From left: Clifford Brangwynne, Allan Sly, Okwui Okpokwasili
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Professors CLIFFORD BRANGWYNNE and ALLAN SLY and arts fellow OKWUI OKPOKWASILI are among 25 recipients of 2018 MACARTHUR FELLOWSHIPS. Each will receive $625,000 in unrestricted funding over five years.

Brangwynne, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, investigates the processes by which cells form structures known as organelles, which carry out functions such as protein synthesis and cell division. Sly, a mathematics professor, works on an area of probability theory that investigates thresholds at which complex networks change from having one set of properties to another. Okpokwasili, a visiting fellow in dance and the Lewis Center for the Arts, creates multidisciplinary projects that explore the lives of women of color, particularly those of African and African American women, whose stories have been overlooked.