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.

Jason Rieve

One of the most fascinating questions we can ask is about what our world looked like before man arrived on the scene. With a lifespan dating back more than four billion years, finding answers to those questions about earth are not easy.

That is why science plays such a critical role in helping humans understand what came before us.

Jason Rieve

Today, on this edition of UWM Today, our topic is brain surgery.

It’s a story of a fascinating collaboration between surgeons and scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee’s App Brewery.

The two teams worked to develop a web based app that is used to monitor a patient’s brain activity during surgery.

Jason Rieve

With the only School of Freshwater Sciences in the United States, UW-Milwaukee has established itself as one of the leading centers for scientific research into the Great Lakes.

Now, the school is also becoming known for its work in the area of water policy. On this edition of UWM Today, Tom Luljak talks with Dan Egan, who earlier this year was named a Senior Fellow in Water Policy at the school.

Jason Rieve

The number of people walking and biking for exercise is growing every year. Not only is it good for our health but it is an eco-friendly way of getting around.

But where you are taking a walk or riding your bike is not always as safe as you might hope.

On this edition of UWM Today, we talk to a UW-Milwaukee researcher who helped organize a national study of bike and pedestrian safety in America’s large cities and the results are surprising. Rob Schneider is an associate professor of urban planning in UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban planning.

Jason Rieve

Ten years ago, UWM became one of the first universities in the state to establish an office of sustainability to help the campus become more eco-friendly.

Today the campus is recognized nationally for its efforts to conserve energy and recycle.

On this edition of UWM Today, we’ll talk to the woman who is leading the sustainability program at the university - Kate Nelson.

Jason Rieve

When students head off to college it can be the start of the most exhilarating and challenging times of their lives. Among those challenges is finding a way to pay for it all.

While most students do a pretty good job figuring out the finances, there are still those surprises, like a car that breaks down or an unexpected medical bill, that can throw any financial plan off track.

Jason Rieve

Have you ever gone to the doctor feeling miserable and hoping to get some medication only to be told: “It’s a virus… antibiotics won’t help”?

One of the challenges in treating viral infections is that viruses themselves are incredibly difficult to understand. But a team of scientists at UW-Milwaukee have helped develop an amazing technique to not only see viruses, but to create three-dimensional movies showing how viruses infect healthy cells.

In about a month, another wonderful aspect of college life will begin to unfold at UWM. That’s when the basketball season gets underway.

This year the men’s team is being led by a new coach who arrived at UWM this summer. He is Pat Baldwin, who comes to us from Northwestern University. As an assistant coach, he helped lead Northwestern to the NCAA Tournament.

Jason Rieve

When a fire broke out in the MainStage Theater at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts earlier this year, it caused millions of dollars in damage. Fortunately no one was injured, but the fire could not have come at a worse time as students were headed into the closing weeks of the school year with final projects and performances.

Jason Rieve

While remarkable progress has been made in the fight against breast cancer, not everyone is benefiting from the improvements in survival rates. African American women have a 23% lower five year survival rate than their white counterparts.

Why the difference? Research shows physical exercise can play a vital role in improving the lives of breast cancer patients.

Jason Rieve

When was the last time you walked in to your favorite coffee shop or restaurant and were greeted by your first name? It’s a good feeling, isn’t it?

But does that personal touch translate into increased sales for the shop owners? That’s one of the questions being asked by a UWM researcher who is looking into the psychology of personalization and what it means in our marketing driven culture.

Joining us in the studio on this edition of UWM Today is Tracy Rank-Christman, an assistant professor in the UWM Lubar School of Business.

Jason Rieve

While political debates over climate change regularly fill hours of time on TV talk shows, scientific evidence continues to show the change is real and accelerating.

One of the tools used to demonstrate how much our climate is changing is phenology, or the study of changes in plants and animals tied to shifts in the environment.

Jason Rieve

Throughout the past year, UWM Today has been celebrating the 60th anniversary of UWM with a closer look at the university’s 14 schools and colleges. As we head into the home stretch of our celebration, we focus today on one of the newest academic units – the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

Jason Rieve

It is one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body. With billions of nerves and trillions of connections, the human brain is a marvel.

Jon Strelecki

One of the most remarkable pictures of economic development anywhere in the state of Wisconsin can be found in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. With the new Milwaukee Bucks arena taking shape, the Northwestern Mutual office building nearing completion and the sparkling Couture office and residential tower about to break ground, well over a billion dollars in real estate projects are underway.

This is just the beginning of what some are calling the renaissance of urban Milwaukee.

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