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Five Yalies are awarded MacArthur Fellowships.

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Gregg Gonsalves ’11, ’17PhD View full image

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Vijay Gupta ’07MusM View full image

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Becca Heller ’10JD View full image

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Titus Kaphar ’06MFA View full image

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Okwui Okpokwasili ’96 View full image

Of the 25 people singled out for MacArthur Fellowships this year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 5 have degrees from Yale. The so-called genius grant, awarded for “exceptional creativity” and “promise for important future advances,” includes a $625,000 stipend paid over five years. The Yale winners are (clockwise from top left): Gregg Gonsalves ’11, ’17PhD, an epidemiologist, global health advocate, and assistant professor at the School of Public Health; Vijay Gupta ’07MusM, a violinist and social justice advocate in Los Angeles; Titus Kaphar ’06MFA, a painter and founder of NXTHVN art space in New Haven; Okwui Okpokwasili ’96, a dancer and choreographer in New York; and Becca Heller ’10JD, a human rights lawyer with the International Refugee Assistance Project in New York.

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