Ann Burgess on The Animal Virus Course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005

I also took the animal virus course in 1969. Phil Sharp taught it. I think a couple of other people [taught it as well], but I remember Phil Sharp. That was a crazy time in my life because I had totally expected to get my thesis all finished before I went to take the animal virus course. But as things go quite often with graduate students, things didn’t quite get done before I left. So I was taking this course and finishing my writing—I had all the work done, but I didn’t have all the writing done.

I was writing my thesis on top of taking the course. I really wanted to take the course because my thesis was all on bacteria and bacterial viruses and I was very interested in moving into animal cells and animal virus systems. This is my chance to learn about the next things that I wanted to do so I didn’t want to somehow drop out of the course. It was crazy. It was not a good time for me, but somehow I managed to get it all done by August because we were going in September to start our postdocs. So just barely everything got done.

Ann Burgess is the Director Emeritus of the Biology Core Curriculum. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from UW-Madison and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 2002.

Biology Core Curriculum is four semester intercollege honors program that provides a broad and integrated background for students interested in any field of biological science. She is interested in undergraduate science education with a particular accent on laboratory and filed experiences that absorb students in process of science.

Ann Burgess is running in several UW-Madison and national efforts to advance science education, including the BioQUEST Consortium and the National Institute of Science Education's College Level One team.