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The MacArthur Genius awards were announced today. The lucky winners got a call, some publicity, and a $500,000 check -- no strings attached. Except, I guess, for one: The MacArthur folks asked the winners this year to record quick videos introducing people to their work. So here's type designer Matthew Carter, who's created the look of many of the words you've read:

And here's economist Emmanuel Saez, whose work has been featured on this blog many times before:

Many more here.

By Ezra Klein  | September 28, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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Saez is a ridiculous choice. His sort of speculation is good for newspapers, but is very weak science.

Posted by: staticvars | September 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Amir Abo-Shaeer, the first high school teacher to ever receive a MacArthur Award. He's a California science/physics teacher who mentors the school's robotics team. Great video of him talking about exciting the next generation of engineers via the FIRST Robotics Competition. A fantastic program that should get more publicity!

I'm so tired of folks bagging on teachers--here's an obviously great one. Well done Mr. Abo-Shaeer.

Posted by: BerkeleyMom | September 29, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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