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UWMREPORT FACULTY/STAFF NEWSLETTER Volume 31, Number 4, May 2010

Startup licenses UWM nanotechnology

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By Laura L. Hunt

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“Thank you” from e-learning student in Iraq hits close to home

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“Hay Fever” brings glamour to Mainstage Theatre

Alan Magayne-Roshak

NEH grant will preserve rare nitrate negative images

Junhong Chen (right), associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Ganhua Lu, postdoctoral research associate, display a tiny gas sensor made using the lab’s unique nanoparticle deposition technique. The sensing areas are the two lighter squares on the aspirin-sized wafer.

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They came, they constructed, they collapsed Britz named interim provost National award for Helen Bader School of Social Welfare UWM-UW–La Crosse partnership developing antibiotics from plants “Urban Golf Clubs” wins business plan competition Two exhibitions open at INOVA/ Kenilworth May 7

engineer at UWM has completed a licensing agreement with the UWM Research Foundation for intellectual property that the company will use to develop nanoscale products and devices. NanoAffix Science LLC, founded by Junhong Chen, associate professor of mechanical engineering, aims to commercialize technologies Chen has developed. Those include novel techniques for creating custom nanoparticles and also depositing them onto carbon nanotubes. “We have found new ways of combining nanocomponents to produce valuable technologies which are superior to existing approaches,” said Chen. His methods of combining structures are not only low-cost, but also yield very highperformance materials that have potential uses in medical diagnostics, green energy technology and sensors. NanoAffix Director Ed Corrigan says the company objective is to bring practical nanosensor products to market and pursue other innovative manufacturing technology applications. The company currently is pursuing federal SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants to focus on commercial development of gas sensors.

This is the sixth licensing or option agreement completed by the UWM Research Foundation. “The caliber of UWM technology resulting from one of our excellent research programs is evident in the formation of this new company,” says Colin Scanes, UWM vice chancellor for research and economic development. “‘Growing our own’ is another way of bringing companies and universities together supporting economic vitality in metropolitan Milwaukee.” “We’ve been fortunate to work with Dr. Chen for several years to protect intellectual property and foster this research, in part through our Catalyst Grant Program,” says Brian Thompson, president of the UWM Research Foundation. “This technology needs an organization committed to helping it realize its potential, and we believe NanoAffix is the company that can do that.” The UWM Research Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that supports research and innovation at UWM through a variety of programs including patenting and licensing.

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FROM THE CHANCELLOR

Aligning university and regional objectives I ncreasingly, it is clear that area institutions

and UWM are concerned about many of the same issues as we seek new ways to support and improve the region. This was obvious again recently when the Public Policy Forum unveiled its Metro Milwaukee Innovation Index 2010. The index was created, according to its introduction, because “While the Milwaukee region’s economic base is rooted in its manufacturing history, many believe that the region’s future prosperity will be tied to its ability to successfully transition its economy into one that is based on knowledge and innovation.” The Public Policy Forum has considered such regional issues for nearly a century from a nonpartisan perspective. As the organization prepared to release its new Innovation Index, its president, Rob Henken, asked me to review the findings in the index and comment on the role of higher education in general and UWM in particular in promoting an innovation-based economy. From the perspective of higher education, I thought the index was very well-targeted because it reinforced several perspectives held at UWM. Of the many areas that the index addressed, I thought five had particularly strong interactions with higher education: • University Research and Development (the regional trend for research expenditures is

upward, but so much more is needed to get us on par with other major cities in our region and nationwide); • Industry Patents (the regional trend is downward, and UWM is hoping that its Research Foundation can help redirect the trend); • Business Dynamism and Entrepreneurship (the Lubar School of Business is an excellent potential resource to improve these indexes because its annual number of bachelor’s degree recipients has increased 61 percent and master’s degree recipients has increased 34 percent since the 1999-2000 academic year); • Regional Talent and Skills (the regional trend for residents with at least a bachelor’s degree has been upward, and UWM is supporting that growth through an annual increase in bachelor’s degrees granted of 44 percent since the 1999-2000 academic year); and • Capital Formation (UWM seeks to create the environment for more capital growth through its $240 million UW–Milwaukee Initiative and by strengthening both our research profile and external collaborations). The Public Policy Forum’s Innovation Index will be revisited in the coming years, and I believe that will be another reason for UWM and other institutions of higher education to remain focused on these indicators of current and future progress. If you would like to review the full Innovation Index, you can find it online at: publicpolicyforum. org/. Click on “Pursuing Innovation: Benchmarking Milwaukee’s Transition to a Knowledge-based Economy.”

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Carlos E. Santiago, Chancellor

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BLACK CEREMONY: 9 A.M. This ceremony includes bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. candidates from the following schools and colleges: School of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Letters and Science, School of

Information Studies and the Peck School of the Arts. Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago, UW System Board of Regents member Michael J. Spector and a UWM Alumni Association representative will welcome the participants. GOLD CEREMONY: 1:30 P.M. This ceremony includes bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. candidates from the following schools and colleges: Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, School of Education, College of Engineering & Applied Science, College of Health Sciences, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and College of Nursing. Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago and a UW System Regent, as well as a UWM Alumni Association representative, will welcome graduates. Winners of the 2010 UWM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus awards will be recognized at the Gold Ceremony. They are Geoffrey Hurtado, Marlene M. Lugg, Patrick E. McBride and Janice J. Serr. Congratulations to all of our new graduates!

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Spring Commencement May 16 UWM’s 2010 Spring Commencement will be held Sunday, May 16, at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. Due to the number of graduates, there are two commencement ceremonies, with graduate participation determined by the school or college attended. Richard A. Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter Inc. and a board member of the Milwaukee 7 Water Council, will give the commencement address at both ceremonies. Bruce T. Block, attorney with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., and founding chair of the UWM Real Estate Foundation, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Architecture degree at the morning (Black) ceremony. An estimated 2,478 bachelor’s, 761 master’s and 106 Ph.D. degree candidates have been invited to participate in the ceremony. For more information visit: uwm.edu/commencement.

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National award to Helen Bader School of Social Welfare By Beth Stafford

BRITZ NAMED INTERIM PROVOST

Peter Jakubowski

Johannes Britz, dean and professor in the UWM School of Information Studies, has been named interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs by Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago. Britz will start his new position on May 1. He has been working alongside outgoing Provost Rita Cheng, who accepted the chancellorship at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her last day at UWM is April 30. “All candidates for the interim provost position were extremely strong,” said Santiago. “Johannes has exceptional academic and administrative experiences that will serve our university well.” After serving as a visiting professor at UWM from 2001 to 2003, Britz joined the UWM faculty in 2004 and was named dean of the School of Information Studies in 2005. He also served as the interim dean of the College of Health Sciences in 2008 and 2009. Britz holds two doctoral degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Turn to page 5 for Britz’s inaugural column in UWM Report.

U WM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

(HBSSW) has received the prestigious 2010 Academic Excellence Award from the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). The award was presented at the organization’s conference in Washington, D.C., in March. HBSSW Dean Stan Stojkovic accepted the award. Reggie Bicha, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), who nominated the school for the award, also attended the presentation. Prior to the awards presentation, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, delivered the conference’s keynote address. In his nomination, Bicha cited HBSSW for aiding the department and the state-operated Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) in recruiting highly qualified caseworkers; improving professional practice and reducing staff turnover; training and supporting foster and adoptive parents in Milwaukee County; and evaluating performance and improving quality. “Social workers work behind the scenes to help families meet and overcome incredible challenges. By helping BMCW staff better understand and engage families, we are helping those families succeed and thrive,” stated Bicha. “The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is an important partner with DCF in protecting children, strengthening families and building communities in Milwaukee.” Julie Brown is director of the UWM Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development (MCWPPD), one of the initiatives described in the award nomination. Gwat-Yong Lie, associate professor of social work, is principal investigator for the project. A separate initiative, the Child Welfare Training Program (CWTP), seeks to improve the educational credentials of staff in the BMCW and its lead partner agencies. The program is under the direction of Professor Steve McMurtry and Associate Professor Susan Rose.

“With this award, the APHSA Board recognizes all the partners who have worked together with UWM for children and families,” said Brown. “The results that our school is being recognized for would not be possible without our partners, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. These relationships have made this success possible.” These cooperative relationships also have benefited HBSSW faculty and their research. That connection has opened the door to a number of research projects that faculty have pursued on various aspects of child welfare in Milwaukee. “This award shows how a public urban university can make a difference in a community,” says Stojkovic. He provided more detail on some of the school’s programs that have become “nationally acclaimed efforts, as evidenced by the APSHA Award.” • The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families contracts with the school to provide high-quality, competency-based in-service training to child welfare staff employed by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. This training supports workers as they strive to be family-centered, childfocused and culturally responsive. • CWTP helps public child welfare staff in Milwaukee County earn their MSW degrees. Professional-level employees in the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare and its lead partner agencies can study full- or part-time, completing their degrees in as little as 15 months. Tuition, fees, stipends and book allowances are available. More than 150 people have graduated from this program since its inception in 1993. • The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare provides training to foster parents licensed in Milwaukee County. A major redesign of the foster parent training program, based on broad stakeholder cooperation, was launched in fall 2009.

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From left: Julie Brown and Gwat-Yong Lie, UWM Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development (MCWPPD), gathered with Susan Rose and Steve McMurtry, Child Welfare Training Program.

Johannes Britz speaking at the December 2009 Commencement ceremony

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UWM/UW–La Crosse partnership developing new antibiotics from plants LANG APPOINTED TO STATE E-HEALTH BOARD By Kathy Quirk Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has appointed Norma Lang, Regents Distinguished Professor of Nursing at UWM, to the state’s newly established Wisconsin Relay of Electronic Data (WIRED) for Health Board. The WIRED for Health Board will develop plans for a statewide exchange that will make it easier to transfer needed medical information from one hospital or clinic to another, benefiting patient safety while reducing duplication in medical tests and decreasing administrative costs, according to a release from the governor’s office. The initiative was announced in December 2009. Lang, who also is the Aurora Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality and Informatics, leads a project that has brought together researchers, computer engineers, staff nurses and information technology experts to apply health informatics to the work that nurses do. The ACW project, named for three partners involved – Aurora Healthcare, the Cerner Corporation and UWM’s College of Nursing – aims to synthesize nursing knowledge and design and build it into an electronic decision-support, user-friendly system right at the point of care. The system also includes important data that is used to improve nursing care. Lang is one of 15 board members and the one of only two representatives from higher education and research. “As dean of the College of Nursing, I am delighted to have such a strong voice for interdisciplinary healthcare practice at the table,” said Sally Lundeen of Lang’s appointment to the board.

Norma Lang

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Peter Jakubowski

By Laura L. Hunt

M. Shahjahan Kabir (left), a doctoral student in the Cook lab, synthesized many of the compounds identified by the UW–La Crosse researchers and is named on two of the patent applications. He works on a project with Ranjit Verma, a research assistant in the Cook lab who will be taking over the project’s syntheses.

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four-year partnership between a UWM chemistry lab and researchers at UW–La Crosse has yielded several potential new antibiotics to fight bacteria that cause staph infections, anthrax, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. The lab of James Cook, UWM Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, provides the key medicinal chemistry necessary for designing new drugs from a brand-new class of anti-infective agents discovered by UW–La Crosse researchers Aaron Monte, professor of chemistry, and William Schwan and Marc Rott, professors of microbiology. These agents are derived from a shrub that has been used as an herbal remedy by the Ojibwe. “Because this is a new structural class of compounds, we can continue to manipulate parts of the core structure, with the goal of creating additional drugs that may be more potent and effective,” says Monte. One of the drug candidates synthesized by Cook’s lab is effective against at least 20 “grampositive” bacteria – those with thick cell walls that are resistant to existing broad-spectrum antibiotics. Two other compounds from this class are effective against tuberculosis. In fact, both surpass the potency of the existing drug, Rifampin, in treating the disease, says Cook’s doctoral student M. Shahjahan Kabir, who with Ranjit Verma has synthesized the key compound for development. The group has two joint patents pending on the work. Now the team is looking for funding to take the lead drug candidate, called SK-03-92, into preclinical trials.

Because bacteria tend to become resistant to often-prescribed antibiotics eventually, the need for new ones is constant, though fewer are being developed. “Unfortunately, due mainly to a lack of profit motive, big pharmaceutical corporations have shied away from doing this sort of research for decades, and we are now in a state of crisis,” says Monte. More collaborations like this one can help, says Cook. In fact, the partnership has become the model for UW System-sponsored intercampus research through the Wisconsin Applied Research Program (WARP). The WARP, which was a funding source for the Monte-Cook collaboration, is designed to encourage faculty to apply their scholarship to support economic development in Wisconsin by offering one-year support of up to $50,000. “Because of this collaboration, we have been able to develop and tie in brand-new chemistry with drug design, which is a real goal here,” says Cook. Cook and the UW–La Crosse researchers both conduct drug discovery research from natural products. Cook, who already holds 16 patents, has four pending through the UWM Research Foundation. His intellectual property, which involves compounds to treat diseases from schizophrenia to alcoholism, has been licensed by three startup companies in Milwaukee. In 2005, Monte and Rott formed a startup company, Mycophyte Discovery LCC, with Schwan and Thomas Volk, UW–La Crosse professor of biology. The company aims to develop drugs, particularly new antibiotics, from plants and mushrooms.


