Ansari, Bezos, Flint heroes to be honored for 'Ingenuity'

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mother and a college professor who exposed the Flint, Michigan, water crisis are being honored with American Ingenuity Awards.

Smithsonian magazine announced Monday that the winners of prizes for innovations in art, science and culture include Michigan mother LeeAnne Walters and Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor she recruited to test the water.

Others include comedian Aziz Ansari; Jeff Bezos, who founded; "space archaeologist" Sarah Parcak, who finds ancient sites using satellites; and Christopher Gray, whose Scholly app matches students to scholarships.

Other honorees include director David Lynch, who is bringing meditation to inner-city schools; and the band OK Go, for a music video shot in zero gravity and directed by band member Damian Kulash with Trish Sie.

The ceremony is Dec. 8.