With the possible exception of the Nobel awards, physicists seem to get all the press these days, whether they're doing quantum level work at the LHC, or cosmology via the latest satellite data. Biologists, not so much. It's too bad, because Richard Lenski
is running one of the great evolutionary experiments of our time
, and it's producing interesting results. [more inside]
Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power,
an urban farm in Milwaukee, has won a MacArthur Genius grant.
Growing Power uses aquaculture, vermiculture, and sustainable agriculture
to raise food in an urban environment. Chefs of the region have taken notice
, but that's not Growing Power's main purpose. Congratulations to only the second farmer to win a Genius Grant. [more inside]
MacArthur Foundation genius grants
-- I didn't get one this year, but Ben Katchor
did. So did some other astonishing people, such as Patricia J. Williams, of whose column "Diary of a Mad Law Professor" in The Nation
I am a particular fan.