FROM THE PROVOST By Johannes Britz, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

New directions L ife takes us in new directions, and flexibility

helps in managing these changes. Personally, I am moving in a new direction in assuming the role of Interim Provost. I am spending the month of April learning more about operations in Academic Affairs, making the most of Provost Rita Cheng’s remaining time on campus before she leaves for Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Johannes Britz As the university moves through a transition in academic leadership, I see my role as facilitating further progress on Chancellor Santiago’s vision of strengthening UWM’s funded and nonfunded research base, and increasing access to higher education and greater student success. Within that broad framework, over the next academic year there will be a number of critically important tasks whose successful launch and/or implementation will have a long-lasting impact on the university and the communities we serve. The campus Master Plan, the Graduate School reorganization, the Inclusive Excellence initiative, our two new schools of Freshwater Sciences and Public Health are all ‘big lift’ priorities that will call on the time and expertise of dedicated faculty, staff, and campus and school/college governance groups. I am looking forward to working with colleagues on these priorities, recognizing that our deliberative processes are an asset in managing change. Throughout my career I have found that good decision-making occurs when all affected parties are part of the conversation. Additionally, I have a particular interest in four initiatives: • First, there is the work of the Task Force on Internationalization, which should yield a set of specific deliverables this year that can increase UWM’s international scope, better prepare our graduates for the global society and increase the extent of our international research enterprise. • Second, UWM can do much to advance interdisciplinary activities, both in terms of curricular design and in the realm of scholarly work. The significant question here is how we can support, from an administrative perspective, a change toward greater integration of disciplines, a change that can enrich the conduct of research and the student experience. The intersection of interdisciplinarity and internationalization is a highly fruitful area to explore and to ensure that our policies and campus procedures support rather than hinder progress in these areas. • A third interest is the work of the Task Force on Open Access & Scholarly Communications. The task force will link UWM to the worldwide move-

ment to improve the way scholarly research is shared, to lower price barriers and to open access to research. • Fourth, I look to continued progress in the development of high-quality online and hybrid programs, and increasing enrollment in online and hybrid courses. Academic Affairs is launching an online seed-funding program that will enable more units to reach new audiences for their degrees and certificates. From my experience in the School of Information Studies, I believe that we have only begun to tap this potential. Concurrent with these university initiatives are the many external factors that affect us. The state’s budgetary issues are a determining factor in our ability to meet our mission. While the state’s economic outlook is improving, it is too early to gauge the eventual outcome of UWM’s two state budget requests, one related to funding for increased baccalaureate degree generation, and the other focused on increasing UWM’s capacity for regional economic development through cluster hiring of faculty in niche areas aligned with the state’s economic strengths, development of the schools of Public Health and Freshwater Sciences, expansion of the Office of Undergraduate Research and increased support for graduate students. We are also affected by large-scale change such as demographic trends. Projections indicate that the pool of traditional 18-year-old incoming freshmen will decline in Wisconsin over the next decade. This change is prompting UWM to reach out to adult and returning students, who need flexible programs that fit well with their busy lives. UWM’s online programs are critical to serving this population. With respect to the freshman class, the projected demographic shift heightens the urgency of our Access to Success initiatives. From recruitment to the successful retention from freshman to sophomore year to graduation, the university must build on proven Access to Success interventions and develop additional ways of supporting student achievement. Whether internally or externally initiated, it is always a challenge to manage change to yield positive results for the institution. As we work our way through these changes in the coming months (one hopes with success!), I am honored to serve UWM in this new role.

LACTATION ROOMS A WELCOMING PLACE FOR MOMS, BABIES On March 10, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed a new law that protects a mother’s right to breastfeed her child in any public or private location, where she and her child are otherwise authorized to be, without interference. Last summer, UWM established three lactation rooms for faculty, staff and students who wish to pump breast milk or nurse their child in a comfortable, private, clean location. The lactation rooms are Cunningham Hall 703A, the UWM Student Union WG26 and Engelmann Hall 168. The rooms have comfortable chairs, electric outlets and access to running water for cleaning hands and equipment. For more information, go to: uwm.edu/hr/ lactation/.

This symbol identifies lactation rooms.

NEEDED: PACKING PEANUTS Ever wonder what to do with all the plastic packing peanuts you receive when you order items online? Recycle them by giving them to the Department of Enrollment Services! The DES mailroom need lots of clean packing peanuts for the annual publication mailing to thousands of high schools in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. Put your plastic peanuts in a plastic bag and deliver to Mary R. Frank in Mellencamp Hall, room B13, or call 414-229-3744 to arrange an on-campus pickup.

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Research alliance formed on transportation tech By Laura L. Hunt

T he state’s four largest universities have joined

Save the date!

UWM DAY AT THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Peter Jakubowski

Sunday, Sept. 12 Miller Park Tailgate with a catered lunch under a tent with fellow UWM faculty, staff, students and alumni, then watch the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. It doesn’t get much better than that, other than maybe having the Brewers win the game! Join the UWM Alumni Association for the annual UWM Day at the Brewers. Ticket information will be available soon at: alumni.uwm.edu.

forces with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and local industry to form an organization that aims to bring industry and university researchers together to collaborate on transportation issues. Great Lakes Transportation Enterprise Institute (GLTEI), which includes UW–Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and UW–Madison, will identify opportunities for all sectors to help develop innovative new products in areas such as highway safety, green technologies and work force sustainability. Led by Traffic & Parking Control Co. (TAPCO) Inc., based in Brown Deer, and TrafficCast International, based in Madison, representatives from more than 20 companies in Central and Southeastern Wisconsin met March 4 at TAPCO to share ideas and recruit membership. WisDOT Deputy Secretary Ruben Anthony Jr. told the group that fatalities on state highways are at their lowest level in years, but better technologies for management of information will be critical to continued progress in tight budgetary times. One idea that emerged from the meeting involves establishing a technology “test bed” along the Milwaukee-Madison corridor to evaluate ways to better coordinate traffic signals, provide alternate route guidance and monitor conditions. Another is to develop speed-control technologies that adjust the readings on digital speed limit signs depending on the environment. Nick Kiernan of TrafficCast said a group such as GLTEI would have been beneficial to the company when it was developing its new wireless product, BlueTOAD, which determines travel times by detecting anonymous Bluetooth signals emanating from passing vehicles. GLTEI offers access to an array of expertise at academic centers such as UWM’s Center for Urban Transportation Studies, Marquette’s Transportation Research Center, MCW’s Injury Research Center and UW–Madison’s Traffic Operations and Safety Lab. “Innovations in transportation can strengthen Wisconsin’s economy and create jobs,” said Rick

From left: TAPCO CEO Rick Bergholz; Ruben Anthony Jr., WisDOT deputy secretary; Michael Lovell, dean of the UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science; Nick Kiernan, TrafficCast vice president of marketing; and John Corbin, WisDOT traffic engineer, talk in the TAPCO showroom.

Bergholz, president of the board of GLTEI and CEO of TAPCO. “We’ve already tapped into the community here to help develop advanced signage and signaling. When you look at the companies and resources in Wisconsin, it’s all about connecting the dots.” In addition to GLTEI, College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Michael Lovell announced a research alliance called the Milwaukee University Transportation Research & Development Consortium that includes area universities to support initiatives to improve safety, reliability and job creation in the transportation sector. For more, go to: GreatLakesTransportation.org.

’Thank-you’ hits close to home By Beth Stafford

Peter Jakubowski

Sue Stalewski, clinical associate professor in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and director of e-learning in UWM’s College of Health Sciences, recently received a surprise in the mail. Sgt. Steven Rembalski, one of her e-learning students, is deployed in Iraq. He sent her a U.S. flag that was flown in her honor on Rembalski’s base in Basra. Accompanying the flag was a certificate describing how the flag was flown over the headquarters of the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division and signed by Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash. Helping this student was especially rewarding for Stalewski, since her own son was deployed in Iraq at the same time. Rembalski described the flag as a thank-you for both Stalewski’s help with “Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine” and “all the sacrifices you and your family have made while your son was deployed in Iraq.” Sue Stalewski proudly displays the flag and accompanying certificate she received from an e-learning student of hers stationed in Iraq.

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RESEARCH NOTES By Colin G. Scanes, Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development/Dean of the Graduate School

The importance of being earnest? have been thinking a lot about process versus impact. At UWM we have programs that impact peoples’ lives and the region, and advance our disciplines. We also spend much time on process, or “being earnest.” Much of this is needed (shared governance being in this category), but is it all? With the time spent on process, are we missing opportunities? I have just returned from the Green Energy Summit. This was a three-day gathering in Milwaukee focusing on renewable energy, energy conservation, climate change, energy production and careers in renewable energy. On a very positive note, the Green Summit – organized by a partnership of Wisconsin organizations, including UWM, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the UW System and corporate/nonprofit entities – had many outstanding speakers and was well attended. There were earnest presentations, with people setting their thermostats at 50 degrees and talking about the impact of rising sea levels on small island nations and on the loss of the polar ice cap. The Green Summit was a success and people felt good – in some cases, noble – but did the summit have any impact? Certainly, many students from Southeastern Wisconsin had a great learning opportunity. I know of two significant opportunities that may have a long-term impact, and I am sure there are more. One is the possibility of Milwaukee joining cities from the East and West coasts and from China in moving toward a carbon-neutral city. The second is a group from the Mayor’s Office (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy), with industry partners and UWM, promoting solar-energy water-heating manufacturing and installation. During the summit, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that African-American fourth-graders in Wisconsin scored lower on standardized reading tests than their contemporaries in every other state. There are many reasons behind the low achievement, but a frequent response was the finger-pointing blame game. This may be natural, good politics – and even earnest. However, does it address the issue? What’s the ultimate impact on the children?

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GET IN THE MOOD FOR SPIRIT DAY, MAY 5

Common Council President Willie Hines Jr. wrote, “The time for excuses is over.” We have much to take pride in. I will share some of the numerous impacts of our programs: • Research in the School of Freshwater Sciences that is looking at the impact of Colin G. Scanes microbial and chemical contamination of Lake Michigan. This is attracting federal and other funding, and contributing to the education of undergraduate students and the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. • The involvement of prominent UWM faculty in the U.S. Census. • The progress in moving forward new graduate programs in Africology, public health and freshwater sciences. • The new Industry & University Cooperative Research Center with National Science Foundation funding on freshwater technology research. This is an alliance between UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science and the School of Freshwater Sciences, together with Marquette University and regional companies. • The publication of about 200 books by UWM faculty, an achievement celebrated at an event hosted by the UWM Libraries in partnership with the Graduate School. • New antibiotics developed by a team of researchers in UWM’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and faculty at UW–La Crosse. • The outstanding cohort of our graduates, with a record number of doctorates awarded in 2009-10. Today is a suggestion to spend more time taking pride in what we do and in looking at how our programs can make an impact and move to the next level. I wonder if we should be less concerned about being earnest.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 5. It’s the annual UW System Spirit Day in Madison, and it’s a great opportunity for you to be an active participant in the legislative process. Spirit Day participants will visit with elected officials at the Capitol to discuss issues important to UWM, such as state funding. Some of the best research work from UWM students and their colleagues in the UW System will be featured as part of “Posters in the Rotunda.” There is no fee for the day’s events, including lunch. Free transportation via motor coach is available from the Alumni House to the Capitol and back, with an additional stop in Brookfield. Questions and registration can be addressed by John Bartel, jwbartel@uwm. edu or 414-906-4665. Spirit Day is not considered official university business. If you plan to attend, please communicate your absence to your colleagues and account for your time at Spirit Day appropriately.

The Capitol Rotunda in Madison

String Academy celebrates 20th anniversary The String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) marks its 20th anniversary this year. A celebration concert is planned for Monday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the Zelazo Center Concert Hall, with performances by SAW students and alumni. SAW founder Mimi Zweig and original board members Julilly Kohler and Don Wallace also will be honored. Tickets are available through the Peck School of the Arts box office, 414-229-4308. SAW is a nonprofit, precollege music school that has had a partnership with UWM since its founding. The academy provides training that takes budding musicians from K4 through high school. Scott Emmons, associate dean of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts and professor of music, describes how precollege programs such as SAW hone the

skills that prepare young students for post-highschool study. “While we understand that many of these prospective UWM students will not pursue a music major, we do know that early musical training helps kids become self-directed, disciplined and eager to explore new avenues of learning.” SAW also is deeply connected to the Peck School’s Master’s in String Pedagogy program. SAW Executive Director Darcy Drexler also teaches in this program, which trains UWM graduate students to instruct others on their own major instrument. SAW is used as a lab setting, with grad students observing SAW individual and group lessons and then teaching SAW students themselves.

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Samore lecture tackles library services for ‘digital natives’ By Kathy Quirk

GET SOCIAL WITH UWM We all know that the UWM Website has all the information you need, but did you know you can also get quick notes from UWM on Twitter and Facebook? Perhaps you’ve already noticed the Facebook and Twitter icons on the UWM News Website. University Communications & Media Relations (UCMR) maintains a Facebook page at facebook.com/UWMilwaukee. Become a fan to have university news and events appear on your Facebook page. You’ll also find links to quite a few Facebook pages run by other UWM units. (If you have a university page that isn’t linked, contact gwc@uwm.edu.) UCMR is also using Twitter to share news about the university, as well as highlight some of UWM’s research initiatives. Follow: @uwmnews – for comprehensive postings about UWM news and events. @scitechUWM – for news on UWM science and engineering. @publichealthUWM – for news on UWM’s public health initiative. @waterscienceUWM – for news about UWM’s freshwater sciences.

Is your unit tweeting? We encourage units that are using Twitter to include the #uwm hashtag in their tweets to make them easier to find and retweet. Also, remember that anyone who retweets your posts will be restricted to 140 characters; if your tweets are close to 140 characters, they’ll be too long once your account name is added.

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M ary K. Chelton, professor of library and infor-

mation studies at Queens College in New York, will talk about her work with library services for young adults on Friday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Zelazo Center, room 250. Her talk, “More than Information: the Public Library as a Center for Reader Development,” is part of the UWM School of Information Studies’ Ted Samore lecture series. Chelton has written a number of books and articles about the “young adult movement” in libraries. In 2006, she was part of a joint task force of the Reference and User Services Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association that developed guidelines for providing library services to teens. After working as a young-adult librarian for many years, Chelton turned to research and writing. She is the author of numerous books and articles about providing library and information services to teens and other underserved groups. Some libraries and librarians are automatically suspicious of teens because of the way they dress or act, Chelton writes, or because they may need more extensive help in using reference materials. And yet, she adds, teenagers are among the most frequent regular users of libraries, especially for school assignments. In the guidelines for library services to teens, Chelton and the other task force members write that librarians need to understand that today’s teenagers have grown up with online information and electronic communication as part of their everyday lives.

Mary K. Chelton

When teens are seeking information, librarians need to understand how these “digital natives” perceive the world, advising and guiding them on effective use of information resources. Librarians also need to provide the same courteous and professional service to teens as they do to other groups, the task force

guidelines stress. Libraries can help teens become readers and researchers by making sure their spaces are welcoming to groups of teens, and their collections are relevant to their needs and interests. Young people may come to the library looking for anything from college planning materials to homework help to information on popular culture or simply for the newest book in the Twilight series. The Samore lecture series honors Professor Theodore (Ted) Samore, who taught at UWM for more than 20 years and was a noted researcher in library science. The event is open to the public. Cost is $10, which includes one drink ticket. For more information, go to: www4.uwm.edu/ sois/samore/index.htm.

