The People of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy On


WISL People

Bassam Shakhashiri

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, WISL Director

          Bassam's Call to Action
          First appearing in Wisconsin People & Ideas, Vol. 55, No. 2 (Spring 2009)
Rodney Schreiner

Rodney Schreiner, WISL Associate Director Emeritus
Jerry Bell

Jerry A. Bell, WISL Faculty Associate
Gery Essenmacher

Gery Essenmacher, WISL Senior Outreach Specialist
Cayce Osborne

Cayce Osborne, WISL Senior Outreach Specialist
Mike Boll

Mike Boll, WISL Outreach Specialist
Jill Chipman

Jill Chipman, WISL Intern
Levi Hogan

Levi Hogan, WISL Intern
Amanda Spiewak

Amanda Spiewak, WISL Intern
Ceci Vollbrecht

Ceci Vollbrecht, WISL Intern
Anna Husman

Anna Husman, WISL Undergraduate Intern
Haley Olsen

Haley Olsen, WISL Undergraduate Intern
Patti Puccio

Patti Puccio, WISL Administrative Assistant

WISL Fellows


Laurens Anderson, WISL Honorary Fellow

UW-Madison Emeritus Professor 1986-2018
Professor of Biochemistry 1951-1986

John Berry, WISL Faculty Fellow
Marc Fink, WISL Faculty Fellow
Ron Perkins, WISL Honorary Fellow
Kevin Strang, WISL Faculty Fellow
Peter Van Kan, WISL Faculty Fellow

WISL Affiliates

WISL has many collaborators and we welcome their participation in our programs and acknowledge their contributions.

Clare Haden (2006-present)
Steve Wojtas (2006-2008)
Linda Zelewski (2007-2008)

Summer Workshop Lead Instructors
  Patrick Meloy (2012-present)
Pat is a chemistry teacher at Madison LaFollette High School.

Ann Comins (2014)
Ann is a chemistry teacher at Madison Memorial High School.

  Lori Schacht DeThorne (2012-2013)
Lori is an assistant principal at Madison West High School.
2015 Summer Interns
  Megan Bernards

Megan Bernards
Megan graduated from River Valley High School in Spring Green. She is attending UW-Madison, and is considering majoring in astronomy, psychology, physics, or genetics.

UW-Madison students make discoveries, explore Italy in archaeological expedition
November 6, 2018

  Jake Jacob Boden
Jake wants to pursue a career in chemistry.
  Maxine Knetter Sylvia Speidel
Sylvia is an undergraduate at UW-Madison. She is studying engineering and is interested in pursuing a career in science.






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