Ohio professor wins ‘genius’ grant as a MacArthur Fellow

Daryl Baldwin works with students learning the Myaamia language. (Photo:  miamioh.edu)
Daryl Baldwin works with students learning the Myaamia language. (Photo: miamioh.edu)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A linguist at a southwest Ohio college has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and will receive the so-called “genius grant” to continue his work to restore use of an indigenous language.

Miami University Professor Daryl Baldwin is among the 2016 recipients of the fellowship awarded to individuals every year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The latest recipients were named on Thursday.

The fellowship comes with a $625,000 stipend.

Baldwin is working to restore the language of his people– the Miami “Myaamia” Nation of Oklahoma –through his education and research as the director of the Myaamia Center at Miami. He says language and cultural revitalization is necessary for preserving the tribe’s identity.

Miami University posted this video about Professor Baldwin on their website.

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