Information privacy and rights topic of Public Library Day By Kathy Quirk

UWM’s School of Information Studies will hold a Public Library Day on Thursday, May 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library. Jorge R. Schement, dean of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, will be the featured speaker. Schement, who also is a professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and in the Department of Latino-Hispanic Caribbean Studies, is the author of more than 200 books and articles on the social and policy consequences of information rights, production and consumption. His research contributed to a Supreme Court decision in Metro Broadcasting Inc. v. FCC et al. He also conducted the original research that led to recognition of the “digital divide” between information-rich and information-poor societies. In 2008, he advised the FCC transition team for the Obama administration. He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information. Schement conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and wrote the telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He has served on numerous national and regional advisory boards, and was included in a list of “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in 2007.

Also speaking is UWM School of Information Studies’ lecturer Adam Hudson. He will be presenting ways of using Google to investigate local demographics for libraries. Hudson is a specialist in front-end Web development and a former Webmaster Jorge R. Schement for the School of Health Sciences, now the School of Medicine, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. This free event, entitled “Negotiating Change: Public Library and Cultures,” is open to the public. The day will finish with a tour of the new Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons in the Golda Meir Library. Advance registration is requested. Participants can register at www4.uwm.edu/sois/epayment/courses/index.cfm?a1=browse&notify=TRUE#pdi125.


NEH grant will preserve rare AGSL images By Laura L. Hunt

TEST RUN Nitrate negatives replaced glass-plate negatives at the turn of the 20th century, but disappeared around 1950, when the less volatile “safety” negatives became available. The AGSL contains images on all kinds of negatives in all sizes, says Susan Peschel, photographic collections librarian at AGSL. To better anticipate the complexity of the project, library officials used a private donation to conduct a pilot, digitizing 4,000 images from one collection taken in Tibet, Hong Kong and China in the 1920s and ’30s. After scanning, and removing duplicates and damaged images, 82 percent of those were actually put online. One recurring problem the librarians encountered during the pilot study was a lack of information about the images, especially when only the negatives existed. They painstakingly looked at each photo and negative for cryptic annotations, or conducted historical research to correctly caption the images. But one photograph in the pilot study puzzled the staff: taken by photojournalist Harrison Forman in Tibet, it appeared to be an image of two decorated sacks hanging on a post. After posting the image online with minimal information, the librarians heard from a German scholar who saw it and recognized what was pictured. “She told us the photos showed not sacks, but the scapulae of domestic animals, inscribed with Buddhist mantras,” says Krystyna Matusiak, digital collections librarian at the UWM Libraries. “She also said she was surprised at finding this rare image – she had found only one publication in all of Europe that mentioned the practice.” WAR AND FAMINE Of the 57,000 images that will be digitized in this project, 13,000 are from the Forman collection. A Wisconsin native and AGS fellow, Forman (19041978) was a foreign correspondent in the Far East for The New York Times, London Times and the National Broadcasting Company. His collection, acquired by the AGSL in 1987, includes 98,000 images of Asia and other parts of the world taken between the 1920s and 1970s, including pictures he took during three expeditions to northern Tibet in the 1930s. Peschel calls Forman’s photos of the Chinese famine of 1937 “haunting” and “hard to look at.” Forman also was in Warsaw, Poland, in September 1939 when Hitler’s army marched in. When the AGSL posted these images as a collec-

Susan Peschel (foreground), photographic collections librarian at AGSL, holds up one of thousands of images on nitrate negatives that the library will digitize with the NEH grant, while Krystyna Matusiak, digital collections librarian at the UWM Libraries, looks at some of the images put online during a pilot project.

PANEL TO PROBE ‘WEB 2.0 ERA’ LIBRARY CHALLENGES By Kathy Quirk

Courtesy AGSL

Nearly half a million photographic images from the mid-19th century to the present are stored in the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) at UWM, including thousands that were shot on nitrate negatives, the first flexible film. “These negatives, some more than a century old, are volatile, and many are in a state of deterioration,” says AGSL Curator Christopher Baruth. AGSL, housed at the UWM Libraries and famous for its collection of rare and unusual maps, now faces the urgent challenge of rescuing these images, which record events such as the 1937 famine in China and Buddhist religious ceremonies in 1920s Tibet. With backing from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the AGSL will soon begin a massive expansion of its online photo archive, digitizing about 57,000 images it holds on nitrate negatives. The two-year, $315,000 project will more than double the number of photos currently online from throughout the UWM Libraries, including its archives, says Baruth, who is directing.

Alan Magayne-Roshak

I t’s an archiving nightmare for librarians:

The subject of this image taken in Tibet by Harrison Forman was a mystery until the librarians posted it online as part of their pilot project. A German scholar contacted them and identified it as shoulder blade bones of domestic animals, inscribed with Buddhist mantras.

tion on the 60th anniversary of the invasion, Polish media published the Web address and UWM’s servers briefly crashed due to the tremendous number of hits. In addition to the Forman images, another noteworthy collection to be digitized as part of the NEH grant includes more than 700 negatives created by Isaiah Bowman, a Yale professor who later became head of the AGS and president of the Johns Hopkins University, as well as geographic adviser to three U.S. presidents – Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Bowman went on three archaeological expeditions to Peru between 1907 and 1913. “We are sometimes astounded by the images we have come across so far,” Peschel says. “We just know there are other gems in this collection waiting to be discovered.” Access the current AGS digital photo collection at: www4.uwm.edu/libraries/digilib/agsl/index.cfm.

UWM’s School of Information Studies and the UWM Libraries will present a panel on emerging privacy and ethical challenges for libraries in the “Web 2.0 era” on Tuesday, May 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Golda Meir Library Fourth Floor Conference Center. Featured panelists include: • Liza Barry-Kessler, privacy lawyer and co-author of Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries. • Kristin Eschenfelder, associate professor, School of Library and Information Studies, UW–Madison. • Peter Lor, visiting professor, UWM School of Information Studies; past secretary general, International Federation of Library Associations. • Michael Zimmer, assistant professor, UWM School of Information Studies. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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’Urban Golf Clubs’ wins business plan competition By Kristine Piwek

Rebecca Brokmeier

A lumnus Daniel O’Leary (’04 BBA Marketing

Daniel O’Leary (left) and Jim Boedecker strike a pose in downtown Chicago, where they both work at Intersport, sports and entertainment marketing.

and Finance) and partner James Boedecker were awarded the $7,500 grand prize in the New Venture Business Plan Competition at UWM’s Lubar School of Business. O’Leary and Boedecker presented their plan for Urban Golf Clubs LLC to a panel of independent judges, besting seven other plans that had advanced to the finals. “The whole process was truly a fun and challenging experience that taught us a great deal about entrepreneurship, running a business and our own commitment and drive,” said O’Leary. Urban Golf Clubs is envisioned as a golf, lifestyle and entertainment venue that would provide members and casual users with the opportunity to play prestigious and competitive golf courses around the world using state-of-the-art simulators – the same as those used on the PGA tour. The company would also offer golf instruction, performance evaluation and a complete dining experience with a sophisticated menu and full bar. O’Leary says that the idea sprang from their love for the game of golf and their business backgrounds. “Both Jim and I have a passion for golf from every angle – the game itself, the business, the players, the tradition, the lifestyle, etc.” He adds that although the concept of indoor golf/ simulation is nothing new, their concept is more mainstream and designed to appeal to different types of consumers. O’Leary has gained experience in the field of sports marketing since his graduation from UWM. He currently is manager of business development at Intersport, a Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing firm, where he works with Boedecker. While a student at UWM, O’Leary founded the

Lubar School’s Sports Business Association and was a scholar-athlete on the Panthers NCAA Division I track and field team. His partner, Boedecker, account director at Intersport, is a graduate of Marquette University, where he played on the NCAA Division I golf team. The New Venture competition is designed to foster entrepreneurial spirit among UWM students and alumni, promote practical business skills and encourage the creation of new, for-profit ventures. It is made possible by private support from La Macchia Enterprises, the parent company of Mark Travel and Trisept Solutions. “We had a great set of competitors this year, with a lot of promising business ideas,” said competition originator V. Kanti Prasad, Bostrom Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and professor of marketing at UWM. “I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from these young entrepreneurs.” Prasad served as a judge in the final competition along with Paul Stewart, a principal with PS Capital Partners, and Robert De Vita, senior vice president and COO of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group. Earning the second-place position was US Combat Sports, a proposed authority Website for individual state- and regional-level combat sports, led by Gabe Wahhab (’06 Computer Science) and Luke Summerfield (senior, Marketing). Third place was awarded to Hugh Morris and Christopher Meidl, both students in the Executive MBA program, for their business plan for Proximity LLC, which would connect businesses and customers through provision of consumer spending data, product promotion and electronic couponing using Internet, smartphone and GPS technologies.

Cardenas named Milwaukee’s poet laureate Brenda Cardenas, assistant professor of English, was inducted on April 20 as Milwaukee’s poet laureate. Local poet laureates serve a two-year term to promote poetry at library and community events. The laureateship is sponsored and organized by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Cardenas’s most recent book, Boomerang, was published last November. Her poetry is widely published in anthologies and literary magazines. She has also participated in interdisciplinary collaborative performance art projects in the United States and Great Britain. Cardenas, of Mexican-American and German heritage, grew up speaking English blended with some Spanish words. She spent enough time around Spanish-speaking relatives, neighbors and friends that she picked up what she calls “laywoman’s Spanish.” “Sometimes the Spanish is beneath the surface in my subconscious and finds its way into my work.” Her interest in poetry started with her Aunt Elia, a patient, creative childhood mentor who encouraged her niece to express herself, helping her make blank books that Cardenas could fill with stories and artwork. “She was a great storyteller and really inspired me.” In her pre-teen years, Cardenas hid to avoid her brothers’ teasing about her writing. “I would sit in the closet on my mother’s shoes with a flashlight, writing.” Her high school American literature class introduced her to Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman,

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Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes and Ralph Waldo Emerson. “I fell in love with literature there.” Later, a UWM teaching assistant in her poetry class further focused her interest. She earned her B.A. in English at UWM and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing–Poetry at the University of Michigan. Cardenas initially thought of going into journalism, but decided after the first reporting course that journalism wasn’t for her. “That wasn’t how I wanted to write. I had more interest in the magic of language.” As Milwaukee’s poet laureate, she will have many opportunities to share that “magic of language” with others through readings and programs at the library. She’s already thinking about curating a series of poetry readings and panel discussions. One would be on poets who earn their living outside of literature or academia – poet-cabinet makers, poet-truck drivers, poet-social workers, poet-chefs. She’d also like to do some sessions on bilingual poetry with poets from Wisconsin and Chicago, and explore connections between poetry and other art forms, she says. Many of her past works have involved such interdisciplinary collaboration, and she says she’s happy for the opportunities the poet laureateship will give her to continue to do readings and introduce others to poetry. On May 22 and 23, for example, she will read translations of various odes by Chilean writer Pablo Neruda before a concert by the Master Singers of Milwaukee. The Master Singers will perform a composition based on Neruda’s “Oda a

las Cosas,” set to music by Cary Ratcliff. Eric Townell will conduct the performances at Wisconsin Lutheran College (May 22) and UWM’s Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (May 23). People continue to respond to poetry, even in these busy times, says Cardenas, and maybe it’s because these are busy times. “It’s an economical genre. You can read it fairly quickly and then take your time teasing out the nuances. You can be thinking about it at different moments throughout the day.” Cardenas is the latest Milwaukee poet laureate with present or past UWM ties. Past appointees include John Koethe, professor emeritus of philosophy; Marilyn Taylor, assistant professor emeritus in the Department of English; alumnus Antler; and, most recently, Susan Firer, senior lecturer in the Department of English. “From what I’ve heard from the committee and seen myself, Susan did a wonderful job,” says Cardenas. “She has set the bar high for me.”

Courtesy Brenda Cardenas

By Kathy Quirk


How math inspired Alice By Laura L. Hunt

Alan Magayne-Roshak

2010 RESEARCH REPORT ONLINE

A research paper by UWM History Professor Helena Pycior in 1984 has been rediscovered by a British doctoral student who is also interested in the math allusions in Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories.

T wenty-five years after its publication, an article

by UWM mathematics historian Helena Pycior is finding new life in the publicity surrounding a British doctoral student’s work on a similar topic – and a new Hollywood blockbuster. In 1984, Professor Helena Pycior wrote a paper that was published in the journal Victorian Studies, linking Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories and the evolving field of Victorian algebra. Carroll, whose real name was Charles Dodgson, was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church, Oxford, when he wrote the Alice stories for the children of a friend. “The idea for my paper grew from my work on a group of Victorian mathematicians, many with ties to Cambridge University, who were taking algebra in a controversial direction,” she says. “The Alices embodied Dodgson’s misgivings about symbolical algebra, the major British contribution to mathematics of the first half of the 19th century.” Melanie Bayley, an Oxford dissertator, has written essays in The New York Times and New Scientist recently promoting her research on Alice in Wonderland and its author. Though each developed the same premise, Bayley and Pycior differed in some of their specific examples and their ultimate aims. In her paper, “At the Intersection of Mathematics and Humor: Lewis Carroll’s Alices and Symbolical Algebra,” Pycior’s intent was to show how math played an integral cultural role in the same way that art, literature or philosophy did. Bayley’s aim, she wrote in New Scientist, was to investigate when some of the main characters were added to the original text – and why. FROM ABSOLUTE TO ABSTRACT By 1984, Pycior had conducted substantial archival research on the history of algebra, stretching over a decade, at institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford, the British Museum, the University of London and Trinity College Dublin. She says Victorian mathematicians struggled with the acceptance of “symbolical algebra,” which deviated from traditional mathematics in its priority of logic over meaning. “Up to that point, algebra was seen as universal arithmetic,” she says. “Mathematicians like Dodgson saw algebra as letters that represented numbers or quantities.” In the “new” algebra, however, proponents saw

exciting possibilities when the letters were treated as undefined symbols and less important than the structure. Paramount instead was the fact that mathematicians could make their own rules as long as they were consistent throughout the system. It allowed for the use of some seemingly absurd ideas, such as negative numbers, quantities that “equaled less than nothing.” While proponents saw the new algebra as a framework to create, opponents branded it as meaningless. To Dodgson, structure didn’t guarantee meaning, says Pycior, who cited examples like Humpty Dumpty telling Alice that words (like algebraic symbols) can have multiple meanings and he gets to determine those meanings. Bayley used some different examples in her essays on the topic and extended the analysis to include Dodgson’s response to William Rowan Hamilton’s quaternions, an algebra in which switching the order of the basis elements in multiplication, affects the outcome. But it isn’t surprising that Bayley’s assertion of the underlying meaning of Dodgson’s Alices is the same as Pycior’s: He used the literature as an outlet for his conservative views on turning the “absolute truths” of math into “deep abstractions.”

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POKING FUN Dodgson wasn’t the only mathematician with doubts. Even Augustus De Morgan, a creator of symbolical algebra, recognized how irresistible it was to make light of features such as “making something out of nothing” and “symbols as both arbitrary and universal.” De Morgan published an anonymous review that spoofed one of his own mathematics books. And De Morgan’s father-in-law, William Frend, an opponent of symbolical algebra, was the likely author of a play poking fun at it. In fact, a widespread popular interest in math had surfaced in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. Amateurs formed societies and contributed to nontechnical magazines. For Pycior, the amount of humorous and popular writing devoted to the understanding and critiquing of algebra validates her theory that math was not a sterile endeavor in English society. Instead, it led to one of the most cherished collections of children’s stories in the world. May 2010 • UWMREPORT • 11


For UWM students, tutoring has its rewards By Kathy Quirk

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ADVisORY cOMMittEE AMERicAns witH DisAbilitiEs Act ADVisORY cOMMittEE UnIversITY of WIsconsIn–MILWAUkee www.ada.uwm.edu

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If you have any questions relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you may contact any of the following:

Office of Equity/ Diversity Services Mitchell Hall Room 359 414-229-5923

for faculty, Staff, StuDEntS www.diversity.uwm.edu Disabilities in Employment aDa coordinator Human Resources Engelmann Hall Room 125 414-229-4463

for faculty, Staff www4.uwm.edu/hr Student accessibility center Mitchell Hall Room 112 414-229-6287

for StuDEntS www.sac.uwm.edu

Mi-Esha Brown is one of a number of UWM tutors who work with students at Fratney School/La Escuela Fratney.

U WM students are partnering with local schools

to help give Milwaukee elementary school students more individual attention in reading, writing and mathematics. Through the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership (CVSL), UWM students interested in tutoring are matched up with schools, after-school programs and community learning centers throughout Milwaukee. Many students are volunteers, but others can choose to tutor as a work-study job, earning $7.75 an hour. The Federal Work-Study pays students for work with local students through the America Reads program. Last year, UWM workstudy tutors contributed more than 22,000 hours to local schools. “There is so much need in the community that we take as many students as we can find,” says Laurie Marks, director of the CVSL. “Many of our students face barriers to doing community service because they have to have a job to earn money for college. This program allows them to do both.” Generally, UWM will have 50 to 80 students tutoring through work-study in addition to students who volunteer on their own. An additional benefit, even for those who aren’t paid through the workstudy program, says Marks, is that students can earn volunteer hours that may help qualify for an AmeriCorps scholarship available to first-generation and low-income students. MANY PATHS TO TUTORING Students choose to tutor for a variety of reasons. Tiffany Otto, Alina Colon and Laura Schoff all tutor at Fratney Street School/La Escuela Fratney, a dual-language school focusing on both English and Spanish. Otto, an elementary education major, chose tutoring as her work-study job because, she says, it was good preparation for her future career. “I thought it would give me an opportunity to work with elementary school students…[and] give me an understanding that will benefit my future job choice.” Colon, a first-year student majoring in social work, says, “I chose this because I want to work with kids and am also minoring in Spanish, so Fratney seemed to be the perfect fit for me.” “This particular work-study job is one in which I can make a difference in someone’s life,” says Schoff. “To help a student who needs it, and to see them

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improve, is something that makes the job preferable to others.” Whether or not education is their major, many students say tutoring is a job option that they find themselves enjoying. “I love all the different personalities that you interact with,” says Indaca Brown, who tutors at the United Community Center (UCC). “As you get older, you forget how smart young children are.” READING, WRITING, ARITHMETIC – AND INSIGHTS The university tutors aren’t just teaching reading, writing and mathematics. They’re giving children insights into college life and future opportunities. “I love to hear the kids ask about my college,” says Otto. “They tell me that they are excited to go though middle school, high school, and then move on to college – which makes me happy to hear.” The student tutors sometimes face challenges with students, but work with classroom teachers on concerns. “They [the students] work by themselves, and try to figure it out several times before asking for help,” says Cassandra Brooke Mans, also a volunteer at UCC. “They are great kids, fun to work with and really smart. Sometimes they get a little rowdy, but I just remind them that they can leave in one hour and play when they’re done with their homework.” “It’s not always a change that happens over a week or two, but it is great to see the progress they make over a semester,” says Schoff. She’s been working with a first-grader whose primary language is Spanish. Although Fratney is a dual language school, the student had gone to an all-Englishspeaking kindergarten and didn’t learn her numbers. As a result, she was struggling with addition and subtraction. Schoff began working with her on number recognition in both Spanish and English. “After a few weeks, she could not only recognize most of the numbers in Spanish, but also in English. Now she makes only a few slips and is able to play games and do other work with numbers.” “The UWM students are a wonderful help,” says Sylvia Llanas Buckman, the literacy coach at Fratney. “They are an extra resource for teachers, and the many students really benefit from the extra attention.”


Two exhibitions open at INOVA/Kenilworth May 7

Cecelia Condit, “Her Mother’s Slip,” 2010: 3-channel color video installation

By Beth Stafford

I NOVA, the Institute of Visual Arts in UWM’s

Peck School of the Arts, presents “Cecelia Condit: 1981 to Present” and “Jennifer Bolande: Landmarks 1982-2010” May 7 through Aug. 8 at INOVA/Kenilworth. The exhibitions in the West Gallery open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 7. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. Thursday. CECELIA CONDIT The Condit exhibition is a retrospective covering every major film of Condit’s career and includes a new video installation never before seen in Milwaukee. This exhibition continues a tour that began with a show curated by Mary Lucier at the CUE Foundation in New York City in 2008, then shown at the North Dakota Museum of Art in early 2010. The INOVA publication accompanying the exhibition features a short essay by Lucier. Condit is professor of film and video and director of graduate studies in the Film Department at UWM. Her work focuses on the contrast between the everyday world and fairy tales, with topics ranging from female aging to the imaginary world of children to suburban cannibalism. Since the early 1980s, Condit’s narrative tapes have explored the not-so-average experiences of the “average woman” in a social climate of sublimated violence, fear and misogynist aggression. Her darkhumored tapes conflate fairy-tale morals with the grisly sensationalism of tabloid headlines, incorporating live action, appropriated television images and original music into frequently operatic narratives. According to the artist, “My work centers around the theme of how bizarre events disrupt mundane lives. By contrasting the commonplace with the macabre, humor with the absurd, I address a reality that is both surprisingly believable yet strange enough to belong only to the realm of fiction.” Condit continues, “I consider myself a storyteller whose work swings between beauty and the grotesque, humor and the macabre, innocence and cruelty. My videos explore the dark side of female subjectivity and address the fear, aggression and

displacement that exist between ourselves and society, ourselves and the natural world.” JENNIFER BOLANDE Bolande emerged in the early 1980s, working first in drawing, dance, performance and choreography. She developed her conceptual agendas within the context of her peers, both in the heady East Village days of Nature Morte Gallery, and with the firstgeneration Metro Pictures group. Influenced by Jack Goldstein, she began working with found pictures, re-photography, collage and installation. In an attempt to integrate aspects of dance and choreography (temporality, gesture, movement, props, theatrical space) with pictures, she began to physicalize the photograph in various ways, constructing images, photo-objects, assemblages, sculptures, film and installation. Over the years, Bolande has consistently negotiated among these realms, and has simultaneously worked in the gap between other reductive binary pairs like audience/ performer, public/private, masculine/feminine and memory/expectation. While conceptually based, Bolande’s work evinces a romanticists’ attraction to the unseen forces of everyday objects and images. She weaves the ephemeral and the concrete into a continual flux of projection, interpretation and commentary while building a language that is personal but by no means private. Her terrain is the cultural landscape of pictures and objects, the primary sets of cultural significance that exist to communicate and inform our shared knowledge and identities. The form of the retrospective exhibition itself provides an ideal format for Bolande’s work, as it too considers the simultaneity of past and present, obsolescence and newness, and recollection and representation. Over 50 works will be gathered for the exhibition and will include a new body of work that will be shown here for the first time. A catalogue, designed by the artist, will accompany the exhibition. For more on the exhibits, visit arts.uwm.edu/ inova.

Jennifer Bolande, “Marshall Stack,” 1987: three handmade vinyl and wood speaker cabinets, color photos, Marshall speaker cloth, plastic Marshall logo

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AROUNDCAMPUS

EXHIBITS

Thursday, May 20:

INOVA GALLERIES

Unruly Music presents Electro-Acoustic Music Center Salon 28. New projects in electronic music and multimedia by student composers. 7:30 p.m. Music Building, room B60.

INOVA/KENILWORTH Kenilworth Square East, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. 12-5 p.m. Wednesday & Saturday-Sunday; 12-8 p.m. Thursday.

Sunday, May 23:

Exhibits are free. For more information, phone 414-229-5070 or visit arts.uwm.edu/inova.

For ticket information, phone 414-229-5886 or visit www.uwm.edu/Dept/Athletics/.

BASEBALL

May 7-Aug. 8:

Master Singers of Milwaukee perform Cary Ratcliff’s “Ode to Common Things,” with translations of odes by Chilean writer Pablo Neruda by Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cardenas. 3:30 p.m. Zelazo Center Concert Hall.

“Cecelia Condit: 1981 to Present” and “Jennifer Bolande: Landmarks 1982-2010” (see p. 13).

Monday, May 24:

INOVA/ARTS CENTER Arts Center, second floor. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

UWM Wind Ensemble May 4

May 4-15:

Monday, May 3:

UWM Department of Art and Design: BFA Exhibition II. An exhibition of work by students receiving their BFA degrees in spring and summer 2010. Closing reception Saturday, May 15, 5-7 p.m.; chair’s remarks at 6 p.m.

LINCOLN PARK, GREEN BAY RD. AT HAMPTON AVE.

vs. Valparaiso

1 p.m.

vs. Valparaiso

4 p.m.

Tues., May 4

vs. Cardinal Stritch

4 p.m.

Wed., May 12

vs. Northern Illinois*

Fri., May 14

vs. Butler

2 p.m.

vs. Butler

5 p.m.

Sat., May 15

vs. UIC

1 p.m.

vs. UIC

4 p.m.

Thurs., May 20

vs. Youngstown State

4 p.m.

Fri., May 21

vs. Youngstown State

1 p.m.

vs. Youngstown State

4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 4: UWM Wind Ensemble, conducted by John A. Climer, and Symphony Band, conducted by Scott R. Corley, offer their final concert of the season. They will be joined by the winners of the 2010 Concerto Competition sponsored by the UWM Bands. 7:30 p.m. Zelazo Center Concert Hall.

@4 p.m.

Horizon League Tournament begins May 26 * At Miller Park

UWM Music Department presents “Music on the Move,” a recital at St. John’s on the Lake. 7:30 p.m. St. John’s on the Lake, 1840 N. Prospect Ave. UWM Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Carl Storniolo and Tom Wetzel. 7:30 p.m. Zelazo Center, room 280.

HENRY AARON FIELD Sat., May 1

String Academy of Wisconsin 20th Anniversary Celebration (see p. 7).

BFA Exhibition II May 4-15

INOVA/ZELAZO THE MARY L. NOHL GALLERIES Zelazo Center, third floor. 12-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Wednesday, May 5:

DANCE For tickets and information, phone 414-229-4308.

Friday, May 14: UWM Dance Department: Hip Hop Showing, Spring 2010. 7:30 p.m. Zelazo Center Concert Hall.

Monday, May 17: UWM Dance Department: Composition III and Senior Project Showing. 5:30 p.m. Mitchell Hall, studio 254.

June 3-5: Summerdances: Uncovered (see opposite page).

THEATER For tickets and information, phone 414-229-4308.

UWM Department of Music: Violin Studio Recital. Students in Professor Bernard Zinck’s Violin Studio offer a concert. 7:30 p.m. Arts Center Recital Hall.

Friday, May 7:

UWM Choirs: UWM Concert Chorale, directed by Sharon “Metals! 10.” An annual exhibition of work by students in the Hansen, and University Choir, directed by Jose Rivera. Metals area, juried by Kim Cridler, UW–Madison. A perennial 7:30 p.m. Zelazo Center Concert Hall. favorite.

Through May 12:

Saturday, May 8:

UWM UNION ART GALLERY

UWM Union. 12-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 12-7 p.m. Thursday; closed weekends and holidays. For more information, phone 414-229-6310.

Sunday, May 9:

Through May 21:

UWM Jazz Lab Combos. 3 p.m. Arts Center Recital Hall.

37th Annual Juried Show. An exhibition of Milwaukee student artists working in a variety of mediums. The jury consists of local art professionals, who will award prizes to exhibiting artists.

UWM Jazz Ensembles & Youth Jazz Ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Zelazo Center Concert Hall.

MUSIC Peck School of the Arts music events are available at reduced cost to students, seniors and UWM faculty, staff and alumni. For more information, phone 414-229-4308.

Saturday, May 1: UWM Department of Music: Flute Studio Recital. 3 p.m. Arts Center Recital Hall.

Sunday, May 2: UWM Department of Music Woodwind Chamber Music Series. 7:30 p.m. Arts Center Recital Hall.

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UWM Choirs: UWM Men’s Glee Club, directed by Jose Rivera, and Women’s Chorus, directed by Gloria Hansen. 7:30 p.m. Zelazo Center Concert Hall.

Noël Coward’s “Hay Fever” May 4-9

Saturday, May 1: UWM Theatre Lab/Works Series presents “Unity,” by Kevin Kerr, directed by Tony Horne. Still reeling from World War I, the planet is devastated by the flu pandemic of 1918. This darkly comic play examines how one Canadian town responds to the deadly spectre of the Spanish Flu. 7:30 p.m. Kenilworth Square East, studio 508.

Tuesday-Sunday, May 4-9: UWM Theatre Mainstage Series presents “Hay Fever,” by Noël Coward, directed by Rebecca Holderness (see p. 16).

FILM All films are shown at the UWM Union Theatre unless otherwise noted. For ticket information, phone 414-229-4070.

Saturday & Sunday, May 1 & 2: The Italian Film Festival USA of Milwaukee, screening the local premieres of six recent, critically acclaimed Italian The UWM jazz season wraps up with two concerts May 9. films. Films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. The festival is free and open to the public. For further inforThursday, May 13: mation, see www.italianfilmfests.org. Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music graduate student concert. 7:30 p.m. Arts Center Tuesday, May 4: Recital Hall. EXPERIMENTAL TUESDAYS “Time Machine,” with Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown in person. Time tourists unite. Gruffat and Brown set the dials and push the levers while guiding you through the


SUMMERDANCES: UNCOVERED FEATURES GARTH FAGAN’S ‘FROM BEFORE’ JUNE 3-5 The Dance Department concludes its yearlong exploration of race and identity with Summerdances: Uncovered. The program features a performance of Garth Fagan’s “From Before” – a signature work by the Tony Award-winning choreographer of “The Lion King” and the department’s guest artist in 2009-10. Faculty choreographers Simone Ferro, Elizabeth Johnson, Dani Kuepper, Janet Lilly, Luc Vanier and Krislyn World Heil take up the theme by investigating how we use our cultural identities to obscure and reveal ourselves. Performances are Thursday-Saturday, June 3-5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center Mainstage Theatre. A reception follows the Thursday performance. Tickets, at $15 general public and $9 students, seniors, and UWM faculty, staff and alumni, are available by phone at 414-229-4308 or in person at the Peck School of the Arts box office in the Zelazo Center. The reconstruction of “From Before,” supervised by Garth Fagan and Natalie RogersCropper, was made possible by American Masterpieces: Dance, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with Dance/USA.

AROUNDCAMPUS

“Time Machine” May 4

fourth dimension. The film is a homespun hybrid analog and digital system, controlling audio and video signals with computer joysticks, FM transmitter necklaces and technology-enhanced inflatables, all used to navigate the frequency waves of sight and sound. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5:

then 7-year-old daughter, “House” is at once a comic teen romp and psychedelic blitz of mesmerizing special effects. Saturday 7 & 11 p.m.; Sunday 7 p.m.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo. An evening of music, dancing and fun you won’t want to miss. 8 p.m. UWM Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public. sociocultural.uwm.edu.

Wednesday, May 12:

Stargazing. 9 p.m. Observatory Deck, roof of the Physics building. Weather-dependent. www4.uwm.edu/ planetarium.

SHARE THE EARTH ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES

“The Age of Stupid.” A man living alone in the distressed world of 2055 watches “archival” footage from 2008 and asks: “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we could?” Through an invigorating mix of human tragedy, corporate greed, bitingly satirical animation and political activism, this compelling docudrama journeys through the social causes and consequences brought on by a delay of serious action on climate change. 7 p.m.

DOCUMENTARY FRONTIERS

“The Horse Boy.” An intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, following one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to treat his condition with shamanic healing. 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 6: LOCALLY GROWN

“speed/rolling/action.” New films, videos and audiovisual performances from Milwaukee-based makers. 7 p.m.

Friday, May 7: Student Film and Video Festival. A juried showcase of the best short films and videos from the students of the pioneering UWM Film Department. 7 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, May 7-9:

WORLD CINEMA & MIDNIGHT MOVIES

“Alien.” Thirty years after its initial release, “Alien” remains a benchmark of the sci-fi genre. From its ominous opening, unsettling production design and realistic dialogue, to the unexpectedness of the first entrance – or exit – of the eponymous creature, it still captures audiences. Friday 11 p.m.; Saturday 9 p.m.; Sunday 4:30 p.m. “House (Hausu).” A long-lost fantasy/horror masterpiece from Nobuhiko Obayashi has finally surfaced in America. In this deranged fairy tale, Oshare can’t wait to spend the summer with her father, until he informs her that he plans to remarry. Based on an idea given to the director by his

Thursday & Friday, May 13 & 14: Film Department Senior Project Screenings. Films and videos completed by the UWM Film Department’s graduating seniors. 7 p.m.

ET CETERA Through May 7: Planetarium Show: “Life of a Star.” Learn about how stars evolve, starting with their births and progressing toward their sometimes violent deaths, which can have exotic outcomes such as neutron stars and black holes. Plus highlights of the spring sky and a Q&A session. 7-7:55 p.m. Manfred Olson Planetarium.

Wednesday, May 5: Department of Visual Art Artists Now! guest lecture series presents Jennifer Bolande: Retrospective. 7 p.m. Arts Center Lecture Hall.

Thursday, May 6: Just in Time Job Fair. This fair offers UWM students and alumni the opportunity to meet with employers interested in “best and best-matched” candidates for their late recruiting cycle, including full-time, part-time, summer and internship opportunities. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. UWM Union Wisconsin Room.

Friday, May 7: Ted Samore lecture series (see p. 8).

Saturday, May 8: Breakfast with Sherill Mosee. Mosee speaks about her book, “Professor May I Bring My Baby to Class?” which includes compelling stories written by mothers who accepted the challenge of going to college while caring for a young child. The book Sherill Mosee May 8 features two UWM students. 10 a.m. breakfast ($12); 11 a.m. lecture (free). UWM Union Ballroom. sociocultural.uwm.edu.

Monday, May 10:

UWM Black Cultural Center Black Graduation Celebratory. A celebration honoring the achievements of UWM’s African-American graduates. 3 p.m. Zelazo Center Concert Hall.

Sunday, May 16: UWM Spring Commencement (see p. 2).

Wednesday, May 19: Arts/Tech Project Showing, including digital, interactive, performance, projection, installation art and more from students in the Art and Design, Film, Music and InterArts programs in the Peck School of the Arts. 6-9 p.m. Kenilworth Square East.

Thursday, May 20: Public Library Day: “Negotiating Change: Public Library and Cultures” (see p. 8).

May 24-28: Steam/heat shutdown.

Wednesday, May 26: Great Books Roundtable Discussion. Émile Zola: J’accuse (1898) and The Attack on the Mill (1880). 7-9 p.m. Golda Meir Library, Special Collections, fourth floor. 414-229-4345.

Stargazing. 9 p.m. Observatory Deck, roof of the Physics building. Weather-dependent. www4.uwm.edu/ planetarium. Friends of the Golda Meir Library Annual Program. David Ullrich, executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. 5 p.m. Golda Meir Library, fourth floor. 414-229-4786.

Jennifer Bolande, “Milk Crown”

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‘Hay Fever’ brings glamour to UWM Mainstage Theatre in May By Beth Stafford

Call for Nominations

The UWM Alumni Association Honors Committee is seeking nominations for its 2010-11 teaching excellence awards. One tenure-track and one non-tenure-track instructor are selected to receive this prestigious award annually. The recipients must be outstanding members of the UWM faculty or teaching academic staff who have distinguished themselves in career or civic involvement and are currently teaching at UWM. For a nomination form, go to alumni. uwm.edu or contact Erin Harrass at eph@uwm.edu. Please specify Award for Teaching Excellence or Teaching Excellence Award for Non-tenure Track Instructors. The nomination deadline is July 1, 2010.

Alan Magayne-Roshak

UWM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TEACHING AWARDS

From left: Max Hultquist as Simon Bliss, Toni Martin as Judith Bliss and Rich Gillard as David Bliss in Noël Coward’s “Hay Fever.”

WELCOME, NEW CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES Brian Beans, Custodian, Housekeeping Michael Benter, Budget & Policy Analyst, School of Public Health Jennifer Cohn, University Business Specialist–Supervisory, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Myron Dunn, Custodian, Custodial Services Jennifer Ecklor, Food Service Assistant 4, Snack Vending Neal Gabrielse, Facilities Maintenance Specialist – Advanced, Building Maintenance Randall Holper, University Conference Coordinator, Peck School of the Arts Terry Hords, Custodian, Housekeeping Joseph Leonard, University Services Program Associate, Graduate School Chanel McKinney, Custodian, Custodial Services Clemence Mihalcea, IS Technical Services Specialist, UITS Chelsea R. Pedler, Buildings/Grounds Supervisor, Maintenance James Pulera, Custodian, Housekeeping Erik Solita, Accountant, Letters & Science Joseph Suarez, IS Comprehensive Services – Senior, Financial Aid Samuel Winslow, Custodian, Custodial Services David Young, Human Resources Assistant, Human Resources

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the style and sophistication of “Hay Fever,” by Noël Coward, May 4-9. The production is directed by Rebecca Holderness. Playgoers will meet the glamorous and artistic Bliss family and their hapless houseguests, the subjects of Coward’s classic and stylish comedy of bad manners. One weekend at the Bliss estate is enough to temporarily derange the romantic and marital landscape and send the guests fleeing – leaving their hosts comfortably indulging their eccentricities. The cast and crew of the upcoming production of “Hay Fever” had their first read-through at the renowned Ten Chimneys, the historic Wisconsin estate of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Coward was a frequent visitor to the Genesee Depot property. “The first read-through was held under the photos of Lunt, Fontanne and Coward himself,” said Holderness. “The cast and crew drew further inspiration for their roles from touring the elegant house and property.” (The opportunity was made possible through the generosity of the Ten Chimneys Foundation.) Holderness was asked how difficult it is for students − who often seem more focused on the art of texting than the art of conversation − to leap into Coward’s world. “It is a mistake, I think, to consider that contemporary young actors are less interested in language than their counterparts in the 1920s,” said Holderness. “They live a life saturated with language, albeit rapped, twittered, e-mailed or texted. It did not take a great deal of effort to turn their interest to wit expressed in spoken language.” She adds, “This play of elegance, musicality, incisive humor and bad manners is both interesting and compelling to them. As is a story that has at its heart a certain bittersweet yearning for the romantic assignation…however ill-considered.” Holderness describes the “…elegant and theatrical Art Deco-inspired set that opens into a spring garden in colors that Maxfield Parrish might have painted. This chic production also features exten-

Courtesy Ten Chimneys Foundation

T he UWM Mainstage Theatre Series brings

The cast and crew of the upcoming production of “Hay Fever” had their first read-through at the renowned Ten Chimneys.

sive examples of Sir Noël Coward’s wonderful and pointed songs in their original recordings. This will truly be a production that refreshes the senses and sharpens the wits after the cold of winter.” Cast members and their roles are Rich Gillard, David Bliss; Max Hultquist, Simon Bliss; Megan Kaminsky, Sorel Bliss; Toni Martin, Judith Bliss; Tommy Stevens, Richard Greatham; Margeaux Reed, Myra Arundel; Linever Thurman, Jackie Coryton; Evan Koepnick, Sandy Tyrell; and Jessica Monk, Clara. The production team includes Brandon Campbell, stage manager; Bethany Davey and Meredith Roat, assistant stage managers; Samantha Humburg, production assistant; Meghan Baskett, assistant director; Ryan Antross, research assistant; Kurt Sharp, scenic designer; Pamela Rehberg, costume designer; Stephen R. White, lighting designer; and Chris Guse, sound designer. Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. A pre-performance talk on Wednesday, May 5, at 6:45 p.m. is free with admission. Single tickets are $15/general admission and $9/students, seniors and alumni. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 414-229-4308 or in person at the Peck School of the Arts box office in the Zelazo Center. The satellite box office in the Mainstage Theatre lobby will open one hour prior to performances.


SPORTS ROUNDUP By Kevin O’Connor, Associate Athletic Director–Communications

A winter season of success T he UWM Panthers had a winter season full of

championships, with great success in both swimming and diving and track and field. SWIMMING AND DIVING The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams put together memorable performances at this year’s Horizon League Championships in Chicago. The men claimed their first league title since 2000, while the women placed second overall. In the end, 23 league or school records were broken by Milwaukee student-athletes. On the women’s side, junior Danielle Wenger was named Swimmer of the Meet and Co-Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year. On the men’s side, Head Coach Erica Janssen was selected as the Horizon League Coach of the Year, and freshman Zachary Kraai was named the Men’s Newcomer of the Year. The men’s team pulled off the team title in unusual fashion. The Panthers won the meet by 58 points over Cleveland State, yet did not win any of the individual races or team relays. The depth of the young squad stole the show and led the way. “It feels great to be champions,” Janssen said. “We knew we had a chance all year, but we also knew we probably weren’t going to win events or relays. We knew we had to do it with our depth and that is exactly what we did. These guys completely deserve it…once they got that glimpse on Thursday night that they could actually do this, they never looked back. They went to work and took it home the whole way. They fought and put everything on the line and came out on top.” The women capped a nice season by placing second for the third time in four years, with the

Panthers unable to overcome Green Bay, which won its sixth consecutive league crown. Danielle Wenger led the way, winning individual league titles in each of her three events. She broke Horizon League and school records during victories in the 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle and 1650 freestyle. TRACK AND FIELD The men’s track and field team won the indoor meet for the seventh straight season and, including outdoor meets, have now won an impressive 13 straight league crowns. UWM tallied 177 points for a decisive lead over Butler (100). Meanwhile, the women won their fourth title in five years when they repeated with 174 points to top second-place Butler by 99 points. Milwaukee posted indoor titles on both the men’s and women’s side for the sixth time. Pete Corfeld was named Horizon League Coach of the Year for both the men and women, pushing his career coaching totals to 35 league titles and 35 Coach of the Year awards. For the men, senior Quinn Mongoven earned Most Outstanding Field Performer accolades, freshman John Simons was named Men’s Running Newcomer of the Year and freshman Dan Simon picked up Field Newcomer of the Year honors. On the women’s side, senior Beth Zimmerman earned Most Outstanding Field Performer accolades. Milwaukee’s title on the men’s side was its league-record 12th indoor title overall, including titles in 1997-2001 and 2004-09. For the women, the title was their league-record seventh indoor title overall, including titles in 2000-01, 2003, 2006-07 and 2009. The 2000-01 and 2006-07 crowns also coincided with men’s championships for UWM.

Teegarden joins St. Louis soccer Sarah Teegarden, a midfielder for the UWM women’s soccer team from 2005-08, has made the final 23-player roster for St. Louis Athletica of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). She is the second Panther to make a WPS roster. College teammate Erin Kane was on the Athletica roster in 2009. Teegarden did not play soccer last season while serving as an assistant coach at Alverno College in Milwaukee. “The whole experience here in St. Louis has been a whirlwind so far,” Teegarden said. “When coach [Jorge] Barcellos finally talked to me about staying with the team for the season, I was very excited and relieved. I am so excited I am able to play with players Sarah Teegarden of such high caliber every single day at training. I am learning so much from the very experienced players, which are made up of many U.S. and international national team players.” Teegarden was a two-time All-American for the Panthers, earning All-Freshman Honorable Mention honors in 2005 and a Third Team selection as a senior in 2008. She left UWM having played in and started more games than any other player in school history, and shares the school record for career game-winning goals (11) among her 42 career points (17 goals, 8 assists). One of two four-time All-League First Team members in school history (Erin Kane was the other), Teegarden dominated the midfield throughout her career and helped Milwaukee to four league titles, three NCAA Tournaments and the NCAA Tournament Second Round twice. The Panthers went 59-16-13 in her four years, twice breaking school records for wins in a season with 16 in 2006 and 18 in 2008. The 2008 team was the first in school history to finish a season ranked nationally (No. 24). “It has been fun to challenge myself to play at such a high level,” Teegarden said. “I am also excited to continue to work with coach Barcellos, who has really created a practice environment which is extremely competitive while still being positive. I think this team is really a good fit for me, and I am excited to see where the season leads.” In the program’s history, UWM has now seen six players gain experience at the country’s highest level of professional soccer. In addition to Kane’s time with Athletica, Libby Cooper was drafted by Sky Blue FC of WPS and spent time in training camp with the Carolina Courage of the WUSA. Lisa Krzykowski has the most experience, having played for both Atlanta Beat and San Diego Spirit of WUSA, while Josha Krueger spent time in camp with the Boston Breakers and Kathy Hoverman was on the roster with the Washington Freedom.

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Expanding the Job Hunt

CDC develops social media video The power of the Internet in job hunting is undeniable—especially in today’s job market. With the national unemployment rate hovering around 10%, the UWM Career Development Center (CDC) was looking for new ways to help graduates begin their careers. And what better way than to provide insight into how social media can be used to help graduates market themselves. CDC Director Tom Bachhuber started using podcasts three years ago to communicate career tips. When he began his latest project aimed at helping students effectively use social media in their job hunt, he again turned to video. “Using Social Media to Enhance Your Networking and Job Search,” co-written by Bachhuber and Craig Mosurinjohn (CDC counselor), recently made its debut on the CDC Web site (cdc.uwm.edu). The 10-minute video, produced by Brian Schmidlin (Multimedia Technologies), features student Nyasha Bagley and recent graduate Nick Iannelli. It focuses on three social media tools— LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Graduates face challenges Students face not only a challenging job market but are consumed with coursework, finals and jobs. “Students often just don’t have time to start their job hunt,” said Bachhuber. “Our goal at the CDC is to help them think through the job hunting process, help them assess what they can contribute to an organization, and learn how to communicate their value to employers.” “Developing a Web video about how to use social media seemed like the perfect fit for today’s busy students who are already using these tools for social interaction,” said Bachhuber.

Using social media Social media plays a big role in the job hunting process. According to Drake Beam Morin, a global outplacement, coaching and career management firm, about 64% of jobs are found through networking. In addition, one out of five companies uses social media sites to conduct background checks. Bachhuber wants to help students use these tools to their advantage. “LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are already being used for social relationships,” said Bachhuber. “Students can easily use these sites to develop and cultivate business relationships, learn about an industry from the inside, and provide the business case of why they would be a great fit for a company.”

The video explains how to use LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to develop a network, enhance relationships, and showcase the value that the individual can bring to an organization. It also cautions about mixing personal online relationships with business networking relationships. “They need to be serious about their job hunt and curious so they network effectively, said Bachhuber. “They need to show employers they’re serious and curious with well-researched issues and questions.”

To view “Using Social Media to Enhance Your Networking and Job Search” visit the Career Development Web site at cdc.uwm.edu.

How Secure is YOUR Mobile Device? Mobile devices are quickly becoming THE mostrelied upon communications device. Whether it’s a Windows Mobile device, iPhone, Droid or some other smartphone, if you use your mobile device for UWM work, including accessing UWM Web-based services, you need to keep your device and data secure.

Here are some guidelines: • Keep confidential data (e.g., SSNs, FERPA-protected info, etc.) off your device. • Avoid unauthorized access—don’t loan, share or leave your phone unattended. • Password-protect your mobile device with, at minimum, a four-digit password. • Set a relatively short automatic inactivity time-out for the phone (e.g., five minutes or less). • Change your ePanther and other Web services passwords at least two–three times a year. • Use a unique password for your UWM ePanther Web-based services and

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applications; don’t reuse this password for access to other services, such as Gmail, Facebook or your bank accounts. If possible, encrypt your device using a reliable third party tool. Report a lost or stolen device to your service provider immediately so your device can be shut down to minimize the potential for unauthorized access to your information and University data. Only download software from trustworthy vendors and reputable sites. Be wary of links you receive via e-mail, Twitter, text or chat as they may be links to malicious Web sites containing scripts designed to steal your passwords. Keep confidential data off mobile devices. So important, it bears repeating.

Secure your mobile device and to help ensure University data and services will have the protection they need.


Windows 7 Project Update The Windows 7 Campus Planning project team continues to gather information and evaluate the impact of deploying Windows 7 at UWM. “The project team has received valuable information from our stakeholders that will help us determine where we might have issues,” said Chris Spadanuda, Desktop Support. Thus far, there are a few known obstacles to Windows 7 deployment. For example, the PantherFile desktop Xythos drive on Windows-based computers will require the next Xythos enhancement for compatibility with Windows 7. The team has also determined that the Pharos printing system in the general access Campus Computer Labs (CCLs) is not compatible. “We’re currently developing a matrix to indicate what works and what doesn’t,” said Jim Kavanagh, L&S IT Office (LSITO). “We’ll be in contact with vendors to see what plans they might have to address these compatibility issues.” “UWM is like a medium-sized city with thousands of computers, 50,000 accounts and hundreds of software applications in use,” said Bruce Maas, CIO. “We’ll continue to work on this as a community to ensure a smooth rollout of Windows 7.” For the latest information and to provide your feedback, visit projects.uwm.edu; click on the “Windows 7 Campus Planning” link.

Need to Brush-up on Your Skills? On-demand Online training now available! An inexpensive and easy way to keep your technical skills relevant and up-to-date is to use lynda.com Online Training Library®, an on-demand online training library. This is a new service provided by UITS Professional Development through its Short Courses program. UWM faculty, staff and students can now access the lynda.com Online Training Library® with more than 42,000 professionally-produced Windows- and Macintoshcompatible QuickTime video tutorials and training exercises. Topics include design principles and software related to print, Web, video, graphics, digital photography, DVD creation, interactivity, operating systems, 3D, and much more. Software products covered include those from Adobe, Alias, Apple, Corel, Autodesk, Macromedia, and Microsoft. “Because we can purchase the licenses in bulk, there is a significant savings compared to the cost of an individual purchasing the same license directly from lynda.com,” said Therese Bohn, professional development coordinator, UITS Professional Development.

news... You Need to Know Informational Sessions for PantherLink Enhancements PantherLink is undergoing an enhancement which will provide additional e-mail, calendar and interface functionality while retaining it’s “look and feel.” The project is underway and is anticipated to be completed in early June. One-hour informational sessions will be held Monday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m.; both will be in Union 280 and registration is not required. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend to learn more about the enhancements. For more information about the project, visit projects.uwm.edu. Questions about the project can be submitted via the “Contact Us” form found on the Web site.

Tech Timeout May 14–May 25 A Tech Timeout will begin on Study Day at 12:01 a.m. on May 14 and conclude on May 25 at 11:59 a.m. Tech Timeout is a period identified within the academic semester during which UITS avoids non-emergency changes to critical services such as PAWS, PantherLink, PantherFile, the general access Campus Computer Labs, PROWLnet wireless services, and the underlying infrastructure supporting these services.

What’s new at the

Expanded hours

Now open until 4 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Accessing the lynda.com library Establishing an account for access to the library is easy. “After submitting the sign-up form and payment for a license, Short Course staff will create an account for an individual the next business day,” said Bohn. “Once the account is created in the lynda.com system, the Visit shortcourses.uwm.edu; click on individual will receive an e-mail from lynda.com with instructions on how the “Lynda License Rental” link. to create a lynda.com user name and password. When the user name and password is established, the account is activated and individuals have access to the over 42,000 titles and the accompanying training files.

Benefits Low cost—The licensing fee is $22/month/individual for unlimited access. Do as you learn—With the training video appearing in a separate window on your computer, you can open the software (if it’s on your computer) and put into action the content on the video. Stop, rewind and replay as needed. Learn on-demand—On-demand 24/7 Internet access to the library means you can learn when it suits your schedule. Methods of payment include University direct charge or personal credit card; University Purchasing Cards are NOT accepted. No refunds can be given once the license has been initiated. “We know not everyone who wants to learn a new skill or brush up on an existing skill can make time in their schedule to attend training,” said Bohn. “But with 24/7 access to lynda.com, faculty, staff and students can receive training that suits their busy schedules.”

iPads

See, touch and get hands-on experience with the new Apple iPad!

New peripherals

Check out the assortment of external hard drives. Need printer ink? The TechStore carries HP printer black & color ink at competitive prices.

Stop by at Bolton 225A or visit TechStore.uwm.edu.

CALL ONLINE HELP FORM VISIT 414-229-4040 GetTechHelp.uwm.edu uits.uwm.edu

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BENEFITS

INSURANCE FOR ACADEMIC-YEAR EMPLOYEES Academic-year employees are encouraged to review deductions listed on their June 1 earnings statement to ensure that the correct number of deductions were taken. If you are a “C”-basis appointment and you expect to return to UWM in the fall, multiple deductions are typically taken from your May payroll (payable June 1) to cover these deductions until your return to work in the fall. If you expect to return in the fall but do not see four deductions for your benefits, please contact your benefits specialist promptly. If you are a “C”-basis appointment and are ending your employment at the end of the spring semester, you should have only one deduction for each of your benefits taken on the June 1 earnings statement. Health insurance coverage will continue until July 31 (State Group Health and State Group Life are paid two months in advance). Income continuation insurance ends when your appointment ends. The other benefits premiums are paid one month in advance, so those insurance coverages will end on June 30. Summer payroll does not allow insurance benefits premium deductions to be taken. Terminating employees are entitled to continue medical insurance coverage under COBRA legislation. If the COBRA subsidy (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009-ARRA) is extended and you were involuntarily terminated, you may be eligible for assistance for health insurance premiums. (As this article goes to press, COBRA subsidy was eligible through March 31, 2010.) Most other fringe benefits may be continued or converted, providing the employee applies within specified time limits, usually 30 days from the last day in pay status. The number of deductions from

the May payroll period determines when employees should apply to continue or convert existing policies. Employees should contact their benefits specialist prior to the last day worked for individual information. The Benefits Office as well as the Payroll Office should be notified of address changes. ANNUAL ETF STATEMENT OF BENEFITS Employees should have received their Annual Statement of Benefits from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) in April. These statements provide retirement account information as of Jan. 1, 2010. If you worked for the university in 2009 and did not receive a statement, contact ETF directly at 1-877-533-5020 (toll-free). This statement provides retirement account information that will eventually be used in your benefit calculations. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to review your statement carefully with the accompanying explanation form. Any errors should be reported promptly to ETF. Most questions can be answered by reading the accompanying explanation form or viewing the ETF online video, “Your Annual Statement of Benefits.” This tutorial can be accessed at: etf. wi.gov/webcasts.htm. It is recommended that you keep your annual statements in a safe place so that you can access and review the information throughout the year. ANNUAL UW STAFF BENEFITS STATEMENT The annual UW Staff Benefits Statement can be found at the same location as your electronic earnings statements. This statement lists all employee benefits, including employee and employer contributions.

RETIREMENT CALCULATOR ON THE WEB The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) retirement calculator is available at: etf.wi.gov/calculators/ disclaimer.htm. An excellent tool for retirement planning, this calculator can assist you in estimating your WRS pension payments at retirement. This calculator is available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may do as many hypothetical retirement calculations as you want. Changing factors such as your retirement date, salary and years of service will demonstrate various pension amounts. ETF has created a new calculator to help employees determine if selecting an accelerated WRS retirement annuity option is a good choice for them. The calculator can be found on ETF’s calculator page: etf.wi.gov/calculator.htm. If you are thinking about retirement within the next year and are at least 54 years old and a general-category employee, ETF can prepare a retirement estimate packet for you. (Protective-category employees can order a retirement estimate packet at an earlier age.) You are not committing yourself to retirement by requesting the information. ETF rarely has a need to contact your employer to prepare an estimate packet, so your request remains confidential. You can request the packet by calling toll-free 1-877-533-5020 or by clicking the “contact ETF” link at the Website: etf.wi.gov. INFORMATIVE ONLINE VIDEOS AVAILABLE THROUGH ETF WEBSITE Check out informative online videos on WRS topics for active employees and retirees at: etf. wi.gov/webcasts.htm. Topics include benefits for new employees, calculating your retirement benefits, buying creditable service, variable fund participation, separation benefits, filling out the retirement application and many more.

UWM LIBRARIES FROMKIN PROJECT FOCUSES ON INFLUENTIAL ARTS EDUCATOR UWM Director of Libraries Ewa Barczyk and the members of the Morris Fromkin Memorial Research Grant Committee are pleased to announce that Arijit Sen, assistant professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, has been awarded the 2010 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship. The title of his research project is “Charlotte Partridge, Layton School of Art and the Pedagogy of Social Engagement, 1920-1954.” Wisconsin native Charlotte Partridge, Sen writes, “was one of the first women educators in the United States to imbue art education with a social agenda, transforming curriculum and encouraging sociallyconscious activism.” Feeling constrained by teaching methods at Milwaukee’s Downer College for Women, Partridge left her position as head of the Fine Arts Department in 1920, and helped establish, with Miriam Frink, a new Layton School of Art and Design. “What began with borrowed equipment and space became a nationally recognized school of art within a decade. In addition to a groundbreaking coeducational curriculum, many teaching methods

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that are considered standard practice today were introduced in Layton,” Sen says. His research will highlight the history of these women educators, their innovations and the Layton School’s role in social activism, and also offer “a unique method of reading public history by locating everyday politics within separate but related sociospatial domains,” including classrooms, boardrooms, art galleries and meeting rooms. Sen’s lecture, to be delivered at the Golda Meir Library in the fall, will be the 41st in the Fromkin lecture series, the longest-running continuous lecture series on campus. This year’s committee members were Ewa Barczyk, Johannes Britz, Noelle Chesley, David Fromkin (Boston University), Nan Kim, Christine Lowery, Gary Williams and Max Yela. More information about the annual $5,000 Fromkin Research Grant is available at: www4. uwm.edu/libraries/special/fromkin/grant.cfm. FRIENDS’ PROGRAM FEATURES GREAT LAKES EXPERT The Friends of the Golda Meir Library Annual Program will be presented by David Ullrich, executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, on Thursday, May 13, in the fourth

floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library. Ullrich works with U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin in support of the restoration and protection of the resource. Previous to his current position, he served for 30 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago. His presentation will be at 5 p.m. The Friends of the Golda Meir Library annual business meeting precedes the lecture at 4:15 p.m. in Special Collections, also on the fourth floor of the library. For more information or special needs, call 414-229-6202. IMPROVED E-JOURNAL ACCESS The UWM Libraries have installed an improved e-journal searching tool. As well as an “A-Z” list, it provides searching by title, including truncation and auto-suggestion, as well as new subject category and vendor searching, and the citation linker. There is a choice of brief or detailed display, and there is more complete information on the specific titles, including title history.


