We are saddened to share that Donata Oertel, PhD, Mary Herman and Lucien Rubinstein Distinguished Chair of Neuroscience, passed away on April 22, 2020. She was a member of the faculty for more than 38 years, and will be deeply missed as a colleague, leader, mentor, and friend.
Donata shared her joys in life encompassing her science, her acute desire to move politics towards generosity, and gardening with her immediate family, Arthur, Lauren, and Bill; her extended family including close colleagues here in Madison and across the world; and her neighbors.
A fund has been established to support undergraduates in need for summer research in neuroscience. If you would like to make a gift to honor the legacy of Dr. Donata Oertel by supporting need-based undergraduate student research in neuroscience, please visit the University of Wisconsin Foundation using the link below.
Donata holds a special place in all our hearts. Her legacy will not be forgotten.