Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Cornellians Win ‘Genius Grants’
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Two Cornellians are among this year’s crop of MacArthur Foundation Fellows. The twenty-four winners of the annual awards, commonly known as “genius grants,” will each receive $625,000 in unrestricted funding over five years. The winners include professor William Dichtel (above), a chemist who, according to the foundation, is “developing new ways to make nanostructured materials with potential uses in energy storage, solar power, biosensors, and other technologies.” The other Cornellian fellow is Christopher Ré ’02, MEng ’03, a Stanford University computer scientist “making big data more widely accessible and useful in ground-breaking data applications.”

Other members of the MacArthur Class of 2015 include prominent journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates and playwright-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights and the current Broadway hit Hamilton.


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