September 28, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


second paper was published, based on COVID-19 research from David Frick’s (Chemistry and Biochemistry) lab, in the flagship journal of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. The research was done this summer with the help of Nick Silvaggi, Eddy Tysoe and many students in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. Congratulations, David, Nick, Eddy, and to the student involved!

Neal Pease (History) was selected as the Wacław Jędrzejewicz History Medal recipient for his achievements in Polish History as well as his contributions to Polish organizations by the Pilsudski Institute of AmericaCongratulations, Neal!

Kim Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) was recently featured by Split This Rock, a poetry organization devoted to justice and social change. Her piece, “Poem on Disappearance,” was presented as poem of the week on September 11 and will remain a part of “The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.” Well done, Kim!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Black & Gold Network has posted the first episode of the “MKE Minute” of the 2020-21 school year. Host Scott Warras sits down with in-season Panther student athletes, asking them background questions before they are put on the hot seat for the Milwaukee Minute, presented by Northwestern Mutual North Shore. Warras then asks off-the-cuff questions to help fans get to know the players in a fun and casual setting. Look for a new edition every Thursday!

The Milwaukee Athletic Department is beginning a new series on its website entitled, “Built by MKE.” The series will feature former student athletes, with updates on where they are now and what they’ve been doing since graduating from UWM. The first entry in the series is former Milwaukee women’s soccer player Vienna Behnke. Look for new entries twice a month.

The Week


I start the week with the COVID-19 Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, a video shoot for the Fall Awards Ceremony, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, my one-on-one with Mark Harris, my weekly staff meeting, and the Divisional Budget Meeting with the College of Health Sciences (we start this week with the divisional budget meetings).


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, a Connected Systems Institute UWM Steering Committee meeting, my one-on-one with Pat Borger, a meeting with the CEMAT leads, and my monthly meeting with Brett Peters. In the afternoon, I have a Divisional Budget Meeting with the School of Continuing Education, my monthly meeting with Nancy Nelson, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and my monthly meeting with Tim Behrens.


Today, we have a Divisional Budget Meeting with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, a meeting with Waukesha County Technical College to discuss credit transfer, my standing meeting with Jennifer Abele, I’ll participate in the BizJournal’s Virtual Event for Higher Education, I have the weekly UW System Provosts Council meeting, a Divisional Budget Meeting with the School of Freshwater Sciences, my monthly meeting with Ron Perez, and a Divisional Budget Meeting with the College of Nursing.


In the morning, I again have the CMT Leadership meeting, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Tom Luljak, my one-on-one with Scott Gronert, and my monthly meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska. In the afternoon, I have the IT Advisory Council meeting, and two more Divisional Budget Meetings, one with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and one with the Lubar School of Business.


I will be occupied with Divisional Budget meetings all day. These will be with the College of Letters and Science, the School of Information Studies, the Peck School of the Arts, the Zilber School of Public Health, the College of General Studies, and the School of Education.


C21 and Cultures and Communities Host a Virtual Event

Ronak K. Kapadia (University of Illinois at Chicago) presents, “Reimagine Everything: How Insurgent Aesthetics and Queer Collective Care are Transforming Our Worlds,” on Friday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m.

2020 Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture

Lynne Woehrle (Nursing) and Darryl Davidson (City of Milwaukee Community Engagement Achievement Collaborative) present, “Separate and Not Equal: Racism and Health Equity in Milwaukee,” on Thursday, October 22 at 4 p.m.

Sign Up for Make a Difference Day

We need your help to ensure that we will have enough volunteers to complete our homes this fall. We expect a reduction in the number of student volunteers and need faculty and staff to help out. This is the perfect event to participate with your family! Make a Difference Day is a citywide event that will take place on Saturday, November 7. Volunteers across Milwaukee help winterize the homes of local older adults who need assistance. Sign up online.

I-Corps Accepting Applications

The Milwaukee I-Corps (Innovation Corps) Site, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is accepting applications for the fall 2020 cohort. The program is designed to help academic researchers (including PIs and graduate students) explore applications for their work using the “lean launch” process. Since 2015, when the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center began offering the program, 135 teams have completed the process. Apply online.

2020 Panther Prowl – Breaking Records While Supporting Our Students!

UWM alumni and friends from all 50 states and SEVEN countries are supporting UWM students in need, shattering the Panther Prowl’s all-time fundraising record! Join us and let’s see how much further we can go! Register for the virtual event by Sunday, October 3 or contribute online. All proceeds benefit the Chancellor’s Student Success Fund for UWM students in need.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Submit a proposal and register for the 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will be held virtually on January 14, 2021.

Tech Tip

How to add your Teams phone number to HRS.


Google celebrated it’s 22nd Birthday yesterday. You can ‘google’ the search engine to see how many searches they do every second.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs