Thursday, November 8, 2012

MacArthur Fellow: Dr. Nancy Rabalais

Dr. Nancy Rabalais, a long-term member of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was  named one of twenty-three MacArthur Fellows. “Working across a broad spectrum of endeavors, the Fellows were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future.”

Dr. Nancy Rabalais is the Executive Director and a Professor at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Cocodrie, LA. As a Marine Ecologist, she was selected for “documenting the environmental and economic consequences of hypoxic zones in the Gulf of Mexico and informing strategies for restoring the degraded waters of the Gulf and the Mississippi River basin.”

The Fellowship brings with it an unrestricted prize of $500,000 over a five-year period. Dr. Rabalais said that she will put the funds back into the important research, education and outreach that she conducts with her numerous colleagues, who have made their many achievements possible.  Dr. Rabalais was astonished when she received the call. “I knew about the prestigious award and have always honored it, but never thought I would ever be one. It is truly an honor.” 

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