Rebecca Klaper Named Vice Dean of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

The School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Rebecca Klaper as vice dean of the school.

Klaper was one of the founding faculty of the school and has been an integralRebecca Klaper in her lab at the School of Freshwater Sciences member and a leader within SFS and UWM for many years, as chair of the SFS Executive Committee and the Planning and Governance Committees, chair of the UWM Academic Planning and Budget Committee, and a co-chair of the UWM Budget Model Working Group, as well as a member of the UWM Budget Planning Task Force. She is the founding director of the SFS Great Lakes Genomics Center, a resource for UWM as well as external partners to bring the use of genomic technologies on environmental problems.

In these positions, she played a role in faculty governance of the school, evaluating academic programs in light of budget concerns, developing the new budget model for UWM, evaluating solutions during budget cuts, and fundraising for the Genomics Center and the School of Freshwater Sciences. Klaper also played a key role in the faculty development of the PhD and two Master of Science in Freshwater Sciences and Technology programs (thesis and professional sciences track) and now is a leader in the school as it implements its new undergraduate degree in freshwater sciences.

Klaper has held leadership roles in several environmental science organizations, as elected chair of the Environmental Nanotechnology Gordon Research Conference and as associate editor and editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journals. She is an accomplished scientist and a well-known expert in the fields of emerging contaminants, nanomaterial toxicology and ecotoxicology and has served on committees within the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on two National Academy of Science Panels evaluating nanoparticle research and the safety of sunscreen components.

Klaper joined UWM as an Endowed Shaw Scientist. She has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, an Inspiring Women in STEM Award and was recently recognized as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is also an exceptional mentor to graduate and undergraduate students who have obtained positions in industry, academia, nonprofit and government after graduation.

In her new role, Klaper will be responsible for further planning and development of the various degree programs and will be involved in fundraising for the School of Freshwater Sciences. She will also represent the school to various scientific organizations in freshwater.

“I am honored to have been selected as the vice dean of the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, especially at this critical time when we open our doors to new undergraduates excited about freshwater sciences,” Klaper said. “I look forward to working to continue building our school as a leader in freshwater science research and developing outstanding graduate and now undergraduate programs to assist our students as they achieve their career goals as future freshwater science leaders.”