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Meet the 2020 Fellows

Established by the Academy in 1982, the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award recognizes educators, researchers, mentors, artists, and civic or business leaders from across Wisconsin who have made substantial contributions to the cultural life and welfare of our state and its people.

We're pleased to introduce the 2020 Fellows Award winners (see below), who represent some of the best and brightest people our state has to offer today. 

Kimberly M. Blaeser

Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2015-2016, is the author of five poetry collections including Copper YearningApprenticed to Justice, and the 2020 bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. An Anishinaabe activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, she also authored the monograph Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition and edited Traces in BloodBone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry

Richard R. Burgess

Richard “Dick” Burgess grew up in Seattle, Washington, received a BS in Chemistry in 1964 at Caltech where he played varsity basketball. In 1969 he received a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University, where he studied with James Watson. After a Postdoc in Geneva, Switzerland, he joined the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1971.

Mik Derks

Mik Derks has been telling stories in Wisconsin for nearly five decades. Before joining PBS Wisconsin in 1995 to produce documentaries, he made the rounds of other communications media.

Bud Harris

Hallett J. “Bud” Harris is Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Green Bay. After receiving a BS from Coe College, he graduated with a MS and PhD from Iowa State University and joined the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 1969, retiring in 1999. 

J. Val Klump

J. Val Klump joined the Center for Great Lakes Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1980 and served as the Director of the Great Lakes WATER Institute from 2001 to 2011. He is currently a Professor and Dean of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences. 

Nasia Safdar

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in healthcare-associated infection prevention research. She was the Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics from 2009-2020. Dr. Safdar is board certified in infectious disease and she focuses on healthcare-associated infections, particularly in the acute care setting.

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