UWM Today

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee plays a vital role in shaping the future of Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Meet the people behind the creativity and discoveries at UW-Milwaukee on UWM Today.

On the first Thursday of every month, WUWM's Dave Edwards talks to UWM's Chancellor Mark Mone on the Chancellor's Report.

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.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone reflects on the achievements of the academic year, which includes the newly granted R-1 research status, a $5 Million gift from the Kelben Foundation and a greater emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses the possibility that UW schools might get more control over setting tuition. Also, he talks about the recent no-confidence vote by UW-Madison faculty expressing displeasure with the System President and the Board of Regents and how research conducted by UWM faculty impacts the community.

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.

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Helaine Hickson

With UW-Milwaukee facing a $38 million operational deficit, the university's chancellor Mark Mone discusses his plan, which will include cuts in administrative positions, aligning schools and colleges and engaging in strategic position control.

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?

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