Recorded: 29 Apr 2005
Well as much as Dick likes teaching this course it’s always chaotic getting ready for it. I think he says “I look forward to it so much, but it’s such a relief when its done because there’s always a million things to do to get ready for it,” and it always comes at a time of year when he’s got all kinds of other stuff going on. And it’s hard to be gone for two weeks and I hate having him gone all that long time. So it’s just a very mixed thing where he loves doing it and he always wants to do it, but it always comes at a time when he is so busy and he thinks—especially this year because we just got back from a two and a half month sabbatical in Australia and he had about a week before he had to go to Cold Spring Harbor—it’s always so incredibly hectic getting ready for it.
The thing that’s better now than when he first started—of course, some of his materials are better worked out than when he first did it. Also though he always takes somebody from his lab with him now so that helps him so much to have assistance from senior graduate students or a scientist in his lab. Nancy Thompson’s been incredibly helpful.
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.