For the Record SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION

•E  lectronic submissions only, either by e-mail document or Internet (see addresses below).

Dave Edyburn has been elected to a three-year term as chair of AERA’s Online Teaching and Learning SIG. For the past three years he has served as the program chair for this SIG, which focuses on research involving online teaching and learning.

• If an entry requires diacritics or other special marks, a hard copy of the entry noting such marks should be faxed to Report at 414-229-6443 as a backup to the electronic submission. •E  nclose names to appear in boldface type in < >. Also enclose all material to be italicized. •D  o not submit grant information to Report. The “Grants” section is supplied by UW System via the Graduate School.

DEADLINES Issue Deadline June Mon., April 26 No July or August issues September Fri., July 24 October Mon., Aug. 23 November Mon., Sept. 27 December Mon., Oct. 25 No January 2111 issue E-mail submissions: report@uwm.edu Internet submissions: wwww4.uwm.edu/ news/publications/report/ftr-form.cfm

PEOPLE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR URBAN INITIATIVES & RESEARCH Michael Benter presented “Development of Economic and Political Capital Among 19th Century, German-American Brewers in Rural, Southeastern Wisconsin” at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, on March 8.

EDUCATION ACADEMIC SERVICES Rob Longwell-Grice presented “Preparing First Generation Students for College” at the Educators Network for Social Justice Annual Conference, Indian Community School, Milwaukee, March 13. Rob Longwell-Grice presented “Issues confronting first generation, working class college students” at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Chicago, March 14-17.

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP Mesut Akdere has been elected to the Academy of Human Resource Development Board of Directors.

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Raquel Oxford and Joaquín Sorolla presented a session, “Food representation in celebrations and work,” at the Sixth Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film, and the Other Arts, San Antonio, TX, in February. Raquel Oxford presented a session, “Promoting Global Competence: Social Justice in the World Language Curriculum,” at the 42nd annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Minneapolis, in March. Kevin McLeod (Mathematical Sciences) and DeAnn Huinker presented “Mathematics Fellowships for Middle Grades Teachers” at the Wisconsin Improving Teaching Quality Reporting Conference, Wisconsin Dells, March 17.

Dave Edyburn has been named to a technical work group within the Mathematics eText Research Center, a federally funded project, at the University of Oregon. The five-year research program focuses on improving the accessibility of digital math text for individuals with disabilities. Dave Edyburn was a featured spotlight speaker on universal design and technology for diverse learners at the California Computer Using Educators (CUE) Conference in Palm Springs, FL, March 5-6. In January, he was interviewed as part of a CUE Webinar on universal design (learncentral.org/node/49718).

HEALTH SCIENCES COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS Caryn Easterling has been elected president of the Wisconsin Speech Language and Hearing Association (WSHA) Foundation. The foundation was established in 1999 for the sole purpose of supporting academic excellence through scholarships. Twelve WSHA scholarship opportunities are offered each year. This year, six $7,000 scholarships will be awarded. Pat Willis received the Honors of the Association Award from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Professional Association (WSHA-P) at its 2010 convention in Oshkosh Feb. 25-27. This, the highest honor given by the association, was in recognition of Willis’s significant contributions to the field of speech language pathology as a leader, mentor and educator over the past 25 years.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Cynthia Clough and L. Streubel presented “Participation: A Model for School Based Practice” at the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Mequon, WI, in November. Joyce M. Engel presented the keynote address, “Kids Have Pain, Too!,” at Occupational Therapy Research Day at Touro University, Henderson, NV, 2009. Joyce M. Engel presented “Pain Related to Cerebral Palsy” at “Pain Across the Lifespan,” Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, MN, 2009. Joyce M. Engel presented “Lessons Learned: Chronic Pain in Adults with Cerebral Palsy” at “Pain Across the Lifespan,” Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, MN, 2009. Joyce M. Engel presented “Relaxation Training: Healing from Within” at the University of Washington, Division of Occupational Therapy, Seattle, 2009. Michelle Finet presented “Hybrid Theory Course” at the Online Program Council, fall 2009. Jay M. Kapellusch and Arun Garg (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering) presented “Consortium Pooled Data Job Physical Exposure Assessment” at the International Ergonomics Association, Beijing, China, in August. Jay M. Kapellusch, Arun Garg (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering) and Moore presented “The Strain Index: Recent Updates” at the International Ergonomics Association, Beijing, China, in August.

Jay M. Kapellusch and Arun Garg (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering) presented “Ergonomics Return-OnInvestment: Offsetting Intervention Costs with Increased Productivity” at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, in November. Phyllis King presented “Ergonomics: Sit Down and Shape Up Program” at the Administrative Training Institute, Milwaukee, Dec. 4. Heidi Plach presented “Assessing the Needs of Young Veterans Across the Occupational Performance Areas of Self-Care, Leisure, and Productivity” at UWM Research Day, Dec. 4. Heidi Plach presented a poster, “Occupational Performance Needs of Young Veterans,” at the Wisconsin Warrior Summit, Milwaukee, Oct. 22. Heidi Plach presented “Operation: Occupational Freedom” at the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, Milwaukee, Aug. 27. Heidi Plach, “Occupational Needs of Young Veterans,” was presented by Virginia Stoffel at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, Houston, April 25. Kate Marie Klagos and Bhagwant S. Sindhu presented a paper, “Identifying the Relationship Between Pain and Functional Status in Adults Living at Home,” at the 2009 Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Middleton, Nov. 6. O. Shechtman and Bhagwant S. Sindhu presented a paper, “Using the Force-Time Curve to Determine Sincerity of Effort in People with Upper Extremity Injuries,” at the Joint American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Society of Hand Therapists Meeting in San Francisco, Sept. 3-5. Bhagwant S. Sindhu and O. Shechtman presented a paper, “Using the Surface Electromyographic Signal to Determine Sincerity of Effort in People with Upper Extremity Injuries,” at the Joint American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Society of Hand Therapists Meeting, San Francisco, Sept. 3-5. Roger O. Smith has been inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research in Occupational Therapy. This high honor recognizes individuals who have made exemplary and distinguished contributions toward the science of occupational therapy. The academy has only about 45 members; two (Smith and Joyce Engel) are UWM faculty members. Virginia C. Stoffel was interviewed by Tom Luljak on WUWM-FM’s “UWM Today” program on “Photovoice: Gaining the Perspective of a Person with Serious Mental Illness.” The program aired in April and December 2009. Virginia C. Stoffel presented the keynote address, “Leadership and Advocacy: Making the Centennial Vision a Reality,” at the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Greenville, Oct. 2. Virginia C. Stoffel presented “The Lived Experience of Engagement in Psychosocial Clubhouses and Mental Health Recovery” at the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Greenville, Oct. 2. Virginia C. Stoffel presented “Leadership and Advocacy: Making the Centennial Vision a Reality” for the Plenary Session at the New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, Sept. 12.

Virginia C. Stoffel presented “Advocacy and OT: Perspectives from the American Occupational Therapy Association VP” at the Wisconsin OT Association, SE District, West Allis, Sept. 29. Patricia K. Thomas presented “Second Life Users Group: Use of SL in the Disability Society and the Person Course” at UWM Nov. 16. Patricia K. Thomas presented “Exploring the Use of Virtual World Software in Therapeutic Recreation Education” at the Illinois Recreational Therapy Association Conference, Alsip, Oct. 26-27. Patricia K. Thomas presented “Practice and Portrayal of Disability in U.S. Popular Culture: Impact on Individuals Served and You as the Therapeutic Recreation Professional,” at the Illinois Recreational Therapy Association Conference, Alsip, Oct. 26-27. Patricia K. Thomas presented a poster, “UWM Therapeutic Recreation Certificate Program: Teaching Therapeutic Recreation in an Online Environment,” at the Therapeutic Recreation Educators Conference II, Stillwater, OK, June 20.

REHABILITATION RESEARCH DESIGN AND DISABILITY CENTER Roger O. Smith and Dennis Tomashek presented “Functional Effects of Wearing New Bifocals: Implications for Those at Risk of Falling” at the Annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference in October. Roger O. Smith and Aura M. Hirschman presented “Real Numbers and Implications for Interventions: The Prevalence of Disability on Campus” at the 32nd Conference of the Association on Higher Education and Disability, Louisville, KY, July 20-25.

LETTERS & SCIENCE AFRICOLOGY Erin N. Winkler was invited to present her research, “Racism as a Threshold Concept: Why Do/Don’t Students ‘Get It’?,” at Eastern Michigan University on Feb. 18. Erin N. Winkler presented “Racialized Representations” as part of a panel, “HipHop Music: Is it more than music?,” at Marquette University on March 3.

NURSING Joan A. Wilk, associate professor emerita, was elected president of the UW–Parkside Foundation Inc. in March. Wilk has been a member of the foundation’s board of directors since 1996.

HELEN BADER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE Tom Lebel was a guest on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect” on March 18 to discuss the debate behind prison overcrowding and reforms in Wisconsin. David Pate was interviewed for a March 20 Wall Street Journal article headlined “More Ex-Cons on the Street, Fewer Jobs.” David Pate, who has done extensive work on fathers living in poverty, was one of four Milwaukee social workers honored for inspiring community action. The award, from the Southeast Branch of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, was presented at the organization’s annual event March 18. Marie Savundranayagam was profiled on the Geriatric Social Work Initiative’s Website.

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For the Record

PUBLICATIONS EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP Mesut Akdere, T.M. Egan and O. Verkhohlyad, “The impact of leadership support for learning on organizational learning, quality practices, employee satisfaction and performance (abstract),” pp. 10-4 in Refereed Proceedings of the 2010 Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference, J. StorbergWalker, C.M. Graham and K.M. Dirani, eds., St. Paul, MN: Academy of Human Resource Development, 2010. R. Behnke and Mesut Akdere, “Making the most of coaching: Implications for HRD,” pp. 21-2 in Refereed Proceedings of the 2010 Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference, J. StorbergWalker, C.M. Graham and K.M. Dirani, eds., St. Paul, MN: Academy of Human Resource Development, 2010. M. Cucciardo and Mesut Akdere, “A review of human capital theory: Implications for the U.S. service industry,” pp. 55-1 in Refereed Proceedings of the 2010 Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference, J. StorbergWalker, C.M. Graham and K.M. Dirani, eds., St. Paul, MN: Academy of Human Resource Development, 2010. R.E. Azevedo, Mesut Akdere, H.C. Jiang and M. Joo, “HRD, writing and learning styles: A research proposal (abstract),” pp. RR 6-3 in Refereed Proceedings of the 2010 Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference, J. StorbergWalker, C.M. Graham and K.M. Dirani, eds., St. Paul, MN: Academy of Human Resource Development, 2010.

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Raquel Oxford, “With liberty and languages for all: Second language education,” in Social Justice Pedagogy Across the Curriculum: The Practice of Freedom, T. Chapman and N. Hobbel, eds., Routledge, 2010.

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION Dave Edyburn, “Would You Recognize Universal Design for Learning if You Saw It?,” Ten Propositions for New Directions for the Second Decade of UDL, Learning Disability Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2010, pp. 33-41.

HEALTH SCIENCES COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS Caryn Easterling, “Consideration of Esophageal Function and Dysfunction in Diagnosis of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia,” Proceedings of the 64th Annual Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association Convention, Columbus, OH, March 11-13, 2010. Caryn Easterling, “Best Practice, Best Outcome: Knowing Where to Start, What to Treat, and How to Treat…Dysphagia!,” Proceedings of the 64th Annual Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association Convention, Columbus, OH, March 11-13, 2010.

HEALTH SCIENCES E. Cellucci and Carla Wiggins, Management Tools and Techniques for the Healthcare Professional, Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2009.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY M.P. Jensen, J. Barber, J.M. Romano, I.R. Molton, K.A. Raichle, T.L. Osborne, Joyce M. Engel, B.L. Stoelb, G.H. Kraft and D.R. Patterson, “A Comparison of Self-Hypnosis Versus Progressive Muscle Relaxation in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Pain,” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Vol. 57, 2009, pp. 198-221.

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Mark V. Johnston and Roger O. Smith, “Single Subject Designs: Current Methodologies and Future Directions,” Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, Vol. 30, 2010, pp. 2-6. Hong Yu, Mark V. Johnston and A. Cohen, “Are Figure Legends Sufficient? Evaluating the Contribution of Associated Text to Biomedical Figure Comprehension,” Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration, Vol. 4, 2009.

Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. 13, March 2010, pp. 423-453.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES N.C. Butzin, H.A. Owen and Mary Lynne Perille Collins, “A new system for heterologous expression of membrane proteins: Rhodospirillum rubrum,” Protein Expression and Purification, Vol. 70, 2010, pp. 88-94.

CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Mark V. Johnston and Dennis Tomashek, “Poster 93: Adverse Outcomes Following Inpatient Rehabilitation: Predictive Relationships in a Nationwide Database,” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 90, No. 10, 2009, p. e40.

M.D. Casler, Mai M. Phillips and A.L. Krohn, “DNA Polymorphisms Reveal Geographic Races of Reed Canarygrass,” Crop Science, Vol. 49, November-December 2009, pp. 1-10.

Dennis Tomashek and Mark V. Johnston, “Poster 92: Comparison of Diagnostic Groupings as Predictors of Mortality After Inpatient Rehabilitation,” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 90, No. 10, 2009, pp. e39-e40.

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee and S. Hegerty, “Purchasing Power Parity in LessDeveloped and Transition Economies: A Review Article,” Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 23, 2009, pp. 617-658.

