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The 2011 Wisconsin Academy Fellows & Minerva Society Reception

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 6:00am

Every year the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters celebrates the election of five new Wisconsin Academy Fellows. These distinguished individuals from a wide range of disciplines have extraordinary levels of accomplishment in their fields as well as a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service. Fellowship represents the highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy.

At this year's event, the Wisconsin Academy celebrated the lives and accomplishments of seven (two more than usual) extraordinary Wisconsinites:

  • Steven Ackerman
  • Robert H. Dott, Jr.
  • Judith Faulkner
  • Maury Laws
  • Donald A. Nichols
  • JoAnna Poehlmann
  • Jeremi Suri

Event highlights included introductions by Katharine Lyall and poems by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen. Too, the Wisconsin Academy recognized Minerva Society members, the group of individuals and organizations that provide sponsorship of Academy programs at the highest level. Recorded on November 6th, 2011, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.


Steven Ackerman's extraordinary career as an atmospheric scientist has brought him international renown.

Bruce Dethlefsen was the Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2010-2012. A retired educator and public library director living in Westfield, Dethlefsen began his two-year term as Wisconsin Poet Laureate at the beginning of 2011.

Beginning his career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1958 as an assistant professor in the Department of Geology, Robert H. Dott, Jr. is today recognized as a humanitarian, a champion of the geological sciences, and faithful mentor to over three generations of students.

The developer of a comprehensive, patient-centric electronic medical record (EMR) system and founder of Epic Systems Corporation, Judith Faulkner is recognized for her scientific and technological leadership.

Orchestras, ensembles and vocalists throughout Wisconsin and the world have benefited from the musical compositions and arrangements of Maury Laws. Laws began playing the guitar and singing country music in his native North Carolina at the age of twelve, and by age sixteen was a featured soloist with local dance bands and jazz groups.

Donald A. Nichols, who passed away in February 2013, was an economist with national and international visibility, an award-winning teacher, published scholar, university leader, and public servant.

JoAnna Poehlmann's art is a rare combination of superb draftsmanship, meticulous observation, droll humor, and effusive joy.

Jeremi Suri is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of History, director of the European Union Center of Excellence, and director of the Grand Strategy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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