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We All Knew Lin-Manuel Miranda Was a Genius, Now So Does The World

Even winning The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellow and starring in a Broadway show Lin-Manuel Miranda still does a rap for the lottery applicants for his show. He plans on donating some of his winnings away to  “organizations that I have fallen in love with,” like Graham Windham, founded in 1806 by Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Elizabeth — which continues to serve needy children and families — and the Mariposa Center, which helps girls in the Dominican Republic.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation f supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Their work, their commitment, and their creativity inspire us all.” And Lin-Manuel Miranda is on that list which includes these 24 genius’s.

Fellows List

 Ashesi: C reating a new model for higher education in Africa that combines training in ethical leadership, a liberal arts tradition, and skills for contemporary African needs and opportunities.

Kartik Chandran: 
 Environmental Engineer transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources, and fertilizers.

Ta-Nehisi Coates
: Journalist interpreting complex and challenging issues around race and racism through the lens of personal experience and nuanced historical analysis.

Gary Cohen: 
 Environmental Health Advocate spurring environmental responsibility among health care providers and repositioning health care institutional practice around the broader challenges of sustainability, climate change, and community health.

Matthew Desmond: 
Urban Sociologist revealing the impact of eviction on poor families and the role of housing policy in sustaining poverty and racial inequality in large American cities.

William Dichtel
: Chemist pioneering the assembly of molecules into stable, high surface-area networks with potential applications in electronic, optical, and energy storage devices.

Michelle Dorrance
: Tap Dancer and Choreographer reinvigorating a uniquely American dance form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance.

Nicole Eisenman
: Painter expanding the expressive potential of the figurative tradition in works that engage contemporary social issues and restore cultural significance to the representation of the human form.

LaToya Ruby: Photographer and Video Artist capturing the consequences of postindustrial decline for marginalized communities and illustrating how photography can promote dialogue about historical change and social responsibility.

Ben Lerner
: Writer transcending conventional distinctions of genre and style in works that convey the texture of our contemporary moment and explore the relevance of art and the artist in modern culture.

Mimi Lien
: Set Designer translating a text’s narrative and emotional dynamics onto the stage in bold, immersive sets that enhance the performance experience for theater makers and viewers alike.

Lin-Manuel Miranda
: Playwright, Composer, and Performer expanding the conventions of musical theater with a popular culture sensibility and musical styles and voices that reflect the diverse cultural panorama of the American urban experience.

Dimitri Nakassis
: Classicist challenging long-held assumptions about modes of economic exchange and political authority in prehistoric Greek societies and revealing their connections to the origins of modern civilization.

John Novembre
: Computational Biologist shedding new light on the links between geography and genomic diversity and producing a more finely grained picture of human evolutionary history.

Christopher Ré
: Computer Scientist democratizing big data analytics through open source data-processing products that have the power of machine learning algorithms but can be integrated into existing and applied database systems.

Marina Rustow: 
 Historian mining textual materials from the Cairo Geniza to deepen our understanding of medieval Muslim and Jewish communities.

Juan Salgado
: Community Leader creating a model for workforce development and training among immigrant communities through a holistic approach that addresses language skills, education, and other barriers to entering the workforce.

Beth Stevens
: Neuroscientist revealing the heretofore unknown role of microglial cells in neuron communication and prompting a fundamental shift in thinking about brain development in both healthy and unhealthy states.

Lorenz Studer: Stem Cell Biologist pioneering a new method for large-scale generation of dopaminergic neurons that could provide one of the first treatments for Parkinson’s disease and prove the broader feasibility of stem cell–based therapies for other neurological disorders.

Alex Truesdell
: Adaptive Designer and Fabricator constructing low-tech, affordable, and customized tools and furniture that enable children with disabilities to participate actively in their homes, schools, and communities.

Basil Twist
: Puppetry Artist and Director revitalizing puppetry as a serious and sophisticated art form in imaginative experiments with its materials, techniques, and uses in both narrative and abstract works.

Ellen Bryant: Poet meditating on will and fate and the life cycles of the natural world through a distinctive intermingling of lyric and narrative modes and ongoing experimentation with form and technique. More 

Heidi Williams
: Economist unraveling the forces that hinder or spur medical innovation through empirically based studies that are informing public policy. More 

Peidong Yang
: Inorganic Chemist opening new horizons for tackling the global challenge of clean, renewable energy sources through transformative advances in the science of semiconductor nanowires and nanowire photonics.

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