I came to the UW Germanics after a career in microbiology and medical technology. I decided to reconnect with my background and Professor Rey, the then Department Chair invited me to join the Master's program with a TA in Scientific German. This was followed by an invitation to join the PhD program and the rest is my history of a great career teaching and researching German language, literature and culture, meeting interesting people of all ages and culminating in the award of the German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2004.
--Bianca Rosenthal, October 2015
Read more about her latest publication, From Czernowitz to the German Order of Merit