September 9, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Brooke Slavens (Occupational Science & Technology) received a $2.5M award from the National Institutes of Health for her four-year project entitled, “Prediction of Shoulder Injury Disease Prevention in Children and Adults with Spinal Cord Injury Using Advanced Biomechanical Modeling and Diagnostic Imaging.” Well done, Brooke!

Winson Chu (History) has received a fellowship for experienced researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will be based at the Center for Holocaust Studies in Munich, Germany, for the 20-21 academic year, where he will pursue his monograph project on the German criminal police.  This is a great honor, Winson, and congratulations!

Former Milwaukee baseball player Daulton Varsho was named the 2019 Minor League Player of the Year for the Arizona Diamondbacks by Baseball America. Congratulations, Daulton!

Milwaukee Athletics

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee received a $2.1M gift from the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin for the construction of a 15,000-square-foot multipurpose building that will create a dedicated basketball practice facility and improve the student recreation space on campus.

Reminder: Multi-Factor Authentication

Enrollment for multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now open. All faculty and staff must enroll by October 31.

The Week

I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by meetings with Kelly Haag and Kathy Dolan (Kathy is the new Chair of the University Committee), and a meeting on space planning. Later, I have meetings with my direct reports and will end the day when the  Chancellor and I have our quarterly meeting with President Raymond and Provost Kerschner of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting and standing meetings with Tim Behrens, Nancy Nelson, and Pat Borger. I’ll provide an Academic Affairs update to the Academic Staff Senate, I have my weekly staff meeting, I meet with Purush Papatla regarding the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, and I have a follow-up meeting on academic planning.

In the morning, I have my monthly meeting with Brett Peters and meetings with direct reports. In the afternoon, I have my weekly meeting the Chancellor and I end the day with more meetings with direct reports.

Today, I attend the Academic Planning and Budget Committee meeting, the Campus Budget Planning meeting, an Integrated Support Services Executive Sponsors meeting, and the School of Education’s All-School meeting. I’ll provide an Academic Affairs update at the Associate Deans Fall meeting and I have my standing meeting with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska. In the evening, I’ll attend the UWM Campaign Finale Celebration dinner and reception at the Panther Arena.

In the morning, I meet with Val Klump and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Executive Director Kevin Shafer, followed by my monthly meeting with Scott Emmons. In the afternoon, I have the monthly Connected Systems Institute Budget meeting, I’ll also present the charge to kick off the search and screen committee for the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin Executive Director position, I’ll provide remarks at the informal reception for newly tenured associate professors, and I’ll tour the city with our deans and associate deans under the knowledgeable guidance of Bob Greenstreet.


Water + Work
The Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery and the Department of Art History invite you to the opening reception for “Water + Work,” on Thursday, September 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the Mathis Art Gallery, Mitchell 170. The exhibition is co-curated by Art History Professors Sarah Schaefer and Kay Wells.

Online Program Council

The first Online Program Council meeting of the year will be on Friday, September 13 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Lubar S250. Agenda items include the online summer initiative, the national landscape for online programs, and an update on UWM Online.

WWHEL Fall Welcome
The UWM chapter of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) will host its Fall Welcome on Wednesday, September 18. Refreshments will be served. Registration deadline is September 17.

Human Resources and Labor Relations Awards
On Monday, September 23, the Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR) program will honor the Labor Management Council of Northeast Wisconsin with the 22nd Annual Labor-Management Cooperation Prize and two exemplary students with the 32nd Annnual Melvin Lurie Memorial Prize. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hefter Conference Center followed by the ceremony at  7:30 p.m.

Golden Anniversary Celebration
Please join us in celebrating 50 years of Creative Writing at UWM with a reading and craft talk by novelist René Steinke on Tuesday, October 15. The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Hefter Center and the Craft Talk is at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Hall 361.

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

Astronomy Night at the UWM at Waukesha Field Station
As part of the state-wide Wisconsin Science Festival celebration of STEAM, local faculty and enthusiasts will guide us in observing the night sky with telescopes on Friday, October 18 from 7-9 p.m. This event takes place outdoors at the UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha Field Station, so dress for the weather. (In case of inclement weather, there will be an indoor presentation.) Park in the lower lot.


Take care,
Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs