Richard Burgess, James D. Watson Professor Emeritus of Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
About the talk
As the vice president of science at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters (WASAL), Burgess will introduce WASAL and its history, mission, goals, and key activities. He strongly believes that our quality of life is enhanced by access to, knowledge of, and exposure to the beauty of science, arts, and letters and the availability of clean air, clean water, and natural spaces. These are not frills, Burgess contends, but instead essential parts of a creative, informed, and healthy life. WASAL is especially interested in the activities at the interfaces of science and arts and letters. Those at WASAL believe that it is at these interfaces where interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity are stimulated. Burgess will tell several — mostly Wisconsin — stories that illustrate activities at these interfaces.
About the speaker
Burgess founded the UW Biotechnology Center in 1984 and was its director until 1996. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Caltech in 1964 and his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard in 1969. He was the recipient of the 1982 Pfizer Award and the 1999 Waksman Medal and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2003 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. He was elected vice president of science at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters in 2011. He plays an active role in translating basic university research into a growing Wisconsin biotechnology business community and educating the public about biomedical research and biotechnology. His hobbies are wine making, rock-hounding, amateur archaeology, and playing with his grandchildren.