Cushing Native Receives `Genius Grant'

Wednesday, September 26th 2007, 8:00 am
By: News On 6

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) -- A Cushing native is getting a $500,000 grant for being a genius.
Jay Rubenstein is being named one of 24 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellows for 2007 and is getting the "genius grant" for his work as a medieval historian.

The grant is paid out over five years.

Rubenstein is now an associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee and is currently in Paris doing research as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

Other winners include a biomedical scientist, a blues musician, a forensic anthropologist, an inventor and a spider-silk biologist.

The MacArthur Foundation says the winners are chosen for their creativity, originality and potential to make important contributions in the future.

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