JOHN T. BRUER, president, James S. McDonnell Foundation, St. Louis

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John T. Bruer's work centers on improving educational outcomes with cognitive science. By developing research-based classroom interventions, Bruer offers policymakers and educators a tool to change the way students learn. His book, Schools for Thought: A Science of Learning in the Classroom, earned Bruer the Grawemeyer Award in Education and the American Federation of Teachers' QuEST Award.

As head of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, Bruer oversees awards totaling more than $11 million annually. By supporting cognitive neuroscience, education, and children's health in developing countries, the foundation advances many of the same goals as Bruer's own research.

For Bruer, THE SCIENTIST helps in identifying those niches where foundation support can have the greatest impact.

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