Friend and college classmate (actually, he was a year above me, but we lived in the same student house) Paul "Roto" Rothemund was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" yesterday for his work with nanotechnology, specifically, his "DNA origami." Awesome! Paul is a good guy and a smart guy, and it's great to see his research recognized.
*Note that the L.A. Times gives his age incorrectly as 25, making him seem like some sort of young genius prodigy. He's actually 35.