November 11, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Michael Carvan (Freshwater Sciences) will be giving the keynote address at the 3rd International Conference on Innovative Biological and Public Health Research in Lahore, Pakistan on November 13-14. Bravo, Michael!

UWM’s Animal Resource Center has received full accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. Congratulations, Berri, Jennifer, and the team!

2016 MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting (Theatre) has been added to the roster of TEDMED 2020 speakers who take the stage in Boston in early March. Well done, Anne!

Thomas Haigh (History) received The Bernard Finn IEEE History Prize for his article, “Colossus and Programmability.” Congratulations, Tom!

Kudos to the more than 800 student volunteers from UWM, MATC, and Marquette University who came together on Saturday to help older adults across Milwaukee County get ready for Wisconsin’s winter as part of national “Make a Difference Day.”

Veterans Week

We are celebrating our veterans—faculty, staff, and students—all week! Events include:

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to the Milwaukee women’s soccer team, who had eight members honored with postseason awards when the league office announced the all-league teams and specialty award winners last week. Highlighting the way was McKaela Schmelzer as the Defensive Player of the Year. Troy Fabiano was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row!

The Week


Today, we continue our Divisional Budget meetings with the Lubar School of Business, the School of Education, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. I also have my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I join a data sciences meeting with Northwestern Mutual and Marquette University, and I have my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack. In the afternoon, I have my monthly meeting with Nancy Nelson, an Associate Deans meeting, I’ll provide Academic Affairs Updates to the Academic Staff Senate, and I’ll attend the Academic Leadership Council meeting. Agenda items include research computing and the Graduate School survey results.


I start the day meeting with direct reports, followed by a Campus Budget Planning meeting, standing meetings with Kaushal Chari and Jennifer Gonda, my quarterly meeting with Sue Weslow, Jennifer Gonda, and Chancellor Mone, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


In the morning, I have a Divisional Budget meeting with the College of General Studies, a Campaign Planning meeting, and a Campus Space Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have an Integrated Support Services Executive Sponsors meeting, and will attend the Faculty Senate meeting.


Today, I have a Divisional Budget meeting with the School of Freshwater Sciences, my standing meeting with Simon Bronner, the monthly Data Science Institute Budget meeting, Divisional Budget meetings with the College of Letters and Science and the Zilber School of Public Health, and a meeting on the New Chemistry Building.


International Education Week

The Center for International Education is partnering with the UWM Food Center and Pantry to hold an International Food Drive during the month of November! Please bring non-perishable items to the permanent donation boxes. Suggested items include: rice, sauces, ready-to-go meals, and spices.

LACUSL Speakers Series

Frances R. Aparicio (Northwestern University) will be speaking with student Lulu Sanchez on, “Negotiating Latinidad: Intralatinx Lives in Chicago,” on Tuesday, November 12 at noon in the American Geographical Society Library.

Professional Development for Academic Staff

A WordPress Accessible Web Design Workshop will be held on Friday, November 15 at 10 a.m. in the UWM Libraries Classroom B. Coffee and sweets will be provided. Registration is limited.

Feminist Lecture Series

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program welcomes Kimberly Kay Hoang (University of Chicago) who will present, “Engendering Global Capital: Homoerotic Triangles that Facilitate Foreign Investment in Emerging Markets,” on Friday, November 15 at 3 p.m. in Curtin 175. A reception will follow.

GIS Day in the Library

GIS Day 2019 at UWM takes place on Wednesday, November 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library and features free, hands-on workshops, speakers, and vendors.

Book Launching

Kimberly Blaeser (English) launches her new poetry book, “Copper Yearning,” on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust).

Chancellor’s Care, Respect, and Expressions Lecture Series

Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis present, “The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate,” on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room.

Undergraduate Research

  • The next Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) deadline is December 1. Through this program, UWM faculty and research staff can provide financial support to undergraduates to work as research assistants.
  • Please save the date of May 1, 2020 for the 12thAnnual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium. This 12-4 p.m. event will showcase outcomes from undergraduate research collaborations via poster, oral, visual art, or performing art presentations. The abstract submission portal will open in January.

First-Year Seminar Symposium

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


She broke a record that was held by Sachin Tendulkar for 30 years.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs