September 30, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Tina Freiburger (Criminal Justice) and Milwaukee Wraparound received a $4M grant (with $1.27M dedicated to UWM research) from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to conduct research that will assist in redesigning the system of care for youth in Milwaukee County who experience psychiatric crises. The project aims to improve community crisis care for youth, provide better law enforcement responses, and reduce the need for emergency room visits. This is excellent news, Tina. Congratulations!

Mechanical Engineering recently received several external research grants that will start in October. Congratulations to all:

  • Yongjin Sung, $350K NIH R21 grant for “3D Imaging Flow Cytometry”
  • Deyang Qu, $1.25M DOE grants for solid state battery interface
  • Ilya Avdeev (PI), N. Stern, K. Sobolev, and K. Nelson, $30K VentureWell grant

Chris Quinn (Biological Sciences) received an NIH R01 grant for $1.7M from the National Institute of Mental Health, for “Investigation of how axon development is disrupted by the autism-causing Timothy syndrome mutation.” This is wonderful news, and congratulations, Chris!

Ignite Grant Program

UW System, in collaboration with WiSys, is pleased to offer the Ignite Grant Program—formerly known as the Applied Research Grant Programs (ARG, AR-WiTAG, and PDF)—to UW System faculty and academic staff for applied research and/or prototype development. The required Intent to Submit is due December 2.

Milwaukee Athletics

Men’s and women’s basketball single-game, mini-plan, and group tickets for the 2019-20 Milwaukee basketball season are now on sale. Single-game ticket prices start at $15 for men’s and $7 for women’s games. Single-game tickets may be purchased at, or at the Ticket Office on game day.

In the News

Amanda Seligman’s (History) op-ed was published in the Washington Post last week.

Update from Academic Affairs

I plan to send this week an update from Academic Affairs reflecting our main priorities for the academic year.

The Week


Today, I have the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, a meeting regarding Data Science degree program development, my weekly staff meeting, and a space planning meeting for Engineering.


In the morning, I have standing meetings with Tom Luljak, Leigh Wallace (in her capacity as the new chair of the Academic Staff Committee), Alan Shoho, and Nancy Frank. In the afternoon, I have the University Committee meeting, I will also attend a strategic planning meeting with the Chancellor and other members of the cabinet and end the day with a follow-up meeting regarding our transfer agreements with WCTC.


I start the day with the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Budget and Objectives meeting, followed by standing meetings with Peter Sands, Ron Perez, and Jennifer Gonda. Later, I have the Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives meeting, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and a meeting on our Partnership with St. Augustine Prep Academy.


In the morning, I have the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education site visit, my biweekly meeting with Katie Miota, and my one-on-one meeting with Dave Clark. In the afternoon, I have the IT Advisory Council meeting, my monthly meeting with Trudy Turner, and a Design Solutions Center (DeSC) meeting.


Today, I have standing meetings with a number of my direct reports, followed by the Distinguished Professors Subcommittee meeting, and my one-on-one with Michael Doylen.


Let’s Talk Available for UWM Students

Are you looking for support resources for students? Let’s Talk provides brief, free, informal, drop-in consultation and support for UWM students at various sites on campus with a University Counseling Services counselor. Each session is approximately 20 minutes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Common Reading Experience

The CRE discussion continues via I’m an American: The Nuances of Identity on Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. Author Teran Powell hosts a Q&A panel with Milwaukee community members interviewed in her series, each of whom provides a unique set of lived experiences addressing immigration, parenthood, and community activism.

LACUSL Speakers Series

Hernando Rojas (UW-Madison) presents, “Communication Technologies and Political Polarization in Latin America,” on Tuesday, October 1 at 3 p.m. in the American Geographic Society Library.

Institute of World Affairs

Art, Community, and Freedom explores the intersections of artistic expression, human rights, and civic engagement with Artist and Activist Issa Nyaphaga on October 1 at 5 p.m. in the UWM Fireside Lounge. He will also perform URBAN WAY, a body art performance with vibraphone accompaniment, on Saturday, October 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Arts@Large, 1100 S. 5th Street in Milwaukee.

Center for 21st Century Studies

Henry Lovejoy (UC Boulder) presents, “Probabilities of African Origins: The Collapse of the Kingdom of Oyo and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1816-1836,” on Friday, October 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 118. He is also hosting a digital humanities workshop at noon in Curtin 939.

Korea Day Celebration

The Korean American Faculty and Staff Association at UWM and Korean American Association of Milwaukee host the 2019 Korea Day Celebration on Friday, October 4 from 4-10 p.m. at the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. The event features a Taekwondo demonstration, K-Pop, samples of Korean dishes, and a traditional Korean percussion performance, exposing the rich Korean cultures and traditions to the UWM community. The highlight of Korea Day is a classical music concert that evening. More details and schedule.

National Depression Screening Day

UWM is participating in National Depression Screening Day on October 10 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Student Union. For more information, contact JoAnne Graham (; 229-5144).

Teaching and Learning Symposium

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

Golden Anniversary

The UWM Creative Writing Program’s 50th Anniversary Celebration takes place on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Greene Hall 148. The event features recollections from 50 years of the graduate Creative Writing Program, a showcase of 10 alumni readings, and cake!

Exploring Majors Fair

The Exploring Majors Fair, October 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom, provides departments the opportunity to speak with students about their majors, minors, and certificates. Last year, more than 700 students, mainly freshmen, and sophomores, attended. The goal is to have every major represented. Please register to have a table at the fair. Contact Lauren Lessac ( with questions.

Technology Initiatives Social

The UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab hosts the first-ever Technology Initiatives Social on Wednesday, October 23 at 5 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.


Japan was the big surprise at the Rugby World Cup.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs