MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Winner Maria Chudnovsky on Graph Theory

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

(John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

It all starts with a phone call. "Surely there's been some mistake. You do realize I play the mandolin, right?" Chris Thile said when he was informed that he had been named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. Thile is one of 23 very talented and very lucky musicians, writers, scientists, and thinkers awarded a half-a-million dollar no-strings-attached grant to expand their work and pursue their passion.

This year’s fellows include novelist Junot Diaz, filmmaker Natalia Almada, Washington Post reporter David Finkel, Harvard economist Raj Chetty, and Maria Chudnovsky, associate professor of industrial engineering and operations research at Columbia University. She studied graph theory, which uses mathematical abstractions to solve everyday problems like scheduling airline flights or assigning cell-phone frequencies.

Jad Abumrad won a MacArthur last year, and he gives Maria some advice. 


Maria Chudnovsky

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I thought it was Graft Theory at first...which definitely has some roots in Detroit and has solved problems for a segment of the population. Ask Jimmy Hoffa when you find him.

Who is the dumbest guy to ever win a MacArthur Genius Grant...I of course would like to hear about The MacArthur Park Genius Grant... "Who is the genius who 'Left a Cake Out In The Rain.' "

Oct. 03 2012 10:01 AM

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