'Genius awards' go to two on
It's a grant you can't apply for. And an honor for which
you're nominated by people whose identities you'll never
know. And even if you're a scientific researcher who well
knows to expect the unexpected, an out-of-the-blue phone
call from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
has to come as a bit of a shock.
The news it brings with it? A $500,000
MacArthur Fellowship that comes with no strings attached:
You can do anything you want with the money, and, at the end
of the five-year-period it covers, you're not expected to
write a report on how it was used.
This year, the foundation made 23 of those
phone calls, and, in a rare occurrence, two of them were to
recipients at the same institution: Kay Redfield Jamison and
Geraldine Seydoux of Johns Hopkins. Jamison is a professor
of psychiatry; Seydoux, an associate professor of molecular
biology and genetics, both in the School of Medicine.
Learning from Sept. 11
On March 24, 1965, thousands of people, predominately
students, gathered on the University of Michigan campus to
hear three faculty lectures criticizing the U.S.
government's Vietnam policy. The landmark occurrence, which
filled four auditoriums and lasted 12 hours, is said to be
the first American teach-in and the catalyst for similar
anti-war lecture formats at other universities and
The teach-in derives its name from the
sit-ins of the civil rights era. A sit-in, however, was an
organized protest against discrimination, whereas the
teach-in's goal, as the name would imply, is to
educate--whether it be about the moral concerns of a war, or
the implications of and alternatives to a particular foreign
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