Recorded: 29 Apr 2005
My message for a woman who wants to spend her life in science; go for it! I think one thing that’s different now than when I went into science is actually I think it’s more of a partnership—the balance between the family and the career is seen by women that are starting now as more of a partnership. I did it when the model was very traditional. Even me, I put my career second, I think. I’m not sorry about that. I’ve raised two great kids that are an absolute delight and I wouldn’t miss that for anything.
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.