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

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.

Jon Strelecki

In a few weeks, the first total solar eclipse on America’s mainland in nearly 40 years will occur as the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth.

Anticipation of this amazing astronomical event is causing a lot of excitement and interest in the study of our stars. On this edition of UWM Today we have a special guest who – pardon the pun – can shed light on the upcoming eclipse and talk about a wonderful resource at UWM that attracts thousands of people each year who want to learn more about astronomy.

Jon Strelecki

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UW- Milwaukee is deeply embedded in the community. Every year more than 5,000 students graduate from UWM and most stay right here in the region to begin their careers.

The university also works closely with businesses throughout the state on research projects designed to make them more competitive.

Jon Strelecki

If you’re one of those people who like to play video games, you have a lot of company.

It’s estimated more than 150 million Americans play video games. Worldwide nearly 2 billion people make those games a part of their lives.

Jon Strelecki

How many times have you watched an athlete make an amazing play or turn in an unbelievable performance and ask yourself “How in the world do they do that?”

Is it because the athlete is in superb condition or has practiced the routine over and over again? Or is it because of what’s going on in the mind of that athlete?

On this edition of UWM Today, we are continuing our celebration of UWM’s 60th Anniversary with another spotlight on one of UWM 14 Schools and Colleges. Today our focus is on Nursing.

Jon Strelecki

For many years, the City of Racine has struggled with a high rate of infant mortality.

At one time Racine’s black infants died nearly 4 times more often than white infants. While there has been improvement, today if you are a black mother in that city - your infant is still 3 times more likely to die before their first birthday when compared to that of a white infant.

Jon Strelecki

For many of us, checking the weather is the first thing we do in the morning and the last thing at night. And just as certain as our daily habit of listening to or looking at forecasts is our skepticism of whether the weather man or woman will get it right.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet a UWM scientist who teaches how to forecast the weather. Paul Roebber is a distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences and a key member of the Mathematical Science department at UWM’s College of Letters and Science.

Jon Strelecki

As UWM celebrates its 60th anniversary, UWM Today has been taking a closer look at each of UWM's 14 schools and colleges. Today, the spotlight is on the College of Letters and Science.

The largest college at UWM is where many of the university's 26,000 call home. The college has majors and programs in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. It's a wide offering that keeps Dave Clark, the college's acting dean, busy. He's the guest on this edition of UWM Today.

Jon Strelecki

Every year there are important new medical discoveries that help people live longer and more productive lives. One of the big reasons is the constant development of new drugs to treat or help prevent diseases.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet two scientists who are deeply involved in the discovery of new pharmaceuticals. Jim Cook is one of UWM’s Distinguished Professors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Doug Stafford is the director of the Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery.

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