UWM Today

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee plays a vital role in shaping the future of Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Meet the people behind the creativity and discoveries at UW-Milwaukee on UWM Today.

On the first Thursday of every month, WUWM's Dave Edwards talks to UWM's Chancellor Mark Mone on the Chancellor's Report.

Jon Strelecki

In most large cities, prostitution continues to be a problem that never ends. Individuals are arrested, sentenced, released and often rearrested . What is behind the revolving door that some women find themselves going through again and again? On this edition of UWM Today , meet J oan Blakey , associate professor in UWM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. She has studied prostitution extensively and may have a solution to this age old problem.

Jon Strelecki

The majority of people who rely on wheelchairs for mobility choose manual chairs. But the constant repetitive motion involved in propelling the chairs causes users upper-body stress and pain. Brooke Slavens, a UWM biomedical engineer, is creating interventions to help these users. She discusses her involvement in a "geared" wheelchair with host Tom Luljak.

Jon Strelecki

On this edition of UWM Today , we’re going to talk about a wonderful resource in our community that offers lifelong learning opportunities for people over the age of 50. It is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute . Although there are more than 100 Osher Institutes across the country, the one here in Milwaukee at UWM is the only one in Wisconsin. And recently the institute received a $1 million gift to support its work. Host Tom Luljak talks with David Georgenson, Janya Hintz and Kim Beck.

Jon Strelecki

What makes a great theatrical performance? Outstanding actors? A wonderful script? Yes, and yes. But what we see on stage - the sets, the technical production the special effects all can be the difference between a good play and a great one. On this edition of UWM Today , meet a man who has become a master of using sound and technology to help tell stories in plays and musical productions. Nicknamed the “Theater Wizard," meet Christopher Guse , associate professor of theater in the Peck...

Jon Strelecki

Social media has changed everything when it comes to advertising. UWM marketing researchers Purush Papatla and Amit Bhatnagar are uncovering what makes us “like,” “share” and -- most importantly -- buy with influence from social media. They discuss their work with host Tom Luljak.

Jon Strelecki

There has been a lot of attention focused on transportation in the Milwaukee area lately, from the money being spent on rebuilding the Zoo Interchange to the construction that has started on the city’s new streetcar system. But on this edition of UWM Today, we’re going to focus on a much simpler form of getting around — riding your bike and walking. Joining us in the studio is Bob Schneider, assistant professor of urban planning at UWM .
Bob is a national expert on how cities can...

Jon Strelecki

With summer in full swing, the farmlands of Wisconsin are bursting with new crops. A drive across our state reminds us of the richness of Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. But what if someday a pest or disease invaded farm fields wiping out not only this season’s crops but killing whole varieties of crops? On this edition of UWM Today , learn about the systems that have been created to preserve seeds that are key to the bio-diversity of our planet. Guest Tracey Heatherington , associate...

Jon Strelecki

UWM students share their love of the arts with older adults in care communities and aging services programs. Host Tom Luljak talks with Anne Basting, founder and president of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling and professor of theatre at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts; Laura Wengler, director of community lifestyle services and volunteer coordinator at Eastcastle Place; and Ian McGibbon, UWM senior in art and design.

Jon Strelecki

Regular listeners of this program know there is an amazing amount of discoveries that are made each year by UWM faculty working in the laboratories and doing research at sites around the world. What you may not know is the concerted effort to take some of those discoveries on to the marketplace for commercialization. What research lends itself to building real world companies? On this edition of UWM Tody , take a look at a federally funded program designed to help answer that question. It’s...

Jon Strelecki

More than a century ago Milwaukee began to establish a reputation as a world leader in manufacturing. Much of that work has involved the use of metals that form the backbone of many of the products we use today. At UW-Milwaukee, a team of scientists have been working on ways to create new, stronger and lighter metal composites that give products a competitive advantage over others. Joining us on this edition of UWM Today are Pradeep Rohatgi, a UWM Distinguished Professor of Materials...

Jon Strelecki

If you live in the city, you probably think you have to head out to the countryside to experience wildlife. Well on this edition of UWM Today, we are going to talk about the amazing number of species that exist in the shadow of high rises or within subdivisions. And a UWM scientist is helping to document it all. Gary Casper, a biologist at the UWM Field Station, is conducting the first-ever comprehensive wildlife survey in Milwaukee County.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone reflects on the achievements of the academic year, which includes the newly granted R-1 research status, a $5 Million gift from the Kelben Foundation and a greater emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

For the past 50 years, the UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing has played a vital role in Wisconsin’s health care industry. It is the state’s largest school of nursing, graduating more nurses every year than any other university or college. And its alumni have moved into leadership positions around the world. This spring as the College celebrates its golden anniversary, it is also preparing for a major change. Sally Lundeen, who has served as Dean of the College the past 15 years, is retiring. On...

Jon Strelecki

The recent scandal in Flint, Michigan, where residents were drinking water with dangerously high levels of lead, has raised new questions about the quality of America’s water supply. In our part of the country, more than 40 million people get their drinking water from the Great Lakes. Should the people of Wisconsin be concerned with possible contaminants in our water? On this edition of UWM Today , meet two water experts from the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences who have done...

Jon Strelecki

If you think the public dialogue over gay marriage, gender change and sexism is challenging, imagine what it is like for a school teacher to deal with those topics when youngsters in their classroom begin asking questions. How does a teacher handle topics that many adults have a tough time with? On this edition of UWM Today , meet a UWM professor who has developed a book that is giving teachers a roadmap to talk about hot button issues like sexuality. Kim Cosier is the associate dean of the...

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