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Wisconsin Academy Announces 2016 Fellows

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 10:15am


MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters today announced eleven Wisconsin Academy Fellows for 2016:

  • Marcia Bjornerud, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton
    Bjornerud is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Norway (2000-2001) and New Zealand (2009). She was named Outstanding Educator in 2011 by the Association of Women Geoscientists. 
  • Stephen R. Carpenter, S.A. Forbes Professor of Zoology and Director of the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison
    Carpenter's research on lake ecology led to fundamental concepts of trophic cascades, ecological regime shifts, and resilience of ecosystems and the societies that depend on them. 
  • Parry Karp, Artist-in Residence and Professor of Chamber Music and Cello at UW-Madison
    The longest tenured member of the Pro Arte Quartet, Karp has performed over 1,000 concerts throughout North, Central and South America, Europe, and Japan. He has recorded six solo CDS and was the 2012 recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at UW-Madison.  
  • Jesse Lee Kercheval, Zona Gale Professor of English and the Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at UW-Madison
    Kercheval is the author of fourteen books, including the bilingual Spanish/English poetry collection Extranjera/Stranger; the novel My Life as a Silent Movie; and the poetry collection Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Open Selection Award.  
  • Ginny Moore Kruse, former director of Cooperative Children's Book Center, a non-circulating children's and young adult literature library at te School of Education at UW-Madison
    Throughout her 26 years at the CCBC Kruse enlarged the organization's information and outreach functions, and made it more accessible to those on campus and beyond. Kruse’s areas of specialization include book publishing trends, multicultural literature, books in translation, intellectual freedom, book evaluation, and Wisconsin authors and artists.
  • Patty Loew, Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication
    A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Loew is the award-winning author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal and Seventh Generation Earth Ethics. Loew has written extensively about Ojibwe treaty rights, sovereignty, and the role of Native media in communicating indigenous world views.
  • Robert D. Mathieu, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Astronomy at UW-Madison 
    Mathieu also  leads the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning and is the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. 
  • Stephen Nold, Chair of the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Using the tools of discipline-based education research, he studies how classroom students learn when they perform original scientific studies. His numerous scientific articles describing diversity and activity of bacteria in nature often feature undergraduate student authors. His efforts in science education outreach helped bring the National Science Olympiad Tournament to Wisconsin.
  • Paula McCarthy Panczenko, Director of UW-Madison's Tandem Press
    Tandem Press is recognized as one of the leading fine art presses in the United States and exhibits its prints in New York, Chicago, and Miami annually. Tandem has attracted major American artists to Madison including Judy Pfaff, David Lynch, Suzanne Caporael, Jim Dine, Sam Gilliam and Alison Saar.


  • Russell Panczenko, Director and Chief Curator of the Chazen Museum of Art
    Panczenko has grown the Chazen's collection, through acquisitions and gifts, from approximately 12,000 objects at his arrival to more than 21,000 today, making it the second largest collection of art in Wisconsin. He has established the Chazen as an institution well regarded for educational and artistic excellence.
  • Gloria E. Sarto, Professor Emeritus in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    A Wisconsin native and UW–Madison graduate, Dr. Sarto has throughout her carrer championed the health of women in innumerable ways. Dr. Sarto has also played a critical role in bringing awareness to women’s health issues on a national level, going so far as to help set up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health.

Complete biographies of the Wisconsin Academy’s 2016 Fellows can be found at wisconsinacademy.org/fellows.

Established in 1981, the Fellows program represents the highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Drawn from a pool of statewide nominees, Fellows are elected for their extraordinary levels of accomplishment in their fields as well as lifelong commitments to intellectual discourse and public service.
“How can we find and honor the genuine treasures we have in this state—extraordinary people who show us the best of Wisconsin? The Academy does this with its Fellows program. Every two years, we scan the state to find its most outstanding and creative people. As part of our increasingly statewide reach for interdisciplinary excellence, we’re proud to recognize these brilliant and focused citizens who inspire people in Wisconsin and beyond,” says Linda Ware, President of the Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors. 
Other Wisconsin Academy Fellows, Wisconsin Academy members, and the general public are invited to meet and congratulate the 2016 Fellows at an awards ceremony on Sunday, April 17, from 1:00–3:30 pm in the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Online registration for the 2016 Fellows Awards Ceremony opens February 10th, or attendees can reserve their seats by calling Wisconsin Academy development director Amanda Shilling at 608-263-1692 x16.
Wisconsin Academy Fellows are distinguished individuals from a wide range of disciplines that help the Wisconsin Academy shape its programs and projects. To be considered, one must have made significant contributions to the well-being of the state of Wisconsin and be highly esteemed for qualities of judgment, perceptiveness, and breadth of knowledge. Those elected also have a career marked by an unusually high order of discovery; technological accomplishments; creative productivity in literature, poetry, or the fine or practical arts; historical analysis; legal or judicial interpretation; philosophical thinking; or public service.
The Wisconsin Academy annually seeks statewide nominations for fellowship consideration from Academy members, existing Fellows, and the general public. The Wisconsin Academy Board of Directors awards Fellow distinctions based on the recommendation of a selection committee broadly representative of the sciences, arts, and letters. The nomination window for the 2018 class of Wisconsin Academy Fellows will open in spring of 2016. 

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