Position title: Faculty Associate
335 Hiram Smith Hall
Office Hours: T & R 3:00-4:30 pm; W 8:30-11:00am; or by appointment. Virtual appointments also accepted.
An experienced science writer and editor, Madeline Fisher is a Faculty Associate in Life Sciences Communication. She teaches three writing courses for the department: Scientific Writing, a graduate-level course for science students who want to improve their academic writing skills; Science Writing for the Public, a graduate-level course for scientists and science majors who want to learn how to communicate with the public; and Introduction to Life Sciences Communication, a foundational course for the LSC majors that also fulfills the university’s Comm B requirement.
Prior to becoming a writer, Fisher earned a Ph.D. in the UW-Madison botany department. She then spent two years as a postdoc studying molecular microbial ecology before deciding she enjoyed writing about science much more than actually doing science. In the years since, Fisher has written research news and feature stories for both scientific and public audiences, and in various academic and nonprofit settings. These include UW-Madison and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science of America, where she served as science editor for the societies’ magazine. During her career, Fisher has covered nearly all areas of science and technology, but her favorites are the environmental and agricultural sciences.