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.

In one of the few examples of bipartisanship on environmental issues, the Wisconsin state legislature this summer approved legislation banning the use of tiny plastic particles called microbeads in personal care products. The problem with those microbeads is that they have been flushed into our lakes and streams creating a hazard for fish and other aquatic life.

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Every two years, the State of Wisconsin names one person to serve as Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate.

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Male birds have more brightly colored feathers so they can attract a mate, right?

UWM biologists Peter Dunn and Linda Whittingham discuss their research which has found evolutionary changes that have had an effect on the brightness of birds’ feathers overtime. The new data shows that both sexual selection and protection from predators determines the color of bird plumage.

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There is a lot of buzz in Milwaukee about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Recently, UWM Today featured UWM students involved in getting ready to launch their own products into the marketplace through the Student Startup Challenge.

Now the good work that is taking place on this front has been recognized by the National Science Foundation. It has just awarded one of its prestigious Innovation Corps grants to UWM and four other local academic institutions.

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Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, Waukesha. These are words we use every day and are so much a part of our identity in southeastern Wisconsin. But where do these words come from?

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One of the great joys of having a smartphone is being able to load it up with apps that suit your needs or personality.

Some apps may provide useful information, others provide some fun or even introduce a bit of whimsy into your life. But a new app developed by UWM students could actually help save lives.

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The prospect of caring for a family member at home who has serious health issues would be a daunting challenge for any of us. But imagine being a teenager – or even younger – and faced with the daily responsibility of taking care of a parent or other family member with a major medical problem.

Amazingly, more than a million kids are in just that situation. On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak talks with Melinda Kavanaugh, assistant professor in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. She has done extensive research on the issue.

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A new online tracker that allows you to watch the start of spring is based on the work of a UWM climatologist.

Mark Schwartz developed the spring indices, which measure relationships between temperature and plant growth.

On UWM Today, he explains how the indices can be used in agriculture, wildfire prevention and gardening.​

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Each year, UW-Milwaukee graduates more teachers than any other college or university in Wisconsin.

One of the reasons UWM has become such an important vehicle for training the next generation of teachers is the innovative approach to preparing students for managing a classroom full of young students.

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When college students graduate, they start getting asked "So, who are you going to work for?"

But today, the answer might surprise you. More graduates are setting off on their own - starting companies and building businesses by themselves or with friends. It’s entrepreneurship in action.

In fact, more than half of the new freshmen coming to universities today say they plan on working for themselves. At UWM, there is a wonderful program that helps students do just that. It’s called the Student Start Up Challenge.