Tom Luljak

UWM Today Host

Tom Luljak is the Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.

Luljak, who joined UW-Milwaukee in the Spring of 2000, earned his master's degree from UWM in mass communication. His bachelor's degree is from the department of Radio/TV/Film and Speech Education at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Prior to his work at UWM, Luljak served as director of corporate communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, where he also served as executive director of the company's foundation. Luljak began his career as a broadcast journalist, and served as news director for WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM. His numerous broadcast journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award for Investigative Journalism.

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The study of history has always been one of the cornerstones of our educational systems. Knowing what people have done in the past is essential to understanding the world we live in today.

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People dealing with a mental or behavioral health issue often don’t seek medical attention because of the social stigma attached to those conditions. The problem is especially acute in low-income neighborhoods, where finding money for extra care can be challenging.

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Do you love technology? How about do-it-yourself projects? If you enjoy both, or know someone who does, then this episode is for you.

On this edition of UWM Today, we highlight the upcoming Maker Faire Milwaukee. Inventors, tinkerers and hobbyists come together for this event to show off their work and share their knowledge of working with technology. The Maker Faire is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and UW-Milwaukee faculty and students play a big role in the event.

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With the only school of the arts in the University of Wisconsin System – UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts is truly unique. Not only does the school educate the next generation of artists, musicians, actors and filmmakers, it also produces hundreds of performances, programs and exhibits.

As we begin another school year, Peck School of the Arts' Dean Scott Emmons joins us to discuss the many opportunities the public has to see the outstanding work done by the faculty and students.

Forty years ago, a fleet of trucks left New York City and began a journey West toward Milwaukee. On board 16 semi-trailers was a precious cargo of books, charts, photos and extremely rare maps — some of them dating back to the 1400s. It was the collection of the American Geographical Society, which was moving from Manhattan. The destination? The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Over the last 50 years, there has been tremendous progress in getting Americans to stop smoking. In 1965, more than 40 percent of people living in this country smoked. The latest statistics show that number has dropped to about 17 percent. Still, that means more than 40 million Americans continue to puff away.

One reason for the continued popularity is the marketing of tobacco. A UW-Milwaukee researcher has been studying the impact of that marketing and has found that the push to use tobacco products is more aggressive in Milwaukee’s minority neighborhoods.

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It’s one of the underlying principles of America’s judicial system: "Everyone deserves their day in court.” But just because all people are guaranteed the right to bring their grievances or defend themselves in a court of law does not necessarily mean they are all treated equally.

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One of the most important developments in Milwaukee’s bid to build a new economy is the investment in the water technology industry.

For nearly a decade, the Water Council — a non-profit organization promoting water technology around the world — has made Milwaukee the center of the global water industry. Through the process, it has partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, which is the only school of its kind in the United States.  

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At large research universities, ideas are the coin of the realm. Without them, classrooms would be quiet, research labs would sit idle. Ideas are what drive innovation and invention.

But imagining what a new instrument, tool or product might look like can not take the place of the real thing. On this edition of UWM Today, we dive into a sophisticated, high-tech workshop where ideas are transformed into protoypes that are vital to launching the full production process.

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Virtual Reality is extremely popular these days. From playing video games to immersing oneself in a movie or photos, VR can bring a whole new experience to entertainment.

At UW-Milwaukee, researchers are discovering new ways of using VR to learn about the world we live in. The work is being coordinated through UWM’s Immersive Media Lab. On this edition of UWM Today, we’ll learn how technology is helping to bridge the gap between science and the humanities.

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Wisconsin is a state that makes things. Manufacturing is one of our largest industries, employing hundreds of thousands of people. Among them are engineers, the people who design products and the equipment needed to manufacture them. Today, that process often involves looking at ways of RE-manufacturing products rather than starting from scratch.

Our guest on today’s program is Wilkistar Otieno, a UWM associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering who believes sustainability has an important place in American factories.

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If you are from Milwaukee and someone mentions fermentation, there’s a pretty good chance you will begin thinking about beer. After all, that is what made Milwaukee famous, isn’t it?

But the science of fermentation is at the heart of the work being done by hundreds of companies in Wisconsin employing tens of thousands of people.

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One of the most important and most competitive industries in Wisconsin is manufacturing. It employs hundreds of thousands of workers and accounts for the majority of our state’s exports. But in order to remain competitive, manufacturing has to continue to adapt.

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As an adult, talking about race can be some of the most difficult conversations we can have. It requires us to recognize our own biases and attitudes in a way that can be unsettling.

So, if we are having a tough time with the topic, how should we talk to our children about race?

On this edition of UWM Today we’re going to meet a UWM researcher who is trying to answer that question. Erin Winkler is an associate professor of Africology at UWM’s College of Letters and Sciences.

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For people under the age of 46, the most likely cause of death is trauma. In addition to the tremendous personal loss that results from trauma, the financial costs to society are staggering. Nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars is lost each year because of the health care costs and lost productivity.

On June 20, UW-Milwaukee is sponsoring a conference that will focus on the causes and solutions to the problems that result from traumatic experiences.

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