UVa Preservationist Named MacArthur Fellow

UVa rare book preservationist Terry Belanger has been named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This is perhaps better known as receiving a “genius grant.” He’s one of 25 who will receive $500,000 over the next five years to spend however they like, no strings attached, in recognition of his talent, dedication, and “extraordinary originality.” Belanger is the creator of the Rare Book School, a non-profit within UVa that gives students hands-on experience with early bookmaking and the study of the history of the written word.

The last local to receive a MacArthur fellowship was UVa epidemiologist Janine Jagger, back in 2002, described at the time by the foundation as “a leader in the design and dissemination of means and strategies to protect health care workers from the transmission of bloodborne disease.”

Melanie Mayhew has the story in today’s Daily Progress.

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