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Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award

Since 1982, the Wisconsin Academy has honored the best and brightest of our state with the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award.

Congratulations to the seven new Wisconsin Academy Fellows Awardees (click the name for photo and bio): 

Sara Balbin • Drummond
Kimberly M. Blaeser • Burlington
Richard R. Burgess • Madison
Mik Derks • Madison
Hallet J. "Bud" Harris • De Pere
J. Val Klump • Milwaukee
Nasia Safdar • Madison

Recipients were scheduled to be given their awards at an April 17, 2020, celebration hosted by the Wisconsin Academy at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. The award celebration was postponded due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

Established by the Academy in 1982, the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award recognizes educators, researchers, mentors, artists, and civic or business leaders from across Wisconsin who have made substantial contributions to the cultural life and welfare of our state and its people.

Anyone in Wisconsin age eighteen or older can nominate someone for the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award. Award-winning nominees generally demonstrate careers marked by an unusually high order of discovery; invention; technological accomplishment; creative productivity in literature, poetry, or the fine or practical arts; historical analysis; legal or judicial interpretation; philosophical thinking; or public service.

Wisconsin Academy Fellows frequently participate in Academy programs (see below), sharing their knowledge, talent, and other gifts with the people of Wisconsin. If you have questions about the Wisconsin Academy Fellows, or how to honor and recognize someone you know with a Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award, send us an e-mail at fellows@wisconsinacademy.org.

From Our Fellows

Photo of Ruth DeYoung Kohler II

Ruth DeYoung Kohler was a long-time supporter of the Academy and its arts programming.

John D. Lyons and his son, Eric, seining a Mississippi River backwater near Cassville for Asian carp in 2007.

It never occurred to me to ask why we have laws to protect rare fishes—or rare species of any animal or plant—in Wisconsin if that species is common elsewhere.

The day after I retired, the dominant source of news about Milwaukee and greater Wisconsin vanished.

The road to the Tirimbinia Reserve runs across a rickety suspension bridge over the Sarapiquí River. Photo by Sherman Gessert/Milwaukee Journal

It is hard to imagine a field scientist who hasn’t had to cross a challenging bridge, real or metaphorical.

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