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The artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of this year's MacArthur fellows. Her sculptures, paintings, installations and photography are displayed in over 30 museums around the globe. When she got news of the so-called "genius grant," she says, " I was running room to room in the house, feeling a sense of terror and elation." MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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The groundbreaking research of Linsey Marr, an aerosols expert and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, showed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is airborne as opposed to traveling in large droplets that fall with gravity. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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This MacArthur 'genius' knew the initial theory of COVID transmission was flawed

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Journalists protest outside the offices of the Austin American Statesman in June as part of a nationwide effort by staff at Gannett-owned newspapers to draw attention to layoffs and budget cuts. A coalition of donors is promising to bolster local news with a half-billion dollars over five years. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Philanthropies pledge $500 million to address 'crisis in local news'

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Catherine Flowers is the founding director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise. She recently received one of the MacArthur Foundation's 2020 Genius Grants. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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MacArthur 'Genius' Brings National Attention To Local Fight Against Sewage Failures

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Kelly Lytle Hernández is a historian and professor at UCLA and newly named MacArthur Fellow. Her work focuses on the U.S. history of mass incarceration and immigrant detention. Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Rebel Historian Who Reframes History Receives MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

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Joichi Ito stepped down as director of the MIT Media Lab on Saturday after a New Yorker article alleged the lab concealed its ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Kimberly White/Getty Images hide caption

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Gregg Gonsalves, a global health advocate, is one of this year's MacArthur "genius grant" winners. Stan Godlewski/John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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A Global Health Evangelist Is Shocked To Hear He's A 'Genius'

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