December 2, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

Good morning, colleagues.  I hope you had an enjoyable break and here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.


Brice Christianson’s (Teaching and Learning) pioneering work interpreting for the Milwaukee Bucks has been recognized by the New York TimesCongratulations, Brice!

In the News

A recent paper in Nature Methods reports on experiments led by UWM Physics Professor Marius Schmidt at the EuXFEL (European XFEL), the largest X-ray free-electron laser in the world. Dr. Schmidt and his team utilized this equipment to produce a “molecular movie” of the movement of proteins on extremely short time scales. See the UWM Report article by Laura Otto.

Holiday Social

A reminder that the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Social will take place on Wednesday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Deep Dive meeting. Later, I have my weekly staff meeting, a Budget Advisory Team meeting, and the IT Advisory Council meeting.


In the morning, I’ll provide remarks at the Intelligent Manufacturing Conference, I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and my monthly meeting with Ron Perez. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting and have standing meetings with Leigh Wallace, Pat Borger, and Nancy Frank.


Today, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Tom Luljak, then I’ll travel to UW-Whitewater for the UW-System Provost meeting and will attend the Placement Testing Advisory Board meeting.

Thursday – Friday

I’ll attend the Board of Regents meeting Thursday and Friday. Friday morning there will be a presentation on adult learners that will feature students from UWM’s Flexible Option programs. I’ll be back in the office Friday afternoon to make remarks at the First-Year Symposium. After that, I have another Budget Advisory Team meeting, my standing meeting with Margaret Noodin, and I’ll provide welcome remarks at the UWM Fall and Winterim African and African American Graduation Celebration and Reception.


Holiday Boutique

Shop with local merchants and artisans for your holiday season while giving back to the UWM College of Nursing’s Study Abroad Programs in Kenya and Malawi where students bring supplies to vulnerable families and children. The Holiday Boutique will be open Thursday, December 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Cunningham G40.


The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare’s Social Justice Committee will present a session on mindfulness with Jessica Bizub (CUPH). Please bring your lunch and join us on Thursday, December 5 from 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Sabin G90. RSVP to by Tuesday, December 3.

Rethinking Justice

Tim Ehlinger (MSP) will moderate a panel presentation, “The Impact of Incarceration on Communities: A Systems Perspective,” on Thursday, December 5 at 6 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.

2019 George F. Kennan Distinguished Lecture

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and author Dana Priest will present, “Disinformation & Democracy,” on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at the UWM Hefter Center. Free and open to the public.

First-Year Symposium

The 2nd Annual First-Year Symposium will be held on Friday, December 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. All are invited to attend and see the work produced by our first-year seminar students.

Center for 21st Century Studies

Brian Jacobson (University of Toronto) presents, “Pipeline Vision and the Essence of Power,” on Friday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. He will also host a brown bag at noon in Curtin 939.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Register for the 5th Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held on January 9!


And over the weekend Sir Donald Bradman’s record was broken . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs