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John Berry
WISL Faculty Fellow

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The thrill of scientific discovery and an emotional connection to music were what led John Berry to not only complete simultaneous undergraduate degrees at Virginia Tech in the two disciplines, but to continue to mix science and the arts throughout his professional career. John went on to further his education by earning a PhD in chemistry from Texas A&M; his specialty is synthetic inorganic chemistry, and his research at UW involves using metal-metal bonds to make new transition metal compounds. His musical career began at the age of 10 when he began playing the violin, and he continues to perform with string instruments today. His awards include the NSF Career Award and the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Graduate Assistant Award for Research.

Professor Berry’s appreciation for both science and music makes him a valuable WISL Fellow, and he continues to share both chemistry and music with appreciative crowds at various Science is Fun presentations including Concert at Chemistry where his Sonata for Tuba and Piano had its world premiere. In April 2012, he was recommended for tenure. Congratulations John!

In his spare time, John enjoys music composition and performance, especially chamber music, orchestral music and opera. He plays the violin, viola and piano.

Learn more about John by visiting his Web site.

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