The 2010 MacArthur Geniuses have been announced! Looking for your name? Yeah, I'm not on the list either. Oh well, the Nobel prizes are announced in October, so maybe it will be a good year for me yet.
My crushing, yet unsurprised, disappointment aside, I avidly await the announcement of the MacArthur geniuses every year. The mix of people who are awarded the grant ($500,000!) and their wildly divergent fields is inspiring. A stone carver? An astrophysicist? A sign language linguist? An entomologist? Yep, all geniuses. Can you imagine being Jessie Little Doe Baird, who has been working to preserve and restore the Wampanoag (or Wôpanâak) language and getting the phone call saying, "Hey, we've been paying attention to all of your work. You are a genius."
I may not be an internationally acknolwedged genius (yet), but I have an idea. I think K-State needs a genius program. We'd have to scale back the award money a little. Otherwise, we could follow the guidelines for a MacArthur Fellowship (that's the formal name, but genius is more fun to say). There are three criteria:
The best part is that geniuses don't have to apply--they are nominated. If you've ever had to apply for a scholarship, grant, or anything else, you know how fantastic it would be not to have to apply. So, who wants to help me get this going?