In case you missed it, the MacArthur Foundation announced their 2014 recipients. The Washington Post has a visual introduction to each of them here:
MacArthur Foundation awards 24 'genius' grants
A few I like:
- C. Kevin Boyce, a paleobotanist and associate professor in Stanford University’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, looks at links between ancient plants and today's ecosystems.
- David Lobell is an agricultural ecologist and associate professor at Stanford who has investigated the impact of climate change on crop production and food security around the world.
- Angela Duckworth is a research psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who is credited with helping to transform our understanding of what roles self-control and grit play in educational achievement.