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The list of 2010 MacArthur Award winners is out, and it includes Marla Spivak, an entomologist who first fell in love with bees as a teen. She plans to use the $500,000 prize to help protect her beloved bees from pesticides, parasites and disease. Her work is especially important as scientists all over the world scramble to save these hugely important pollinators from the mysterious colony collapse disorder that's threatening crops everywhere.

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Austin Bailey

Austin Bailey is a writer and editor for Heifer's World Ark magazine.