Here are the 2022 winners

The MacArthur Foundation announced 25 “genius” grant winners on Wednesday.

Why is it important: The award is seen as one of the most coveted and distinguished honors in academia, the arts and sciences, and it includes a massive cash prize.

Driving the news: The 2022 list of MacArthur Fellows included an ornithologist, a computer scientist and a human rights activist, among others.

  • MacArthur Fellows will receive a grant of $800,000, which is a “no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential,” according to the MacArthur Foundation’s website.
  • The foundation did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
  • Below are the 25 recipients.
2022 MacArthur Fellows Scholarship Winners

Jennifer Carlson is a sociologist from Tucson, Arizona, who has studied gun culture in the United States.

Paul Chan is an artist from New York who has depicted political and social issues.

Ye Jin Choi is a computer scientist from Seattle who has helped “develop artificial intelligence-based systems that can perform common sense reasoning,” according to the foundation’s website.

Fr Gabrielle Foreman is a historian and digital humanist from University Park, Pennsylvania, who has researched early African American activism.

Danna Freedmana chemist from Cambridge, Mass., has been working to create “new molecular materials with unique properties that are directly relevant to quantum information science,” the foundation said.

Martha Gonzaleza musician and artist from Claremont, California, has used art to build community and promote social justice.

Sky Hopinka is a filmmaker from Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, whose films elevate Indigenous perspectives.

June Huha mathematician from Princeton, New Jersey, has made connections between combinatorics and algebraic geometry.

Moriba Yes is an astrodynamicist from Austin, Texas who has worked to create solutions for Earth’s orbital structures.

Jenna Jambeck is an environmental engineer from Athens, Georgia who has studied the extent of plastic pollution and worked to stop plastic waste.

Monica Kima historian from Madison, Wisc., has researched the relationship between American foreign policy and global decolonization.

Robin Wall Kimmerera plant ecologist and writer from Syracuse, New York, who has researched how to build a better environment through scientific and indigenous information.

Kristel waiteda health care attorney from Oakland, California, has worked to build access to affordable medicine.

Joseph Drew Lanhaman ornithologist and author from Clemson, SC, has researched the effects of forest management on birds and wildlife.

Kiese Laymon is a writer in Houston, Texas who examines black people’s experiences with violence.

Reuben Jonathan Miller is a sociologist from Chicago who has researched the aftereffects of incarceration, primarily among communities of color.

Ikue Morian electronic music composer from New York, has expanded the range of technical music spaces through his own techniques.

Steven Prohiraa physicist from Lawrence, Kansas, has used new tools to research “ultra-high-energy subatomic particles” that could help us all understand the universe.

Tomeka Reida jazz cellist and composer from Chicago, has used a variety of musical traditions to create his unique sound.

Loretta J. Rossa human rights activist from Northampton, Mass., has worked to connect social justice and human rights with reproductive justice.

Steven Rugglesa historic demographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has helped build the world’s largest public database of population statistics (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series).

Tavares Strachan is an artist from New York and the Bahamas who has promoted “overlooked contributions of marginalized people throughout history” using science, history and other projects, according to the foundation’s website.

Emily Wang is a primary care physician and researcher from New Haven, Connecticut, who has studied the health effects of incarceration and people leaving prison.

Amanda Williams is a Chicago artist whose work “uses ideas around color and architecture to explore the intersection of race and the built environment,” according to the foundation’s website.

Melanie Matchett Wooda mathematician from Cambridge, Mass., has used number theory and algebraic geometry to provide a new understanding of the properties of numbers.

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