Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BREAKING: Phil Baran receives MacArthur Fellowship

According to Gawker (now there's a phrase I did not expect to type into this blog), the MacArthur Fellows (also known as the "genius grant") for 2013 were released early by a Mississippi newspaper's website (before the embargo tomorrow morning). On that list?:
— Phil Baran, 36, La Jolla, Calif. Organic chemist at Scripps Research Institute who invents ways to recreate natural products with potential pharmaceutical uses.
I do not have any reason to believe that the story isn't true. (And if not, someone has put together a very real-sounding list.) Congrats to Professor Baran and his group.

UPDATE: The New York Times is confirming the leaked list and has interviews with some of the grantees; Professor Baran's name is on the list. Congrats, officially.

625k -- that'll buy some xenon difluoride...

5 comments:

  1. Once the TSRI administration gets their cut, Phil should be able to afford one new postdoc.

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    1. I think the MacArthur grant is a check directly to the recipient, to do what you want with it.

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    2. TSRI will only take a cut if it is used to fund research directly through the purchase of chemicals and other general lab supplies. If the money is used to pay for students or for capital purchases, they won't take any.

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  2. Here's a nice press release: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/24/phil-baran-macarthur-genius-grant/

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  3. If TSRI gets such a big cut of grants, then what's the point of being there? Harvard will take a huge cut of your grants, but they might actually pay your salary, rather than expecting you to get it from your grants. They have good faculty and students, but I'd wonder what all the money would be for.

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