Ann Burgess on Sigma Factor and Celebrity
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005

Many years later—this is after we are in Madison. One of my students was working at Pasquale’s, which is a southwestern restaurant on the way from the university to our house. Dick was picking up some Mexican food to bring home to us and he gave his name when he put in the order. When he went to pick it up it was one of the students in Biocore and we had just been studying RNA polymerase and everything. She said, “Dick Burgess, are you the Dick Burgess that discovered sigma factor?” And he said, “Yes,” and he came home and told me about it. He said, “It made my day.”

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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