Welcome to the 2020 edition of UWM Research magazine, a showcase of the public-impact research that benefits our neighbors in the greater Milwaukee region as well as the broader Wisconsin community and the world beyond. Throughout this publication, you’ll see example after example of the groundbreaking work pursued by our remarkable faculty members, staff and students, and I’m delighted to share it with you.
The cover story focuses on the Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery, which performs foundational research into drug compounds with the potential to become life-changing treatments. This cutting-edge work has attracted the attention of entrepreneurs and investors, who dedicate valuable time and resources to helping move the research forward.
The Spotlight on Entrepreneurship highlights additional research efforts that have led investors to help commercialize promising discoveries. Such innovation is at the heart of our new Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, where students are learning how creative and critical thinking and other entrepreneurial skills are applicable to any academic field.
Elsewhere in the magazine, you’ll see several examples of how UWM researchers are striving to improve the health of individuals and the public at large. UWM is also a leader in energy research, and you’ll learn of a promising and more reliable approach to improving our power grids. And we’ll show you how School of Freshwater Sciences researchers are exploring and expanding on ways to protect our precious freshwater resources, especially the Great Lakes.
It’s never too early to embark on research at UWM. We’re one of the country’s top schools for undergraduate research, with more than 1,000 opportunities to get involved, and we’ve dedicated several pages to the work performed by our undergraduate and graduate researchers.
There are many more stories inside about UWM research that truly makes a difference. I encourage you to spend some time getting to know our people and the stories behind their important work.
Mark A. Mone