CHICAGO — A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year's MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people, including academics, activists, artists, scholars and scientists, who will receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded the fellowships each year since 1981 to people who have shown outstanding talent to help further their creative, professional or intellectual pursuits. Potential fellows are brought to the foundation's attention by an anonymous pool of nominators. Those selected are sworn to secrecy until their names are announced. Los Angeles Philharmonic first violinist Vijay Gupta said he was "pretty overwhelmed" when he told he was named a MacArthur fellow. He received the honor for … [Read more...] about Violinist, professor, pastor among 25 ‘genius grant’ winners
Geniuses and mental illness
0 Have your say People living with mental illness have found their voice – literally – on Support in Mind Scotland’s radio station, Radio Stafford 103, saying: “Being involved makes a difference” … “it gives me confidence and takes my mind of other stuff”… “it gives me focus”. Like the group who are the driving force behind it, Radio Stafford has been on quite a journey since it was first mooted in 2011-12. People attending the Stafford Centre, our Edinburgh resource centre in Broughton Street, were discussing new projects and out of one inspired lightbulb moment Radio Stafford was born.It was a daunting prospect, but from very humble beginnings, the radio station has forged its own identity and gone from strength to strength. It is now hoping to grow its audience and profile and, by doing so, increase mental health awareness.“We started off with just a table, a chair … [Read more...] about Colin Leslie: Mental health issues get a good airing on Radio Stafford 103
Story highlights A WHO report studied 75 mental health institutions across 24 European countries and Kosovo Author: "Getting countries to collaborate ... is in itself something of an accomplishment" (CNN)European mental health institutions fall "far below the standard," with no single institution meeting all of the standards for quality of care and human rights, according to a new World Health Organization report. Among the more severe transgressions documented in the report were the use of restraints to manage difficult behavior, sexual abuse of female patients, sleeping on floors, restrictions on communication and little access to "meaningful daily activities." The assessment determines where current standards conflicted with guidelines laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. "I think it's very clear that this inequality of treatment that the most vulnerable people in society are getting is unacceptable. They're being excluded … [Read more...] about European mental health institutions fall ‘far below the standard,’ WHO reports
Art Institute of Chicago "Self-Portrait" by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887 In an article published this week in Aeon, Christa Taylor, a postdoctoral researcher at the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence, takes a fascinating look at the myth of the “mad genius” — the common belief that creativity is inherently linked to depression and other mood disorders. As Taylor points out, the idea that a mental disorder is a sign of creativity first emerged during the Romantic Era and has been part of popular lore ever since. But is there any good scientific evidence of this connection? Trying to answer that question raises some “knotty, multi-layered” research-related problems, says Taylor. “It is not as straightforward as just seeing if ‘creativity’ is correlated with ‘mood disorder.’ ” It’s important, however, that we get a clearer answer to the question, she stresses. The perpetuation of the myth may be … [Read more...] about Is there a link between creativity and mood disorders? Well, it’s a thorny, nuanced issue.
MARJORIE Diehl-Armstrong was convicted for her part in a bank robbery that ended up with a pizza delivery guy Brian Wells exploding. Here is a briefing on the woman convicted of hatching the plot. When was Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong's trial? Ringleader Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong went on trial in 2011 accused of dreaming up the bank robbery plot to pay for a hit-man to kill her father so she could bag her inheritance. She was was convicted of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery and of using a destructive device in a crime. She was sentenced to life in prison but died in 2017. Her involvement in the failed 2003 bank raid was the subject of a four part Netflix documentary called Evil Genius. Did she kill 'pizza bomber' Brian Wells? She was never convicted of murdering delivery man Brian Wells, 46, but rather being involved in the raid that led to his death. But Mr Wells' family believe he was actually a hostage and had been forced to carry out the raid. Seconds … [Read more...] about When was Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong’s trial, did she kill ‘pizza bomber’ Brian Wells and when did she date Bill Rothstein?