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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As we head into the Fall season, it is of course time to adjust our arts calendars, shifting from the outside venues that make Milwaukee a great place to live, to the inside options for art, music, dance, theater and more.

On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak chats with the dean of the UWM Peck School of the Arts, Scott Emmons, to learn the latest on the upcoming season of performances and presentations.

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Host Tom Luljak talks with assistant professor Michael Nosonovsky about biomimetic surfaces -- how engineers can create surfaces that keep themselves clean, dry and durable by taking inspiration from nature.