I'm intrigued by Carl Haber's work in sound recording preservation but I'm really pleased as punch by Karen Russell being awarded a grant; "St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" is a simply fantastic collection and I love what she's doing with her particular combination of straight fiction and fantasy writing.
Agreed. I've read only "Swamplandia!", and it was like nothing else I'd ever read. I could heartily recommend it to people, but I couldn't quite describe it.
Martin Seligman's book Flourish discusses Angela Duckworth and her research (she was one of his graduate students at Penn). It's a pretty good read and some of it is available in preview on Google Books...
I work at a college access and success non-profit and we have discussed Duckworth's work on grit quite a bit. There is a lot of discussion in the higher ed world right now about non-cognitive skill development and their connection to academic and career success, especially for first-generation to college, low-income students. It's awesome that she (and her work) are being recognized in this way.
Very excited to see Sheila Nirenberg on this list, who is working on restoring sight via signals to the brain for people with retinal degenerative diseases (like me)!
Yeah Angela! I actually know her a little bit, and we've corresponded on email a few times. Really nice person and fascinating work. I also met the the flutist from last year's list -- I'm on a roll!
Yes! I was just talking to a student the other day about Karen Russell and her brand of magical realism (I taught her story "Haunting Olivia" in a class a few years ago and it was the favorite thing we read for many of the students). I haven't read the new collection of stories yet but this will prompt me to do so.