January 13, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Jennifer Gutzman (Biological Sciences) received an NIH R03 grant for $152K from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development titled, “Developmental models to determine the molecular mechanisms that cause MYH9-related diseases.” Congratulations, Jennifer!

Hobey Davies (Psychology) was selected to receive the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Michael C. Roberts Award for Outstanding Mentorship.  Hobey was nominated by six former students, so this award reflects his positive and lasting impact on their careers and the field. He will be honored with the award at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC) in the spring.  Bravo, Hobey!

From the Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s Office is excited to announce a new Interactive Online Schedule of Classes! New features available include key word searches and filtering based on subject, career, campus, and school/college. If you have bookmarked the short url “uwm.edu/schedule,” it will redirect you to the new site. Previous schedules are archived on the RO website: SOC Archives. Because this new tool does not support syllabi uploads, departments are now asked to house those on their websites. If your department needs additional storage space on your site for this purpose, you can request that via the UWM WordPress Support Requests form.

In the News

Journalist Bruce Murphy eulogized John Pawasarat in his blog Murphy’s Law. What a remarkable life.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by my one-on-one with Mark Harris, a telephone call with the Provost of WCTC, and my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I have my standing meetings with Tim Behrens, Pat Borger, Katie Miota, and Joely Urdan. I also have my monthly meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl. In the afternoon, I have a teleconference with UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander, my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho, and I’ll provide Academic Affairs updates to the Academic Staff Senate.


Today, I have my monthly meetings with Michael Doylen, Peter Sands, Scott Emmons, and Trudy Turner.


In the morning, I have a Restructuring/CGS teleconference, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and an L&S Budget Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, and my monthly meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska.


Today, I have my monthly meetings with Kim Litwack and Sue Cashin, a meeting on research, and an EAB Equity and Campus Leadership session.


Semester Memo

My Spring 2020 Start of Semester Memo is online.

Multimedia Classroom Training

Training sessions are being offered January 13-17 for those instructors who wish to become more familiar with classroom technology.

UWMVisitor WiFi

The password for the UWMVisitor WiFi network will be changed on January 14. The new password will be panthers20.

Candlelight Walks in Downer Woods

This February, UWM University Recreation will host two candlelight walks in Downer Woods that are open to students, faculty, staff, and the public! RSVP to either event on Facebook: February 14 or February 27.

Save the Date

The IM4US conference 2020 will be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center August 27-29.


Well done to Real Madrid, the Packers and another T20 record.  I also read that today is apparently “Clean off your desk day“.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs