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ABF Member Marla Spivak Named 2010 MacArthur Fellow_September 2010
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ABF Member Marla Spivak Named 2010 MacArthur Fellow

Out of the Blue - $500,000 - No Strings

CHICAGO, September 28, 2010 - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010, including long-time ABF member Marla Spivak. Spivak, who has been affiliated with the University of Minnesota since 1993, is currently the Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Entomology.

The recipients just learned, through a phone call out of the blue from the Foundation, that they will each receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations and reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore. The unusual level of independence afforded to Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors. The work of MacArthur Fellows knows neither boundaries nor the constraints of age, place, and endeavor.

“This group of Fellows, along with the more than 800 who have come before, reflects the tremendous breadth of creativity among us,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. “They are explorers and risk takers, contributing to their fields and to society in innovative, impactful ways. They provide us all with inspiration and hope for the future.”

For the full press release, visit the MacArthur Foundation Newsroom at http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.6239745/k.FB13/2010_MacArthur_Fellows_Announced.htm.

Read more about Marla Spivak and her research at http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.6241281/k.8273/Marla_Spivak.htm.

posted September 2010

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