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An educational researcher and the founder of a children's dance organization are 2 of 36 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" awards. The cash awards, distributed over five years, are given annually to individuals for their work in the arts, sciences, or community affairs.

Lisa Delpit, a senior research associate at the Institute for Urban Research in Baltimore, specializes in multicultural education. She plans to use part of her $224,000 grant to pay travel expenses for her studies. "I'm honored and challenged to do more and better for children and teachers of color," Ms. Delpit said.

Another grant recipient is Jacques d'Amboise, founder and artistic director of the National Dance Institute in New York City. Mr. d'Amboise, who was awarded a $330,000 grant, is a former lead dancer for the New York City Ballet. He created the institute in 1976 to teach inner-city students about art through dance instruction.


John Brademas, president of New York University for nine years, has announced he will step down in 1992.

Mr. Brademas is cited as having nearly doubled the university's endowment and having added new programs in Hellenic and Hebrew and Judaic studies.

Before entering academia, Mr. Brademas was an 11-term Democratic representative from Indiana who served on the House Education and Labor Committee. He was involved in the drafting of many school-related bills, including the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.

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