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Four Philly-area 'geniuses' named MacArthur Fellows

Four people from the Philadelphia area have been named 2013 MacArthur Fellows and will receive a "genius grant" from the foundation.

The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named its 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows, who will each receive a five-year, $625,000 "genius grant" – and four of those selected have ties to the Philadelphia area.

University of Pennsylvania professor Angela Duckworth, 43, is a psychologist who studies the role personality strengths –namely grit and self-control – play in educational achievement.

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, 44, founded the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Professionals, which seeks out the poorest patients in Camden and sends medical personnel to their doors to evaluate and treat them.

Rutgers University professor Julie Livingston, 46, is a medical historian who combines research in public health and anthropology to study the care and treatment of those suffering from chronic illness in populations vulnerable to the challenge of 21st century political and economic development.

California Institute of Technology professor Colin Camerer, 53, who originally hails from Philadelphia, is an economist who designs experiments to challenge assumptions economists have traditionally made regarding the role of human behavior in predictive models.

 
 
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