MADISON—The Wisconsin Academy today announced its 2014 Fellows: poet Robin Chapman, museum director Kathy Kelsey Foley, producer and director David Frank, folklorist James P. Leary, limnologist John J. Magnuson, materials engineer Pradeep Rohatgi, and conservation biologist Stanley A. Temple. Complete biographies and images of the Wisconsin Academy’s 2014 Fellows can be found below or online at www.wisconsinacademy.org/fellows.
Established in 1981, the Fellows program represents the highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Drawn from a pool of statewide nominees, Fellows are elected for their extraordinary levels of accomplishment in their fields as well as a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service.
“The Academy’s Fellows program honors Wisconsin’s most excelling, creative and hard-working citizens, people who have enriched our lives through their scholarship and imagination. By recognizing their contributions to Wisconsin and the world beyond, we hope to call attention to the benefits that flow from the brilliant and dedicated citizens of our state and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps,” says Millard Susman, President of the Wisconsin Academy Council.
Other Wisconsin Academy Fellows, Wisconsin Academy members, and the general public are invited to meet and congratulate the 2014 Fellows at an awards ceremony on April 27, 2014, from 1:00–3:30 pm at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. Ticket for the 2014 Fellows Awards Ceremony go on sale March 15, and will be available online or by calling the Wisconsin Academy at 608-263-1692.
Wisconsin Academy Fellows are distinguished individuals from a wide range of disciplines that help the Wisconsin Academy shape its programs and projects. To be considered, one must have made significant contributions to the well-being of the state of Wisconsin and be highly esteemed for qualities of judgment, perceptiveness, and breadth of knowledge. Those elected will also have a career marked by an unusually high order of discovery; technological accomplishments; creative productivity in literature, poetry, or the fine or practical arts; historical analysis; legal or judicial interpretation; philosophical thinking; or public service.
The Wisconsin Academy annually seeks statewide nominations for fellowship consideration from Academy members, existing Fellows, and the general public. The Council, the Wisconsin Academy’s governing body, awards Fellows distinctions based on the recommendation of a selection committee broadly representative of the sciences, arts, and letters. The total number of Fellows is limited to 100. Nominations for the 2015 class of Wisconsin Academy Fellows will open in late summer 2014.
About the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
The independent, nonprofit Wisconsin Academy brings people together at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters to inspire discovery, illuminate creative work, and foster civil dialogue on important issues. We're a key resource for informed and engaged citizens who appreciate the value of discovery and learning. Our goal is to foster a rich and lively creative culture that enhances our quality of life so that Wisconsin is economically, socially, and environmentally resilient. Our public programs include the James Watrous Gallery in Overture Center for the Arts, a gallery by and for Wisconsin artists; Wisconsin People & Ideas, our quarterly magazine about Wisconsin thought and culture; Academy Evening Talks, our statewide series of public lectures; and Wisconsin Initiatives, a program to explore major issues and solutions—currently including Waters of Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s Climate and Energy Future. For more information on Wisconsin Academy programs and events, or to learn how you can join our mission, visit www.wisconsinacademy.org.