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Jessica Green: Guggenheim Fellow and Paris-bound!

  Posted by Karen Eng

Jessica Green at TED2013. Photo: Ryan Lash

A few days ago, TED Senior Fellow Jessica Green was named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow – awarded to people who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or creative ability in the arts. We caught up with Jessica to find out what receiving the Guggenheim Fellowship means to her and her upcoming work.

"Winning the Guggenheim Fellowship is a game-changer for me. I applied for the fellowship to get the resources I needed to go on sabbatical in Paris, where I'll have an opportunity to work on what I love with people I love: evolutionary ecologist Helene Morlon, currently at the Center for Applied Mathematics at Ecole Polytechnique University, and artist Steve Green. 

With Helene, I will be working on the development of biodiversity theory in urban environments. She was the first person ever to join my lab group many years ago. It feels so good that I will now be joining her lab group! With Steve, I will be working on a graphic novel, "Cities Unseen," about – guess what? – microbes. Think Contagion, but flipped on its head: the spread of microbes among humans that brings society great benefit. I'm very excited about this.

The TED Fellows program helped me in many ways with the Guggenheim application. I'm particularly grateful to Creative Capital's Colleen Keegan, who shared the Creative Capital business plan with me and helped Steve and me go over it as we worked on a plan for the graphic novel. I'll be seeking contributions from Fellows to the novel for those who are keen, so I expect quite a bit of interaction between the two fellowships."



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