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Two from U-M named MacArthur Fellows

Two U-M alumni and adjunct faculty members are among 25 new MacArthur Fellows announced Sept. 20 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

MacArthur Fellows are selected for their creativity, originality and potential. By providing resources without stipulations or reporting requirements, the foundation offers fellows the opportunity to accelerate their activities or take work in new directions.

Aaron Dworkin, who holds an appointment at the School of Music, and Stephen Goodman, an adjunct research investigator in the Museum of Zoology, each will receive $500,000 during the next five years from the foundation with no strings attached.

"The new MacArthur Fellows illustrate our conviction that talented individuals, free to follow their insights and instincts, will make a difference in shaping the future," says Daniel Socolow, director of the MacArthur Fellows Program.

Dworkin is founder and president of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which strives to increase the number of African Americans and Latinos with careers in classical music. His efforts seek to counter young people's perception that classical music careers face insurmountable barriers by providing them with rigorous training, affordable instruments and performance opportunities.

Dworkin received a bachelor's degree in music in 1997 and a master of music degree in 1998 from U-M. In 1996, he founded Sphinx with a $40,000 U-M "New Century Fund for Diversity" grant.

Goodman is a conservation biologist in the Department of Zoology at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. He spends most of his time in Madagascar, where he works

with international conservation groups and biologists to record and preserve ecosystems increasingly threatened by rapid deforestation and population growth. He founded and leads the Ecological Training Program that mentors, trains and prepares local biologists in pressing conservation issues.

Goodman received his bachelor's degree in science in 1984 and undertook graduate study at U-M, completing all but his dissertation in favor of conducting independent research for the American Museum of Natural History and the National Geographic Society. He earned his doctorate in 2000 from the University of Hamburg.

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