You can measure a university’s research contributions in so many ways – be it with rankings, or monetary grants, or world-renowned breakthroughs. And at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, we’re proud of our standing on each of those counts. It’s reflected in UWM having the highest rating for a research university from the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
But to get a better sense of UWM’s research impact, I think you need to go deeper. I think you need to see the stories of our people and the detailed work behind their research, to understand what drives them and how their findings affect people in their community, or people living half a world away. That’s what you’ll find in our 2017 issue of UWM Research magazine.
We share with you our cover story on Paul Roebber’s revolutionary (and money-saving) weather forecasting approach, and our in-depth look at the life-changing potential of our Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery. We show you how our engineers are making your roads safer, whether it’s through dissecting traffic data or developing better concrete.
You’ll meet Anne Basting, recently recognized as a MacArthur Fellow, and learn how she wants to reframe our views on aging, a concept taking hold not only across our country, but also as far away as Japan. You’ll see the light Melinda Kavanaugh shines on overlooked children who are the primary medical caregivers for adults. You’ll read about Teresa Johnson’s work to save infant lives in Racine, about Elizabeth Drame’s work on special education, and about our experts on sport psychology.
New in this issue is a section featuring prominent books from our faculty members that show the importance of humanities to critical thinking in our society. We’ve also devoted sections to the research of our graduate and undergraduate students. We’ve put a spotlight on UWM’s expertise in the areas of water and physics research, including an update on the internationally celebrated discovery of Einstein’s predicted gravitational waves, in which UWM researchers played a major role.
It sounds like a lot, but there’s even more inside, and it’s still only a brief sample of the meaningful research underway at our 14 schools and colleges. I invite you to learn about such work throughout the year at uwm.edu/uwmresearch.
Mark A. Mone