Good morning, colleagues. Here is this winter week’s update from Academic Affairs.

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Scientists Carmen Aguilar and Russell Cuhel (Freshwater Sciences) will be presenting four papers on Lake Michigan research and education activities at the  Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) conference in Puerto Rico this week (February 25 – March 1). They will each be mentoring two students as well. Professional Science Master’s student Ricardo Jaimes, Jr. is also presenting a poster on his work with them. Carmen is on the organizing committee for the meeting. Nice work!

Jasmine Alinder (History) and Patrick Hall (UWM PhD student) won Honorable Mention in the 2019 NCPH Outstanding Public History Project Award for their documentary, “Orange Story.” Congratulations, Jasmine and Patrick!

Nan Kim (History) recently joined the editorial boards of two publications: the academic quarterly Critical Asian Studies (formerly known as the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars), and Public History and Museum, a semi-annual publication of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History. Her November 2018 article about long-term dissent movements, “The Color of Dissent and a Vital Politics of Fragility in South Korea,” was featured on the cover of The Journal of Asian Studies, a leading area-studies publication. Well done, Nan!

Kate Sears Webb (UWM PhD student) recently spent 17 months in Tanzania as a researcher with APOPO, a non-profit Belgian organization that trains giant African pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. In April, Kate will present the Keynote address at the ABMA conference in Portland and a public lecture at the Oregon Zoo. Congratulations, Kate!

The 2018 award for “demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career” goes to Nikole Bouchard (Architecture and Urban Planning). The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture announced the winners of its annual architectural education awards in February. ACSA members will honor Bouchard and fellow awardees at the association’s 107th annual conference in Pittsburgh March 28-30. She is the fourth professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning to receive this prestigious teaching award from the ACSA.Congratulations, Nikole!

In the News

Erin Winkler (African and African Diaspora Studies) was quoted extensively in the article, “How Do I Talk to My Kids about Race and Racism,” which is featured on NBC News’s Parent Toolkit.

Governor Tony Evers’ higher education budget would continue tuition freeze for UW System.

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to the Milwaukee baseball team, who returned from the D9 Sunshine State Classic in Florida with a 3-0 record after topping Marshall, Big East foe Villanova, and ACC opponent Pittsburgh. It marks just the second 3-0 start in program history since becoming an NCAA Division 1 program in the 1990 season (also 2015).

Head to the Klotsche Center this week for the final two home games of the regular season for the women’s basketball team. The Panthers host Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. on Thursday and welcome Oakland for “Senior Day” on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Week

Monday – Tuesday

I will be in Washington, D.C. for the EAB Academic Affairs Special Forum.


In the morning, I have my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho and the Chancellor, and a review of the UW Colleges Restructuring budget. In the afternoon, I have my weekly staff meeting and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


Thursday will be a very busy day. I have a follow-up meeting with the School of Education, a Milwaukee Regional Economic Development and Talent Initiative meeting, my bi-weekly meeting with Katie Miota, a pre-planning meeting for the CEMAT Executive Retreat, and the Campus Budget Planning meeting. Later, I have my monthly meetings with Stan Stojkovic and Ron Perez, followed by the IT Advisory Council meeting, my bi-weekly meeting with Dave Clark, and my monthly meeting with Joely Urdan. In the evening, I’ll attend the College of Engineering and Applied Science and Connected Systems Institute Conference dinner and reception.


I’ll start the day making remarks at the CEAS/CSI conference. I have standing meetings with Stephen Schmid, Kanti Prasad, and Student Association leadership. The Online Student Mental Health Working Group also meets.


UWM Academic Adventurers

Alan Magayne-Roshak presents a UWM Academic Adventurers talk, “Covering the Campus: 40+ Years of Photos,” on Friday, March 1 at 3 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library.

Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus

Join in UWM’s 2019 rollout of the Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus initiative by climbing to new heights with fellow Panthers in this year’s Fight for Air Climb on March 9 at the U.S. Bank Center. Sign up for UWM’s team on the Panthers Puff-Out page. For more information or if you’d like to join the group for practice, please contact Kate Nelson (

Women’s and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies Feminist Lecture Series will be held on March 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Center. Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor, Anthropology, at the New School for Social Research, presents “Beyond Innocence.” Reception to follow.

Educational Technology Fee Call for Proposals
Proposals are requested for student technology-related projects, funded by the educational technology fee and to be reviewed by the Ed Tech Fee Advisory Committee. Project proposals should be submitted electronically on the Educational Technology Fund Form A to Laura Pedrick ( no later than midnight, March 1.


Afghanistan, a young and upcoming cricket nation, scored the highest ever score in an international T20 game against Ireland.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs