MacArthur Foundation reveals 2011 ‘genius grants’



CHICAGO (AP) — The latest list of MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipients includes Chicago skyscraper architect Jeanne Gang, New York City children’s choir founder Francisco Nunez and North Carolina concussion researcher Kevin Guskiewicz (guhs-kee-EHV’-ich).

The $500,000 fellowships for 2011 were announced Tuesday by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Recipients can spend the no-strings-attached grant money however they like. But many say the honor makes them focus on what they would accomplish in their fields if only they had the means. Many of this year’s recipients say they’re still making plans for the money.

As in previous years, a wide variety of fields are represented on the list of recipients, including both arts and sciences.