Geneticist William Engels and entomologist Kenneth Raffa were among six UW–Madison faculty honored for their research with Kellett Mid-Career Awards. The awards, which include $60,000 in unrestricted research support, are given annually by the Graduate School. They recognize faculty with five to 20 years of work beyond their first promotion to a tenured position.
William Engels, genetics, who uses fruit flies to study the ways in which cells repair broken DNA and is renowned for his many contributions to understanding the behavior of mobile genetic elements. He teaches general and advanced genetics, creating artful animations to show how genes are transmitted in families and populations.
Kenneth Raffa, entomology, who investigates the population dynamics and ecology of forest insects and the application of underlying mechanisms to natural resource challenges. He teaches courses in forest protection, plant-insect interactions and scientific presentations. Raffa also has served in many advisory capacities for federal and state agencies in the areas of invasive species, pesticides, global climate change and transgenic plants.
Supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the awards are named for William R. Kellett, a former president of the WARF board of trustees and retired president of Kimberly-Clark Corp.