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Meet The Fellows

Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the UW–Madison, is now Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. A Wisconsin Academy Fellow, Moore has received honors for her work, among them the Irish Times International Prize for Literature and a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story.

Karlos Moser

A gifted and versatile musician, as comfortable singing a Cole Porter song as conducting an orchestra, Karlos Moser was instrumental in bringing opera to South Central Wisconsin. With University Opera, Moser expanded Wisconsin's appreciation for opera by forming a professional-quality program, which has provided students and audiences with a rich and diverse musical experience. In his career at University Opera, Moser has directed or conducted more than a hundred productions.

John Gurda

John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of twenty-one books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries, and places of worship.

Jo Handelsman

Jo Handelsman is recognized for her research in the structure and function of microbial communities. As a teacher and mentor, Handelsman has fostered the advancement of women in careers in microbiology, and is a strong advocate for advanced science education for all. Handelsman co-directs the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute at the UW-Madison, which she founded with Molly Carnes, and directs the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching.

Ian Duncan

Ian Duncan, a professor of neurology in the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, is one of the world's leading scientists in the application of stem cell research to the treatment of neurological diseases. His work now holds promise for the possible cure of several diseases, including multiple sclerosis, stroke and Alzheimer's.

David Lenz

David Lenz's paintings—whether of African American children in Milwaukee or a Sauk County dairy-farm family—explore the particular circumstances of individuals in their respective environments. His paintings, replete with breathtaking skill and warm humanity, have been described as unflinching in their detail and realism. Working out of his studio in Shorewood, Lenz has built a reputation as a first-rank realist painter whose work is exhibited frequently in museums around Wisconsin.

Sean Carroll

Evolutionary biologist Sean Carroll uses DNA to examine the origin of species. He is a professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UW-Madison. His research focuses on the way new animal forms have evolved, and his studies of a wide variety of animal species have dramatically changed the face of evolutionary biology. He has authored two books on animal evolution and more than 100 scientific papers.

Michael Dombeck

Wisconsin native and scientist Michael Dombeck is a former UW System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (2001-2010).


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