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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    David Simon, 50, creator of the television show "The Wire," Baltimore, Maryland. Crafting richly textured narratives that engage wide-ranging audiences and confront daunting challenges facing America's urban centers.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Director Amir Abo-Shaeer Goleta, California. Inspiring and preparing public high school students for careers in science and mathematics through an innovative curriculum that integrates applied physics, engineering and robotics.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Jessie Little Doe Baird, 46, language preservationist, Mashpee, Massachusetts. Reviving a long-silent language and restoring to her Native American community a vital sense of its cultural heritage.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Marine biologist Kelly Benoit-Bird, 34, Corvallis, Oregon. Using sophisticated acoustic engineering technology to explore the previously invisible behavior of ocean creatures and address long-unanswered questions about the structure and behavior of food chains.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Stone carver Nicholas Benson, 46, Newport, Rhode Island. Preserving the legacy of a centuries-old artistic tradition and expanding the art of hand letter carving with the beauty and craftsmanship of his own designs.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Drew Berry, 40, biomedical animator, Melbourne, Australia. Enhancing understanding biological processes and systems by synthesizing data from a variety of fields into scientifically accurate, aesthetically rich visualizations.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Carlos D. Bustamante, 35, population geneticist, Stanford, California. Mining DNA sequence data to address fundamental questions about the mechanisms of evolution, the complex origins of human genetic diversity and patterns of population migration.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Matthew Carter, 72, a type designer from Cambridge, Massachusetts is another 2010 MacArthur Foundation honoree. He is crafting letterforms of unequaled elegance and precision for a range of applications and media that span the migration of text from the printed page to computer screens.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    David Cromer, 45, theater director, New York. Reinvigorating classic American plays with a spirit and urgency that eschews nostalgia and provides audiences with unexpectedly fresh and compelling theatrical experiences.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    John Dabiri, 30, biophysicist, Pasadena, California. Investigating the hydrodynamics of jellyfish propulsion, which has profound implications for understanding evolutionary adaptation and such related issues in fluid dynamics as blood flow in the human heart.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Shannon Lee Dawdy, 43, anthropologist, Chicago. Combining archaeological scholarship with historical preservation to reveal the dynamics of intellectual and social life in New Orleans from its establishment as a French colony to the present day.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Annette Gordon-Reed, 51, historian, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Enriching understanding of colonial and early American interracial relations by disentangling the complicated history of two distinct founding families.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Yiyun Li, 37, fiction writer, Davis, California. Dramatizing the myriad effects of late-20th-century China's sweeping social changes in a moving, yet understated, style of storytelling.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Nergis Mavalvala, 42, quantum astrophysicist, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Linking optics, condensed matter and quantum mechanics in research that enhances the ability to detect and quantify gravitational radiation.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Jason Moran, 35, jazz pianist and composer, New York. Blending musical styles in genre-crossing performances that expand the boundaries of jazz expression.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Carol Padden, 55, sign language linguist, La Jolla, California. Illuminating the unique structure and evolution of sign languages and the specific social implications of signed communication.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Jorge Pardo, 47, installation artist, Los Angeles. Challenging the distinction between fine art and design, as well as the constraints of museum and gallery spaces, with visually seductive works at the intersection of painting, sculpture and architecture.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Sebastian Ruth, 35, violist, violinist and music educator, Providence, Rhode Island. Providing richly rewarding musical experiences and education for urban youth and their families while forging new roles beyond the concert hall for the 21st-century musician.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Emmanuel Saez, 37, economist, Berkeley, California. Drawing on quantitative analyses, behavioral experiments and theoretical insights to enhance understanding of the relationship between income and tax policy.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Dawn Song, 35, computer security specialist, Berkeley, California. Exploring the deep interactions among software, hardware and networks to increase the stability of computer systems vulnerable to remote attack or interference.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Marla Spivak, 55, entomologist, St. Paul, Minnesota. Protecting one of the world's most important pollinators - the honey bee - from decimation by disease while making important contributions to the understanding of bee biology.
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  • MacArthur Foundation reveals 2010 'genius grants'

    Elizabeth Turk, 48, sculptor, Atlanta. Transforming her signature medium of marble, a traditionally monumental and prone-to-fracture material, into intricate, seemingly weightless works of art.
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