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.

Every year paramedics in the Milwaukee area respond to tens of thousands of calls for help. Research has shown that a very small number of callers - a group of about 100 people - are responsible for thousands of those emergency calls.

This summer, UWM's College of Nursing and the Milwaukee Fire Department are collaborating on a special program to train paramedics on how to provide special care to those repeat callers.

Today with communication tools like Facebook and Google, it is easy to forget that not long ago finding personal information about someone could be challenging. On this edition of UWM Today, we have a detective story related to the absence of easily obtained information. It involves a group of journalism students and their teacher who set out in search of photographs of some of our country's fallen heroes.

In a world of iPads, smartphones, the internet, social media and all of the traditional communication tools like books, newspapers, broadcasts, cable and magazines, we are all flooded with information.

While it informs, entertains and occupies us, it can also overwhelm us. How do we manage all of the data streaming into our lives?

Host Tom Luljak explores this topic with the new dean of the UWM School of Information Studies, Tomas Lipinski.

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With more than 28,000 students, UW-Milwaukee is the most diverse campus in the UW System. Not only does UWM have more students of color than any other campus in the state, it also enrolls more veterans, service members and their families than any other Wisconsin college.

In fact, UWM has more vets than any university in the six state region, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Indiana.

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With the largest nursing program in Wisconsin, the UWM School of Nursing graduates more nurses than any other school in the state. It is also ranked among the top nursing programs in the country.

This edition of UWM Today focuses on how UWM nurses are serving people not just in Wisconsin, but across the world. Guest Anne Dressel, director of the Center for Global Health Equity and the administrative director for the Institute for Urban Health Partnerships, oversees initiatives that take UWM nursing students to countries throughout the world.

In one of the few examples of bipartisanship on environmental issues, the Wisconsin state legislature this summer approved legislation banning the use of tiny plastic particles called microbeads in personal care products. The problem with those microbeads is that they have been flushed into our lakes and streams creating a hazard for fish and other aquatic life.

Jon Strelecki

Every two years, the State of Wisconsin names one person to serve as Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate.

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Male birds have more brightly colored feathers so they can attract a mate, right?

UWM biologists Peter Dunn and Linda Whittingham discuss their research which has found evolutionary changes that have had an effect on the brightness of birds’ feathers overtime. The new data shows that both sexual selection and protection from predators determines the color of bird plumage.

Jon Strelecki

There is a lot of buzz in Milwaukee about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Recently, UWM Today featured UWM students involved in getting ready to launch their own products into the marketplace through the Student Startup Challenge.

Now the good work that is taking place on this front has been recognized by the National Science Foundation. It has just awarded one of its prestigious Innovation Corps grants to UWM and four other local academic institutions.

Jon Strelecki

Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, Waukesha. These are words we use every day and are so much a part of our identity in southeastern Wisconsin. But where do these words come from?

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