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.

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UWM Today
2:17 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Inside UWM's State-of-the-Art Greenhouse

Tom Luljak and guests
Credit Jon Strelecki

During a tough, cold winter like the one we have been experiencing, imagine what it would be like to be able to spend your day planting seeds and cultivating the plants.

On this edition of UWM Today, take a virtual tour through UWM's brand-new, high-tech greenhouse. It's one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the country and it just opened. Jeff Karron, associate professor of biological sciences, and greenhouse manager Paul Engevold talk with host Tom Luljak.

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UWM Today
1:56 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

UWM Researchers Working to Capture Images of Proteins

Tom Luljak and guests
Credit Jon Strelecki

Proteins are an essential part of a healthy body. But when they malfunction, the results can be disastrous.

That is why a research team at UW-Milwaukee is so excited about the work they are doing to help capture images of proteins that could lead to the development of new drugs. The UWM team is part of a $25 million national Science Foundation Science and Technology Center research program with partners on the East and West coast.

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UWM Today
2:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

UWM Scientist Discusses the Murchison Widefield Array Telescope

Dave Kaplan and Tom Luljak
Credit Jon Strelecki

Tom Luljak talks with UWM astrophysicist Dave Kaplan.

UWM astrophysicist Dave Kaplan discusses the recently launched Murchison Widefield Array, the most powerful radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere with host Tom Luljak.

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UWM Today
3:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

UWM & Snap on Tools Team Up to Develop A New Wrench

Tom Luljak, Naira Campbell and Andrew Lobo
Credit Jon Strelecki

Every day, faculty at universities across the country engage in important research that helps all of us better understand the world we live in. That research can also result in practical solutions to problems that cost businesses a lot of money.

On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak talks with UWM scientist Naira Campbell and Andrew Lobo with Snap on Tools, the Kenosha based manufacturer. They are partnering to help make a new wrench that utilities across the country can't wait to get their hands on.

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UWM Today
2:00 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Health Effects of Emerging Contaminants in Freshwater Lakes

Tom Luljak, Rebecca Klaper and Todd Miller
Credit Jon Strelecki

Rebecca Klaper from the School of Freshwater Sciences and Todd Miller from the School of Public Health discuss the health effects and monitoring of emerging contaminants, such as nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, and residues from anti-microbial soaps and cleaners, in the freshwater lakes.

This interview originally aired on March 28, 2013.

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UWM Today
1:17 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Helping Young Parents Raise Children

Tom Luljak and Paul Florsheim
Credit Jon Strelecki

For many of us, raising a child may be one of the most exhilarating and exhausting experiences of our lives. It's a big job that is sometimes shared with a partner, but not always.

This edition of UWM Today focuses on a program helping young parents to raise a child, even if they choose not to remain in a relationship. Host Tom Luljak talks with Paul Florsheim associate professor of community and behavioral health in UWM’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

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UWM Today
1:57 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Impact Obesity Has On Our Psyche

Tom Luljak and Christy Greenleaf
Credit Jon Strelecki

Nobody wants to be overweigth, but it is a fact that many of us are carrying around more pounds than we should. Studies show that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. The number of children who are overweight is even greater among some population groups.

While we know there are serious physical risks to being overweight, on this edition of UWM Today we talk about the impact obesity has on our psyche. 

Host Tom Luljak interviews Christy Greenleaf, associate professor of Kinesiology at UWM's College of Health Sciences.

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UWM Today
2:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Recycling Carbon Dioxide Emissions Back Into Fuel

Tom Luljak and Ying Li
Credit Jon Strelecki

Host Tom Luljak and UWM engineer Ying Li discuss the complex problem of recycling carbon dioxide emissions back into fuel and a method that Li is working on that could provide a method.

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UWM Today
4:33 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How Estrogen Protects Memory

Tom Luljak and Karyn Frick.
Credit Jon Strelecki

Host Tom Luljak talks with neuroscientist and UWM Professor Karyn Frick about her work in identifying estrogen's role in maintaining memory.

Frick's work has shown that estrogen has a beneficial effect on the brain's hippocampus, which deteriorates with age or Alzheimer's disease.

Ultimately, she hopes to find a way for women to take estrogen in midlife to stave off age-related memory loss -- without the health side effects.

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UWM Today
2:42 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

A Chat with UWM's Basketball Coaches

Tom Luljak, Kyle Rechlicz & Rob Jeter
Credit Jon Strelecki

Tom Luljak talks with UWM's basketball coaches - Rob Jeter, leading the mens team and, Kyle Rechlicz head coach of the women's team.

College Athletics offer special experiences on college campuses with student athletes sitting beside their fellow students in the classroom… and then producing often amazing performances in their respective sports.

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