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Great Raider Steven Prohira '05 has been named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow for his work as a physicist challenging conventional theories and engineering new tools to detect ultra-high energy sub-atomic particles. The prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the “Genius Grant,” is typically awarded to 20-30 individuals worldwide each year. Recipients may come from any field and are chosen for their exceptional creativity and potential for future advances in their work. Prior recipients have included Junot Díaz, Regina Carter, David Foster Wallace and many other artists, scientists, teachers and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Prohira is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Utilizing innovative methods in his work, including that with NASA, he hopes to transform what is known and understood about the mysteries of our universe. 
Watch a video about Steven's work with neutrinos
Read the complete fellowship bio from the MacArthur Foundation

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