Early last week, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 2015 MacArthur Fellows. Former Dana grantee Beth Stevens was among the 24 recipients. According to MacArthur President Julia Stasch, the award goes to individuals who are “shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways.” The fellowship, colloquially known as the MacArthur ‘genius grant,’ comes with a $625,000 ‘no-strings-attached’ stipend to allow recipients to “advance their expertise [and] engage in bold new work.”
Yesterday the White House announced the 96 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Among the recipients is Dana brain and immuno-imaging grantee Beth Stevens, Ph.D., of Children’s Hospital Boston, who studies the interactions of neurons and glia in the nervous system. The award celebrates high-achieving researchers in the early stages of their careers.
In the press release, President Obama says, “Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people. The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”