ECONOMICS

Jay M. Kapellusch and Arun Garg (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering), “Application of Biomechanics in a Small Manufacturing Facility: A Case Study,” Proceedings of the International Ergonomics Association, Beijing, China, August 2009.

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee and A. Kutan, “The J-Curve in the Emerging Economies of Eastern Europe,” Applied Economics, Vol. 41, 2009, pp. 2523-2532.

Arun Garg (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering) and Jay M. Kapellusch, “Applications of Biomechanics for Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders,” Ergonomics, Vol. 52, 2009, pp. 36-59.

Michael J. Mikos, “Odbiór Sienkiewiczowskiego Quo vadis w Stanach Zjednoczonych,” pp. 369-377 in Słowa I metody, Alina Kochanczyk et al., eds., Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMCS, 2009.

Arun Garg (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering), N. Campbell-Kyureghyan, Jay M. Kapellusch and S.V. Yalla, “LowBack: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Job Evaluation and Design Principles,” American Industrial Hygiene Association Applications Manual, 2009, Chapter 26. Arun Garg (Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering), N. Campbell-Kyureghyan, N. Seo, S.V. Yalla and Jay M. Kapellusch, “Distal Upper Extremities: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Job Evaluation and Design Principles,” American Industrial Hygiene Association Applications Manual, 2009, Chapter 27. Phyllis King, “American Medical Association’s Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability Gathers Evidence and Concerns,” National Workers’ First Watch Newsletter, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, No. 3, Winter 2010. Bhagwant S. Sindhu and Phyllis King, “Assessing Evaluee Effort,” pp. 195227 in Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability: How to Request, Interpret and Apply Functional Capacity Evaluations (First Edition), E. Genovese and J. S. Galper, eds., Washington, D.C.: American Medical Association, 2009. A.H. Watson, M. Ito, Roger O. Smith and L.T. Andersen, “Effect of Assistive Technology in a Public School Setting,” American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 64, 2010, pp. 18-29. P.A. Moyers-Cleveland and Virginia C. Stoffel, “Preventing Substance Abuse in Adolescents and Adults,” pp. 280-306 in Occupational Therapy in the Promotion of Health and Wellness, M. Scaffa, M. Pizzi and M. Reitz, eds., Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2010.

LETTERS & SCIENCE AFRICOLOGY Erin N. Winkler, “I learn being black from everywhere I go”: Color-blindness, travel, and the formation of racial attitudes among African American adolescents,” Children and Youth Speak for Themselves,

FOREIGN LANGUAGES & LINGUISTICS

Greater Milwaukee Foundation Evaluation Services for the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative Maier, Peter – Research $35,925 UWM Foundation EPIC and COMPASS Guide Scholarship Clearinghouse Percy, Stephen – Extension & Public Service $50,000

FINANCIAL AID U.S. Dept. of Education Smart Grant 2010 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $7,000 U.S. Dept. of Education ACG Grant 2010 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $3,500 U.S. Dept. of Education Federal SEOG-FY10 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $56,000 U.S. Dept. of Education Pell-FY10 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $775,000 U.S. Dept. of Education Federal Work Study-FY10 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $156,000 UWM Foundation To Purchase Laptop Computers for New Life Impact Program Participants Hojan-Clark, Jane – Extension & Public Service $29,252

PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

NURSING

ART & DESIGN

Jane S. Leske and K. Brasel, “Effects of witnessed resuscitation after trauma prior to hospitalization,” Journal of Trauma Nursing, Vol. 17, 2010, pp. 11-18.

UWM Foundation Support of Fellowship Program for Visual Artists Hobgood, Wade – Extension & Public Service $70,000

HELEN BADER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE

FINE ARTS QUARTET

Marie Savundranayagam and Rhonda Montgomery, “Impact of role discrepancies on caregiver burden among spouses,” Research on Aging, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 175-199.

UWM Foundation Support Fine Arts Quartet Hobgood, Wade – Miscellaneous $8,375

Marie Savundranayagam and M. Brintnall-Peterson, “Testing self-efficacy as a pathway that supports self care among family caregivers in a psychoeducational intervention,” Journal of Family Social Work, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 149-162.

UWM Foundation Support for Annual LGBT Film/Video Festival Hobgood, Wade – Miscellaneous $34,892

GRANTS

BOSTROM CENTER

RECEIVED IN MARCH 2010 ACADEMIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR URBAN INITIATIVES & RESEARCH Milwaukee Public Schools Evaluation of MPS Learning Teams Project Batson, Terry – Extension & Public Service $100,000 Rosalie Manor Community & Family Services Evaluation of Supporting Teen Families, Year 5 Maier, Peter – Research $8,000 Best Friends Foundation Analysis of Best Friends Survey Data Maier, Peter – Extension & Public Service $15,000 Milwaukee Public Schools Evaluation of MPS Parent Involvement Programs Maier, Peter – Extension & Public Service $75,000

FILM

SHELDON B. LUBAR SCHOOL OF BUSINESS U.S. Dept. of Treasury UWM Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Prasad, Velagapudi; Meldman, Robert – Extension & Public Service $79,574

CONTINUING EDUCATION OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE UWM Foundation Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM Sanders, Cathleen – Extension & Public Service $25,000

EDUCATION CENTER FOR MATH & SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH UW System Mathematics Fellowships for Middle Grades Teachers: Strengthening Teachers’ Content Knowledge and Instructional Practices McLeod, Kevin – Instruction $90,006

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION Next Door Foundation Evaluation for Next Door Foundation’s Early Head Start Grant Liu, Yi-Juin – Extension & Public Service $25,040


ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE CIVIL ENGINEERING & MECHANICS National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Water Equipment and Policy Christensen, Erik; Chen, Junhong – Research $80,000 Gannett Fleming Inc. Development of Microbial Desalination Cell for Water Desalination He, Zhen – Research $131,755 UW Sea Grant Program Physical and Biological Processes Associated with Resuspension of Contaminated Sediments in the Sheboygan River Estuary Liao, Qian – Researc h $45,960 Washington State University Pre-Overlay Repair of Existing Concrete and Asphaltic Pavements Titi, Hani – Research $39,821

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE U.S. Navy Magnetic Content Addressable Memory Wang, Weizhong – Research $100,000

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING National Science Foundation CAREER: Towards Interactive Simulation of Giga-Scale Agent-Based Models on Graphics Processing Units Dsouza, Roshan – Research $92,885

HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER FOR URBAN POPULATION HEALTH Wisconsin Partnership Fund Piloting the SHOW Project Community Advisory Board: Partners in Dissemination Galvao, Loren – Research $23,421

For the Record GEOSCIENCES

SOCIAL WORK

Sigma Xi Decision Making: Before, During and After Brain Injury Swain, Rodney – Research $400

National Science Foundation New Stratigraphic and Archaeological Investigations on the Origin of the Acheulean at Olduvai Gorge McHenry, Lindsay – Research $117,763

Aurora Health Care Partnership and Innovations Grant (Aurora/Parkinson Research Institute) Kwak, Jung – Research $10,000

Sigma Xi Effects of Modulation to the Cerebellothalamocortical Pathway Swain, Rodney – Research $400

INSTITUTE FOR SURVEY & POLICY RESEARCH

Office of National Drug Control Policy High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)/UWM Collaboration Stojkovic, Stan – Extension & Public Service $1,051,776

UWM LIBRARIES

WI Dept. of Transportation Enforcement and Media Campaign, and Driver Awareness Surveys and Analysis Arora, Swarnjit – Extension & Public Service $66,600

ADMINISTRATION

STUDENT AFFAIRS

National Endowment for the Humanities Saving and Sharing the AGS Library’s Historic Nitrate Negative Images Baruth, Christopher – Extension & Public Service $315,000

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Driving CCN Activation with SubgridScale Forcings Larson, Vincent – Research $99,778

ATHLETICS–ADMINISTRATION UWM Foundation Women’s Basketball Banquet Expenses from Hilton Milwaukee City Center on 4/24/05 Koonce, George – Miscellaneous $1,000

MILWAUKEE IDEA HELEN BADER INSTITUTE FOR NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

PHYSICS National Institutes of Health RF Testbed for Quantitative Thermoacoustic Computerized Tomography Patch, Sarah; Hanson, George – Research $181,830 National Science Foundation Real-Time, Background-Free, Resonance Raman Microscopy for Live-Cell Imaging Yakovlev, Vladislav; Kuchin, Sergei – Research $144,995

PSYCHOLOGY National Institutes of Health Prefrontal Interactions with Hippocampus and Amygdala During Trace Fear Helmstetter, Fred – Research $71,823 National Institutes of Health Glutamatergic Mechanisms Underlying Prefrontal Regulation of Drug Seeking After Extinction Mueller, Devin – Research $73,850

UWM Foundation Management and Support for the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management Smith, John – Extension & Public Service $15,000

HELEN BADER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE CENTER FOR ADDICTION & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESEARCH U.S. Drug Testing Lab Hair Ethyl Glucuronide as a Long Term Alcohol Biomarker Fendrich, Michael; Berger, Lisa – Research $390,706 Milwaukee County, WI Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court Evaluation Fendrich, Michael; Pelfrey, William – Research $6,057

CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council American Indian Science Scholars Program – Summer Scholars Program Madsen, Mary K. – Extension & Public Service $37,305

EXTRAMURAL AWARDS - PROGRESS TO DATE

HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCES

Milwaukee County Dept. on Aging Wellness Works Contract 2010 Strath, Scott – Research $49,544

Period 9 – March 2010

FY 2010

Federal

Year-to-Date Total

Federal

Total

Research

$ 1,061,474

$ 1,868,257

$ 21,621,679

$ 27,182,903

Instruction

$ -338,662

$ -222,811

$ 4,094,888

$ 6,024,646

Public Service

$ 1,446,350

$ 1,940,916

$ 2,586,470

$ 6,736,880

Student Aid

$ 1,016,500

$ 1,016,500

$ 31,393,717

$ 31,407,317

LETTERS & SCIENCE

Other

$

$

$

$ 2,181,262

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

TOTALS

National Institutes of Health Hemispheric Lateralization and Interlimb Transfer of Motor Learning Wang, Jinsung – Research $130,302

National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Balancing Selection and MHC in an Endangered Bird Dunn, Peter; Bollmer, Jennifer; Whittingham, Linda – Research $355,207

CHEMISTRY Carnegie Mellon University Catalysis Science: Molecular-Level Design of Chiral Heterogeneous Catalysts Tysoe, Wilfred – Research $86,957

CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN STUDIES UW–Madison UW Consortium for Latin American Language and Area Studies Ruggiero, Kristin – Instruction $26,000

-0-

$ 3,185,662

44,267

$ 4,647,129

$ 59,696,754

Period 9 – March 2009

FY 2009

Federal

-0-

$73,533,008

Year-to-Date Total

Federal

Total

Research

$ 1,216,721

$ 1,393,351

$ 18,564,876

$ 24,427,580

Instruction

$

-0-

$

65,300

$ 4,664,640

$ 5,466,024

Public Service

$

-0-

$

40,626

$ 3,928,192

$ 7,703,605

Student Aid

$ 1,369,703

$ 1,386,028

$ 14,266,784

$ 15,075,961

Other

$

$

$

6,000

$ 2,033,484

$ 41,430,492

$54,706,654

TOTALS

-0-

$ 2,586,424

5,000

$ 2,890,305

Grant information is prepared by the Graduate School. If you have questions or comments, contact Kenneth D. Buelow, director of information, technology & analysis, 414-229-5449. More detailed grant information also is available on the Web at: graduateschool.uwm.edu/research/data-policy/awards-and-expenditures/.

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First-year student and men’s basketball guard Lonnie Boga piles on the cardboard. The team’s “Country House” tied with the “UITS Technology Turtle” in the category of “Most Creative” cardboard home.

Members of the university’s Habitat for Humanity chapter organized a speaking event; the house-building competition; a fund and donation drive; and an e-mail campaign asking elected officials to reform foreign assistance.

They came, they constructed, they collapsed.

Cardboard creations shelter students to benefit ‘Habitat’

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Above: Members of the university’s Habitat for Humanity chapter organized an e-mail campaign asking elected officials to reform foreign assistance; a speaking event; the house-building competition; and a fund and donation drive.

Photography by Danielle Burren

Below: Event organizers estimate that three truckloads of recycled cardboard were used to erect the village on Spaights Plaza.

n April 1 more than 100 students braved winds gusting up to 30 mph, plus hundreds of pounds of cardboard, to participate in the UWM Habitat for Humanity chapter’s annual “Act! Speak! Build!” event on Spaights Plaza. “Tonight’s effort isn’t to mock homelessness. It’s not to try to re-create it,” said UWM Habitat for Humanity co-chair Sarah Rogers. “It’s to educate and to share with people that there is homelessness in Milwaukee and UWM is here to help.”

For an entry fee of $5, students participated in a house-building competition, with access to all the donated cookies, sandwiches and pizza they could eat – and all the cardboard they could carry. All money raised went to Hope House, a local emergency and transitional living facility. The real test came after the houses were standing (or swaying) in the breeze. The hardiest competitors slept overnight in cardboard structures that ranged from a turtleshaped hut and a cardboard mosque to a long, long, long tunnel and a lean-to festooned with tie-dyed flags. Despite having the tallest cardboard house that was the envy of the rest of the plaza, the men’s basketball team reluctantly opted out of the sleep-out portion of the evening. Contemplating an evening’s rest on cardboard and concrete, team captain Tone Boyle says the team’s trainer warned players: “It could be bad for our backs.” A meteorological miracle brought 50- to 70-degree temperatures to Spaights Plaza from 6 p.m.-6 a.m., but conditions didn’t fully agree with student builders. Coordinator Chelsie Collins had to extend the building competition by one hour, as structures collapsed and toppled in the wind gusts. So from 8-10 p.m., the only sounds on Spaights Plaza were roaring winds and the shrieking of thousands of patches of duct tape being torn from cardboard rolls. “Even with the wind, we’re happy to be doing this tonight,” said Collins. “Compared to the snow and rain we had last year, this is heaven.”

Far left: Artem Mulitsa (senior, International Marketing) gives a thumbs-up to TKE house, prize-winner in the “Biggest House” category. It collapsed around midnight. Left: The small group of students who battled the winds and fatigue all night long formed a “Peace Circle” at midnight. Right: Yahya Hamdan (junior, International Marketing) and Yamin Masalkhi (senior, Journalism) strike a pose with a friend in front of their creation – a cardboard mosque constructed by the Muslim Student Association.

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