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Ingenuity Award recipients named

The Daily Reflector - 10/27/2017

Movie director Ava DuVernay and the creators behind Sesame Street’s first Muppet on the autism spectrum are among those being honored with the Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Awards.

The recipients of the 6th annual awards were announced Thursday morning. The award honors recipients in eight categories: technology, performing arts, visual arts, life sciences, physical sciences, history, social progress and youth.

DuVernay is director of the movie “Selma” and is receiving the award for visual arts. The creators of Sesame Street are receiving the award for social progress for introducing the Muppet character Julia as a means of explaining autism to children. Other 2017 recipients include musician John Legend and Jony Ive, chief design officer for Apple.

The winners will be honored on Nov. 29 at Washington’s National Portrait Gallery.


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