Miami Professor Wins Genius Grant

Sep 22, 2016

Miami University professor Daryl Baldwin is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, more commonly known as a 'genius grant' recipient. Baldwin is Director of Miami's Myaamia Center and a leader in Native American language and cultural revitalization.

Baldwin will use the grant for his work with the Myaamia Center, although he's uncertain in what way. "This is a 20-year effort involving the tribe and university and several full-time staff. I have some consulting to do to generate options before I make a determination," Baldwin says.

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The 'genius grants' come with a $625,000 stipend over five years for recipients to use as they like.

The Center's goal is advancing the Myaamia Nation, from which Miami University takes its name, with a focus on language, culture, and history.

In a statement, Baldwin says, "It's a work of passion. It's also a work of identity for me and for other tribal members. This is about discovery of self. This is a wonderful recognition of what the community has been able to do and it’s a direct outcome of the collaboration of the Miami Tribe and Miami University."

Baldwin is one of 23 people named as 2016 MacArthur Fellows.