Ann Burgess on Family Life
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005

We have two children. We have a daughter who is twenty-nine and she is about to get her Ph.D. in physics at MIT. We have a son who is twenty-four and he’s working out in Los Angeles. He wants to be a cinematographer. He’s right now working in all kinds of jobs in films, but I have great confidence he’s going to be a cinematographer someday. He’s getting more and more filming jobs. As far as did we encourage them to go into science or art or whatever? I always wanted them to find what they would like to do. It’s kind of fun to learn new things from your kids. I learned a lot about film. I learned a lot about astronomy and physics. We’re very proud of both of them. It’s been very exciting.

So what influenced Kristin to go into science? I don’t think it was her parents as much as an incredibly influential physics teacher in high school. When she went to Wesleyan as an undergraduate, she was very much supported in her interest in physics and started to believe she could do this. She set her sights very high, so I’m proud of her. I’m proud of Andreas. I think Kristin seemed interested in science for a long time. Andreas has been interested in film since early in high school. I mean he made a feature length video using his friends as actors and spent two years doing it when he was in high school.

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.