Meet The 2012 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Scientists

A parasite-fighting neurobiologist, a pediatric neurosurgeon, two Brilliant 10 winners, and other scientists awarded a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship.

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation makes an investment–a $500,000 investment–in the future by handing out bags of money to people whose work shows promise. Of course that includes scientists doing world-changing research. The 2012 fellows were just announced, and here they are. Two of the winners have also been named one of PopSci‘s Brilliant 10: Maria Chudnovsky and Melody Swartz.
  • Geochemist Terry Plank: Looks at the collisions between Earth’s tectonic plates, and other phenomena below the surface.

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