3 University of Michigan Researchers Win Macarthur Foundation ‘Genius Grants’

Ann Arbor, September 20, 2011

Three researchers from the University of Michigan are among the latest 22 recipients of the no-strings-attached MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.”

The $500,000 fellowships for 2011 were announced today by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. University of Michigan researchers on the list include Tiya Miles, Melanie Sanford and Yukiko Yamashita.

Miles is director of the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Sanford is a chemistry professor in LSA. And Yamashita is an assistant professor at the Life Sciences Institute and an assistant professor at Michigan’s medical school.

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Miles is a public historian who is reframing and reinterpreting the history of the nation “in works that illuminate the complex interrelationships between the African and Cherokee peoples in colonial America,” U-M said.

She said the funding will help her advance a new project she started called ECO Girls, which is based in the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies. The mission of ECO Girls is to foster environmental awareness and stewardship, ecological literacy, cultural education, friendship building, self-confidence and leadership skills for elementary and middle school girls in the southeastern Michigan cities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit, U-M said.

Sanford is an organometallic chemist, U-M said. Her research focuses on using metal-based agents, primarily palladium, to catalyze reactions that substitute hydrogen in carbon-hydrogen bonds with other atoms or functional groups, according to the release.

Yamashita, a stem cell biologist, is working to explain the process of stem cell division and its role in age-related decline in organ repair and in the onset of some cancers and other disorders, U-M said.

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Melanie Sanford, organometallic chemist

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Yukiko Yamashita, stem cell biologist

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Tiya Miles, public historian

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  • Eric

    Miles is a public historian who is reframing and reinterpreting the history of the nation “in works that illuminate the complex interrelationships between the African and Cherokee peoples in colonial America,” U-M said.

    Evidently the Cherokee don’t care too much about those complex relationships since they want blacks expelled from the tribe.

    What a laughable exercise in futility to try to compare the works of serious scientists working on complex problems to a revisionist pro black “historian” with an obvious agenda. I’m sure Ms. Miles would be an asset to a public library somewhere but to compare her work to that of those above her is utterly ridiculous.

  • Deirdre

    She’s “reframing” and “reinterpreting” – that’s so funny. They have a lot of nerve putting this woman with the other two as if that will make them equal. Pulling the wool doesn’t mean sane people will believe this baloney…

  • Mike B.

    This is nothing new for the MacArthur Foundation. They’ve been doing this forever:

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.asp?fndid=5223

    (And, as usual, in every article like this – or ANYWHERE in society, you will NEVER, EVER see a straight, white male – UNLESS he’s portrayed as being someone who couldn’t tie the shoelaces on his loafers.)

  • Anonymous

    Three female researchers from the University of Michigan walk into a bar. And the bartender says, “Only two of you gals have any talent. ‘Public Historian’? What the hell’s that? Get out of my bar, you affirmative-action fraud!”

  • Peejay in Frisco

    Tiya Miles-I wonder what practical benefit her research will do for anyone? Same old story-have some balance by having a white, a black, and a yellow.They gave a Genius award to some black racist quite a few years ago, his name was Leroy something.All he ever did in his lifetime was to spew out racist garbage.

  • Paul

    What is incredible is that there is no white male. Are we really expected to believe that they can’t find a single white male that is superior in these fields? After all didn’t a white male invent virtually…….everything?

  • Tacitus

    As a failed and former humanities professor who is now, naturally, attending law school, I am only confirmed in my decision to leave academia. Funding goes to the sciences first, and then to minorities doing politically correct “research.”

  • ArizonaInsurgent

    If this weren’t so funny I’d vomit!

  • Southern Hoosier

    Poor Tiya Miles. She is probably not even bright enough to realize she is the laughing stock of academia.

  • Madison Grant

    Reminds me of childhood when I’d read Highlights magazine and they’d show three pictures along with a caption that read Which of These Does Not Belong?

  • Ben

    Man did I have a laugh.

    Yes because we all know that it takes real mental power to attain status at the head Afroamerican & African Studies department.

    Truly such “public historians” rival those in stem cell biology organometallic chemistry.

    This is great.

  • flyingtiger

    This reminds me of the 1000 page paper written by BHO’s mother on rural blacksmiths in Indonesia. Has anyone read it?

    There are so many white guys who have better ideas who won’t get any money.

  • Expat68

    Great! I see a white lesbian, a Japanese-American lesbian, and a black woman with an IQ of about 110. This is the future? They can have it.

  • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

    Dat Tiya Miles, she sho’ ‘nuf be a genius, re-writin’ history an’ all dat stuff!!

  • Anonymous

    Tiya Miles is your typical Black PhD–she’s awarded her affirmative action degree in Cultural Marxism because everyone knows that Blacks are incapable of earning a legitimate degree in the hard sciences. She will be coddled her entire career, and her ludicrous ideas will never be seriously challenged for fear of “racism”.

    Miles’ work is proof that the term “Black genius” is an oxymoron.

  • Anonymous

    You can bet your bottom dollar the two female scientists are either laughing or crying about being given the same award as Miles. Talk about a double standard!!!

  • underdog

    Here’s another “genius” at Harvard who got one of these MacArthur grants.

    http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.7730831/k.9839/Roland_Fryer.htm

    You can meet all of the fellows here:

    http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.7728991/k.12E8/Meet_the_2011_Fellows.htm

  • Mike B.

    This is nothing new for the MacArthur Foundation. They’ve been doing this forever:

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.asp?fndid=5223

    (And, as usual, in every article like this – or ANYWHERE in society, you will NEVER, EVER see a straight, white male – UNLESS he’s portrayed as being someone who couldn’t tie the shoelaces on his loafers.)

  • German

    You should imagine that they were not just taking the first black person they found.

    They were searching pretty hard but this is all they have got.

    It is like here in Germany: They wanted to talk about stem-cell science on TV. But there were no black or brown scientists in Germany so they invited an Indian from England to prevent only 5 whites talking in the show.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, the games people play. This is just more ridiculous pretense that “enlightened” people have to pretend is not pretense. Everyone knows the truth, but few are courageous enough to express it openly.

  • Anonymous

    I see, in this order:

    1) a genius with the personality of Okra.

    2) a highly intelligent drone, incapable of original thought.

    3) a fraud and a dullard.

  • WR the elder

    #8 Anonymous, it seems to be a common conceit of many “white nationalists” that Asians are smart but somehow incapable of original thought. How many Asians do you actually know? I know of plenty of Asians who have had original and useful ideas and I’m pretty sure that Yukiko Yamashita is in that category. I suspect that Jared Taylor knows some bright and creative Asians as well.

    We can be proud of our own people without belittling other people who have, in fact, much of their own to be proud of.

    As for the Macarthur grants, they are commonly split between scientists of genuine ability and accomplishment and leftist activist crazies.

  • The Halfwhite House

    50 years of white guilt affirmative action has produced this. A “public historian” provides nothing to the betterment of our society. Why do liberals and the liberal media ignore white public historians? Because they provide no liberal white guilt relief.