October 21, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Hanjoo Lee and Chris Larson (both Psychology), along with collaborators from UWM and Marquette, were awarded an NIH R61 grant for their project entitled, “Neurobehavioral mechanisms of response inhibition training for obsessive-compulsive spectrum conditions.” Congratulations, Hanjoo, Chris, and team! 

Matt Petering (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering) and graduate student Mohammad Khamechian consulted with Sarah Rothmann-Mandl (Registrar’s Office) and created a unique algorithm that assigns multiple classrooms to each course section. They have also designed a COVID-19 back-up plan that was presented to campus leadership. Both departments are excited to explore further applications of the algorithm to other campus scenarios. Well done, Matt, Mohammad, and Sarah! 

The Zilber School of Public Health received reaccreditation for the full seven years from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Kudos to all who contributed to the success of this process! 

Carolyn Esswein (Architecture) planned and facilitated an all-day charette to envision ideas for activating the downtown Highland Pedestrian Bridge. Local stakeholders are looking for creative strategies to connect the Deer District to Water Street, providing a safe and exciting destination. More than 50 PSOA and SARUP students participated! Local architects, landscape architects, city leaders, and faculty from PSOA and SARUP provided input. Kudos to all! 

In the News 

Ted Lentz (Criminal Justice and Criminology) was interviewed for a story in TIME about homicides in Milwaukee.  

Pamela Harris (Mathematical Sciences) was featured on NPR’s science podcast Short Wave. In the episode entitled, “Choose Your Own (Math) Adventure, she discussed writing a scholarly mathematics paper in the style of Choose Your Own Adventure books. 

Milwaukee Athletics 

Megan Walstad, of the Milwaukee women’s basketball team, was named to the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year pre-season watch list, presented by Her Hoop Stats. Walstad is the only Horizon League representative on the list as one of 25 players from 25 schools and 13 conferences. 

Both Milwaukee basketball teams recently took part in “Media Day” activities, with numerous members of the local sports media scene on hand at the Pavilion to help set the stage for the new campaign. View the press conferences and interviews from head coaches Bart Lundy and Kyle Rechlicz, as well as the players. 

The Week in Retrospect 

On Monday, I had a chance to meet with the Academic Staff Committee and provide updates. On Tuesday, I met with the third candidate for the Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications position. I also visited the University Committee and discussed our COVID-19 planning, as well as other topics. On Wednesday, I met with the Student Association leadership and discussed accessibility issues, the cold and flu season, their success in diversifying senate membership, and other topics. I also met with the founder of the Asian University for Women, which offers educational opportunities that are not available in their home countries to women in Asia. The day ended with a wonderful celebration of our talented faculty and staff at the Fall Awards Ceremony and a time of remembrance for Ed Burgess and Ron Perez at the UWM Fire Circle. On Thursday, I joined the APBC and Faculty Senate for updates. Friday includes a Music reaccreditation visit and the bimonthly Provost meeting. 


  • COVID-19 Awareness and Reporting
    As we head into colder months, this week’s UWM Report encourages everyone to remain vigilant and continue best practices: get a vaccination booster, wear masks indoors, and self-report if one tests positive. Individual efforts collectively make us all safer. 
  • School/College Realignment
    The 2030 Action Plan for school/college realignment continues to move forward. Starting this week, select webpages in the UWM domain will include a banner providing a link to more realignment information. A new informational document for advisors and recruiters is available and being distributed through the Advisors and Counselors Network. Also, the realignment website is updated regularly and contains UWM’s academic structure starting July 1, 2023. 
  • 2023-2024 Pounce on FAFSA
    Are you meeting with students? Encourage them to submit their FAFSA. 2023-2024 FAFSA filing is underway. It is important to complete the FAFSA NOW as some programs have limited funds. More information
  • Moon Shot for Equity
    The quarterly update on the Moon Shot for Equity within our region reveals capacity building and impact largely in the areas of securing funding for retention grants, additional student enrollment, and hold reforms. Preparation is underway for participation in year three that includes ongoing assessment, sustaining successful reforms and practices, adding new best practices, and constant communication of impact to internal and external stakeholders. Read more.
  • Cybersecurity
    Vishing and Smshing scams can be difficult to identify in the moment but learning about their red flags before you get that suspicious call or text can help keep you safe. Educate yourself about identifying Vishing and Smshing scams before they can get to your information. 

Campus Events 

  • Exhibition Features UWM Artists
    Works by Kyoung Ae Cho (Art & Design), Kevin Giese (Art & Design), and Brooke Thiele (Film) are included in an invitational group exhibition entitled, “Magic Wilderness: Dreamscapes of the Forest,” at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend that will run from October 22 – January 15. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 2 – 4 p.m. 
  • Records Management Basics
    The UWM Archives is offering a virtual presentation, “Records Management Basics,” on Wednesday, October 26 at 2 p.m. for all faculty and staff responsible for keeping records, including digital records. No training is required to attend. More information
  • Preparing Your File for Indefinite Status
    All probationary, non-teaching/non-research academic staff, as well as their supervisors, are encouraged to attend this virtual workshop on Thursday, October 27 at 9 a.m. via Teams. More information. Contact Eric Dietenberger (edp@uwm.edu) with questions.  
  • Morris Fromkin Lecture Shevaun Watson (English) will present the 53rd Annual Morris Fromkin Lecture entitled, “The Comforts of Heritage: Race, Tourism, and Memory in the American South,” on Thursday, October 27 at 4 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.  
  • Sickle Cell Summit
    Versiti will host the inaugural Sickle Cell Summit 2022 on UWM’s campus on Friday, October 28 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library. Registration is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Information and registration
  • IMPACT Education Series: Finding the Data in Data Science
    Join the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute on Friday, October 28 at noon for Juliana Hirt’s discussion of the importance of early exposure to data organization and retrieval as part of a robust data science curriculum. More information
  • Freshwater Science Colloquium 
    • October 31: Xiaoli Ma (Materials Science and Engineering).
    • November 7: Xinyi Shen (Freshwater Sciences).
    • November 14: Yin Wang (Civil and Environmental Engineering).
    • November 28: Harvey Bootsma (Freshwater Sciences).
    • December 12: Todd Miller (Public Health).
  • Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Workshop
    The Graduate School is sponsoring a virtual workshop entitled, “Intro to Evidence Synthesis Reviews,” on Tuesday, November 1 at 3 p.m. via Teams, which will provide an overview of evidence synthesis review types, question frameworks across disciplines, and how to develop a well-formulated research question for each review type. More information
  • Call for Proposals
    The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is proud to announce the 8th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, “Teaching Students How to Learn,” that will be held on Thursday, January 12. Symposium proposals are due November 1. Proposals to present or discuss any topic related to teaching and student learning in any teaching mode are welcome, but those that explore the conference theme are especially encouraged. 
  • Distinguished Lecture  
    Professor Emerita of German Ruth Schwertfeger will present the Stahl Center’s 2022 Distinguished Lecture, “Stutthof: A Nazi Camp Near Danzig,” on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center and via Zoom (Zoom registration required). 
  • SET Workshops Student Experience and Talent (SET) will be hosting two Community-Based Learning (CBL) workshops this fall. Information and registration
    • Embedding CBL into Your Syllabus will be held on Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m. 
    • Reflection 101 will take place on Friday, December 9 at 2 p.m. 
  • Clube Lusófono Fall 2022
    UWM’s Clube Lusófono presents an online series focusing on Brazilian music, literature, and culture from Macau (Asia) and São Tomé and Principe. More information.
  • Make a Difference Day
    On Saturday, November 12, UWM students, faculty, and staff will help clean up neighborhoods and prepare the homes of local older adults for winter from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tasks may include raking leaves, clearing garden beds, and cleaning patios. Sign up and information. Contact zgarrity@uwm.edu with questions.

Something Different 

These critters are not very pretty, but they do not seem to age, at all!

Take care,


Scott Gronert
Interim Provost