The MacArthur Foundation announced 25 “genius” grant winners on Wednesday.
Why is it important: The award is considered one of the most coveted and distinguished honors in academia, the arts and sciences, and it includes a huge cash prize.
Driving the news: The 2022 list of MacArthur Fellows included an ornithologist, computer scientist and human rights activist, among others.
- MacArthur Scholars will receive an $800,000 grant, which is an “unconditional award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential,” according to the MacArthur Foundation website.
- The foundation did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
- Here are the 25 recipients.
MacArthur Fellows 2022 Winners
Jennifer Carlson is a sociologist from Tucson, Arizona who has investigated gun culture in the United States.
Paul Chan is an artist from New York who has depicted political and social subjects.
Yejin Choi is a computer scientist from Seattle who helped “develop artificial intelligence-based systems capable of performing common-sense reasoning,” according to the foundation’s website.
P. Gabrielle Foreman is a historian and digital humanist from University Park, Penn., who has researched early African-American activism.
Danna Freemana chemist from Cambridge, Mass., worked to create “new molecular materials with unique properties directly relevant to quantum information science,” the foundation said.
Marthe Gonzáleza musician and artist from Claremont, California, has used art to build community and promote social justice.
Sky Hopinka is a filmmaker from Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, whose films elevate Indigenous perspectives.
june eha mathematician from Princeton, New Jersey, made connections between combinatorics and algebraic geometry.
Moriba Jah is an astrodynamicist from Austin, Texas who has worked to create solutions for Earth’s orbital structures.
Jenna Jambeck is an environmental engineer from Athens, Georgia who has studied the extent of plastic pollution and worked to stop plastic waste.
Monica Kima historian from Madison, Wisconsin, has studied the relationship between American foreign policy and global decolonization.
Robin Wall Kimmerera plant ecologist and writer from Syracuse, New York who has researched how to create a better environment through scientific and indigenous information.
Priti Krishtela health-law attorney from Oakland, California, has worked to create access to affordable medicines.
Joseph Drew Lanhaman ornithologist and writer from Clemson, SC, has studied the impacts of forest management on birds and wildlife.
Kiese Laymon is a writer from Houston, Texas who examines black people’s experiences with violence.
Ruben Jonathan Miller is a Chicago sociologist who has studied the consequences of incarceration, primarily among communities of color.
Ikue Morian electronic music composer from New York, has expanded the range of technical music space through her own techniques.
Steven Prohiraa physicist from Lawrence, Kansas, has used new tools to search for “ultra-high energy subatomic particles” that could help us understand the universe.
Tomeka ReidChicago jazz cellist and composer, has used a number of musical traditions to create her unique sound.
Loretta J. Rossa human rights defender from Northampton, Mass., has worked to link social justice and human rights with reproductive justice.
Steven Rugglesa historical demographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, helped create the world’s largest public database of population statistics (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series).
Tavares Strachan is an artist from New York and the Bahamas who has promoted “the overlooked contributions of marginalized figures throughout history” using science, history and other projects, according to the foundation’s website.
Emily Wang is a primary care physician and researcher from New Haven, Connecticut who has studied the health effects of incarceration and those released from prison.
Amanda Williams is a Chicago-based artist whose work “uses ideas around color and architecture to explore the intersection of race and the built environment,” according to the foundation’s website.
Melanie Matchett Wooda mathematician from Cambridge, Mass., used number theory and algebraic geometry to provide new understanding of the properties of numbers.
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