World News – United States – 21 MacArthur « Genius Fellows » – including former University of Chicago professor – awarded $ 625,000 each


A former professor of sociology at the University of Chicago who examines how youth associated with gangs in Chicago use social media

A lawyer who studies how blacks and other disadvantaged families are deprived of their real estate

A cognitive neuroscientist who uses a range of technologies to understand how the brain works

These are among the winners of this year’s MacArthur Fellowships, commonly known as « Engineering Grants. » Each will receive $ 125,000 per year for the next five years, without any strings attached, from Chicago-based John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation

« Amidst civil unrest, a global pandemic, natural disasters and fires, this exceptionally creative group of 21 people are providing a moment of celebration, » said Cecilia Conrad, Executive Director of MacArthur Fellows, in a press release

« They ask critical questions, develop innovative technologies and public policies, enrich our understanding of the human condition and produce works of art that challenge and inspire us »

Stuart, who taught in the sociology department at the University of Chicago from 2012 to 2019, conducts multi-year surveys that show the causes and consequences of entrenched poverty. His second book, « Ballad of the Bullet: Gangs, Drill Music, and the Power of Online Infamy ”(2020) Highlights How Youth Associated With Chicago Gangs Use Social Media “It demonstrates that young people are using social media to promote their prowess in the streets while mitigating or avoiding potentially violent confrontations”, according to the foundation “It also explains how social networks allow young men deprived of their rights to build economic, cultural and social capital that would otherwise be inaccessible to them”Stuart is now an associate professor at Stanford University

Andrews, econometrician, is developing « reliable and widely applicable methods of statistical inference to address key challenges in economics, social science and medicine, » according to the foundation

The sociologist, writer and public researcher explores the crossroads of issues of race, gender, education and digital technology His work spans from college scholarships to social media platforms

A chemical engineer, Dauenhauer develops technologies to transform materials from renewable organic sources into « chemical building blocks » for items now made from fossil fuels

An evolutionary geneticist, Elde explores the processes that allow organisms to attack or defend themselves

Fair, a cognitive neuroscientist, studies brain function using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), sophisticated mathematical techniques, and other methods

Sicangu Lakota Nation playwright FastHorse embraces Indigenous storytelling His plays are « funny, incisive, and, at times, deeply unsettling to audiences confronted with the realities of the Native American experience in the United States, » according to the foundation

Environmental activist Flowers sheds light on inadequate waste management and water sanitation infrastructure in rural America

As an anthropologist and media scholar, Gray studies how the digital economy has transformed work, identity and human rights

A « speculative fiction writer », according to the foundation, Jemisin delves into themes such as structural racism, environmental crises and family relationships in works that evoke « fantastical worlds with complex imaginations »

Lemon is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates choreography, books, paintings and experimental stage performances In doing so, he generates new « modes of artistic expression », according to MacArthur

The cell and developmental biologist explores the molecular mechanisms of fertilization in mammals She does this through various genomic, biochemical and physiological analyzes

A specialist in property law, Mitchell works to reform legal doctrines « which deprive blacks and other disadvantaged American families of their property and real estate, » according to the foundation

Historian probes how concepts of race, citizenship and belonging have been applied to various immigrant groups in the US

Cultural theorist and poet, Moten writes about visual culture, poetry, music and performance, examining them in a way that takes into account the black experience

Rivera Garza writes fictions, essays, and scholarly work that shed light on the topics of language, memory, and gender from the Mexican and American perspective

Salvant broadens the definition of a jazz singer, emerging as a storyteller encompassing many musical traditions

The biological chemist studies « the synthesis of new small molecules with bioactive or therapeutic properties », according to the foundation

Documentary filmmaker Wang explores the effects of authoritarian governments and corruption on individuals and communities

As a writer, Woodson « redefines literature for children and young adults » through works that relate the complexity and diversity of contemporary life

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World news – United States – 21 winners of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship – including a former professor at the University of Chicago – receive $ 625,000 each



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