontrollable laughter. Have you ever imagined this? “Never. I’ve been thinking about 19 reasons why I wasn’t chosen.” This year’s diverse classes include musicians, artists, writers, activists, hyphens and many scholars. It consists of 15 women and 10 men from 15 states. This group includes 9 black colleagues, 7 Asian Americans, 2 Native Americans and 1 Chicana. The youngest winner is 35 years old and the two oldest are 69 years old. So we still have time. Among this year’s better known recipients is Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and member of Citizen Potawatomi Nation who wrote this book. The stealth bestseller “Braiding Sweetgrass” combines Aboriginal wisdom with scientific learning, asking readers to rethink the way they see and interact with the natural world. Kimmerer says he used a ruse by ignoring multiple calls from MacArthur manager and notifying the other winners, “I want my confidential evaluation of the candidate.” So she parked her car on the side of the road on the way to her staff retreat. ‘Sweetgrass Twisting’ went from a surprising hit to a huge bestseller. The call to remove books from classroom and library shelves is nothing new. Some of the things that have changed are that the storyline, characters, and writers are silent. (Video: Ally Karen/Washington Post; Photo: Illustration: Brian Monroe/Washington Post) This year’s group includes Kiese Laymon, Black Southern author of the critically acclaimed “Heavy: an American Memoir”. It is some of the best personal histories of the last half century and has been banned by several school boards. Another new fellow, Martha Gonzalez, is a feminist music theorist and professor “Chicana artivista”, a member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Quetzal. Marlies Carruth says: “They are excavators that dig things that are overlooked, underestimated, or poorly understood. They are archives that remind us of what must survive.” Winners described the fellowship as a seal of honor, responsibility, gift, and continued recognition of their work. But it’s also a magnet for more. It has the ability to attract interest, investment and legitimacy to its peers’ projects. The salary lasts for five years, but the title of MacArthur Fellow, nicknamed ‘genius’, is permanent. Melanie Matchett Wood, 41, a Harvard numberist who also studies algebraic geometry, is a highly contagious mathematician. Her conversations often explode with fireworks, “I love math because it’s so much fun doing it,” Wood says. “For me, working is incredibly fun and fulfilling. Nothing beats my passion for finding ways to solve new math problems.” As a teenager, she became the first American woman to join the team at the American International Mathematical Olympiad, winning silver medals in 1998 and 1999. She was also a cheerleader and editor of the school newspaper. “Mathematics can be very specialized,” says Wood. She is one of the few women on the Harvard Mathematics faculty. (Before that, she was one of the few women on Stanford’s mathematics faculty.) “One of the biggest parts of my work is combining different parts of mathematics to solve problems we don’t know how to solve. no see.” One potential use for her salary is to fund interdisciplinary workshops, reducing barriers to finding solutions. “I thought this might be fun,” she says. Again, Wood is one of two mathematicians this year. Jun Huh, 39, was at Princeton University where he once dreamed of becoming a poet. Growing up in Korea, his mathematical potential was initially not widely recognized in graduate school. “I didn’t get any offers on the first try,” he wrote in the email. When he tried again two years later, he received only one from the University of Illinois. Huh is having a few years. In July, he was awarded the Fields Medal, known as the “Mathematics Nobel Prize,” given every four years to mathematicians under the age of 40 for his work on geometric combinatorics. New job description. Jenna Jambeck, 48, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, calls herself an “open data citizen scientist,” and she shares information with the public. Her interest in trash dates back to her childhood. “As a child, I was completely fascinated by what we call ‘dumps,’” Jambeck says. She encourages the public to engage and log the waste they see on the marine litter tracker mobile app she has developed, providing useful data on plastic waste pollution for her scientific research. “I do not share recommendations. “I share data insights so the global community can be a decision maker,” says Jambeck. “With MacArthur, you don’t have to worry. I’m at a public university. I have no idea that my work will reward me personally. “I didn’t expect it,” says Jambeck, “When you have an idea that you can use right away, it’s hard to get existing funding. Like Miller, Emily Wang, a physician and researcher at Yale University School of Medicine, devotes her research to the director of the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, a former prisoner who is interested in long-term health outcomes and treatment after release. Wang also ignored the first call from the MacArthur Foundation, and again, she’s very busy professionally and is the mother of four girls, aged 12 and six. “My first reaction was tears,” says Wang.” I’m still dealing with giants and honors.” Colleagues who called last month were instructed to share life-changing news with exactly one person until an announcement. What Wang Can Do With Salary She hasn’t decided yet, but she’s thinking big, “I want to partner with healthcare organizations around the world,” she says. “It offers more bandwidth and these great opportunities,” says MacArthur. It can potentially remove the drudgery of some tasks that have been mentioned more than once, and free up time to invest hours, potentially weeks and months of essential work and travel in countries that are “recovered from slavery” and I’m writing a book about how to deal with people who commit acts of violence: “It gives you time to not do anything else. Time is a premium.” Grants allow recipients to make big plans. Williams must purchase red tulip bulbs, 100,000 of which will be planted on Saturdays with volunteers for an “art revitalization” installation in the Chicago Washington Park area. A light bulb titled “Redlining” is set to bloom in the spring where 16 buildings have been demolished. MacArthur “is an affirmation to keep pushing and leaning on the way I thought it was,” says Williams. “It leads to a much more aggressive life.” of what is possible, which inspires people to think about what is possible in their daily lives.” She thinks this award inspires not only winners, but also collaborators and colleagues: “I want to be open to the excitement and excitement of everything that is born out of the excitement of others,” says Williams, a MacArthur Fellow in 2022. Full List: Jennifer Carlson (age 40), sociologist Paul Chan (age 49), artist Yejin Choi (age 45), computer scientist P. Gabrielle Foreman, age 58, literary historian and digital humanist Danna Freedman, age 41, synthetic weapon Chemist Martha Gonzalez, 50, musician, scholar, artist and activist, Sky Hopinka, 38, artist and filmmaker Jun Huh, 39, mathematician Moriba Jah, 51, astrodynamicist48 Environmental engineerMonica Kim, 44, historian Robin Wall Kimmerer , 69, plant ecologist, educator and writer Priti Krishtel, 44, health justice lawyer Joseph Drew Lanham, 57, ornithologist, naturalist and writer Kiese Laymon, 48, authorReuben Jonathan Miller, 46, sociologist and sociologist, worker Ikue Mori, 68, electronic music composer and performer Steven Prohira, 35, physicist Tomeka Reid, 44, jazz cellist and composer Loretta J. Ross, 69, reproductive justice and human rights advocate Steven Ruggles, 67, historical population Scholar Tavares Strachan, 42, Wang Concept artist Emily 47, Physician and researcherAmanda Williams, 48, artist and architect Melanie Matchett Wood, 41, m athematician2021 MacArthur Winner: ‘High Risk, High Reward’ 2020 MacArthur Winner: ‘For that crazy idea’ Get it off the shelf’ 2019 MacArthur Winner: ‘Now Working With Faces’ I feel the same way’ 2018 MacArthur Laureate: ‘Your Life Can Change In A Moment’
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