updated 9/20/2005 12:06:28 AM ET 2005-09-20T04:06:28

The list of 25 fellows announced by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Each will receive $500,000 over the next five years:

  • Marin Alsop, 48, the principal conductor of England’s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Alsop was recently named the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ted Ames, 66, fisherman, Stonington, Maine. Ames merges the roles of scientist and lobsterman to research and suggest changes in fisheries management.
  • Terry Belanger, 64, professor and honorary curator of special collections at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The rare-book preservationist founded the Rare Book School, a non-profit institute devoted to the histories of manuscripts, print and electronic text.
  • Edet Belzberg, 35, documentary filmmaker, New York. Belzberg is best know for “Children Underground,” about a group of homeless children living in a Romanian train station.
  • Majora Carter, 38, urban strategist, New York. Carter is founder and executive director of Sustainable South Bronx, an organization that seeks to create new opportunities in the area for recreation, nutrition, transit and economic development.
  • Lu Chen, 33, assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley. Chen’s work with the synapse sheds light on the biology of learning and memory.
  • Michael Cohen, 61, president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Cohen is a pharmacist who has worked to reduce preventable drug and drug delivery mistakes.
  • Joseph Curtin, 52, principal, Joseph Curtin Studios in Ann Arbor, Mich. Curtin is a violinmaker who produces world-class violins.
  • Aaron Dworkin, 35, founder and president of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization. Dworkin seeks to increase the numbers of minorities in classical music careers by exposing children to music early and offering them access to training and instruments.
  • Teresita Fernandez, 37, sculptor, New York. Fernandez integrates architecture and common building materials into her work.
  • Claire Gmachl, 38, associate professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University. Gmachl works in the fields of optics and semiconductor laser technology.
  • Sue Goldie, 43, associate professor of health decision science at Harvard University School of Public Health. Goldie has identified new methods to improve women’s health in underserved populations.
  • Steven Goodman, 48, field biologist at The Field Museum in Chicago. Goodman lives in Madagascar, where he works to document and protect the endangered and diverse plants and animals.
  • Pehr Harbury, 40, associate professor of biochemistry at Stanford University. Harbury is a biochemist whose work focuses on the structure and activity of proteins.
  • Nicole King, 35, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. King’s work seeks to reconstruct the emergence of multicellular organisms that form the base of the animal kingdom.
  • Jon Kleinberg, 33, professor of computer science, Cornell University. Kleinberg is a computer scientist whose research topics have tackled a wide variety of practical problems.
  • Jonathan Lethem, 41, novelist, Brooklyn, New York. Lethem is the author of six novels, including “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Fortress of Solitude.”
  • Michael Manga, 37, associate professor of earth and planetary science, University of California, Berkeley. Manga is a geophysicist who has explored phenomena ranging in scale from microscopic to planetary.
  • Todd Martinez, 37, professor of chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Martinez is a theoretical chemist who has developed new strategies that provide insight into the physical basis for chemical reactions.
  • Julie Mehretu, 34, painter, New York. Mehretu’s work evokes multiple time periods and locales.
  • Kevin M. Murphy, 47, professor, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Murphy is an economist whose work has examined how economic forces influence social phenomena including unemployment.
  • Olufunmilayo Olopade, 48, professor of medicine and human genetics, University of Chicago Hospitals. Olopade is a physician and researcher who has focused on breast cancer in women of African descent.
  • Fazal Sheikh, 40, documentary photographer, Zurich, Switzerland. Sheikh uses portraiture to depict the faces of the world’s displaced people, such as survivors of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
  • Emily Thompson, 43, associate professor of history, University of California, San Diego. Thompson is an aural historian whose work has touched on everything from urban design to cinema studies.
  • Michael Walsh, 62, technical consultant, Arlington, Va. Walsh is a vehicle emissions specialist who is working to improve the environment by reducing the impact of internal combustion engines.

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