Congrats to Steve Ackerman

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Posted by Science Nerd on November 08, 2011 at 15:07:18:

He was inducted into the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters! Here's the write up from Dave Zweifel @ The Cap Times...

Dave Zweifel's Madison: Seven new fellows join the Wisconsin Academy

A good crowd attended Sunday afternoon's induction of seven new fellows to the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters at Monona Terrace.

For their attendance, the crowd was treated to some insights into what makes these people, honored for their "extraodinary high levels of achievement in their professions," tick.

Three of the inductees were in the field of science: Steve Ackerman, an atmospheric scientist the UW-Madison and one of the "weather guys" on Wisconsin Public Radio; Robert H. Dott Jr., longtime UW-Madison geologist, who has pioneered research into sedimentary processes; and Judith Faulkner, the founder of the phenomenal medical software company, Epic.

In the field of the arts, music composer and arranger Maury Laws of Appleton was inducted for his contributions to many famous soundtracks, including the television specials of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his extraordinary collaborations with UW-Oshkosh, Lawrence University and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. And Milwaukee artist JoAnna Poehlmann was named a fellow for her prolific contributions to the art world. (Some of her work is currently on display at the Academy's James Watrous Gallery on the top floor of the Overture Center.)

Letters honors were bestowed on longtime UW-Madison economist Donald Nichols, now emeritus, for his leadership at the university, his work as a public servant (he served as gubernatorial financial adviser for Gov. Tony Earl) and his award-winning teaching; and to Prof. Jeremi Suri, a nationally recognized UW-Madison history professor for the past ten years who wrote the critically-acclaimed Henry Kissinger and the American Century. Suri was recently named to a major chair in the University of Texas-Austin's Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Each of the seven spoke briefly about their careers.

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