October 25, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Lindsay McHenry (Geosciences) was awarded a $750,000+ grant (as PI, along with co-investigators from Indiana University and the University of Colorado-Boulder) from NASA’s Solar System Workings program for a three-year project entitled, “An East African Rift Fluvio-Lacustrine Analog for Jezero Crater, Mars.” Her team will be conducting two field expeditions to norther Tanzania, where they will investigate similarities between the lake Natron basin and the Perseverance Rover’s landing spot. Well done, Lindsay!

Lindsay was also inducted this year as a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of the geosciences profession. GSA members are nominated and selected in recognition of a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America. Congratulations again, Lindsay!

Jonathan Wipplinger (Foreign Languages and Literature) has been awarded the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Teacher Award from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). The award is given annually to two outstanding instructors of German who strengthen intercultural understanding. Well done and sehr gut, Jonathan!

Chia Youyee Vang (Interim Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer; History) was honored as a “Woman of Excellence” by the 2021 Wisconsin Leadership Community Choice Awards. This is a well-deserved honor, indeed. Congratulations, Chia!

Chia is also being honored by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, at their annual event on November 18. This year’s event, themed “Disruptors, Changing the Power Dynamics,” shines the light on the need to shift attitudes, behavior, and culture so that we can advance equity for women. Chia will be recognized as one of the “Disruptors,” who are eliminating barriers, changing the status quo, and creating social change for women, breaking new ground and innovating for success. Congratulations, Chia!

Xiao Qin (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of UWM’s Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation) was awarded $500,000 from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program to address the problem of bridge and tunnel strikes nationwide. Qin’s team includes: Habib Tabatabai (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Andrew Graettinger, Associate Dean for Research (Engineering and Applied Science); and representatives from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Applied Research Associates, and Specialized Freight Solutions. Well done, Xiao, Habib, and Andrew!

Hyunkyoung Oh (Nursing), PI, and colleagues were recently awarded a two-year R21 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research entitled, “Self-Monitoring Support Application for Adults with Diabetes and Hypertension,” with an awarded budget of more than $441,000. UWM collaborators on the project include Jake Luo (Health Sciences) and Minsook Park (Information Studies). Congratulations, Hyunkyoung, Jake, and Minsook!

In the News

Gerlinde Hoebel (Biological Sciences) was interviewed about her research on WUWM’s Lake Effect last week (at 26:40 minutes in). An article about her lab also appeared in the UWM Report last month.

Milwaukee Athletics

Milwaukee women selected second and men fourth in Horizon League Preseason Basketball poll. Patrick Baldwin, Jr. (First Team) and DeAndre Gholston (Second Team) were tabbed for All-League. Megan Walstad was named to the Preseason All-League First Team.

UWM invites you to join in celebrating Homecoming 2021. Y’all ready to roar? Homecoming week begins on Monday, November 8 and concludes on November 13, with events hosted around campus each day, including the annual Pounce balloon build in the Union and Pouncefest for students living in residence halls.

The Week

I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a meeting with Chia Vang and Alberto Maldonado, my one-on-one with Nigel Rothfels, my weekly staff meeting, and my monthly meeting with Simon Bronner.

In the morning, I have a Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, a meeting with Todd McLees from Innovation Outpost, my monthly update with Dave Clark, an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with Student Affairs, and a CEMAT Leads meeting. In the afternoon, I have an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with the Graduate School, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and I’ll make opening remarks at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to unveil the new renovations and College of Nursing labs at UW-Waukesha.

Today, I have my standing meeting with Chancellor Mone, Sue Weslow, and Jennifer Abele, followed by FY23 Divisional Budget meetings with General Education Administration and Enrollment Management, my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, my monthly meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, my standing meetings with Kim Litwack and Amy Harley, and with Mark Harris and Rebecca Klaper, my one-on-one with Melissa Scanlan, and my standing meeting with Student Association leadership.

In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with the Office of Research, and my standing meeting with Peter Sands. In the afternoon, I have a Board of Visitors meeting with the Chancellor, my standing meeting with Keri Duce and Michelle Johnson, a 2030 Leadership meeting, and an FY23 Divisional Budget meeting with Finance and Administrative Affairs.

Today, I’ll travel to Madison to participate in a UW System Presidential Search and Screen Committee meeting and the bi-monthly Provost Council meeting.


COVID Booster Shots
UWM’s on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics, in partnership with the Milwaukee Health Department, will provide booster shots. The next walk-in clinic is Wednesday, October 27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. More information.

Applied Gerontology Virtual Open House
The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Office of Applied Gerontology invites you to attend a virtual open house on Wednesday, October 27 from 3-4:30 p.m. Connect with students, faculty, professionals, and community leaders in the field of gerontology. Learn about opportunities in gerontology education, careers, and community engagement.

Graduate School Virtual Open House
The Graduate School looks forward to hosting our Graduate School Virtual Open House on Thursday, October 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT through CareerEco. Prospective graduate students can meet with UWM faculty, staff, and in some cases, current graduate students from our over 150 master’s, doctoral and graduate certificate programs with both online and on-campus options. BONUS: The Graduate School will pay the application fee for all applicants who register for, attend the virtual Open House, and begin their application on or after October 28, 2021. Please see the Graduate School Open House website for complete details.

GER Update
On October 29 from 9-10 a.m., the 2030 Core Curriculum Action Team will host a Teams Live meeting on its work in revising the General Education Program, including models that are under consideration. Questions may be submitted before the event and a feedback form will be available afterward. More information.

Culturas Celestiales
Nancy Bird-Soto, Latin American literature professor, will talk about stars, stories, and the cultural perspective of Puerto Rico at the UWM Planetarium’s final Culturas Celestiales virtual event on Friday, October 29 from 7-8 p.m. Registration.

Internship Draft Day
Meet with more than 40 companies recruiting for more than 200 paid internships and co-ops on Thursday, November 4. No waiting in line! Instead, you will have the opportunity to have a preset 15-minute interview with the companies of your choice. Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn free prizes and college scholarships. More informationRegistration deadline is October 31.

Fromkin Lecture
Anne Bonds (Geography) and Derek Handley (English), along with community member Reggie Jackson and Lawrence Hoffman, will present the 2021 Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture, “Mapping Racism and Resistance in Milwaukee County: Struggles over Racism and Real Estate in the Urban North,” on Thursday, November 4 at 4 p.m. onsite at the Golda Meir Library and virtually. More information.

The deadline to apply for the 2022 Morris Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship is December 10. More information.

Dialogue Across Differences: Bridging Understanding about Critical Race Theory
Join us on Tuesday, November 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room for a constructive dialogue, where different ideas and perspectives can be shared and heard, on the concept of Critical Race Theory, what it is, what it is not, and its relationship to discussions about equity in education spaces. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend! Registration is required by November 2, as seating is limited. More information.

IT News
New Digital Identity Experience coming November 15.

Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows
The Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program provides student salary support for research collaborations between faculty/research staff and undergraduate students. The deadline to apply for support during the spring semester is December 1, 2021. Program details and a link to the online application are available on the website. Contact Kyla Esguerra (kylam@uwm.edu) with questions.

Teaching and Learning Symposium
Submit a proposal and register for the 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will be held virtually on January 13, 2022.

The state of Ohio made a small mistake and Pakistan celebrated their best T20 victory yesterday.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs