$625K grants are 'ultimate green light' to innovation | Editorial

Most states can consider themselves lucky if one of its residents lands a so-called “Genius Grant,” those coveted prizes that honor originality and achievement.

This year, New Jersey has two.

Damon Rich, an urban planner and designer in Newark, works to build cities that better reflect their occupants’ values. He is a co-founder of Hector, a studio that fosters projects designed to connect cities and their dwellers with the rivers nearby.

Betsy Levy Paluck, a research psychologist at Princeton University, studies human behavior – particularly what prompts people to act in ways that are destructive, and how social norms can influence …read more

Source: NJ.com Mercer

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