• FILE- In a Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Flint, Mich. resident LeeAnne Walters testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Smithsonian magazine announced Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, that the winners of prizes for innovations in art, science and culture include Walters and Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor she recruited to test the water. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

    FILE- In a Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Flint, Mich. resident LeeAnne Walters testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Smithsonian magazine announced Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, that the winners of prizes for innovations in art, science and culture include ... Walters and Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor she recruited to test the water. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Virginia Tech environmental engineering professor Marc Edwards testifies on Capitol hills in Washington. Smithsonian magazine announced Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, that the winners of prizes for innovations in art, science and culture include Edwards and Michigan mother LeeAnne Walters and Edwards. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Virginia Tech environmental engineering professor Marc Edwards testifies on Capitol hills in Washington. Smithsonian magazine announced Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, that the winners of prizes for innovations in art,... science and culture include Edwards and Michigan mother LeeAnne Walters and Edwards. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) (The Associated Press)

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

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

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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 Amazon.com; "space archaeologist" Sarah Parcak, who finds ancient sites using satellites and Christopher Gray, whose Scholly app matches students to scholarships.

Also honored are OK Go's Damian Kulash and Trish Sie, who redefined music videos and director David Lynch, who is bringing meditation to inner-city schools.

The ceremony is Dec. 8.