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Meet The Fellows

Jo Handelsman

Jo Handelsman is the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. She has a long history with UW–Madison, having earned her PhD from the university in molecular biology in 1984. Handelsman has held several positions at UW–Madison, first as assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology from 1985 to 1991, then associate professor in the department from 1991 to 1995, and professor in the department from 1995 to 2007.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.


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