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UCSF Prof. Wins MacArthur Grant, Becomes Father on Same Day

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Courtesy: The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Poet Kay Ryan

Tara Siler: It's a double dose of good news for a University of California, San Francisco neurology professor. The MacArthur Foundation is honoring Dr. Bill Seeley for his research on why certain brain diseases, like dementia, attack specific cells on a microscopic level.

Seeley says the phone call from MacArthur was followed by the arrival of his newborn daughter.

Dr. Bill Seeley: This morning I introduced my newborn daughter to her first sunrise. And my wife and I are on the 15th floor of the UCSF hospital overlooking downtown San Francisco.

And it was about the most beautiful moment of my life.

Siler: Other MacArthur fellows announced today include: poet Kay Ryan of Fairfax, and public radio colleague, Jad Abumrad co-host of the science program "Radiolab."

The award is $500,000.

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