Ann Burgess on Jim Watson, Professor at Harvard
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005
I had Watson for a virology course. It was a very good course. I remember that. I learned a lot. And it was just

when lots of things were getting figured out like what’s suppression all about and how do proteins get initiated and all those things were coming into the course. I felt like I was learning what was happening right in the forefront of everything. It was very exciting. It was very good as far as the fact that it was dealing with things that were just being discovered. He was very in touch with what was going on. He’d travel all around to all kinds of places. He’d come back and tell us at tea and we’d find out what was going on all over.

The other thing he did that I remember about him that some of his graduate students were not too happy about is he would tell everybody everything they were doing and their latest result that they hadn’t written up yet. They would say, you know, “I don’t want to—I don’t know why you have to be telling people that until I’ve got that all ready to publish.” He’d say that science has got to be very open. He was extremely firm about that. So there were no secrets ever.

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.

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