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Meet The Fellows

Laura Kiessling

Laura Kiessling, Hilldale professor of chemistry and Laurens Anderson professor of biochemistry at the UW-Madison, is co-founder of Quintessence Biosciences, a Madison-based company that is developing her technology into cures for a variety of diseases. She is noted for her insights into chemical and biological processes, her excellence as a teacher and mentor of young scientists, and her local and national leadership in the chemical and biological sciences.

Kerry Trask

Kerry Trask, professor of history at UW-Manitowoc since 1972, has worked throughout Wisconsin to inform and educate people about their rich history and heritage through teaching continuing education courses; giving public lectures for the Wisconsin Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau, Wisconsin Book Festival, and Brown County Library Regional History Lecture Series; and participating in programs produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

Janine Geske

Janine Geske, a professor at Marquette University Law School, has served Wisconsin as Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, and Milwaukee County Executive. As founder of the Restorative Justice Institute at Marquette, she works in the prisons and the community with victims of crime and offenders. In her latest project, she assists with a federal Safe Streets Grant in Milwaukee.

Barbara Brown Lee

For Barbara Brown Lee, chief educator at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), every day is a good day because she is doing what she loves. Whether directing docent programs, collaborating with curators, training volunteers, or leading gallery talks, Lee's enthusiasm for art is positively contagious. For 36 years she's been involved with the Scholastic Art Awards, a statewide annual exhibition featuring over 325 artworks created by students in grades 7-12 from throughout Wisconsin.

Anne Kingsbury

Mixed media artist Anne Kingsbury has managed Woodland Pattern Book Center since 1979. The Center is a community-based, nonprofit literary arts center dedicated to contemporary literature and the arts. It has the largest collection of small press poetry for sale in the country. In her work Kingsbury uses traditional female objects as her forms of expression: dolls, pincushions, potholders, tea cozies, quilts, and journals.

William Cronon

William Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West.

Cronon's research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us.

Walter Sava

Walter Sava, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Latino Historical Society of Wisconsin, and the former executive director of Latino Arts, Inc., in Milwaukee.  Experience prior to that includes six years serving as executive director of La Casa de Esperanza, Inc., in Waukesha; general supervisor of community services for Wisconsin Electric Power Company; and executive director of Centro de la Comunidad Unida/United Community Center in Milwaukee.  He is the winner of numerous awards, inclu

Peter Sheehan

Peter Sheehan is the Robert and Sally Manegold Distinguished Curatorial Chair and Head of Geology Department at the Milwaukee Public Museum and Adjunct Professor in Geosciences at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.






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