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State College Native Wins MacArthur "Genius" Award For Global Development Work

Bill Thies working on a laptop computer
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A State College Area High School grad is one of this year’s recipients of a MacArthur Fellowship. Bill Thies now works as a computer scientist for Microsoft Research India. He won the so-called MacArthur “Genius” award for his work using technology to make life better for communities in rural India and spoke with WPSU’s Emily Reddy from India about his work.

Emily Reddy is the news director at WPSU-FM, the NPR-affiliate public radio station for central and northern Pennsylvania.