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Meet The Fellows

Jerry Apps

Thousands of people have learned about Wisconsin’s unique history by reading books written by Jerry Apps. His distinguished career as a prolific author includes more than thirty fiction, nonfiction and children’s books that relate to rural history and country life. Each book offers a vivid slice of rural life in Wisconsin and the Midwest; taken together, Apps’ body of work provides a compelling picture of the history and culture of this state.

Tino Balio

Tino Balio is the preeminent scholar of Hollywood filmmaking as an American industry and professor emeritus of communication arts at UW–Madison. Beginning in the 1970s, Balio’s books pioneered the study of show business as a business. Countless researchers have drawn information, ideas, and methods from his work. His 2010 book, The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, was reviewed by the New Republic and the Wall Street Journal.

Jean Feraca

Respected poet, journalist, and radio host Jean Feraca is a 27-year veteran of public talk radio. She brought to her broadcast career a lively personal style and sense of adventure perfectly suited to creating a global, on-air community.

Cynthia Haq

A Wisconsin resident since 1983, Cynthia Haq, MD, has served as a champion for health equity, primary health care, community health and family medicine throughout her career. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Haq is a professor of family medicine and has enjoyed caring for patients in rural Belleville, Madison, and Milwaukee.

Molly Jahn

Molly Jahn has demonstrated major achievement not only in her research as a plant breeder and as a teacher, but also in her service to Wisconsin and society at large. Jahn is currently a professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy at UW–Madison. She holds adjunct appointments at Seoul National University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Jim Latimer

Jim Latimer has an exemplary dedication to music and the arts. He lives his belief that music is for everyone. He gives back to the community through his extraordinary talent in music performance and teaching, as well as through his warm personality. This is proven by audience responses to his performances as a percussionist and conductor. He has a unique ability to combine everyday values of excellence and fairness in everything he does.

Dietram Scheufele

Dietram A. Scheufele is the John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Honorary Professor of Communication at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany).

Steve Ackerman

Steven Ackerman's extraordinary career as an atmospheric scientist has brought him international renown. Ackerman's research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), where he is director, has produced new methodologies for interpreting satellite observations of clouds, enhancing Wisconsin's reputation as the birthplace of satellite meteorology.

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