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David Healy, UWM professor emeritus of history, passed away on April 28. He was 92 years old. Healy joined the UWM faculty in 1966 and retired in 1993. He taught parttime until 1998. Healy specialized in U.S. diplomatic and foreign policy history and authored five books about historical aspects of U.S. foreign relations. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD in history at UW-Madison. Healy served as a merchant seaman to the Pacific War Theater in the closing months of World War II. He and his wife, Ann, who also taught in UWM’s History Department, moved to Colorado after Ann’s retirement. Healy is survived by his wife and two children. His obituary can be found at https://legcy.co/2ZSOydx.
The New Yorker quotes an anecdote of Thomas Malaby’s (Anthropology) about gambling and backgammon in an article discussing ancient board games. https://bit.ly/2HVOqUq Undergraduate student Christopher Pierce (Communication) was featured as Urban Milwaukee’s “Newaukeean of the Week” in late March. Pierce works for Manpower Group in Milwaukee. https://bit.ly/2YzQCGP
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts is in a position to safeguard the Court’s institutional integrity, Sara Benesh (Political Science) told the Christian Science Monitor. https://bit.ly/2VbKySE Jean Creighton (Planetarium) explained to CBS 58 News the significance of the first image of a black hole that was released by scientists in April. (https://bit.ly/2IsIceN) She also went on WUWM to talk about celestial motion and how stars move through space. https://bit.ly/2OxczSo Efforts to preserve native languages of Wisconsin’s indigenous tribes include Meg Noodin’s (English) poetry written in Ojibwe, according to a Milwaukee Magazine article. https://bit.ly/2WzFKHb Taxpayers should provide greater funding for public universities and student loans should be amortized over a graduate’s earning years to help students be able to better afford college, William Holahan (emeritus Economics) argued in the Tampa Bay Times. (https://bit.ly/2UgiIs8) He also explored the nuances of a mixed socialist/capitalist economy in an opinion piece for The Cap Times. (https://bit.ly/2G5CIDV) The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has made upgrades to its laser power to improve its sensitivity as it once again searches for gravitational waves from space, Jolien Creighton (Physics) told Discover Magazine. https://bit.ly/2Vjebl4
Art History Exhibition: land*scape. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Emile H. Mathis Gallery. This exhibition explores landscapes and is curated by the graduate students in Museum Studies II. https://bit.ly/2Y0LEBV
Center for Celtic Studies End of Year Celebration. 7 p.m. Hefter Center. Live music provided by Áthas. www4.uwm.edu/celtic/
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Jeffrey Sommers (African and African Diaspora Studies and Global Studies) delivered the keynote address, titled “Futures: Global and Latvian,” at the 12th Annual Scientific Baltic Business Management Conference at the Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration in Riga, Latvia, in February. He also was an invited Soros Open Society Foundations roundtable participant on “Meaning and significance of education reinterpreted in new societal contexts” at the Comparative International Education Society annual meeting in San Francisco in April.