Jo Handelsman was recently named the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW-Madison. Handelsman, a Yale University professor and the associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will begin in her new position on Feb. 1.
This move marks a return to UW-Madison for Handelsman. She served as an assistant professor of plant pathology from 1985 to 1991, associate professor from 1991 to 1995, and professor from 1995 to 2007. She became professor and chair of bacteriology in 2007 and served in that role until 2009.
Along with her role at WID, Handelsman will also have a tenured faculty position on campus, and she is exploring the option of returning to the plant pathology department. This process, overseen by faculty governance, is expected to be completed by early spring.
Read more about Handelsman and her new position at WID in this UW-Madison News release.