SOLVING REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS: MacArthur fellow Vonnie McLoyd's research combines concepts in socioeconomics, psychology, and anthropology.
Thomas Daniel, a zoologist from the University of Washington in Seattle, says the windfall from the Chicago-based philanthropy will allow him and his graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to engage in "fringier and riskier" projects than they normally could.
"I think that's the real spirit of the MacArthur fellowships," adds Daniel. "This is a grant to help people who may have some promise, and [the foundation] knows it's a risk."
There are no calls for proposals or application deadlines for the...