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

College students learn so much in their years of preparation for their careers. But are they learning how to manage the money they will make in those jobs that await them after graduation?

On this edition of UWM Today, we talk to a UWM economist who has developed courses that help students have a better understanding of their own personal financial situation. Joining us in the studio is Rebecca Neuman, associate professor of economics.

Jason Rieve

With more than 4,000 students, 30 degree programs, and 40 labs, clinics and centers, UW-Milwaukee's Partners for Health initiative brings together Wisconsin's largest college of nursing, the only school of public health, and the college of health sciences that educates professionals for hospitals and clinics statewide.

On this edition of UWM Today, we meet the leaders of the Partners for Health program. Kim Litwack is dean of the college of Nursing, Ron Cisler leads the school of public health, and Ron Perez is interim dean of the college of health sciences.

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

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?

Jason Rieve

For years we’ve been hearing about efforts to get more women to enter the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. And while there are some encouraging signs that more females are becoming engineers, those gains have been offset by a steady exodus of women from the profession.

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.

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