What are the odds? Statistician Susan Murphy of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is among the researchers who won a MacArthur prize this year. She’s helped develop new methods of treating patients.

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The 2013 MacArthur 'Genius' Awards

The new class of two dozen MacArthur Fellows announced yesterday includes 13 scientists whose interests span a range of disciplines.

The 5-year $625,000 prize, up from $500,000, recognizes those “who are working to improve the human condition and to preserve and sustain our natural and cultural heritage,” said Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the program, which is run by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The 2013 class adds to the roster of 873 individuals recognized since 1981.

This year’s list includes these researchers:

Phil Baran, 36, an organic chemist at Scripps Research Institute;

C. Kevin Boyce, 39, a paleobotanist at Stanford University;

Colin Camerer, 53, a behavioral economist at the California Institute of Technology;

Angela Duckworth, 43, a research psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania;

Craig Fennie, 40, a materials scientist at Cornell University;

Carl Haber, 54, an audio preservationist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;

Dina Katabi, 42, a computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Julie Livingston, 46, an anthropologist at Rutgers University;

David Lobell, 34, an agricultural ecologist at Stanford University;

Susan Murphy, 55, a statistician at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;

Sheila Nirenberg, a neuroscientist at the Weill Cornell Medical College;

Ana Maria Rey, 36, an atomic physicist at the University of Colorado, Boulder;

Sara Seager, 42, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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