October 7, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Patrick Brady (Physics) is the PI on a multi-institutional team that will receive a $2.8M NSF award under the Harnessing the Data Revolution program entitled, “A Framework for Data Intensive Discovery in Multimessenger Astrophysics.” This is terrific news and congratulations, Patrick!

M-Cubed, a collaboration among Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and UWM, won the award for best program in the category of Talent + Place at the national University Economic Development Association (UEDA) conference held in Reno, Nevada last week. This award is shared by the many talented and supportive colleagues here at UWM who have been involved in designing and implementing an initiative with such a tremendous impact. Bravo!

Kudos to UWM’s Department of Dance! They received another NEA grant, which will bring American dance legend Joe Goode to campus for another Resilience Project. This choreographic work will focus on the LGBTQ+ Communities in Milwaukee, with the support of partners such as The Diverse & Resilient and the UWM LGBT Resource Center. Performances will be presented at the Dance Department’s Springdances concert in April 2020.

Aneesh Aneesh (Sociology) was a featured speaker regarding his research on algocratic governance at the University of Helsinki on September 23. He also led a two-day workshop on the topic September 19-20. Very interesting topic, Aneesh, and well done!

Eighty-five adoption professionals attended Helen Bader School of Social Welfare’s Adoption Symposium: Issues & Innovations in Clinical Practice with the Adoption Triad on September 20. Kudos to Susan Rose, Jeanne Wagner, and Mary Heller!

Congratulations to The Aggregate: The UWM Honors College Newsletter for winning second place in The National Collegiate Honors Council’s 2019 Honors Newsletter Competition. Student-written, edited, and published, The Aggregate competed among 32 Honors College publications nationwide in the electronically published category. See their award-winning issues. Way to go, Honors students!

Milwaukee Athletics

Congratulations to the Milwaukee volleyball team, off to its best start since 1999 after knocking off defending Horizon League champion Green Bay to move to 2-0 in league play and 15-1 on the season!

The Week

I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by an External Strategic Partnerships meeting, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Deep Dive meeting, and my biweekly meeting with Mark Harris. Later, I have a meeting with Mark Harris and Marcia Silva, my weekly staff meeting, and my standing meeting with Simon Bronner.

Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and standing meetings with Tim Behrens and Nancy Nelson. I’ll also provide Academic Affairs updates at the Associate Deans meeting and Academic Staff Senate. The Academic Leadership Council meets, and agenda items include an Introduction of UWM’s Title IX Coordinator and Emergency Fund Needs from Students.

Wednesday – Friday
I will be travelling on invitation to Chongqing, China to represent UWM at the 90th Anniversary of Chongqing University.

Thursday – Friday
The Board of Regents meets in Superior. Phyllis King will represent me at the Education Committee. We have one agenda item, which is the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin.


Panther Prowl Online Registration Ends Tomorrow!
Don’t miss the 15th Annual Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m. It’s fun for the whole family and all proceeds benefit UWM student scholarships, with more than $350,00 raised to date! Online registration ends tomorrow (October 8). Sign up now! All participants will receive a Pounce Panther pom stocking hat.

Online Program Council
The OPC meets Friday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Lubar S250. Agenda items include planning for National Distance Education Week (November 4-8), Canvas and external tools, and engaging online students. All are welcome to attend.

African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Seminar Series
Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be the guest speaker at the AADS presentation, “Building an Equitable Wisconsin,” on Friday, October 11 at 12:30 p.m. in UWM’s Alumni House Garden Room. RSVP is required as space is limited. For RSVP and event details, contact Jeffrey Sommers (sommerjw@uwm.edu).

The World in Southeast Asia Lecture Series
Professor Bhaskar Sarkar (UC, Santa Barbara) presents, “Cosmoplastics, or, Bollywood’s Global Gesture,” on Friday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 368

Pictorial Maps
Scott Schiller, an accomplished map illustrator and graphic artist, presents, “Drawn to Maps: A Celebration of Pictorial and Illustrated Maps,” on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. in the AGS Library.

Teaching and Learning Symposium
Please submit your proposal for the 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium by October 15.

Charles Causier Memorial Lecture
Dr. John A. Powell (UC, Berkeley) delivers the lecture, “Racial Equity & Economic Justice in Urban Planning Practice & Community Building,” on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in AUP 170. Please reserve a seat.

University IT Services
Reminder: Faculty/staff need to enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication by October 31.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Join UW-Milwaukee Outdoor Pursuits and the River Revitalization Foundation for this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, November 7 at the Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Avenue. This is University Recreation’s marquee fundraiser for a new student scholarship that provides better access to outdoor recreation opportunities for UWM students. Faculty, staff, students, and the community are invited to buy tickets and participate!

University Relations & Communications
The new UWM Brand & Identity website is now available at uwm.edu/brand. The site features both new and updated standards, guidelines, and downloadable resources to help you represent the UWM brand in your work. Please be sure to take some time to review the site so you are familiar with its content.

Branded Merchandise Day
The second annual UWM Branded Merchandise Day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12 in the UWM Union. This half-day event is open to UWM students, faculty, staff, and all UWM licensed vendors. Lunch will be served.

Call for 2020 Fromkin Research Grant and Lecture Proposals
The UWM Libraries are accepting proposals for the $5,000 Fromkin Memorial Research Grant and Lectureship, which encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on individuals, groups, movements, and ideas, in the Americas and elsewhere, that have influenced the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States. The deadline to apply is December 9.


Japan is still going strong in the Rugby World Cup.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs