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.

Jon Strelecki

Regular listeners of this program know there is an amazing amount of discoveries that are made each year by UWM faculty working in the laboratories and doing research at sites around the world.

What you may not know is the concerted effort to take some of those discoveries on to the marketplace for commercialization. What research lends itself to building real world companies?

Jon Strelecki

More than a century ago Milwaukee began to establish a reputation as a world leader in manufacturing. Much of that work has involved the use of metals that form the backbone of many of the products we use today.

At UW-Milwaukee, a team of scientists have been working on ways to create new, stronger and lighter metal composites that give products a competitive advantage over others.

Jon Strelecki

If you live in the city, you probably think you have to head out to the countryside to experience wildlife.

Well on this edition of UWM Today, we are going to talk about the amazing number of species that exist in the shadow of high rises or within subdivisions.

And a UWM scientist is helping to document it all. Gary Casper, a biologist at the UWM Field Station, is conducting the first-ever comprehensive wildlife survey in Milwaukee County.

For the past 50 years, the UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing has played a vital role in Wisconsin’s health care industry. It is the state’s largest school of nursing, graduating more nurses every year than any other university or college. And its alumni have moved into leadership positions around the world.

This spring as the College celebrates its golden anniversary, it is also preparing for a major change. Sally Lundeen, who has served as Dean of the College the past 15 years, is retiring.

Jon Strelecki

The recent scandal in Flint, Michigan, where residents were drinking water with dangerously high levels of lead, has raised new questions about the quality of America’s water supply.

In our part of the country, more than 40 million people get their drinking water from the Great Lakes. Should the people of Wisconsin be concerned with possible contaminants in our water?

Jon Strelecki

If you think the public dialogue over gay marriage, gender change and sexism is challenging, imagine what it is like for a school teacher to deal with those topics when youngsters in their classroom begin asking questions.

How does a teacher handle topics that many adults have a tough time with?

On this edition of UWM Today, meet a UWM professor who has developed a book that is giving teachers a roadmap to talk about hot button issues like sexuality.

Jon Strelecki

100 years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves moving through space. Since then scientists have been trying to prove whether Einstein was right in that prediction. It was one of the great unanswered questions in the world of physics.

So, this year when scientists announced that after decades of searching for that proof they had indeed discovered gravitational waves, it made headlines around the world. And some of the key members of the research team working on the project are right here at UWM.

Jon Strelecki

One of the most important measures of a university is how well it serves its students. Not just some of the time… but consistently.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet a member of the UWM faculty who has just been recognized by the UW System Board of Regents for her remarkable work on behalf of Hmong people of Wisconsin.

One of the enormous benefits of having a top tier research university like UW-Milwaukee in the city is the direct impact research can have on regular people who are dealing with personal challenges.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet two UWM Professors who have established national reputations for their work in the field of Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology.

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.

This interview originally aired August 20, 2015.

Jon Strelecki

When UW-Milwaukee opened its new School of Freshwater Sciences building at the university’s Harbor Campus, UWM’s School of Architecture and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District were at work creating a master plan.

The plan looks at how the entire area surrounding the school could have a water related ecological infrastructure, which could serve as a blueprint for changing the shape for all of Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor.

On this edition of UWM Today, Tom Luljak talks with the man behind the Greenfield Avenue Gateway project, Jim Wasely.

One of the big challenges in our elementary schools today is getting more students interested in the STEM fields, or the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

But with all of the distractions and competing messages that bombard kids today, how do you ignite interest in these key fields that many believe are essential if our country is to remain competitive?

Jon Strelecki

With the only School of Architecture in Wisconsin, UWM has led the way in educating the next generation of architects in this region. One of the unique programs that is giving students a hands-on experience in using the latest technology in architecture and construction is the school’s Rapid Prototyping Lab.

Jon Strelecki

UWM’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies supports research, education and community engagement about Latin America and the Caribbean. Host Tom Luljak speaks to Natasha Borges Sugiyama, interim director of CLACS and Julie Kline, associate director of the center.

Jon Strelecki

During this presidential primary season, the debate over what our nation's healthcare system should look like is in full swing. Do we keep Obamacare or repeal it? Is a national healthcare system in our future?

While there is no agreement on these political issues, there is one goal everyone can agree on - finding a way to improve healthcare while lowering costs.

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