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Two AGU members are among the 23 new MacArthur fellows for 2012, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on 2 October. Geochemist Terry Plank, a professor in Columbia University's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was cited for “probing the usually invisible but remarkably powerful thermal and chemical forces deep below the Earth's crust that drive the motion of tectonic plate collisions.” The MacArthur Foundation cited marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais, executive director and professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, for “documenting the environmental and economic consequences of hypoxic zones in the Gulf of Mexico and informing strategies for restoring the degraded waters of the Gulf and the Mississippi River basin.” Each fellow will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next 5 years.