Ann Burgess on Meeting Joan Steitz at Harvard University
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005

My class of graduate students, entering class, had five people in it and I was the only woman. The class just ahead of me had about that—I don’t know exactly the number but Joan Steitz, whose name then was Joan Argetsinger was the only woman. She befriended me when I first came there. She said, “I decided if there is a woman in this class that I was going to help her.” She’s wonderful. We’re still friends.

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.