September 14, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Chris Larson (Psychology) and her team, including Krista Lisdahl (Psychology) and collaborators at the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW-Madison, were awarded a $3.5M NIH R01 grant titled, “Acute predictors of long-term post-trauma outcomes in youth victims of violence.” Congratulations, Chris and Krista! This is wonderful news.

Carly Wahl and Derek Zike (Health Sciences doctoral students) were both named winners of the 2020 Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference Student Abstract Award. Well done, Carly and Derek!

Yue (Troy) Liu (Civil and Environmental Engineering), on invitation from WisDOT’s Secretary Craig Thompson, has accepted a two-year appointment to the newly formed Wisconsin Automated Vehicle External Advisory Committee (WAVE), which was created in anticipation of the impact that connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) will have on Wisconsin Transportation. Congratulations, Troy!

Richard Grusin’s (English and Center for 21st Century Studies) chapter, “No Future: The Study of Culture in the Twenty-first Century,” was published in the book Futures of the Study of Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Global Challenges (De Gruyter, 2020). Well done, Richard!

Karyn Frick (Psychology) was recently elected President of the Pavlovian Society for a 2021-2022 term, which will include hosting the society’s annual meeting in Milwaukee. This is a wonderful acknowledgement and congratulations, Karyn!

Wendy Huddleston (Occupational Science and Technology) announced a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam for the program’s graduating class of 2020. This is great news and congratulations!

Milwaukee Athletics

Sign up today to join the Milwaukee men’s basketball program for a day of golf at the “Panther Par 3 Challenge” at the Lake Park Golf Course on Friday, September 18.

Mike Porcaro has been named volunteer assistant coach with the Milwaukee baseball team. A former player (2012-15), Mike comes to the Panthers after most recently serving in roles with both the Kenosha Kingfish and Milwaukee School of Engineering.

In the News

Amanda Simanek’s (Public Health) opinion piece was featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss the use of face masks.

Sandra McLellan (Freshwater Sciences) was quoted in a UW-Madison press release.

Noah Wolfe, one of the Senior Excellence in Research (SERA) awardees for this coming year (working with Chris Lawson in Education), was featured in the UWM News.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel book reviewer, Jim Higgins, announced his recommended books for fall, and two books with UWM connections were included: Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life, a book by Ellyn Lem (College of General Studies English), and When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, with Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) introducing the Northeast and Midwest sections and contributing several poems, and Margaret Noodin (Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education and English) translating several older poems for this collection.

The Week


I start the week with the CMT Leadership meeting, followed by my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, and a meeting with Legal Affairs. Later, I have the monthly Integrated Support Services Steering Team update, my weekly staff meeting, and my one-on-one with Mark Harris.


In the morning, I will again join the CMT leadership meeting, followed by my monthly meeting with Kaushal Chari, an M3 meeting with Chancellor Mone, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor. In the afternoon, I have a UWM Online Program Development meeting, the University Committee meeting, and a meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers on enrollment management.


Today, I have a meeting with Jennifer Abele, Sue Weslow, and Chancellor Mone, followed by a meeting on diversity and equity, a prep meeting for the Rockwell Executive Update meeting, my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho, an EAB webinar on Financial Sustainability in the Wake of COVID-19, and a meeting with the 2030+ Think Tank Implementation Team.


In the morning, I have my one-on-one with Purush Papatla, my monthly meeting with Tom Luljak, Kay Eilers, and Dave Clark, a meeting with the Chancellor to discuss international enrollment, and an Executive Cabinet check-in. In the afternoon, I have the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, and the Faculty Senate meeting.


Today, I have the Deans Retreat. Later, I’ll attend to administrative tasks and meetings with my direct reports.


Toward an Anti-Racist Campus: A Call for Action Mini Grants for Faculty and Staff

The Office of Research and the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement are allocating funds for action mini grants aimed at ideas and specific actions to address systemic racism on our campus. Applications are due by 5 p.m. TODAYDetails are available here.

Latinx Heritage Month Events (September 15-October 15)

Latinx Heritage Month 2020 at UWM is offering a variety of programs that recognize and celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of people of Latinx/a/o, Afro-Latinx/a/o, Chicanx/a/o, Latin American, Caribbean, Spanish and Indigenous descent in the United States.

Anthropology Talk

Bill Wood (Anthropology) will present, “Hearst Ginda Verde: Following a Textile Pattern, Unraveling a Global Mimetic Meshwork,” on Friday, September 18 at 3 p.m. Email to register and receive the link.

CLACS Webinar Series

Together with its National Resource Center partner at UW-Madison, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is offering a fall semester Migration Webinar Series: Latin America and the U.S. on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. CST (free). More information.

Adopt the UWM Food Center & Pantry

The UWM Food Center & Pantry has become a vital resource for students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing usership rates increase by nearly 100%! Your department, office, or organization can help us continue to serve our community by “adopting a day” to staff the pantry and ensure our doors can stay open. The person who signs up their department will be considered the point person for communications and scheduling. Monday shifts are from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursday shifts are from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We recommend having 4-6 people per shift for staffing. A training video will be provided, and a student staff member will be at the pantry with you to provide support. Sign up for a date. Email if you have questions. Interested in helping the pantry but can’t volunteer? Consider purchasing something from our Amazon wish list. Thank you for your support!


Well done to the Packers. The IPL starts this week with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, my favorite team.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs