24 ‘Exceptionally Creative Individuals’ Are Named as MacArthur Fellows of 2013

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named on Wednesday 24 recipients of MacArthur Fellowships for 2013, and most of them have current or recent affiliations with universities. The fellowships recognize “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement,” the foundation said in a news release, and “the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.”

The fellowships carry a stipend that was increased this year to $625,000, paid out over five years. The stipends are awarded with “no strings attached” and no reporting requirements, the foundation said, so that the recipients have maximum freedom to follow their creative ideas.

The new class brings to nearly 900 the number of people who have been recognized as MacArthur Fellows since the program began, in 1981. The new fellows and their current affiliations are as follows:

• Kyle Abraham, a choreographer, dancer, and founder and artistic director of his own company, Kyle Abraham/

• Donald Antrim, a writer and associate professor in the writing program at Columbia University.

• Phil Baran, an organic chemist and professor at the Scripps Research Institute, in La Jolla, Calif.

• C. Kevin Boyce, a paleobotanist and associate professor in the department of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford University.

• Jeffrey Brenner, a primary-care physician who is founder and executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, in Camden, N.J. Dr. Brenner is also medical director of the Urban Health Institute at the Cooper University Healthcare and on the faculty of the Cooper Medical School at Rowan University.

• Colin Camerer, a professor of behavioral economics at the California Institute of Technology.

• Jeremy Denk, a concert pianist and writer. He is currently on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and at Mannes College, the New School for Music.

• Angela Duckworth, a research psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

• Craig Fennie, a materials scientist and assistant professor in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.

• Robin Fleming, a medieval historian and professor of history at Boston College.

• Carl Haber, an audio preservationist and senior scientist in the physics division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

• Vijay Iyer, a jazz pianist and composer who will join the Harvard University department of music in January 2014 as a professor of the arts.

• Dina Katabi, a professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

• Julie Livingston, a public-health historian, anthropologist, and professor of history at Rutgers University at New Brunswick.

• David Lobell, an agricultural ecologist and associate professor in the department of environmental earth-system science at Stanford University.

• Tarell McCraney, a playwright and ensemble member at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, in Chicago.

• Susan Murphy, a statistician and professor of statistics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

• Sheila Nirenberg, a neuroscientist and associate professor in the department of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell Medical College.

• Alexei Ratmansky, a choreographer and artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre, in New York.

• Ana Maria Rey, an atomic physicist who is a fellow of JILA (formerly known as the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics) and a research assistant professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

• Karen Russell, a writer of short stories and novels who has taught writing and literature at Columbia University, Rutgers University at Camden, and Bard, Bryn Mawr, and Williams Colleges.

• Sara Seager, an astrophysicist who is a professor of planetary science and a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

• Margaret Stock, an immigration lawyer and author who has written about the impact of immigration law on military personnel and their families. Currently a lawyer in the Anchorage, Alaska, office of Cascadia Cross Border Law, she was previously on the faculty at the United States Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y.

• Carrie Mae Weems, a photographer, video artist, and social activist based in Syracuse, N.Y.

See the foundation’s Web site for more information about recipients’ achievements and videos in which they discuss their work.

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