Ann Burgess on Jim Watson, Encouraging Women in Science
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005

He always treated me with respect. Okay. Actually, I didn’t have a lot of interactions with him. I mean—but he was very supportive of me in my career. For example, when I was applying for a postdoc fellowship, he wrote me a letter of recommendation. I’m sure it had a big impact because I got it.

I’ve always felt that he was supportive of what I wanted to do. I never felt that he thought less of me because I was a woman.

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.