Good morning, colleagues. It’s September, already; welcome to Fall 2022! Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.
Shama Mirza (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a $538,699 Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a high-throughput, high-resolution orbitrap mass spectrometer to enable multidisciplinary research and education in Southeast Wisconsin. Congratulations, Shama!
Yomarie Castellano (Center for International Education) and Christine Wolf (Global Studies) will be co-presenting at the NAFSA Region V Conference in Milwaukee, October 19-21. They will present on the creation and implementation of an IDEAS grant funded project, the team-taught course Global Studies 391, Black Lives Matter, A Global Comparative Study and a companion study abroad experience to the UK. Well done, Yomarie and Christine!
Philip Chang (Physics), Mahsa Dabagh (Biomedical Engineering), and Susan McRoy (Computer Science) have been awarded a three-year, $500K grant to support summer school to teach computing for research problems. The school is aimed toward graduate students at UWM and will greatly enhance the level of computational sciences at UWM. Congratulations, Philip, Mahsa, and Susan!
In the News
The Week in Retrospect
Student Union Reopening and Space Relocations
Several offices are reopening in the Union today, while other offices are in temporarily relocated spaces as construction continues. See the Space Relocations page within the Union’s Renovation website to find details on displaced services and visit the What’s Happening page for updates.
Graduate School Announcements
The Graduate School is happy to share two announcements:
- Professor Victoria Moerchen (College of Health Sciences) was appointed the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in August. Please join us in welcoming Victoria to her new position.
- The shared leadership structure of the Graduate School and Office of Research was implemented over the summer. More information on the reorganization.
Optics and Photonics Database Now Available
The SPIE Digital Library, a comprehensive database published by the international society for optics and photonics, is now available from the UWM Libraries.
Add Perceptions on Aging Curricula to Your Class
Disrupt Aging Classroom is a 2.5-hour, interactive curriculum that challenges students to examine their aging perceptions and thing about how the growing aging population is relevant to their personal lives and future careers. The curriculum complements any course of study and helps students become more age inclusive. Request class presentation.
Trauma-Informed Care Workshops
Since summer 2021, the Trauma-Informed Care workshops have helped students, academic departments, and administrative units understand trauma, its effects, and how to support students, faculty, and staff in distress. This fall, Dimitri Topitzes (Social Welfare), Sarah MacDonald (CETL), and Adam Jussel (Dean of Students) are offering a new version of the program that will focus on how instructors can help students achieve essential learning outcomes through a balance of flexibility and accountability, high standards, and care for students. The workshops (virtual or in-person) will last an hour and are scheduled on request. Please contact Adam Jussel (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Online Program Council
The OPC will meet on Friday, September 9 from 1:30-3 p.m. on Teams. Agenda topics include preparing for next spring’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit, information on UW System strategic work on online education, and regulatory updates. If you have not previously attended an OPC meeting, please email Laura Pedrick (email@example.com) to be added to the meeting.