‘Genius’ Award Goes to Nine New Yorkers

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Nine of the 25 recipients of this year’s John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant” hail from New York:

  • Tara Donovan, 38, sculptor, Brooklyn. As an artist, Ms. Donovan transforms ordinary materials into sculptures that mirror geological and biological forms.
  • Wafaa El-Sadr, 58, infectious disease physician, New York. Dr. El-Sadr works to find treatments for pandemics such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • Leila Josefowicz, 30, violinist, New York. A solo musical performer, Ms. Josefowicz specifically looks to work with modern composers to broaden the violin’s repertoire.
  • Diane Meier, 56, geriatrician, New York. Dr. Meier develops more humane and effective treatments for the seriously ill.
  • Alex Ross, 40, music critic, New York. As a critic, Mr. Ross offers new ways of thinking about music.
  • Nancy Siraisi, 76, medical historian, Brooklyn. Ms. Siraisi studies the impact of medical theory and practice on Renaissance society, culture, and religion.
  • Sally Temple, 49, neuroscientist, Albany. Ms. Temple researches more effective treatments for central nervous system damage.
  • Jennifer Tipton, 71, stage lighting designer, New York. Ms. Tipton uses lighting to evoke mood and accompany dance, drama, and opera.
  • Miguel Zenon, 31, saxophonist, New York. Mr. Zenon creates new sounds using his native music of Puerto Rico and a variety of jazz forms as inspiration.

The $500,000 fellowships will be announced today.

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