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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Na Jin Seo, an assistant professor of engineering, and her former student, Leah Enders, have developed a wearable device that increases touch sensitivity in the hand.

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Over the past few years, we have talked a great a deal on this program about the big physical changes occurring at UWM. 

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Water is a big business in Wisconsin. The formation of the Water Council – a collection of more than 150 companies working in water related manufacturing and services is a testimony to that. 

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A UWM astronomer is part of a team of scientists that made a major discovery in the study of our universe. They found what may be coldest white dwarf star ever. It is a story more than 11 billion years in the making. And the amazing part is what that star is made up of. 

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Tropical forests play a critical role in the health of our environment. About one third of the carbon dioxide in the world is stored in the trees and plant life in the forests.

But research led by a UW-Milwaukee biologist Stefan Schnitzer shows that storage system is at risk because of a serious threat that exists in tropical forests.

This interview originally aired June 19, 2014.

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There are many ways in which academic research serves the community.

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Today almost half of the world's population live in urban areas, and that number is growing. By 2030, six out of every ten people will live in a city and by the middle of this century the number of city dwellers will hit 70%. With that growth will come some huge challenges.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet two people who have devoted much of their life to the study of the urban environment.

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The pharmaceutical industry has had a profound impact on our physical and mental health.

While we know the great help that drugs have brought to all of us, we may not realize the potential harm affecting our environment after our bodies process prescription drugs.

On this edition of UWM Today, we focus on water borne toxins. Host Tom Luljak interviews Rebecca Klaper, associate professor from the School of Freshwater Sciences and director of the Great Lakes Genomic Center.

This interview originally aired on May 29, 2014.

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Finding a job that allows you to make money is one of the biggest rewards for finishing college. But, many of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out how to save and invest the money we earn.

At UW-Milwaukee, a group of students in the Lubar School of Business are getting valuable experience learning about how to do just that and they are using real money - $300,000 - that is on the line every day they come to class.

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Every year, more people die of heart disease in the U.S. than any other ailment. Recently a team of researchers discovered genetic mutations that might provide a clue to creating new treatments for heart disease.

On this edition of UWM Today, meet Paul Auer, a UWM researcher who is using his love of math to help answer some perplexing questions about why our hearts give out well before their time.