Prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellows include UT Austin's inventor of 'cancer pen'
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IMAGE: Livia S. Eberlin, chemistry professor at the University of Texas at Austin, led a team of scientists and engineers in developing a tool for rapidly and accurately identifying cancer during… view more 

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Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, an assistant professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, has won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, sometimes called a “genius” award. The prestigious, no-strings-attached five-year fellowship awards $625,000 to each recipient.

“I feel extremely honored and humbled because this is a very special fellowship that recognizes people for their talent and creativity, not for a specific project or their past work,” Eberlin said. “They trust your work has and will continue to impact society and I am so thankful for that.”

Each year, the MacArthur Foundation selects talented individuals who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits.

“Dr. Eberlin’s research places her at the vanguard of a worldwide effort to fight cancer,” said Gregory Fenves, President of UT Austin. “Her brilliant research has resulted in new technology that can lead to more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment for patients. As a young scientist, Dr. Eberlin has already accomplished much,

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