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

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.

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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.

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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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The cost of energy has a profound impact on people everywhere. At UW-Milwaukee some of the top scientists in the world are working on ways to improve the ways in which we can access the energy we need to run our homes, our cars , our communication devices and industries.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet a professor at the center of the university’s energy research efforts. Adel Nasiri is associate dean for research in UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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On this edition of UWM Today, we are going to take a closer look at how we are preparing the next generation of teachers for our state’s school systems. With one of the largest Schools of Education in Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee prepares an enormous number of teachers, principals and other administrative leaders for our schools each year

As we continue to celebrate UWM’s 60th Anniversary, our focus today is on the UWM School of Education. Joining us in the studio is the School’s dean, Alan Shoho.

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We all have bad days when things don’t go as planned and our stress level rises. But in some parts of our community, there are people who find themselves constantly under stress because of poverty, violence and other forms of abuse.

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It’s estimated that one out of every 68 children in America have autism. Often it is diagnosed at ages 2 or 3. While a great deal has been learned about the condition in the past decade, experts have also realized that children of color often do not receive the diagnosis when they should.

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For most of us, going to the local supermarket with a wide selection of healthy choices is just part of our routine.

But if you are poor, making a decision about what to eat is often a matter of geography. More often than not, your choices are limited to corner grocery stores stocked with foods high in sugar and fats.

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Throughout this school year, we are celebrating UW-Milwaukee’s 60th anniversary by taking a closer look at each of the 14 schools and colleges that make up Wisconsin’s second largest university. We are more than half way through our review and today our focus is on the School of Information Studies.

With more than 1,000 students, it is ranked one of the top Information Studies programs in the world. Our guest is the Dean of the school, Tom Lipinski.

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As winter winds down, there are two things we can be certain of:  It is going to begin to get warmer and there is a pothole out there waiting to give you and your car a sudden jolt.

But, what if we could make our roads capable of withstanding the forces of nature? What if we could build streets and highways out of material that held together and made potholes a thing of the past?

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Anne Basting, professor of theater in the Peck School of the Arts, talks about her work with seniors and the MacArthur Foundation’s Fellowship, sometimes referred to as the genius grant, she received.

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What do these careers have in common? FBI Agent; School Social Worker; Environmental Protection Specialist; Political Lobbyist?

You can prepare for all of them at UWM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

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When the city of Flint, Michigan discovered its water supply to homes and businesses had dangerous levels of lead poisoning the city’s residents, there was national outrage.

While the situation in Flint is slowly improving, huge questions remain as communities across the country ask: Could it happen here?

Over the past several years, most states, including Wisconsin, have seen a decline in the overall number of prospective college students as the Baby Boom Generation has sent the last of their children off to college.

But there is one group of students whose numbers continue to grow - Latinos. The Latino population is rapidly increasing here and in many other parts of the country.

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When you talk about health care, many people think doctors and nurses. But working alongside them are a host of other professionals providing an enormous range of health related services.

At UWM, those in allied professions are taught in the College of Health Sciences. With more than 2,000 students, it offers the largest number of health related degree programs in Wisconsin.

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