The MacArthur Foundation has announced the recipients of 25 fellowships totaling $625,000.

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The MacArthur Foundation has announced the recipients of 25 fellowships totaling $625,000.

The MacArthur Foundation selected 25 beneficiaries of $625,000 fellowships for brilliant individuals on Tuesday.

According to the Foundation’s website, “The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000 no-strings-attached award to highly bright and creative individuals as an investment in their potential.” “In fact, the MacArthur Fellows Program’s goal is to allow awardees to use their own creative impulses for the greater good of humanity.”

People involved in civil and human rights action, writers, artists, attorneys, historians, scientists, and filmmakers were among the MacArthur Fellows announced.

Desmond Meade, a civil rights activist who fought for formerly jailed residents’ voting rights in Florida, was on the list, as was Nicole Fleetwood, an art historian and curator whose museum exhibition “Marking Time” featured artwork created by incarcerated people.

Jordan Casteel, an artist who captures everyday encounters in recognition of shared humanity, was also named, as was Reginald Dwayne Betts, a poet and lawyer who has advocated for the humanity and rights of people who are or have been incarcerated, and Ibram Kendi, a historian and writer who has researched and spoken out against racism.

Lisa Schulte Moore, a landscape ecologist who has worked with farmers on sustainable agriculture systems, and Michelle Monje, a neurologist who has worked on pediatric brain cancer research to improve patient therapy, were among the science recipients.

Trevor Bedford, a computational virologist who developed tools for detecting virus evolution and infection spread in real time, was also named to the list.

He was cited by the Foundation as a “key source of information on the virus’s genetic origins and diverse strains.”

Bedford told The Washington Post, “I don’t know how to feel.” “The pandemic is the only reason any of this is occurring, and it might feel like I’m winning these prizes on top of millions of others. So it’s difficult for it to be a positive thing on its own.”

Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, married documentary filmmakers, each earned a fellowship for their work on The Infiltrators, a film about two young undocumented activists who were jailed on purpose to educate detainees about their rights and create a movement to resist deportations.

Rivera told The Washington Post, “There are things you dream of, but two MacArthur fellowships in the house is not one of them.” “I’ve never,… Article Summary from Nokia News

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