Assistant professor of genetics Ahna Skop has been named as one of this year’s Wisconsin Alumni Association Foward Under Forty award recipients. This honor goes to UW grads under age 40 who are making an impact on the world by living the Wisconsin Idea. Skop comes from a family of artists who were interested in science. With their encouragement, she opted to pursue science as a career — she uses C. elegans nematode worms to study how early embryos develop right after fertilization — but she has never let go of her passion for art and has found many ways to meld the two interests. She also maintains a couple of blogs, one on cooking, the other on jewelery-making. There’s a profile of Skop with a Q&A on the Forward under Forward website.
Also winning a 2010 Forward Under 40 award is CALS alum Aaron Bishop.