The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has once again joined the ranks of the top doctoral research universities in the country. Every three years, the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designates which universities have the highest research activity. In 2018, only 130 of the 4,338 universities and colleges evaluated achieved this designation. I’m extremely proud that UWM, for the second consecutive time, was one of the institutions so honored.
Being recognized alongside the likes of Northwestern University, the University of Minnesota and Stanford University reflects the commitment and expertise of our world-renowned faculty, staff and students. Their work is making a difference for our friends, families, industry, businesses and nonprofits while also giving students exceptional learning experiences and the critical problem-solving skills that our state and nation so urgently need. In the latest issue of UWM Research magazine, and in this online version, you’ll get a deeper look into some of the important work they’re doing.
Our cover story shows how Purush Papatla, interim co-director of the new Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, combines data science and psychological principles to delve into consumer decision-making. You’ll learn how Rebecca Klaper is helping protect our freshwater ecosystems by exploring how to make nanomaterials safer. Other stories detail how UWM researchers are helping people and communities better cope with trauma, and how engineers are developing exoskeletons that help with physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Our Spotlight on Public Health section showcases how faculty members are working to battle diseases and improve our overall wellness. And our Undergraduate Research and Graduate Research sections emphasize that it’s never too early to embark on research that makes a difference.
I’ve only touched on some of the many fascinating stories inside. As you explore the online version of this year’s research magazine, you will see the incredible impact of our research and why UWM remains one of America’s top research universities.
Mark A. Mone