Arizona researcher gets MacArthur 'genius grants'
CHICAGO -- An Arizona researcher is among this year's 23 winners of the MacArthur Foundation's ``genius grants.''
Thirty-six-year-old Olivier Guyon of Tucson is an optical physicist and astronomer at University of Arizona.
He designs telescopes and other astronomical instrumentation that play a critical role in the search for Earth-like planets outside this solar system.
Winners have no idea they've been nominated for the $500,000 awards until they get the call, and nominators must remain anonymous. The grants, paid over five years, give recipients freedom to pursue a creative vision