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

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

Reminder: Feedback due by Wednesday for the Center for Water Policy Director Finalists

Feedback is due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 for the Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Water Policy candidate finalists. This is a donor-funded position. Please use the online feedback forms linked on the finalists page. You’ll find separate feedback forms for each candidate, as well as additional candidate and position information, and links to view candidates’ Open Forum webcasts.


The National Institutes of Health awarded Mahsa Ranji (Electrical Engineering) a $444,993 grant to develop a novel 3D imaging system to non-invasively monitor the biochemical and structural changes that occur in retinal vasculature during the early stages of diabetes. Congratulations, Mahsa!

In the News

Margaret Noodin (Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education and English) and Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) were featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about how Indigenous communities are showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter in Milwaukee.

COVID-19 research from David Frick’s (Chemistry and Biochemistry) lab was summarized in an article on News-Medical.Net.  The article is a follow-up to a study finished in April that was recently published in the journal Biochemistry.

Milwaukee Athletics

Catch up on all the exciting things happening in Milwaukee Athletics by reading the latest issue of The Roar Report, released in late June. The issue contains a message from Amanda Braun on racial injustice and a feature story, authored by Gary D’Amato, on how the COVID-19 pandemic touched the lives of MKE staff, coaches, and student athletes.

The Milwaukee Athletic Department announced a new promotion with Bel Air Cantina, offering fans the opportunity to purchase a meal for local healthcare workers. Fans interested in giving back to those on the front lines can participate in the program by donating $6, which will cover the costs of a meal from Bel Air Cantina. All meals will be donated to workers at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin.

On July 1, the Horizon League officially welcomed two new members into the conference, Purdue University Fort Wayne and Robert Morris University.

The Week

I start the week with my daily Crisis Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, a CMT meeting, and my monthly meeting with Purush Papatla. I then have my weekly staff meeting, a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Board of Directors quarterly meeting, and my daily meeting with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.

In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, monthly meetings with Nancy Frank and Simon Bronner, and my standing meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers. In the afternoon, I have my one-on-one with Alan Shoho, I’ll attend the Academic Staff Senate meeting, and end the day with my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone.

Today, I have my daily CMT Leadership meeting, my monthly meeting with Stan Stojkovic (and incoming Dean Tina Freiburger), and my standing meeting with Peter Sands. In the afternoon, I meet with Trudy Turner, followed by an Academic Partnerships Discussion, my one-on-one with Dave Clark, a Campus Space Planning meeting, a planning meeting for the Friday information session on Planning for the Fall and my “end of day” meeting with Dev and Laura.

I have my daily CMT Leadership meeting, my monthly meeting with Kaushal Chari, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting.

In the morning, I have my final CMT Leadership meeting for the week, I’ll attend to administrative duties, and will meet with the deans, associate deans, assistant deans, academic advisors, and department chairs regarding teaching and research in the Fall.


Emotional Resiliency in Uncertain Times
The UWM School of Continuing Education presents a new virtual series, “Emotional Resiliency in Uncertain Times,” beginning Tuesday, July 21. More information about the series. Advanced registration is required.

From the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
There were 75 participants, from 42 different families in the DIY River Clean Up this year. A special thank you to the CCBLLR Office’s cosponsors, UWM Outdoor Pursuits and Milwaukee Riverkeeper, who helped make this event possible. Thank you to all of our participants who helped make our environment a cleaner place! See a video clip from the event.

Teams Tips


A reminder that Wednesday is ‘tax day’ and congratulations to the West Indies cricket team for beating England for the first time in 32 years in England!

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs