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A conversation with UWM’s eighth chancellor



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Alan Magayne-Roshak

Looking back at 40 (or more!) years at UWM

New Chancellor Michael Lovell is looking ahead to campus expansion and stronger ties with the region and its residents.

A fter seven months of serving as interim


UWM Alumni Association Awards


Summer workshops at the Peck School of the Arts Blumenthal, Klappa receive honorary degrees Berg wins Regents Teaching Award Sotomayor, Merrick honored by UW System 2011-12 RGI Awards announced Pugach presents education policy briefing in D.C.

chancellor, Michael R. Lovell was confirmed as UWM chancellor by the UW System Board of Regents on May 4. Recently he sat down to talk about what the next steps will be in UWM’s evolution. Q. UWM has made unprecedented gains in the last decade in terms of research and external funding. How can we keep the gains growing? A. Most of the gains came from our investments in providing infrastructure and core facilities to faculty. If we strategically invest in similar ways across the board, those investments are going to pay off in those other areas. The Kenwood IRC [Interdisciplinary Research Center] is a perfect example of something that can help our faculty be more competitive in terms of research. It will provide core facilities and equipment that will allow them to compete nationally for funding, but also provide the infrastructure for facilitating more collaborative work so our faculty can go for larger grants. Q. How will we be able to make a difference to the regional economy in the short-term future? A. There are several aspects of that. First, we’re beginning to see start-up companies emerging from the university’s research. Through the structure of the UWM Research Foundation we’re seeing faculty, whether it be Jim Cook or Junhong Chen or others, who are creating technologies and spinning out companies that will hopefully help drive the economy in the region. The second thing is, we’re developing a lot of talent here. When you do research – like the work that Ph.D. students and post-docs bring in – it will ultimately feed into companies in the region, which gives us an influx of human capital.

And finally, we are involved in a lot of partnerships with local industry, and these generate technology. We have consortiums in the areas of water, energy and advanced materials that are really trying to take the technology of the university and put it into the hands of the corporate community, particularly manufacturers, to allow them to become more competitive as well. The large companies are really the drivers of the economy in Milwaukee right now. Q. We are embarking on the “big build.” What do you envision our campus will be like five years out? Ten years? A. Right now is the most exciting time of expansion this campus has ever seen. We’re in the middle of $300 million in capital projects that are in various stages of development. And the campus has only had $320 million in such projects in the last 22 years. So when we look five years out, most of the current projects that are on the board are going to be completed, starting with the Kenwood IRC, which will be the new gateway to our campus. The School of Public Health will be completed near downtown. The School of Freshwater Sciences addition will be completed. The EDA building, the first building out in Wauwatosa, will be completed. So the campus will be vastly different from what it is now. When you take a look at 10 years from now, there will be two other large pieces. The Columbia St. Mary’s property; that’s going to be a 10-year project. We’ll be using it right away for some things, like the Children’s Center, Honors College and swing space. That will be the utilization over the next three years. But after that, we’ll probably be looking at a $100 million investment over the subsequent seven years to build out research and academic facilities and other support infrastructure for campus. Also, the engineering building out at Wauwatosa will be completed. So we’ll have another $75 million Continued on page 3 June 2011 • UWMREPORT • 1


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Concluding the interim year

Saturday, Sept. 10 Marcus Amphitheater Summerfest grounds

the good fortune to transition from College of Engineering & Applied Science dean to interim chancellor and now chancellor. Along the way, though, I have had even greater fortune to be involved with so many developments involving the projects and people of UWM. For more than half a century, UWM chancellors have looked west from Chapman Hall and thought about if and when the Columbia Hospital campus would become part of UWM. This very significant acquisition finally took place in December. As we find the best ways to use the 800,000 square feet of building space on the former hospital campus, it is important to realize that those who move there will leave behind an area equivalent to at least half that size. This “backfill space,” as it has been called, compares to an area exceeding the square footage of the Golda Meir Library. We all should have more elbow room in the years ahead. We have made similarly significant strides ahead elsewhere, making the first $5 million payment through the UWM Real Estate Foundation on the Innovation Park property in Wauwatosa. We should break ground this summer on the first new building on that property, and we are also nearing an arrangement that will save the five historic Eschweiler buildings elsewhere in Innovation Park. We also are seeing excellent progress being made toward the Kenwood Integrated Research Complex and buildings for the School of Public Health and School of Freshwater Sciences. Our work during this interim year has gone far

beyond plans for buildings. Necessitated by a dire state budget for the UW System, individuals from across campus have taken a keen interest in the financial future for the campus, their departments and, understandably, themselves. Our administration has done its best to keep people informed through all-campus budget forums, a frequently updated state budget website accessible from the UWM homepage, e-mail budget updates and brown-bag lunches. We will continue to provide as much information as possible on this important subject. And while I have had extensive interaction with UWM students during my first two years as CEAS dean, that relationship reached an entirely new level when I transitioned to the Chancellor’s Office. As interim chancellor, I had the opportunity to meet many more students in different settings. I won’t soon forget the thousands of students who cheered on the men’s basketball team during the Horizon League Tournament or the senior men and women at the recent Athletics Department Student-Athlete Banquet who shared their emotional stories of what this university has meant to their lives. And I will always remember the tears of joy streaming down graduating students’ faces as they walked across the stage at commencement to the loud cheers of their families and friends. It has been a memorable year at UWM, yet I am looking forward to so much more. We will start work this summer on a new strategic plan for UWM. We will continue work on the Human Factor Task Force to further improve the climate here at UWM. I know progress will continue on our many capital projects. Thank you for 2010-11, and I look forward to working together with you in the years to come.

—Michael R. Lovell

UWM launches new student recruitment campaign By Laura Glawe

UWM has launched a new marketing campaign aimed at recruiting new students to the university. The campus community received an early look at the campaign when the new Powerful Ideas. Proven Results. website went live on May 6. “The campaign comes at a critical time for UWM. It is more important than ever that UWM continue to attract a well-qualified and diverse student body. This campaign will help us do so by putting a spotlight on the great work being done by our faculty, staff and students, in the classroom and the research labs,” says UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell.

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WHAT NEXT? Several marketing materials are in development for the public campaign roll-out in September. The integrated mix will generate UWM visibility throughout the region. Specific outreach materials will also serve communities of color in Milwaukee. The campaign was developed in partnership with Lipman Hearne, a Chicago marketing communications agency that focuses on higher education clients. To inform the campaign strategy and messages, UWM received extensive input from UWM faculty, deans, current students, alumni, prospective students, parents and business leaders. Everyone at UWM is part of the university’s brand. Discover our Powerful Ideas. Proven Results. at

PANTHERFEST takes center stage at the Marcus Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 10. This marks the fifth consecutive year UWM hosts its official Campus KickOff celebration for new and returning students, faculty, staff and alumni at the Amphitheater and surrounding Summerfest grounds. Almost 15,000 members of the UWM community and friends attended the 2010 event, which featured concerts by KiD CuDi and Shiny Toy Guns, prizes, games, demonstrations and more. Details of this fall’s event – including the names of headlining performers – will be posted on the Web at:

Peter Jakubowski

W hat a year this has been for UWM. Yes, I’ve had


The crowd cheers KiD CuDi at last year’s PANTHERFEST.

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Blumenthal, Klappa receive honorary degrees U WM alumni George R. Blumenthal, chan-

cellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Gale E. Klappa, chairman, president and CEO of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, received honorary degrees from their alma mater at Spring Commencement ceremonies. In addition, Blumenthal gave the commencement address at the morning Black Ceremony; Klappa addressed new grads at the afternoon Gold Ceremony.

GALE E. KLAPPA (’72) Doctor of Commercial Science Nominated by the Lubar School of Business

From page 1 building for our faculty and graduate students to be located near the Regional Medical Center, industry and other partners. Until we bought Columbia St. Mary’s we were the second-densest campus in the country in terms of students-to-acreage. So for the first time in several decades, we’re going to have the chance to decompress.

GEORGE R. BLUMENTHAL (’66) Doctor of Astrophysics and Leadership in Higher Education Nominated by the Department of Physics

George R. Blumenthal is the 10th chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an outstanding scholar in cosmology, galaxy formation and high-energy astrophysics. He joined UCSC in 1972 and served as chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University Academic Senate and UC systemwide Academic Senate. Blumenthal, who grew up in Milwaukee, was the first generation of his family to attend college. He earned his bachelor of science degree at UWM in 1966 and his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, San Diego, in 1971. Blumenthal’s distinguished research career as a theoretical astrophysicist encompasses several critical areas including gamma ray bursts and the role of dark matter in the formation and evolution of the universe. He is co-author of the astronomy textbook 21st Century Astronomy, and his work in high-energy cosmic rays has become a reference for students in astrophysics. He has contributed greatly to the “cold dark matter” (CDM) theory which is now accepted as standard in theoretical astrophysics. Blumenthal continues to combine teaching, scholarship and leadership in the academic community, both at UCSC, his home campus and within the state system. Blumenthal is a respected leader who is helping to shape the future of UCSC’s campus. Appointed chancellor in September 2007, he inherited the university’s conflicts with the city of Santa Cruz and had major concerns about the added impact of the anticipated increase in student population. The city, county and a citizen’s organization was suing UCSC because the state-mandated campus did not have to abide by city regulations. Blumenthal’s leadership skills led to a written settlement and the lawsuits dissipated. He was able to resolve many formerly persistent issues and set a new standard for reconciling similar conflicts in the UC system.


Q. What role will initiatives like the Human Factor Task Force and Inclusive Excellence play in improving campus climate and increasing morale?

Gale E. Klappa has served as chairman, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Energy Corporation since 2004 and also holds the same position with Wisconsin Energy’s principal utility subsidiary, We Energies. He is a 1972 graduate cum laude of UWM, with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. Klappa strongly supports UWM’s growth initiative and recognizes that the university is critical to the future economic success of the region. This is evident in his service as 2006 co-chair of UWM’s comprehensive campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in UWM history, as well as membership on the Lubar School’s Business Advisory Council. Klappa possesses years of experience as an astute business leader and introduced a strategy to Milwaukee business leaders to strengthen the city’s economic future. The Milwaukee 7, launched in September 2005, was formed to create a regional, cooperative economic development platform for the seven counties of Southeastern Wisconsin. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent. “We are seven counties united around an agenda to grow, expand and attract world-class businesses and talent, creating high-value employment and a sustainable quality of life,” Klappa said at the M7’s fifth anniversary in 2010. Klappa has received recognition for demonstrating his commitment to creating a future for the Greater Milwaukee area. He was named Corporate Strategic Partner and CEO of the Year in 2006. The award recognizes We Energies for efforts to establish supplier relationships with minority-owned companies in Milwaukee. The Legacy Foundation saluted Klappa in 2008 for his business and civic leadership, noting in particular the launch of M7. In 2010, Klappa was again named CEO of the Year by the Business Council, recognizing his “continued progress, sincere effort and the number of ethnically diverse companies in Milwaukee that you have partnered with as suppliers.”

A. There are two aspects to climate on campus. There’s the salary situation – that’s one part of it. The other part is we want to make this a welcoming environment for people to come to work. The Human Factor Task Force is looking at ways that will make UWM a better place to work. It could be small things, like having coffee shops at certain locations. But there’s also the climate aspect – making sure everyone feels valued and that people treat each other civilly and respectfully. The last surveys we did about diversity and climate on our campus showed that we have a problem. There’s a high percentage of people who feel, whether it’s perceived or real, that they are discriminated against or not treated fairly. When people enjoy where they are working and what they are doing, it makes it a little easier to take the salary issue. Q. You’ve taken on a daunting challenge in leading UWM. How do you unwind? A. I’ve been an athlete my whole life and I run every day. We actually have a group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings here on campus. Pete Corfeld, the men’s cross country coach, coaches us. The group consists of faculty and staff – 10 to 12 altogether – and between six and eight of us show up on any given day. We just ran the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha this past weekend and it was a lot of fun. I also coach swimming at the Shorewood Swim Club. No matter what’s on my mind, when I go to coach, I’ve forgotten it by the time I get with the kids and practice is over. Also, in the summers, I do triathlons, so I bike and swim a little more. Q. What’s been your favorite part of this job so far? A. The thing I’ve enjoyed the most is getting to see all of campus. As dean of engineering, I only saw a fraction of the people on this campus. So as chancellor, the scope goes from being fairly narrow to everything. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the people in every part of the institution, from athletics to the humanities, the whole gamut. I’ve also been so impressed by the work ethic of people on this campus, and how humble and welcoming they have been.

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Looking back at 40 (or more!) years at UWM

Alan Magayne-Roshak

By Kathy Quirk

Norma Ewert

David Hoeveler

E conomic recession made the future uncertain, a faraway war fueled protest, and political turmoil brought angry demonstrations on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. It may sound familiar today, but those events also shaped the late 1960s and early 1970s, and are among the memories shared by UWM employees who started here four decades or more ago. This year, 11 employees, who started in 1966 or 1971, with a total of 375 years of service to the university, were honored at the Length of Service Awards Ceremony in April. (See complete list below). A few of them took time to share their perspectives on what the university was like at the time and why they remained committed to their work here.

TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES – AND A COMPUTER REVOLUTION David Hoeveler, now a professor of history, had just finished his doctorate and was thrilled to be a last-minute hire at UWM. “In 1971, I felt lucky to get a job. Others who went through the Ph.D. program with me became waiters and firefighters. I’ve loved history since I was in third grade and considered myself so fortunate to be able to teach it.” “It was a tough job market,” agrees Linda Levenhagen, now a Web developer in University Information Technology Services (UITS). “Economic times were tight in the country. President Nixon placed a wage/price freeze on the nation. I seem to recall that companies could not create any new jobs. You could only hire into a job if someone retired from one. When an employee in UWM’s mailroom retired, I was thrilled to be able to take her place and become a Shipping and Mailing Clerk 1 here at UWM.” Although the university remains an institution of higher learning, the ways people do their jobs have changed a great deal over the past four decades. Norma Ewert, who works in the UITS business office, recalls that when she started, “We had key punchers and I would have to order five million punch cards at a time because we went through so many. I remember when we got the first Apple2E on campus. It’s amazing just how much the technology has evolved.”

WAR AND UNREST Connie Jo, now assistant dean in the College of Letters and Science, started working at UWM in 1971, but one of her strongest memories is from her UWM student days. “I remember the day after the Kent State shootings in May 1970 as if it was yesterday. I was a student and a student worker in my last month of school before graduation. The anger on campus was palpable, as was the feeling of unity and commitment to do everything necessary to keep our campuses as safe havens for the free expression of opinions, for dissent and debate. “The sight of thousands of students, professors, staff members, military veterans and even a few administrators coming together in front of Mitchell Hall made an indelible impression on my memory.” Kenneth Nieman, a young veteran who had spent a year in Vietnam, had just joined UWM’s campus police force, then known as Protection and Security. Like others, he remembers Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the many war protests, including a tent city on the lawn of Mitchell Hall. Years later, Nieman helped investigate the origins of a plaque found in a campus hallway. Vietnam Veterans Against the War had planned to place the plaque in front of Mitchell Hall in remembrance of victims of the war in Indochina, but it disappeared from the group’s campus office. In 2001, the plaque was finally installed outside Mitchell, near another plaque honoring UWM’s Vietnam veterans.

WHAT MADE THEM STAY? Most of these veterans of four or more decades at UWM say they didn’t even think about staying that long when they first were hired. “About five years was my goal,” says Ewert, “but I just came to like it here and felt comfortable, and the years get away from you. And then I finally decided I was in the place I was supposed to be.” Hoeveler credits the academic freedom he found at UWM as a key factor in his decision to stay. He’s researched and written extensively about the intellectual history of the U.S. “UWM is a very good place to discover yourself as a scholar, and I’ve always been able to develop new courses that grow out of research interests.” Nieman, who saw the Protection and Security department become the UWM Police Department during his first year, found he liked the academic atmosphere, contributing to solving cases, protecting the campus community and the opportunity to meet students and faculty from all over the world. “Sometimes when I was on patrol, I’d walk by and see students working on their art projects. It was fascinating to watch,” he recalls. The hard part, he says, was getting to know students for three or four years, then having them leave. “It’s a little like the army that way,” he says philosophically. Many of those interviewed mentioned the variety of work and opportunities they found at the university, and the colleagues and supervisors who were, and are, supportive and passionate

Connie Jo

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Kenneth Nieman and the UWM Police Department are both celebrating 40 years at the university this year.

about the work they do. “I like feeling that the work I do is important, and knowing that I have made a positive difference in some people’s lives,” says Jo. “I especially enjoy working with faculty and staff members who want to put together proposals to develop academic programs, centers and initiatives Linda Levenhagen that channel their strengths and energies into improving people’s lives, whether it is through drug discovery, providing interpretation assistance for non-native English speakers, or opening exciting new academic horizons for students who may never before have dreamed of the things they could do.”

Honorees Here’s a complete list of those honored for 40 or 45 years at the May Length of Service Awards Ceremony. 45 years Jacquelyn Bell-Massey Lakshmi K. Bhardadwaj Stephen A. Jankiewicsz Sr. 40 years Kenneth A. Nieman Lana J. Dyer Norma J. Ewert Linda L. Levenhagen John D. Hoeveler Jr. Connie Jo David H. Petering Ray E. Bol

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

A values perspective on budget planning in Academic Affairs I n April, a team from UWM presented on the

digital future planning process at the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, our accrediting agency. Our goal in making the presentation was to share our experiences with other institutions as they address the critical challenges digitization holds for all of higher education. Every spring, budget meetings are held with the deans, their budget officers and Provost’s Office staff. While there are several “unknowns” in play this year (e.g., the possibility of increased institutional flexibility for UW System campuses; the final outcome of the state’s 2011-13 biennial budget process), we did know that we would be facing a challenging budget scenario involving some degree of reductions. To meet that challenge, I held an initial round of informal meetings with the deans in December to define the principles that would structure our response to any cuts. These discussions were value-focused Johannes Britz and not strictly limited to the numbers side of budget planning. A consensus emerged that Academic Affairs would strive to avoid layoffs, mitigate the effects of budget cuts on campus morale to the greatest extent possible, follow a preference for the common good, and budget in a way that will support strategic initiatives on campus. As more budget information became available this spring, a second round of budget meetings was held. These meetings focused on how to manage a 2.5 percent cut in overall funds (101 plus 189 and other funds). Factoring in marginal tuition and carryforward balances, each dean was asked to discuss school/college plans for absorbing a 2.5 percent cut and to think strategically on ways of offsetting cuts in general program revenue (GPR) from the state. The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research prepared a set of strategic indicators for each school and college to inform the discussion. Those materials are on the Academic Affairs website at strategic-indicators/11/. The strategic indicators addressed student retention, enrollment patterns and degrees granted for undergraduates and graduate students, school/ college budgets and expenditures, FTE, grants, and credits conveyed. Two sample indicators for the College of Engineering & Applied Science are below.


These data were discussed in terms of their relationship to 1) school/college student recruitment plans and possibilities for offsetting GPR cuts by growing enrollment (including adding online and international students); and 2) faculty/academic staff recruitment, retirement and turnover, anticipating a higher than average turnover in positions for the coming year, indicating the need for succession planning at the school/college and departmental levels. Overall, discussions were framed within a larger paradigm of the next decade of financial commitments to all of our projects, including the Northwest Quadrant, new schools, the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex and Innovation Park. Other planning assumptions included a 5.5 percent yearly tuition increase. (In the event that tuition does not increase, planning exercises also covered the possibility of a 5 percent cut). The scenarios used for planning erred on the conservative side, with the aim of minimizing risk in an uncertain fiscal period. The hoped-for outcome is to align resources to accomplish our missions of research and access in a fashion that allows for a positive climate for undertaking our shared work. As each school and college engages in budget planning and discussions at the local level, I anticipate that we will increase our shared understanding of the resources available to us and demonstrate a commitment to maintaining our core values as an academic community.

Look for UWM at the Wisconsin State Fair again this year – but not in the usual place or at the usual times. Instead of our booth in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion, UWM is sponsoring an entire day at the fair on Sunday, Aug. 7. Look for interactive displays and activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Central Mall. Expect appearances by Pounce and our athletic teams, performances by Peck School of the Arts students, demonstrations and exhibits by UWM’s 10 schools and colleges, and a Bookstore booth stocked with caps, T-shirts and more for showing your Panther Pride at the fair. As a bonus, the Central Mall is really, really close to the cream puffs.

Visit the new Innovation Park website:

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RGI awards announced for 2011-12 PATHER PROWL OCT. 9 Get ready, get set, Prowl! Get your running and walking shoes ready for the Seventh Annual Panther Prowl 5k run/ walk, which kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. This certified course starts on the UWM campus, winds through scenic Lake Park and ends back on campus for a festive post-race party! The Prowl helps support UWM Alumni Association programs and student scholarships. For more information on how you can participate in the Prowl as a runner, walker or volunteer, please check out the Prowl website at Online registration begins July 1.

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T hirty-five proposals have been chosen for fund-

ing in the 2011-12 Research Growth Initiative (RGI), an internal seed-funding competition aimed at enhancing the university’s research and scholarly work and supporting the state’s economic development through innovation. As a testament to the improving quality of RGI submissions, the independent experts and scholars who reviewed the applications awarded double-alpha ratings to over 40 percent of this year’s 112 proposals. Five proposals each from Biological Sciences and Physics were funded, as well as four from Engineering. Social sciences, professions and the humanities were also well represented, including the first-ever award for Africology. Reflecting the growing emphasis on multi- and interdisciplinary research, seven of the 15 collaborative projects funded feature investigators from multiple departments. Unless noted, Co-PIs are from the same departments as the PIs. The awardees are: Predicting Phase Formation and Transitions in Functional Oxide Nanolaminates: Carolyn Aita, Chemistry and Biochemistry This Way Out: A History of Deportation from the U.S., 1935-1970: Rachel Buff, History Remote-Controlled, Self-Healing Shape Memory Polymer Composites: Jian Chen, Chemistry and Biochemistry The Novel Kinase KIN2 Signaling in Endoplasmic Stress: Madhusudan Dey, Biological Sciences; Co-PI Valerica Raicu, Physics Black Horizon: A Documentary in Verse: Rebecca Dunham, English Drug Discovery for Hepatitis C: Hit-to-lead Development of Helicase Inhibitors: David Frick, Chemistry and Biochemistry Advanced Electron Microscopy and Holography of Multiscale Multiferroic Materials: Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, Physics; Co-PIs Prasenjit Guptasarma, Marvin Schofield Depth Selection in Lake Trout Morphotypes: Is it Genetic?: Frederick Goetz, Freshwater Sciences Residential Segregation and Discrete Choice Analysis: Pat Goldsmith, Sociology; Co-PI William Velez Recollection as a Two-Stage Process: A Converging Methods Approach to Investigation of Memory, Awareness and the Brain: Deborah Hannula, Psychology Thermally Derived Graphene Based Nanocrystalline Sheets for Lithium Ion Batteries: Carol Hirschmugl, Physics; Co-PIs Junhong Chen, Mechanical Engineering; Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovksa Preference Functions and the Evolution of Multimodal Signals: Gerlinde Hoebel, Biological Sciences Measuring Leadership Preferences in EthnoTerritorial Conflicts: Shale Horowitz, Political Science Vital Architecture: Sustaining Life and Living Space: Jennifer Johung, Art History

Culturally Enhanced Behavioral Activation for African Americans with Depression: Jonathan Kanter, Psychology; Co-PIs Michael Brondino, Social Work; Shakoor Lee, Nursing Theoretical Study of the Microstructural Impacts on the Mechanical Performance of Metal-Matrix Nano Composites: Changsoo Kim, Materials Engineering; Co-PI Pradeep Rohatgi Gain-Guiding Optical Fiber Lasers: Fundamental Limitations and Practical Solutions: Arash Mafi, Electrical Engineering The Muslim Milwaukee Project: Anna Mansson McGinty, Geography; Co-PIs Caroline Seymour-Jorn, Comparative Literature; Kristin Sziarto Novel Mechanisms of Cellulose and Chitin Utilization by Members of the Bacterial Phylum Bacteroidetes: Mark McBride, Biological Sciences Microbial Communities as Indicators of Oil Contamination on Coastal Beaches: Sandra McLellan, Freshwater Sciences A Feasibility Study of Two-Way Messaging for Prostate Cancer Patients: Susan McRoy, Computer Science; Co-PI Hayeon Song, Communication A Test of the Association Between Subjective SelfReports and Objective Measures of Social Support-Related Communication among HIV-Affected African American Female Dyads: Katie Mosack, Psychology; Co-PIs Michael Brondino, Social Work; Patricia Stevens, Nursing Optogenetic Visual Neuroprosthetics: Ramin Pashaie, Electrical Engineering Lung Oxygen Toxicity: Optical Biopsy and Imaging Techniques: Mahsa Ranji, Electrical Engineering The Reaction of Nitric Oxide with Mycobacterium tuberculosis Hemoglobin N: Marius Schmidt, Physics; Co-PIs Arsenio Pacheco, Chemistry; Alan Schwabacher, Chemistry Identifying the Pathogens That Regulate Tree Species Diversity and Abundance in Tropical Forests: Stefan Schnitzer, Biological Sciences Spatial Fixes and Hegemonic Re-Orderings: Africa’s Place in the Emerging New Order: Jeffrey Sommers, Africology Understanding Multi-Level Barriers to Physical Activity and Health Behaviors in Older Adults: Scott Strath, Human Movement Sciences; Co-PIs Kevin Keenan, Ann Swartz Topological Insulators: Growth and Electronic Properties: Michael Weinert, Physics; Co-PI Lian Li Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of Microfluidic Mixing Devices: Observing Fast Events of Protein Dynamics: Vladislav Yakovlev, Physics A Meshless Approach to Studying Cell-wide Calcium Signaling: Zeyun Yu, Computer Science Sustainable Development of Atomic-scale Nanocoating Technology: Chris Yuan, Mechanical Engineering; Co-PI Tien-chien Jen Automatic Patient Search for Breast Cancer Clinical Trials: Jun Zhang, Electrical Engineering; Co-PIs Xiangming Mu, Information Studies; Tian Zhao, Computer Science MicroRNA-mediated Cross-Talk Between ABA and Auxin Signaling in Arabidopsis: Dazhong Zhao, Biological Sciences Singular Stochastic Control of Regime Switching Diffusion: Viscosity Solution and Linear Programming: Chao Zhu, Mathematical Sciences

RESEARCH NOTES By Colin Scanes, Dean of the Graduate School/Vice-Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Another successful year for research and graduate education at UWM am delighted to report a series of successes by UWM’s faculty, staff and students related to research: Research Strategic Planning The Research Strategic Planning process was completed. The report is available at graduateschool. We are indebted to the faculty and academic staff (including governance committees) for their dedication, insight and wisdom. Thank you for a job well done. Research expenditures Research expenditures continue to increase. While final figures are not in for 2010-11, I am confident of a new record for UWM. Congratulations Colin G. Scanes to all who have made this possible. Wisconsin Distinguished Professors Pradeep Rohatgi, director of the Center for Composite Materials and professor in the Department of Materials Engineering, was re-appointed as a Wisconsin Distinguished Professor. Michael Fendrich, director of the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research and professor of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is a new Wisconsin Distinguished Professor. Congratulations to both. UWM Distinguished Professors I am confident that there will be an announcement of new UWM Distinguished Professors in the near future. Shaw Scientist Christopher C. Quinn, assistant professor of cell biology, developmental genetics and neuroscience in the Department of Biological Sciences, was

awarded the prestigious Shaw Scientist Award from the Greater Milwaukee James D. and Dorothy Shaw Fund. Congratulations to Professor Quinn. Rockwell Automation Endowed Chair Anthony D. Ross has been appointed the first holder of the Rockwell Automation Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management. Congratulations. Research Awards UWM Distinguished Professors have deliberated on the nominees for the Research Awards. Congratulations to the recipients of the UWM Graduate School Research Awards: Margaret L. Fraiser, Department of Geosciences Peter Geissinger, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Marius Schmidt, Department of Physics Rebecca Klaper, School of Freshwater Sciences Andrea Westlund, Department of Philosophy Congratulations to the recipients of the UWM Research Foundation Awards: Dennis Bennett, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Patrick Brady, Department of Physics Sandra Braman, Department of Communication John Isbell, Department of Geosciences The RGI awards (see opposite page), Graduate Faculty Research Committee awards and the Arts and Humanities travel awards have been made. Congratulations to the recipients. Based on the evidence above, I continue to be so impressed by the strength of UWM’s faculty and academic staff. Master of Public Health UWM’s latest new master’s degree – Master of Public Health – has been approved and is presently admitting students.

Alumna named Nurse of the Year By Kathy Quirk

Pamela Scott, a graduate of UWM’s College of Nursing, was honored as 2011 Nurse of the Year. Scott was featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s special Nurse of the Year section, published May 1. Nominations for the award come from the community. A panel of judges, which included six nurses and one community representative, chose the winner and three runners-up. Scott is a family nurse practitioner for the Angel of Hope Clinic on Milwaukee’s South Side. The clinic, which is part of the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group, provides medical care to the homeless and low-cost care for those who are uninsured. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from UWM in 1977, she started working at the former St. Michael’s Hospital as a staff nurse, then an emergency room nurse. While working full time in the emergency room, she came back to UWM part time for graduate school to become a board-certified family nurse practitioner. Soon after Scott completed her master’s degree in 2001, Wheaton asked her to move to the

Angel of Hope Clinic. “I believe it was just meant to be,” she said. “God guided my footsteps because he wanted me here.” Since approximately 80 percent of her patients speak Spanish, Scott has immersed herself in the language to communicate with patients. “I have become proficient and require the help of an interpreter on a limited basis,” she said in the newspaper article. At the clinic, Scott works with patients from 6 months old to adults, handling well-child checks and physicals, and helping patients manage chronic and urgent health issues. “I encourage preventive care and stress the importance of living a healthy lifestyle,“ she said to the paper. “Also, at a young age, I begin to tell the kids about college and careers for the future. I want them to know they have options after high school.” In addition to her work at the Angel of Hope Clinic, Scott has found time to travel to Haiti to help provide medical services. She was in that country during the January 2010 earthquake, and traveled to Port au Prince to help out at a temporary trauma

UWM NIGHT AT MILLER PARK SEPT. 10 Be part of the crowd at this year’s UWM Night at Miller Park event on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Philadelphia Phillies! Join us at 4:30 p.m. in the east parking lot for a family-friendly tailgate party. Special guests, including Pounce and UWM cheerleaders, will get you fired up for the 6:10 p.m. game. Special ticket packages will be available and include the tailgate, entertainment and a game ticket. Watch the UWM Alumni Association website at for updates.

John Krejci, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Pamela Scott, UWM alumna, was honored as Nurse of the Year in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

clinic. She returned to Haiti in April 2010 and again in October. “The post-earthquake physical and emotional scars were evident everywhere I went,” she said. She and her daughter collected 500 pairs of shoes for Haitian children in the spring of 2010, and have started another collection drive for her planned trip back to Haiti this fall. Local health care systems especially value the strong decision-making UWM nursing graduates develop in the program, says Sally Lundeen, dean of UWM’s College of Nursing. In fact, 98 percent of those who earn their bachelor’s degree have a job offer as soon as they graduate, while nearly 100 percent of those completing master’s or doctoral degrees in the past decade had positions at graduation. “We’re very proud of Pam Scott,” says Lundeen. “Nurses like her are helping develop solutions to many of the health care challenges that face the nation today.”

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Berg wins Regents Teaching Award By Kathy Quirk

“STARRY POTTER” Two hops and a skip across the pond from Hogwarts is the equally magical UWM planetarium. For the ultimate Harry Potter experience just before the final movie comes out, visit the planetarium to discover how your favorite characters in Harry Potter relate to our sky. Remember Sirius, Regulus and Bellatrix? Not only are they characters in J.K. Rowling’s famous wizardry series, but they are also bright stars visible in Milwaukee. Don’t miss this and lots more “Starry Potter” connections! Visit to learn more about the planetarium and its programs.

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July 12 and 13, 7-8 p.m. Manfred Olson Planetarium

Craig Berg shows a student in the GEAR UP program how to prepare a water-powered rocket.

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Regulus, the mysterious brother of Sirius, is the brightest star in Leo the Lion.

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tion in UWM’s School of Education, has been selected to receive one of two 2011 Annual Regents Teaching Awards from the University of Wisconsin System. The awards recognize and reward outstanding teachers from among all the University of Wisconsin System institutions. Berg, who directs the Milwaukee Collaborative Science and Mathematics Teacher Education Program (MACSTEP), focuses on preparing exemplary science teachers. Great teachers, he says, are the key to getting elementary, middle and high school students excited about science. “Students’ attitudes toward science, their interest in taking more science, almost always depend on the quality of the teachers teaching science,” he says. “One excellent science teacher can make a huge difference in student attitudes and their desire to continue working toward a STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] career.” With the U.S. lagging behind other countries in the number of college students graduating in these vital STEM fields, increasing the number of topnotch teachers is vital, says Berg. In his work with MACSTEP and other projects, Berg works closely with science faculty, precollege programs and experienced Milwaukee-area teachers on efforts to improve teaching techniques and content knowledge. Among the many projects he is, or has been involved in, with current and aspiring teachers: • He is co-principal investigator on a $1.4 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) with David Petering, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and director of the Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center. Through that grant, Berg works with UWM faculty and high-school science teachers to develop environmental health sciences units that involve high-school students in hands-on experiments on environmental health issues. The high-school students recently presented their work at UWM. • Berg has also worked for the last 12 years with the GEAR UP program, which provides professional development for teachers. In addition, the program gets middle and high school students in

Milwaukee schools and their teachers engaged in science, engineering and technology. Some of the hands-on projects include activities like building and testing water-bottle rockets and mousetrappowered race cars. • With Tracy Posnanski, a colleague in the School of Education, Berg helped 60 MPS science teachers improve their knowledge of science and their teaching techniques through a BEST (Better Elementary Science Teaching) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. HANDS-ON ACTIVITY SPURS GOOD STEM TEACHING Teaching science is a subject Berg is passionate about. Good STEM teaching requires as much hands-on activity as possible, he says. That means finding supplies, scrounging equipment and making time to plan lessons that get students interested, engaged and learning in a manner that results in a robust understanding of science. “There are many science teachers who display exemplary teaching, and orchestrate classroom activities that have students totally engaged,” he says. “These teachers are excited about science and about teaching science, and their students reap the benefits of a professional and finely honed approach to teaching science.” The Regents Award letter recognizes that passion, stating: “The award pays tribute to your impressive dedication as a teacher and to your profound ability to inspire in your students an enthusiasm for both science-teacher education and for learning in general.” Berg says: “Being recognized for teaching is the ultimate honor, but my teaching is an amalgam and a reflection of many things, including the great mentor I had at the undergraduate level, the incredible professors I had in my graduate science-teacher education programs at Iowa, and, for the last 22 years here at Milwaukee, I have learned so much from local exemplary teachers, and learned a great deal from the incredible students I have worked with in the MACSTEP program. I want to thank them and share this with them.” The other winners this year are Regan A.R. Gurung, a professor of human development and psychology at UW-Green Bay, and the Professional Program in Education, also from UW-Green Bay.

Sotomayor, Merrick receive UW System awards By Beth Stafford

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is this year’s UWM recipient of the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards. The awards are co-sponsored by the UW System Women’s Studies Consortium and the UW System Office of Diversity Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to acknowledge the ties and shared concerns among administrators, faculty, staff and students within women’s studies and ethnic studies, and to uphold a continuing commitment to Plan 2008: Educational Quality Through Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Annually, each UW System institution is asked to identify at least one campus community member who meets the award criteria. History Professor Jeffrey Merrick, who retires this month, is UWM’s first awardee for the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People. Poorman played an instrumental role in founding the UW System Inclusivity Initiative for LGBTQ People. Her contributions led to the establishment of the award, intended to recognize a UW System faculty, academic or classified staff member, or registered UW System student, for her or his excellence in advocacy, research, teaching or service on behalf of the LGBTQ communities. Both awards were presented during the 35th Annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies and Seventh Annual UW System LGBTQ Conference at UW-Madison March 25-26. The Fourth Annual Dr. P.B. Poorman Award was presented on Friday and the 16th Annual UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards were presented on Saturday.

During a freshman seminar on Marie Antoinette, Jeffrey Merrick introduced students to French cheeses as part of learning about French culture.

In addition to her teaching, Sotomayor has developed new classes that draw on her background in social work and commitment to social justice. She has collaborated with the College of Nursing and the College of Health Sciences to create a Certificate Program in Spanish for Health Professionals. With support from the UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity, Sotomayor designed and regularly teaches “Health Issues in the Hispanic World.” Since 2005, she has coordinated a service-learning program that takes UWM students to Oaxaca, Mexico, for three weeks of community service and an additional week at a Spanish-speaking, community-based organization in Milwaukee. While in Mexico, Sotomayor volunteers as a translator and interpreter for families with immigration concerns, and distributes supplies and computers to a local women’s shelter for indigenous women. Locally, she has assisted with translation for Milwaukee Public Schools and the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

JEFFREY MERRICK Jeffrey Merrick, professor of history and associate dean of the College of Letters and Science, was cited for “a commitment to promoting greater LGBTQ inclusivity at UWM that spans decades.” Nationally and internationally, Merrick has played a significant role in establishing LGBTQ history as an important scholarly field. He has published essays and articles on homosexuality in 18th-century France, co-edited four volumes on homosexuality in France, and presented numerous papers, lectures and seminars on the subject. Merrick has served on and coordinated the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association. At UWM, Merrick has created and taught an undergraduate course, “Homosexuality in History,” has served on M.A. and Ph.D. committees for LGBT projects in several disciplines, and co-founded the LGBT Studies Certificate Program. In the early 1990s, he was one of the organizers of the UWM LGBT Faculty/Staff Caucus and served as caucus coordinator for 13 years. Merrick co-chaired the 1993-94 UWM Task Force on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues and served as the campus’s contact for the UW System Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues Network. Merrick has represented LGBTQ issues on important UWM search committees and on the campuswide Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues. In 2008, he received a UWM Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence and a UWM Distinguished Service Award. Merrick’s activities on behalf of LGBTQ people extend beyond UWM. For example, he has worked with the Greater Milwaukee LGBT Community Center in the development of a local history project.

Peter Jakubowski

M. ESTRELLA SOTOMAYOR M. Estrella Sotomayor has been assistant coordinator of language instruction, undergraduate major adviser and the academic director-in-residence for the both the Madrid summer language and culture program and the Chile spring semester program for UWM. The Steering Council of the UWM Center for Women’s Studies nominated Sotomayor because of her “eight years as a dedicated teacher and an energetic colleague with an exceptional record of service to her students, department, campus and the broader Milwaukee community.” Sotomayor also is a recipient of the UWM Academic Staff Outstanding Performance Award.

Peter Jakubowski

M. Estrella Sotomayor, senior lecturer in the

M. Estrella Sotomayor’s office includes souvenirs of her travels.

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Advisors using new technologies to chat with students By Kathy Quirk


Gina Johnson

The School of Continuing Education’s College for Kids (CFK) and College for Teens (CFT) programs are celebrating more than 30 years of success. Founded in 1980, CFK and CFT were created to keep children’s education going over summer to set the basis for success in school. Now offering over seven different course areas – from mathematics and computers to creative arts and science – each summer more than 180 programs help create successful kids. On June 28 the School of Continuing Education will host a gala event in celebration of everyone who has helped make the last 30 years a success. Included will be special honorees and longtime CFK and CFT supporters George Karl, current Denver Nuggets coach, and Kim Van Deraa, Friends of Hoop administrator, as well as Russ Smith, faculty adviser, and Mo Broadway, CFK graduate. The event features an online and live auction, fourcourse dinner and Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl helps awards ceremony. celebrate the College for Kids and College Proceeds benefit the for Teens programs June 28. SMILE (Sponsorship Money Investing in Lifelong Education) Scholarship, which allows low-income families in the Milwaukee area to attend CFK and CFT programs. For more information on this event and auction items, visit or call 414-227-3200.

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Torry Rufer suggested an online chat site to the School of Education and now pilots the chat.

U WM academic advisors are reaching out to new

students using new technology. The School of Information Studies (SOIS) has been using Skype for some time to connect with students and potential students, and started using interactive chat in August 2010. And, this spring, the School of Education (SOE) began piloting an online interactive “chat” feature in its Office of Academic Services. Other units like the First Year Center and Department of Recruitment and Outreach have also been using the new technologies. “We believe in using technology as a tool to connect with all of our students – online, on-site, traditional and nontraditional,” says Rebecca Hall, SOIS senior marketing specialist. SOIS has a number of online programs that attract students from all over the country and around the world. That was one of the factors behind the school’s decision to start using Skype and interactive chat. “Since SOIS is the only school or college at UWM to offer both our undergraduate and graduate degrees entirely online, it’s a service that we feel we need, says academic adviser Tobiah Deutsch. The interactive chat is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with plans to expand into evening hours and possibly 24/7. SOIS also uses Skype to connect with students. “Anyone with a video camera and microphone for their computer can use Skype,” says Deutsch. “For many of our online students who are not in the immediate area, this is a very convenient way for them to speak face to face with their adviser.” Deustch has also begun offering students the opportunity to text him with advising questions through the Google Voice application. Although only a few texts have come through so far, the numbers are likely to increase. “It’s apparent that students are using text in enormous numbers.” Torry Rufer, a graduate student in the Higher Education Program and intern in the Office of Academic Services, suggested the idea to the School of Education. Given the popularity of Facebook and Twitter, he believed the online chat would be successful. After chatting (in person) with advisors at the First Year Center who use the online chat feature frequently, he decided that implementing something similar in SOE might just work. Rufer took the idea to Robert Longwell-Grice, director of academic services for SOE. Longwell-Grice

suggested Rufer take up the idea with the school’s marketing and interactive media staff. A team of four did some quick research by logging on to sites from other colleges and universities to see how competitors use online chat features. The feature is widely used by online for-profit universities and online retailers like and Lands’ End. Within a few weeks, the group had pulled together the design and technology. Rufer agreed to pilot the chat from the advising office; SOE Interactive Media Specialist Kyle Stevens set it up on the school’s website. The SOE advising chat launched April 18. Rufer “chatted” with three students that day. Two more left messages. Questions came from incoming first-year students and students transferring or returning to UWM. The pilot interactive chat feature is currently available “live” on the SOE website, soe/, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students and prospective students who contact the advising office outside those hours can either leave a message on the “after hours” chat line or call the office on the telephone. The pilot chat feature is targeted at prospective freshmen, transfers and returning students. “If it is successful we will greatly expand it this summer,” says Longwell-Grice, noting that advising staff could handle the chats while staffing the front desk. “We might add some evening hours as well, if it is successful.”

Online programs were a factor in the School of Information Studies’ decision to adopt Skype and online chat.

Pugach presents education policy briefing in D.C. By Kathy Quirk

M arleen Pugach, professor of education at

UWM, was part of a panel that presented a policy briefing to U.S. House and Senate staff, White House staff and staff from the Department of Education on May 9. The presentation focused on recommendations for better preparing general education teachers to help students with disabilities succeed in school. Pugach was invited to take part in the policy briefings by the AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) and the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). The two groups also issued a white paper on preparing teachers to work with students with disabilities in today’s diverse classrooms. Pugach is co-author of the white paper, which includes recommendations for federal, state and higher-education policymakers. The topic is of increasing interest, says Pugach, because of inclusive practices introduced in the mid1970s that brought more students with special needs into regular classrooms. Today, she says, the vast majority of students who have special educational needs spend at least part of their day in general education classrooms. “Students who have disabilities are spending a lot of time in general education classrooms, which provides the opportunity for them to be part of the classroom and school community, but at the same time their achievement is lagging.” One key issue, says Pugach, is that as the needs of the student population have become more challenging, the resources for preparing new teachers for this challenge have not increased. Although aspiring teachers receive some instruction on how to work with students in their classrooms who face special challenges, all teacher education programs across the country require more support to meet this demand. For example, even though the number of students coming to school speaking a language other than English has increased rapidly, most teachers aren’t prepared to work with these students. UWM AHEAD OF THE CURVE UWM is ahead of the curve in terms of integrating general and special education in teacher education, says Pugach. However, that is not the case in most teacher education programs. “We don’t have the silos that other programs often have. UWM faculty in Curriculum and Instruction and Exceptional Education have a history of strong working relationships to help work on this important issue.” Pugach is nationally recognized as a pioneer in building collaborations between programs for the preparation of general classroom and special education teachers. “UWM has always been very progressive in building those relationships,” says Pugach, who joined the School of Education in 1986 and has worked closely with colleagues in both Curriculum and Instruction and Exceptional Education. In 2002, Pugach began working on a five-year joint project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, AACTE and several other organizations to build stronger relationships across general and special education in state departments of education and higher education.

Pugach and Linda Blanton of Florida International University developed a new classification system for thinking about models for preparing general classroom teachers to work with students who have barriers to learning. Blanton was another of the academic experts at the policy briefing and is a co-author of the white paper. STRONG PARTNERSHIPS ARE KEY The key, says Pugach, is building strong partnerships between general and special education teachers, starting in teacher education programs. General education teachers need tools to help them teach children with learning challenges, and special education teachers need a strong background in subject content areas to help students succeed. Ideally, teacher preparation programs would include well-funded, strong professional internship and mentoring programs to help new and aspiring teachers prepare to teach all children, says Pugach. “If we really expect students who are struggling to learn do to well, we need to think about how we prepare our general education teachers, since they are often the primary teachers of students who are having difficulty in school,” she adds. Nancy Zimpher, former UWM chancellor, recently chaired a task force on improving the clinical preparation of teachers. In its 2010 report, the task force proposed, among other measures, a teacher internship/residency model, similar to that used in medical education, to provide stronger clinical preparation for aspiring teachers. That is one option for mentoring and assessing future teachers, says Pugach. But it will take additional resources for teacher education, she adds. “Future teachers should be able to demonstrate their skills in working with children with disabilities before they become the teacher who has full responsibility as the teacher of record in a classroom. Why would we expect our newest teachers to be highly successful with our most challenging students if we, as a country, don’t adequately fund the preparation of our teachers?” The fact that AACTE and the NCLD are working on teacher preparation issues together is significant, says Pugach. The group’s presentations to House, Senate and White House education staff, and the white paper recommendations, are particularly critical at this time because Congress is considering the reauthorization of ESEA, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which establishes standards and accountability in education. It was last reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind act. Pugach reported that the briefings went well. “We did get to the White House and had a very productive meeting with Steve Robinson, who is special assistant to the president and is on the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Kareem Dale, who is special assistant to the president for disability policy.” In addition to Pugach and Blanton, the panel included other academic experts and a new graduate from a redesigned teacher education program, as well as a student who shared her experiences about the impact of highly skilled general education teachers in her education.

Marleen Pugach was part of a panel that presented a policy briefing in Washington, D.C., in May.

2011 RESEARCH REPORT ONLINE Powerful ideas are fueling our research engine forward along the pathway to proven results. From nanomaterials and pulsars to the carbon cycle and stem cells, research by world-class faculty at UWM is creating products, refining processes and coordinating interdisciplinary projects that effect positive change in engineering, freshwater, health care, the arts, education and more. The best of this research is already making an impact on the people and places of Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. The just-released 2011 Research Report celebrates our achievements. Review it online at news/publications/research_report/ index.cfm.



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2011 SAC Excellence Awards T he UWM Student Accessibility Center

JONATHAN HANES Teaching Assistant, Geography, College of Letters and Science The nominator for Jonathan Hanes began the nomination with an explanation. “This semester has been a roller coaster of switching meds and hospitalizations. Although I am only taking one class, I wanted it to be a positive experience to look back on to remind me during the hard times that no matter what, if I stay strong, I can push through whatever comes my way.” She says Hanes “told me not to worry and he would make accommodations for me to catch up once I got back. I was given lecture PowerPoints and a chance to finish assignments in a respectable time frame. Without question, he gave me the study guide and allowed me to take the [midterm] exam a week late when I told him I wasn’t yet caught up. If Mr. Hanes hadn’t been so accommodating I wouldn’t have done so well. Through a negative diagnosis, I have been given a positive class experience.” Hanes currently teaches two classes for the Geography Department – Our Physical Environment and Introduction to Environmental Geography. He received his Ph.D. in Geography in May. When asked about his experiences teaching and teaching students with disabilities, Hanes stated, “I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to work with students who have disabilities. As an instructor at UWM, I highly value the efforts of the SAC. In particular, I appreciate SAC’s desire to grant equal opportunity to students with disabilities while preserving the necessary rigor of higher education.” JESSICA MAERZ Assistant Professor, Theatre, Peck School of the Arts Jessica Maerz’s nominator says, “Dr. Maerz is an example of staff who understands that each student is different and knows how each student [obtains] information. She makes learning theatre history more than a lecture, she makes it as if we are experiencing it right now.” The nominator describes how Maerz makes sure that everyone understands the material. “What makes her unique is that she is open to anyone – not just those with disabilities, but anyone who asks for help. If someone asks for assistance or a question, she has the answer; if she doesn’t know [the answer] she finds out and will let you know later. Dr. Maerz has the knowledge, but also the compassion for those different and alike.” Maerz currently teaches Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History I and II, World Theatre, Performance and Popular Culture, and an Independent Study in Dramaturgy. When asked her thoughts on working with students and working with students with disabilities, she stated, “It’s easy to excel at working with students with disabilities here at UWM. The SAC staff is uncommonly helpful and supportive!” MARK MANTYH Senior Lecturer, Sociology, College of Letters and Science Mark Mantyh went “beyond the call of his duty,” according to his nominator. “He made sure that the 12 • UWM REPORT • June 2011

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(SAC) honored the 2011 winners of the SAC Excellence Awards on May 13. The awards celebrate and honor faculty and staff who have demonstrated awareness of, and sensitivity to, students with unique needs, and a commitment to the principle of universal design in their approach to instruction, which benefits all students.

Winners of the 2011 SAC Excellence Awards include (from left) Jonathan Hanes, Terrence Newell, Sueyon Seo and Jessica Maerz. Mark Mantyh was not present for the photo.

movie shown in class included closed/open captions. Even when he had to take some of his class time to struggle [with technology], he would not give up until the captions turned on. If it still didn’t work, he contacted [UITS] to come and fix the problem.” She also describes how Mantyh “took time to communicate with me often via email and in person; to be sure I was doing well in class. We had a big project that each student was to complete, and I ended up struggling with mine. Dr. Mantyh gave up his time to meet with me, and after he realized I needed more time, he allowed me the time. One time he made an error when submitting my final exam to SAC – he immediately walked over to SAC to provide me with the correct exam AND he admitted that he made an error, that is just how truly human he can be.” Mantyh has been working at UWM since 1994. His classes this semester include Criminology, Social Change and Collective Behavior. TERRENCE NEWELL Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies Terrence Newell’s nominator is a disabled veteran who had spinal fusion surgery in August of last year, right before the fall semester began. This student requested to be switched from the online course to face-to-face in order to save money. Due to the surgery, the nominator also requested special seating in the course. He states, “Professor Newell was instrumental in assisting me in the transfer into his in-person course and helped me to maintain my discreet seating arrangement as I attended school and recovered from surgery. If it weren’t for Professor Newell’s understanding, I may not have had such an easy transition. “Maintaining my seating arrangement was a bit challenging when one day a student chose to take my table spot where I could take notes. When I took this problem to Professor Newell he was able to inform this student discreetly and I was back in my spot for the rest of the semester.” Newell currently teaches Introduction to Research Methods, Instructional Gaming, and Human Factors in Information Seeking. When asked about his thoughts on teaching and teaching students with disabilities, Newell stated, “I am the Departmental Accessibility Resource Coordinator (DARC) for the School of Information Studies. As a coordinator I serve as a nexus between the UD ITEACH Project and the school to promote

universal design in higher education. “I use best-practice, universal design techniques to reduce the number of learning barriers during the instructional process. As professors, we should not wait for a student to hand us a VISA; instead, we must actively work to design classes that are universally accessible.” SUEYON SEO Associate Lecturer, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, College of Letters and Science Sueyon Seo’s nominator asserts that, “I am extremely fortunate that there are instructors and faculty within UWM who strive to assist and accommodate students that have disabilities. I believe Seo meets and exceeds all criteria for this award and very much deserves the recognition.” This student noted there were times when she was unable to attend class daily and that Seo “offered me assistance any time I needed it. When there were concepts that proved difficult for me, she would take the time to come up with new ways of presenting ideas until I truly understood. “Ms. Seo would always patiently proctor my exams to accommodate me. There were several occasions where she would stay extra hours for my sake, despite the fact she teaches several classes, is a student working on her graduate degree and has children of her own to care for!” Seo worked individually with the student over the winter break in order for the student to complete the course and move on to the next level of Japanese. The student states, “Ultimately, she provided me with hope and compassion that I desperately needed to overcome the myriad of complications my disabilities were causing me last semester. Without her help I doubt I would have been able to get all my work done before the spring semester. Your sacrifices and positivity mean very much to me and I hope the university sees what an asset your work here truly is. Arigatou gozaimashita.” Seo, who currently teaches Japanese 202, is a dissertator in Education. When asked about her thoughts on teaching and teaching students with disabilities, she replied, “For me, teaching is communication. I teach students and learn from them at the same time. Even though I teach the same course every year, students’ reaction [are] different. I really have learned that every student has his own talent, and I believe it is the most important thing for all educators to remember: to provide tailor-made education to each individual.”

Business contest fuels local entrepreneurs By Mary Rinzel

K evin Kreger and Gajanan

ROV CHAMPS TO COMPETE AT NASA SPACE CENTER LAB By Cathy Prescher, School of Continuing Education, and Mark Jaeger, Ozaukee Press Alan Magayne-Roshak

Nagarsekar have big plans to get their mobile medical and fitness monitors into consumers’ hands through smart phones and tablets. But before a larger-thanlife check was handed to them, the two weren’t sure how long it would take to make those dreams a reality. “We were operating on nearzero funds. We said we had enough money to keep going for another six months,” says Kreger. This spring, Kreger (’99 MS Computer Science) and Nagarsekar, an electrical engineering PhD student, were awarded the $7,500 grand prize in the New Venture Business Plan Competition at UWM’s Lubar School of Business. As valuable as the prize money was the opportunity for the two engineers to investigate the business world. “As inventors we want our invention to work and we’re not all that concerned about the marketplace, and that’s what we learned – we learned that we should be concerned about the marketplace,” Kreger says. Last fall their company, Kallows Inc., was among the 27 entrants in the competition. Kreger and Nagarsekar spent close to six months working with advisers and mentors, attending workshops and researching. “The competition was a breakthrough. We got a lot of support from the judges and the mentors saying that this is a great idea and you should carry it ahead,” says Nagarsekar. “This is the test market; this is where they can get their ideas to take wings,” says Kanti Prasad, Bostrom professor of entrepreneurship at the Lubar School. Prasad is the director of the annual competition, which is open to all UWM students and recent graduates, and is funded by La Macchia Enterprises. He describes the competition as a win-win for the entrants, the Lubar School and the community. “It highlights the importance of entrepreneurship in this economy and the role of entrepreneurs in job creation. That is the message in a free enterprise system – new ideas are the basis of wealth, job

Gajanan Nagarsekar (left) and Kevin Kreger won the grand prize in the 2011 New Venture Business Plan Competition.

creation and growth as an economy,” Prasad says. An example of that growth sits in Whitney and Julie Teska’s Milwaukee basement where three years ago the couple set up shop after being named the competition’s first winners. Orchard Street Press, their eco-friendly screen-printing business, is growing so fast it’s now expanding out of their home and into a new building. “When you have a strong plan behind you and you know where you’re going, that’s when you can really make things happen,” says Whitney Teska. Recent graduates when they entered the competition in 2007, the Teskas both had day jobs at the time and admittedly no business know-how. Whitney majored in history and Julie got her degree in journalism and mass communication. The competition’s prize money helped them purchase their first piece of printing equipment; the experience left them confident that their business would succeed. “It’s always been a dream, and I think it’s a dream of a lot of people – to be your own boss. It’s scary and a big risk, but totally worth it,” says Julie Teska. For more information on the New Venture Business Plan Competition, visit newventure.uwm. edu or contact Rita Derleth at 414-229-3824 or Workshops start this fall for the 2012 competition.

Lubar EMBA celebrates 35th anniversary with reunion, re-design

The Ozaukee High School advanced physics class soon will be Texas bound to compete in an international ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) competition at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Bouyancy Lab in Houston on June 16-18. The class formed the 14-member team whose robotic creation, GEN3, outperformed all others during the state competition at Discovery World and UWM’s Klotsche Center pool on March 6. Wisconsin’s Building the Water Generation ROV Competition was developed by the Milwaukee Water Council, UWM Great Lakes WATER Institute, UWM School of Continuing Education and Discovery World. GEN3 was designed to intervene in a mock deep-oil spill similar to last summer’s Gulf of Mexico disaster. The robot had to cut off a broken riser pipe, kill the oil flow by inserting a hose into the simulated well and cap the well. Samples of colored water representing oil also had to be retrieved, and “biological samples” – a PVC crab and a glass sponge and sea cucumber – had to be brought back intact to the surface. Students worked an estimated 1,500 hours on the design and fabrication, as well as 100 hours writing and editing a 20-page technical report.

GEN3 in action in the Klotsche Center pool.

By Beth Stafford

The Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) program at UWM’s Lubar School of Business celebrates its 35th anniversary in June with a gala all-class reunion on Saturday, June 4. The reunion’s afternoon session from 11:30 a.m.EMBA Progran Director Gene A. Wright 3:30 p.m. will be held in the UWM Union Wisconsin Room and features networking, luncheon with keynote address and EMBA update

sessions. The keynote speaker is Richard Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter Inc. The evening session, 5:30-10 p.m., at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (the Domes), will feature a cash bar, dinner and dancing. Registration is available at or EMBA All-Class Reunion, P.O. Box 742, Lubar Hall N471, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0742. In September 2011, the program rolls out a retooled EMBA, the Lubar EMBA program, that retains all of the qualities that distinguish the course of study while introducing an innovative new curriculum. Recruiting is now under way for the 2011-13 class, with a priority application deadline of June 30. Final application deadline is Aug. 19.

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Summer dance season blooms at UWM By Beth Stafford

GET SOCIAL WITH UWM Have you visited the relaunched, official UWM Facebook page? Connect to show your pride, share your comments and get quick notes from UWM. 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 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 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. @uwmpsoa – for Peck School of the Arts news and events. @UWMMilwLetSci – for College of Letters and Science news and events

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.


he summer dance season for the Peck School of the Arts Department of Dance begins with Summerdances on June 2-4, featuring new choreography from faculty and guest artists, including Dance MFA alums Gerald Casel, a New Work Award winner, and Leonard Cruz. Dance faculty Janet Lilly presents a whimsical premiere about nine women, piles of paper and the ever-elusive glass ceiling, while Simone Ferro provides a consideration of “What is behind DNA?” All Summerdances performances will be presented in the Mainstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the June 3 performance, and selected choreographers will host a 6:45 p.m. preperformance talk each evening. Tickets are $17 general admission; $12 for UWM faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PSOA Box Office at 414-229-4308. Audiences should note that one piece being performed during Summerdances contains adult language and themes. Three separate MFA showings will be held during July. They will be presented by Carey Foster and Amii LeGendre on July 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Inova Gallery on the main campus at the Arts Center; Daniel Burkholder on July 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. at Danceworks, 1661 N. Water St.; and Christina Briggs Winslow and Olase Freeman on July 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. at Kenilworth Studio 508. There are varying admission charges for the performances. Tickets and more information are available at the PSOA Box Office. Dancemakers, a concert of graduate student work, features two different programs, one on

Friday, July 29, and the other on Saturday, July 30. Dancemakers showcases work by the professional dancers and choreographers who travel to Milwaukee each summer to participate in the Dance Department’s acclaimed graduate program. Concerts are in the Mainstage Theatre and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Dancemakers are $12 general public; $10 for UWM faculty, staff and alumni; and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the PSOA Box Office.

June brings Fine Arts Quartet’s Summer Evenings of Music By Beth Stafford

Fine Arts Quartet members (from left) Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, Wolfgang Laufer and Nicolò Eugelmi

In honor of their 65th anniversary, all Fine Arts Quartet Summer Evenings of Music concerts are free and open to the public. Space is limited and tickets are required. Those interested in attending should phone the box office at 414-2294308 as soon as possible. In recognition of this anniversary, Stephen Basson, former Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principal bassoonist, will host preconcert talks beginning at 6:30 p.m. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen Bader Concert Hall at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Programs subject to change. 14 • UWM REPORT • June 2011

Remaning concerts include: Sunday, June 5 With guests: cellist Eric Kim and pianist Xiayin Wang Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 77, No. 1, Hob. III:81 Joaquin Turina: Selections from “Las Musas de Andalucia,” Op. 93 Robert Schuman: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1 Wednesday, June 22 With guests: cellist Ronald Thomas and bassist Andrew Raciti Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703

Aulis Sallinen: String Quartet No. 5, Op. 54 (“Pieces of Mosaic”) Antonin Dvorak: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 Wednesday, June 29 With guests: cellist Ronald Thomas and violist Anthea Kreston Michael Haydn: String Quintet (“Notturno”) in C major, Op. 88 Giuseppe Verdi: String Quartet in E minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor, KV 516

Focus and frequency strengthen UWM-MPD partnership By Angela McManaman

S tudent life in neighborhoods 53211 changes

LACTATION ROOMS A WELCOMING PLACE FOR MOMS, BABIES A Wisconsin law passed last year 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. UWM has 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: lactation/.

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with the seasons. In August and September, cookouts, parties, football matches and related outdoor activity are common – and can get uncommonly loud. Things may quiet down as the temperature dips lower, and final exams and semester breaks take over students’ calendars. This academic year follows a similar pattern, but a strengthened Milwaukee Police DepartmentUniversity Police collaboration is shaking things up. A six-person team of MPD lieutenants, sergeants and patrol officers meets weekly with UWM police and the Office of Neighborhood Relations to review data on drinking behavior, noise nuisances, properties with an established pattern of nuisance behavior and disturbances that can affect the quality of life on Milwaukee’s East Side and put students at risk. “For the safety of everyone in our East Side neighborhoods, we are doing more focused policework and data collection around ‘nuisance’ behaviors,” says MPD District One Lieutenant Karen Dubis. “We’re working hand in hand with the university to look at exactly what is happening, where it is happening and what we can do in terms of police action and in the realm of education and student life to enforce safety and wellness.” “A small percentage of students remain responsible for a majority of these ‘nuisance’ behaviors,” says Neighborhood Relations Liaison Heather Harbach. “Our work with MPD and University Police focuses on documenting and refining procedures to report these issues.” Dubis says that underage drinking parties offer one example of this refined approach at work. “We are stepping up enforcement in large drinking parties to include sending officers in with cameras on an undercover basis. We will be holding building tenants and building owners more responsible.”

Approximately 30 student S.A.F.E Walkers will patrol the neighborhoods around UWM this summer.

In addition to working with University Police and the Office of Student Life at UWM, MPD District One also works closely with East Side neighborhood associations to address and document nuisance behavior. Common sense and safety strategies continue to play a role, Dubis adds. “We tell students: ‘Monitor your driving. Do not walk home alone. Be respectful of the neighborhoods. Look out for your friends when they are drinking and expect the same from them.’”

This symbol identifies lactation rooms.

UWM grows its own By Brandon Lemke

UWM students, staff and faculty will be growing their own fresh food on the UWM campus this summer. In late May, UWM Food Garden Club volunteers constructed raised beds outside of the Physics Building. The 4-by-4-foot beds were leased by students, staff and faculty for a small fee. The food garden plots will serve more than just students’ and staff’s personal use. There will also be sections set aside for a class taught by Mai Phillips. Phillips’ fall 2011 Conservation and Environmental Science 499 course will use a plot of the raised beds to show students how they can grow their own food, even late in the growing season and with limited space. Phillips said she will use late-season gardening and composting to demonstrate practical sustainability to students. “I hope to have everyone in the class plant a latefall garden, and extend the growing season. They will choose vegetable varieties that are appropriate for late-season growing,” Phillips said. Phillips stressed that gardening can be done effectively with seemingly insufficient space. “This [gardening] can be done in a very small space, as small as one square meter,” she said. There also is space set aside in the raised beds for Restaurant Operations. Along with the green roof at Sandburg Halls, the raised beds will allow for even

more of the food served at UWM to be grown on campus. Kate Nelson, UWM environmental sustainability coordinator, explained why the gardens are an important step toward sustainability on the UWM campus. “Campus gardens take sustainability beyond measuring kilowatt hours,” Nelson said. “Crosscampus collaboration has made the gardens possible, and will provide the campus community with local, organic and affordable eating. We’ve taken the average food mile of 1,500 miles down to zero.” The gardens are the first on the UWM campus since the Milwaukee State Teachers College had victory gardens during World War I and World War II. The UWM Food Garden Club began during the fall 2010 semester, in conjunction with the Food for Thought program. Spearheaded by the Office of Sustainability at UWM, the Food Garden Club is comprised of staff, faculty and students. Its mission is to: • Develop and maintain campus gardens that provide access for UWM students, staff, and faculty. • Grow healthy, affordable, local produce. • Teach the skills and share the joys of food gardening and healthy eating. • Cultivate sustainability in lifestyles and the campus environment.

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2011 UWM Alumni Association awards By Erin Harrass, UWM Alumni Association


ifteen alumni of the University of WisconsinMilwaukee who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements in their careers and civic involvement have been named recipients of the 2011 UWM Alumni Association awards. They were honored at the UWMAA Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting on May 21. The Special Life Achievement, Alumni Citizenship and Distinguished Alumnus award winners also were recognized during Spring Commencement ceremonies. “Through their distinctive career accomplishments and community leadership, these UWM alumni are credited with an impressive list of contributions,” said Andrea Simpson, executive director of the UWMAA. “We are proud to recognize them as part of our growing worldwide network of nearly 140,000 alumni.” SPECIAL LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD This special award is designed to recognize outstanding and original life experiences and accomplishments. In the history of the UWM Alumni Association, only 11 alumni have received the award. FREDERICK L. HEMKE, ’58 BS Music Frederick L. Hemke is the Louis and Elsie Snydacker Eckstein Professor of Music in the School of Music and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. He has the distinction of being one of the world’s greatest classical saxophone virtuosos. He is recognized as the leading authority on the instrument, its literature and teachings. It is because of Hemke’s work that the saxophone has gained recognition as a legitimate classical instrument rather than an instrument known only for playing jazz. Hemke has spent over 30 years at Northwestern University. He also has served as a visiting professor at many of the leading conservatories in Europe, and has dozens of solo and chamber music recordings to his credit. He has performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and has recorded nearly all of the major orchestral works involving saxophone. In addition to his work with the CSO, Hemke has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Philharmonic and the Stockholm Philharmonic, as well as with university and chamber ensembles throughout the world. Hemke also is known as an inspiring teacher. His students hold faculty positions at universities and conservatories around the country, including the Julliard School of Music, Indiana State University, the University of Illinois and the University of Florida, to name a few. International recording artists David Sanborn and Anders Lundegard are former students of Hemke’s. Hemke serves as a consultant for Rico International, a well-known company that produces reeds for the saxophone. The Hemke Signature Series reeds, a line of reeds Hemke designed, are extremely popular among leading saxophonists. He also is an artist-clinician for The Selmer Company based in Paris, France, one of the leading manufacturers of saxophones. In addition to his degree from UWM, Hemke 16 • UWM REPORT • June 2011

Frederick L. Hemke

received the Premier Prix from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris in 1956, a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1962 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UW-Madison in 1975. Hemke has an incredible sense of loyalty to his friends and to UWM. The university is prominently listed on his vita, biographical material and website. He constantly makes people aware of his academic background and training, and spreads the word about UWM worldwide. DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARDS The Distinguished Alumnus Award celebrates outstanding UWM graduates whose professional achievements and commitment to the community bring honor to the university. Distinguished Alumnus in the Field of Art and Design MICHAEL GERICKE, ’78 BFA Art After graduating from UWM, Gericke has become one of the most recognized and influential international graphic designers working today. He has been a partner in the New York office of Pentagram Design since 1986. Pentagram is one of the world’s most preeminent and respected design firms, with offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Berlin. Gericke’s images and design programs are known for their simplicity and clarity, and often portray the essential qualities of the object or topic he is representing. He has produced comprehensive identity programs for a wide range of clients, including “One Laptop Per Child,” an initiative with MIT that will provide low-cost computers to underprivileged children around the world; Public Radio International; the “Airtrain” that connects Manhattan to Newark and JFK International Airport; CBS’s television coverage of the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games, and the FIFA World Cup soccer

championships held in the U.S. in 1994. He has received hundreds of awards, and is regularly invited to be a juror for international design competitions. He also is a frequent lecturer at universities and professional organizations, and has mentored younger designers. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Gericke has been involved in the design and rebuilding efforts for Lower Manhattan. His projects include major graphic programs for virtually every structure that will be built at the former World Trade Center site, including designs for the Ground Zero Viewing Wall, the Freedom Tower, the new train terminal designed by Santiago Calatrava and a tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 at Newark Airport. Gericke’s environmental graphics, exhibitions, identity programs, promotional and poster work appears regularly in international design collections and is represented in permanent collections including the Paris Musee de la Poste, the Warsaw Poster Museum, the Hamburg Museum of Arts and Crafts, Japan’s Ogaki Museum and the Library of Congress. Distinguished Alumnus in the Field of Art and Education DEAN H. NIMMER, ’68 BFA, ’70 MFA A professor emeritus of painting and drawing at the Massachusetts College of Art, Dean H. Nimmer is a highly accomplished artist, award-winning educator and a successful author in the field of art and art education. He has empowered generations of artists through his enthusiasm and unbridled creativity. Nimmer has lectured on his techniques for teaching intuitive creativity to students at many American colleges and universities, including Vanderbilt, Harvard, Yale, MIT and James Madison University. He has led art workshops at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; Winchester College Graduate Program, Spain; Burren College of the Arts, Ireland; and the Central Academy of Art and Design, Beijing, China. Nimmer has exhibited his work in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Australia. His “1,000 Drawings” project traveled from Boston to Germany, France, Spain and Japan. His book, Art from Intuition, originally published in 2008 by Watson/Guptill/Random House, has sold over 20,000 copies and is in its fourth printing. The book includes more than 60 innovative projects that encourage readers to explore new ideas and experiment with a variety of media and techniques that stimulate the imagination. Many teachers across the country have adopted this book as a text for their classes. Nimmer is currently writing new books for both Random House and for Pearson/Prentiss Hall. In 2010, Nimmer received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, given by the 16,000-member College Art Association, for his dynamic and aston-

2011 UWM Alumni Association awards ishing 34-year career as an educator. Following his “retirement,” he continues to teach as an adjunct professor at the Holyoke Community College and teaches second- to eighth-grade special needs students at Curtis Blake Day School in Springfield, Mass.

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Distinguished Alumnus in the Field of Business and Architecture LAWRENCE J. SCHNUCK, ’78 BS Architectural Studies, ’86 MARCH with Honors Lawrence J. Schnuck is a design architect and senior principal with Kahler Slater, a 102-year-old architectural design firm headquartered in Milwaukee. At Kahler Slater, Schnuck leads the team that specializes in the design and planning of university buildings, with a focus on medical and health sciences learning environments. His understanding of the needs of educator and student in real-world experiences in classroom settings has been recognized on a national level. He has designed awardwinning facilities for universities and colleges throughout the United States, and has recently expanded to international work as well. Earlier this year, his work for the UW-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics was recognized with a design award from the American Institute of Architects. Schnuck’s career at Kahler Slater spans 24 years. During this time, a number of facilities he has designed have been recognized with awards bestowed from organizations such as AIA Wisconsin, the Associated General Contractors of America, the State of Wisconsin Department of Facilities and the U.S. Green Building Council. He has been invited to present his work at the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Dental Educator Association conference and the Tradeline International Conference Series. He has authored a chapter in the book Architecture 101, A Guide to the Design Studio, by Andy Pressman, and presented the Northcentral Technical College Health Sciences Center as a case study in Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, by Robin Guenther. In service to the profession, Schnuck is on the examining board of architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, designers and land surveyors for the State of Wisconsin, which has been instrumental in maintaining the high quality of professionals receiving licenses in their respective fields. Schnuck is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and served for many years as Wisconsin’s representative on the National AIA Committee on Design. More recently, he has served as president of the Wisconsin Architectural Foundation, representing the local profession and determining scholarship support for Wisconsin architectural students. He also is a member of several national organizations that are engaged in designing quality facilities for educational and health care facilities. In addition to his professional practice, Schnuck has served as adjunct faculty at UWM’s School

of Architecture and Urban Planning in design studios, and is involved in a number of community ventures. He is an active board member for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin; Capitol West Academy, a charter school in the City of Milwaukee; and The Friends of Art Committee for the Milwaukee Art Museum, and is a member of his local community building board. In 2010, Schnuck was recognized as the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friend of the Year, for the more than two decades of support that he has given as a chairperson for numerous events, including the Lakefront Festival of Arts in 2001, as a member of Friends of Art. At UWM, Schnuck has served for two years as president of the UWM Alumni Association Board of Trustees, and is a staunch supporter of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, its programs and its students. In addition, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Health Sciences. In the past, Schnuck has been an active member of the SARUP Alumni Chapter and is a founding member of the Dean’s Club, a group of alumni who collectively have endowed $1 million to the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Distinguished Alumnus in the Field of Music and Education KEVIN P. STALHEIM, ’81 MM Music– Conducting Kevin P. Stalheim is the artistic director and founder of Present Music, Milwaukee’s internationally acclaimed newmusic ensemble with one of the largest audiences in the world. Celebrating 29 seasons, Present Music commissions, performs, records and tours the music of today’s most important living composers, from emerging voices to Pulitzer Prize winners. In the past quarter century, more than 55 new works by composers from around the world have come into existence because of Present Music and Kevin Stalheim. Present Music is the recipient of many local and national grants, including the Rockefeller Foundation’s Multi-Arts Production Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Readers Digest/Meet the Composer Commissioning Program and the Aaron Copeland Fund for American Music. Stalheim uses community collaboration to grow and enrich the new-music audience in Milwaukee. He matches performance venues to the concert performed to offer a consistently fresh experience for Present Music patrons. Locations like Turner Hall Ballroom, the Milwaukee Art Museum, St. John’s Cathedral and the Wherehouse, a hidden dance club along the riverfront, offer an unexpected change of scenery for contemporary and classical music attendees. Under Stalheim’s guidance and instruction, Present Music nurtures the next generation of composers through its education program, the Creation Project. The Creation Project provides composers-in-residence to Milwaukee schools and community groups. Every year, hundreds of young

people gain the experience of creating their own musical works, which are then performed by student musicians and heard by hundreds of audience members. Among Stalheim’s accolades and honors are the City of Milwaukee Arts Board’s 2002 Artist of the Year Award, the Civic Music Association’s 2001 Distinguished Citizenship Award and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 1989 Musician of the Year Award. In addition to his master’s degree from UWM, Stalheim earned a BM in Music from Oberlin Conservatory in 1976. ALUMNI CITIZENSHIP AWARD The Alumni Citizenship Award recognizes UWM graduates who have performed significant voluntary service beyond the call of business or professional duty. BRIAN J. BEAR, ’80 BMS Medical Science After graduating from UWM, Brian Bear went on to receive his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1984, and currently is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College. For over 20 years, he has provided exceptional care and treatment to women and their families. The key word, though, is “care.” In an age when doctors’ appointments can feel like an assembly line process to the patient, Bear’s style and approach remain personalized, thoughtful and unhurried. His patients speak highly of his knowledge and skill as well as his ability to explain medical conditions in clear language, explore options collaboratively and work as a true “family partner.” Bear has earned well-deserved respect from his peers in the medical profession. He was named a Top Doc by Milwaukee Magazine in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, an honor bestowed by fellow physicians. In 1999, his reputation went national when he was named one of America’s Top Docs in Ob/Gyn. Bear distinguishes himself further through his work outside of his practice to benefit women’s health, and has influenced and comforted untold numbers of community members through his educational presentations and volunteer work with groups such as ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis). For the past five years, he has dedicated a significant amount of time and energy to Global Medical Brigade trips to Honduras. This program develops sustainable health initiatives and provides medical services in areas of the world with limited access to health care. Each year, Bear, along with student volunteers and other health care professionals, travels to Honduras to set up and operate mobile medical clinics that treat thousands of patients and provide workshops on health issues for the community. Bear goes beyond his medical duties there to take time to mentor the student volunteers, many of whom aspire to become doctors, and to serve as a leader to the entire group. Toby Peters, associate senior vice president at Marquette University, wrote in his letter of recommendation: “My association with Dr. Bear began when he and his wife Laurel joined me on a mission June 2011 • UWMREPORT • 17

2011 UWM Alumni Association awards trip to the rural villages of Honduras in January 2005…. “Dr. Bear has been instrumental in the success of our brigades…. He has served as a valuable medical adviser for the preparation of our trips, but most importantly he has served the people of Honduras with great care and compassion…. [A recent trip] is indicative of his commitment and character. We had four 16 hour days in a row. We would rise at 6 a.m., have breakfast, pack our medicine, travel through rough terrain for two plus hours, treat between 600 to 1,000 people, travel back, gather as a group, have dinner, and then pack for the next day. I do not recall an occasion that Brian was not fully engaged with the group in the preparation and execution of our brigades. Again, he did so with great care, compassion and humility…. Brian Bear is a great doctor, humanitarian, mentor and friend.” GRADUATE OF THE LAST DECADE (GOLD) AWARDS The GOLD award recognizes recent graduates who have achieved a measure of success in their field, bringing credit to themselves and to the university. School of Architecture and Urban Planning WILLIAM C. JENSEN, ’99 BS Architectural Studies, ’01 MARCH William C. Jensen is vice president of architecture and engineering at Ryan Companies U.S. Inc., based in Minneapolis. A prolific and award-winning architect, he has won architectural design awards with recent projects including Epic Systems Corporate Campus, Verona Wis.; Davenport Courthouse, Davenport, Iowa; and TianXing Roosevelt Centre, Dalian, China. Jensen’s design for Urban Outfitters in Philadelphia won seven national awards from organizations including the AIA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, he mentors future architects and is a tireless supporter of fellow UWM architecture alumni, helping them along their professional path in Minnesota, including finding them placement and employment. In addition to his UWM degrees, Jensen has earned a Certificate d’Architecture from the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, and Construction Project Management Certification from New York University. Peck School of the Arts KYJA KRISTJANSSONNELSON, ’05 MFA Film Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, independent filmmaker and video artist, and faculty member in film studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead, has quickly distinguished herself in her career as a media artist, educator and academic leader. She has had over 150 public screenings of her films in juried festivals and shows, including venues such as the Walker Art Center, the D.C. National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and the Croatian Film Association Cinema.

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Her films “Landslag” (2004) and “Portraits & Testimonials #1-#6” (2004-06) have been acquired for the permanent collection of the National Film Archive of Iceland. Kristjansson-Nelson was named the Film Studies Department Chair at Minnesota State University Moorhead after only two years as an assistant professor. She is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies, including a highly coveted Bush Artist Fellowship (2007), a Fulbright Scholarship with a year’s study in Iceland (2005-06), and a Yaddo Residency in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (2009). Before studying at UWM, Kristjansson-Nelson earned an AS in Filmmaking from the Minneapolis Community Technical College and a BIS in Film Studies, Film Production, and Icelandic Language & Culture from the University of Minnesota. Lubar School of Business RYAN D. SCHULTZ, ’99 BBA Real Estate and Urban Land Development Marketing Ryan D. Schultz is principal, co-owner and co-founder of HSI Properties LLC, a full-service commercial and residential real estate company. Formerly, he served as vice president of development for MLG Development, and director of development for Fiduciary Real Estate Development. Schultz is a leader in his profession, tackling complex development-industry projects in challenging economic times. For example, HSI recently completed the development and construction of the Derse Inc. National Corporate Headquarters in Milwaukee. The $11 million, 160,000-squarefoot class A manufacturing facility is owned by Ryan and his partner Brett Haney. The building is one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver industrial buildings in the State of Wisconsin. Awards received for this project alone are the Hunziger Construction 2008 Sustainable Project of the Year; The Business Journal 2009 First Place Real Estate Award – Best New Industrial Development; and the Wisconsin Builder/Daily Reporter 2009 Top Projects. School of Education MEGAN SAMPSON, ’09 BS Education Megan Sampson graduated in 2009 and is already making an impact on the teaching of English in the State of Wisconsin. Now a teacher at Wauwatosa East High School, she began her career at MPS’s Bradley Tech. At Bradley tech, she started an initiative, “New Books for Great Kids,” to help inspire a love of reading in her students. Through her efforts, over $1,000 was raised from contributors in Green Bay and De Pere, and from individual staff members at MPS. In addition to finding the funds for her 80 students to purchase books that personally interested them, she made sure that her students could get to a bookstore. Each teenager received an envelope from Megan containing a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble and two bus tickets to get to and return from Bayshore Town Center in Glendale during Winter break.

Sampson’s efforts were rewarded in ways both personal and public – including being named a recipient of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Nancy Hoefs Memorial Award for Outstanding FirstYear Teacher 2010. College of Engineering & Applied Science CHRISTOPHER L. BRACE, ’01 BSE Electrical Engineering, BS Physics After graduating from UWM, Christopher L. Brace continued his studies at UW-Madison, earning MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is now an assistant professor in the departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at UW-Madison. Brace is a recognized expert in the field of interventional oncology, thermal tumor ablation and related imaging science. He has authored over 30 articles and book chapters, has delivered invited presentations at regional, national and international conferences in his field, and holds several U.S. and international patents. Christopher is the founding member of NeuWave Medical Inc., a medical-device start-up company that was formed as an extension of his doctoral work. School of Information Studies LAURA E. LEWANDOWSKI, ’91 BFA Music, ’09 MLIS

As the school librarian and instructional technology leader at two Milwaukee public schools, Laura Lewandowski has distinguished herself through her work in information literacy for highneeds and bilingual students, helping them gain access to the information they need to succeed. She wrote a successful competitive grant to completely remodel and enhance collections and services at Lincoln Avenue School. Through the Target School Library Makeover Program and its nonprofit partner, The Heart of America Foundation, the library will be fitted out with new eco-friendly design elements, furniture, shelving, flooring, fresh paint and new computers. Target will complete the library by donating 2,000 new books and awarding each student seven new books to start their very own at-home library.

2011 UWM Alumni Association awards

College of Letters and Science JACQUELINE GRAHAM, ’99 BS Biological Sciences Prior to attending UWM, Jacqueline Graham had completed an undergraduate degree in public relations at UW-Madison and was a highly successful PR professional for several years. But she knew in her heart that medicine was her true calling. She enrolled at UWM to complete a second bachelor’s degree to be fully prepared for the challenges that lay ahead in medical school. Graham graduated summa cum laude from UWM, went on to medical school at UW-Madison and then completed her residency in anesthesiology at Ohio State University Hospital. She is now an anesthesiologist at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, an underserved area near Appalachia. To put Graham’s success in context, there are approximately 708,000 practicing physicians in the United States, and of that number about 4.4 percent are African American. There are 38,691 practicing anesthesiologists in the U.S.; approximately 1,400 are African American. In other words, less that 1 percent of all physicians in the U.S. are African American anesthesiologists. Dr. Graham is among those elite few.

College of Nursing Mary Jo Baisch, ’06 PhD Nursing Now an assistant professor in UWM’s College of Nursing, Mary Jo Baisch has served as an administrator, educator, practitioner and researcher. She has made outstanding contributions in the field of community health, and has been instrumental in helping to shape public policy to foster better health outcomes for all of Wisconsin’s residents. In 2009 Baisch received the Public Health Nursing Creative Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association in recognition of her contributions at the local, state, national and international levels. Helen Bader School of Social Welfare RACHELE M. KLASSY, ’07 MSW Rachele M. Klassy’s primary interest in acquiring her Master of Social Work degree was to provide services to persons in the criminal justice system. Following graduation she pursued employment in a very challenging area in the Milwaukee Correctional System. Working as a psychiatric social worker and psychiatric social worker coordinator in the Milwaukee County Office of the Sheriff, Klassy’s duties include performing suicide, psychosocial, mental health and AODA assessments, crisis intervention, the de-escalation of dangerous and volatile inmates, and crisis counseling. Though dealing with potentially traumatic scenarios, Rachele has remained passionate and dedicated to serving this population and their mental health needs.

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

Panthers honor finest student-athletes at annual awards reception UWM honored its finest student-athletes at the annual Student-Athlete Awards Reception May 1 in the Union Ballroom. The day highlighted the incredible academic and athletic achievements of the nearly 300 Panther student-athletes. “The Milwaukee Panthers are students first and athletes second, and it is fulfilling to see our young men and women performing at the highest level,” UWM Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. “It is a privilege to publicly recognize the outstanding achievements of our student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing fields. “The Panther student-athletes have worked extremely hard to excel academically and athletically, and a day like this allows them to be saluted for everything they have accomplished. I congratulate our student-athletes, coaches and staff for achieving excellence!” Track and field standout Erin Havener and baseball player Chad Pierce claimed the Panther Senior Athlete Award, given to the two seniors who have best combined academic, athletic and community excellence. Soccer star Sarah Hagen and men’s basketball standout Anthony Hill were named the UWM/U.S. Army ROTC Athletes of the Year, presented to the two standout Panther athletes across all classes from the 2010-11 school year. In addition, Leslie Deebach (women’s soccer), Tanaiya Fisher (women’s track and field) and Robert Refai (men’s soccer) claimed the James Wright Special Recognition Award. These award-winners were selected by the UWM Athletic Board for their achievements and progress both academically and athletically throughout their Panther careers. The event also recognized the 10 UWM teams that posted grade-point averages of 3.0 or better, while the men’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis teams earned the Horizon League’s Academic Award for having the highest grade-point averages in the department. Individually, the student-athletes with the highest grade-point average on each team were recognized with the Faculty Athletic Representatives Award, while Ashley Imperiale of the women’s basketball team claimed the Athletic Director’s Award for having a near-perfect 3.990 GPA. The men’s and women’s basketball teams were each given the Horizon League Community Outreach Award, while the teams that won league titles this past year were also honored. Plus, the UWM student body was recognized with the Horizon League Raise Your Sights Award for its strong support of the Panthers throughout the 2010-11 school year.

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BIOS OF MAJOR AWARD WINNERS Erin Havener is a six-time Horizon League Champion in the pole vault. She won the event at the league championships both indoors and outdoors in each of her first three seasons. In doing so, she also reset the league record five times. At the 2011 indoor meet, she was runner-up, earning a seventh All-League award. She wrapped up her indoor career second in school history, while having broken the school’s outdoor pole vaulting record earlier this season. She became the first woman in school history to clear 13 feet in the event when she reset the standard at 13-1 1/2 at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational. In the classroom, Havener has already earned her undergraduate degree, graduating magna cum laude in December. She has been on the Dean’s List and the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll throughout her career. Chad Pierce transferred to Milwaukee from Arkansas and has been the ace of the staff since putting on a Panther uniform. He is a model student-athlete, earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and Academic All-Horizon League honors last season in addition to being selected the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. In 2010 he helped lead UWM back to the NCAA Tournament, going 7-5 in 16 starts. He led the team in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts, finishing second in the league in ERA while also being named the Horizon League Tournament MVP. This season, he is back at it, leading all UWM starting pitchers overall and in league play. Sarah Hagen had a standout 2010 season, earning NSCAA All-America First-Team honors after leading the Horizon League in goals and points, and ranking among the nation’s leaders in both categories. She repeated as Horizon League Player of the Year and was named its inaugural Offensive Player of the Year. Her 19 goals, six assists and 44 total points also pushed her career numbers to not-before-seen heights. As just a junior, she broke school and league records for career goals and points. And, after leading the Panthers to an 11th-straight Horizon League regular-season championship, she led the team to a third-straight tournament crown and was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP for the third-straight time. Since the season ended, Hagen has rejoined the U.S. U23 Women’s National Team, leading the squad to a Four Nations Tournament title. She scored in all three games, finishing the tourney in Spain with three goals, one game-winning goal and an assist on another game-winner. Anthony Hill led the Panther men’s basketball team to the Horizon League regular-season title and the National Invitation Tournament. He earned a spot on the All-Horizon League First Team as well as NABC Second-Team All-District 12 recognition. This season, he led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding, finishing eighth in the league in scoring and fifth in rebounding. For his career, Hill finished with over 1,000 points and more than 500 rebounds, making him only the sixth Panther in the school’s Division I history to collect over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. He also played in 120 games, putting him third on UWM’s Division I list.

Robert Refai has played in 48 games in his UWM career, making 29 starts. His career totals include 15 points scored on five goals and five assists. As a junior, he tied for the team lead in shots and goals scored, while also setting a career high for games. He had a career-high three assists as a sophomore, scoring the game-winner against SIU Edwarsdville that season. Tanaiya Fisher has excelled for the Panthers in both cross country and track and field. She has earned All-League Second-Team honors in each of her last three seasons in cross country. In track, she has led the middle distance corps, ranking among the school’s top 10 in the 800m and 1500m events. She is currently fourth in school history in the 1500m (4:36.19) and recently ran the fifthfastest outdoor 800m time in school history (2:14.25) at the Poly Tan Invitational. A part of two school-record relays, she has won a league title and been named to the All-League Second Team twice with the distance medley relay. Leslie Deebach was the backstop of a Panther women’s soccer defense that posted 1.01 goals against average and nine shutouts. She started all 21 games, logging nearly 1,600 minutes and posting a 1.02 GAA, 10 wins and a solo shutout. With Deebach in goal, the Panthers won an 11th-straight Horizon League regular-season championship. She then did not allow a goal in the league tournament, as Milwaukee won its third-straight tournament crown to advance to the NCAA Tournament. She was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team.

MEIER NAMED DIVISION I-AAA ATHLETICS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION SCHOLAR-ATHLETE Tony Meier of the UWM men’s basketball team has been named a Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete. The junior, who has a 3.638 grade-point average as a business major, is one of just 11 men’s players from across the nation named to the team. “In athletics we use the term ‘student-athlete,’ and he embodies that term. He is definitely a studentathlete,” UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. “He has taken advantage of his opportunities in the classroom and on the court, and that is special. “Tony really puts in his time and works to be the best at everything, so it is good to see him be recognized and rewarded for all of the hard work he is putting in. People have started to notice he is a really good basketball player and now he is being noticed for the success he is having off the court.” Meier was a standout for the Horizon League regular-season champion Panthers this season, helping Milwaukee to its second-ever National Invitation Tournament berth. “This is a tremendous honor for Tony,” UWM Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. “He played such a big role in a memorable basketball season on the court while committing himself to excellence in the classroom. I know our fans were very excited by the performance of our basketball team, and an honor like this gives everyone another reason to be extremely proud. Like so many other Panthers, Tony is a great example of being a student first and an athlete second, and he should be congratulated for all of his accomplishments.” Meier was the Panthers’ third-leading scorer (12.0 points per game) and rebounder (4.3 boards per game) this season. He was named league Player of the Week after the final weekend of the regular season as Milwaukee clinched the league crown. He was also named the UWM/ROTC Athlete of the Month in December.

Overall, Meier had 20 double-figure scoring outings and five 20-plus-point scoring efforts while collecting seven or more rebounds seven times. Meier also shot a solid 49.4 percent from the field overall, including 43 percent from three-point range. Thanks to his work in the classroom, Meier has earned spots on the Horizon League Honor Roll, UWM Honor Roll and UWM Dean’s List. He also earned the Faculty Athletic Representatives Award for having the highest gradepoint average on the team two seasons in a row. Meier has also been extremely active with volunteer and community service projects on and off campus, including the Summerfest Clinic for Kids, the Fall Residence Hall Move-In, Boys & Girls Club Practice Day, Cedarburg Youth Basketball Clinic and PANTHERFEST volunteer. Meier is the second UWM player to earn Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete recognition, with Adrian Tigert having claimed the same honor in 2006. Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade-point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. Candidates must have reached sophomore athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. The nominees must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his/ her designated position.

PANTHERS LAND LEAGUE-BEST 11 ON HORIZON LEAGUE WINTER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS UWM placed a league-high 11 student-athletes on the Horizon League’s 2010-11 Winter Academic All-League Teams. The honorees from Milwaukee included five student-athletes apiece from swimming and diving and track, along with an honoree from men’s basketball. The winners are selected in a vote of the league’s faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors, with both athletic and academic accomplishment considered in picking the teams. “I continue to be extremely proud of the achievements of our student-athletes in the classroom,” Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. “This kind of award is particularly noteworthy, as it combines performance in the classroom with standout athletic efforts. To lead the league in honorees is a credit to our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and is the result of a lot of hard work toward academic and athletic excellence. This is another example of our Milwaukee Panthers being students first and athletes second!” The women’s track and field honorees were Erin Havener (3.583, Nursing), Angie Kaufmann (3.415,

Kinesiology), Kristi Schuette (3.801, Health Sciences) and Elise Sigg (3.710, Kinesiology). Dan Simon (3.267, Mechanical Engineering) was honored from the men’s track and field team. Those recognized from the men’s swimming and diving team were Brady Huemann (3.59, Biology), Sam Keele (3.37, Mechanical Engineering) and Kyle Trelka (3.72, Business). Sarah Wardecke (3.94, Mathematics) and Danielle Wenger (3.82, Psychology) were honored from the women’s swimming and diving team. Tony Meier (3.638, Business) was the honoree from men’s basketball. A total of 74 student-athletes from six fall sports were honored. The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semesterhour or 36 quarter-hour credits. The student-athletes must also be starters or key reserves on their teams.

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Technology that Works for You

UWM Email/Calendaring Options Being Evaluated In light of the current economic climate in higher education, there is a need more than ever for prioritizing and allocating resources effectively. UWM is thus taking a long hard look at its current email and calendaring service (branded pantherLINK) and potential other service sourcing options (including housing the service off-campus) that are cost-effective and meet the basic functional service level for campus.

“We have a younger generation coming to our campus with new skills and different needs. How can we best adapt to serve that population? What email and calendaring service can we provide that will be most useful?” Simone Conceição Associate Professor, School of Education Formed this spring and sponsored by Interim Provost Johannes Britz, the UWM Email/Calendaring Evaluation Working Group was created to analyze email and calendaring sourcing options and provide recommendations to the Provost. The group is comprised of individuals from various areas of the campus community including members of the pantherLINK Steering Committee, the Information Technology Policy Committee (ITPC) and faculty and staff representing other campus stakeholder groups. “It’s a very interactive process with the committee,” said Simone Conceição, working group chair and associate professor in the School of Education. “It was important to get as many different voices from around campus on the committee as possible. Our campus serves a lot of individuals with diverse needs. In order to make a solid recommendation, we need to be able to say what it is we really need.”

Considerations The working group spent four months collecting data, analyzing services and trying out email and calendaring options firsthand. This included visiting with representatives from UW-La Crosse, which recently switched to Google Apps for Education for its email and calendaring needs, to discuss the transition and performance of the service at their university. When considering and comparing services, committee members took into account a myriad of factors. How much training would be needed for the campus community? What security protocols are in place? How much support will the vendor provide? What is the cost? “Whenever you are looking at something as big and broad as this undertaking, your discussion and data collection must consider numerous factors,” said Conceição. “We have a younger generation coming to our campus with new skills and different needs. How can we best adapt to serve that population? What email and calendaring service can we provide that will be the most useful?” In addition, complete transparency of the evaluation process is an important aspect of the working group. The group’s charter, meeting minutes and final recommendations can be found online at

Final Report The working group is currently completing its final evaluation and will submit its report to the Provost for consideration. “There’s a lot to consider here,” said Conceição. “I think the Provost will look at what will be the best cost benefit and the best benefit for individuals at the University. We were thorough in our data collection and hopefully have provided the necessary information.”

Second UWM Data Center Near Completion UWM is adding a second data center. The new facility will supplement the existing data center, provide for continuity of services and ensure that the University is prepared for increasing research needs. Housed off-campus, work on the Second Data Center began last summer. Currently, the shell is in place with power and fiber optic connections secured. By this fall after the installation of additional equipment, the Second Data Center will be up and running housing its first service and thereafter adding further services by priority. “This new data center means a stabilization of the services we provide,” said Second Data Center Project Manager Paula Brossard. “For instance, if we lose a server, the service won’t go down. Having service redundancy between both of our data centers is a great benefit.”

Benefits of the new Data Center • Redundancy and disaster recovery—With both on-campus and off-campus data centers, if an incident were to take one of the centers offline services can continue. • Research growth and expansion—as UWM continues to expand its research needs and capabilities, additional space to securely house, power, cool, and network research computers will be available. For more information about the construction and implementation of UWM’s Second Data Center, visit the project website at and click on the “2nd Data Center” link. Your source for information about the new Human Resources System: • Help & support • News & important announcements • Training • Self Service • HRS forms & processes

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UWM WiFi Pilot Begins This Summer The UWM WiFi pilot is set to begin this summer providing upgrades to the wireless network service in both the UWM Union and the Golda Meir Library for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The pilot, scheduled for go-live in early July, will be under review for six months as feedback is gathered from the campus community about its features and operation. Upon review, a determination will then be made whether to recommend expanding the upgraded WiFi services to the rest of campus.

“We’re excited to be bringing this new type of service to the campus community,” said Ken Jolly, University Information Technology Services Network Operations. “The new WiFi boasts a lot of features that will greatly benefit the campus community.” These benefits include better access and speed. “Right now, we’ve been on a two-lane highway; we’re hoping to turn that into a ten-lane highway,” said Jolly.

Features New features of the UWM WiFi pilot include: • Enhanced Security—Individuals utilizing the WiFi service will have communication encrypted over the wireless network, thus providing an added layer of security. Encrypted wireless is an important safeguard against attacks in which unauthorized individuals glean information transmitted over unencrypted wireless connections. • Faster Speed—The WiFi network has the potential to offer up to about five times the speed of the current wireless network, depending on usage. Being able to connect at higher speeds will provide individuals with faster downloads and quicker service. • Increased capacity—The upgraded service will be able to handle a larger volume of mobile devices in areas of high use than the current wireless network. • One-time login—Faculty, staff and students will only have to enter their ePantherID and password once for authentication on their laptop or mobile device. Their device will then be automatically remembered and authenticated on subsequent visits. • Sponsored guest/public access—“Coffee shop-type” access will be available for visitors. Sponsored guest access with full capabilities will continue to be available. For more information about the UWM WiFi pilot, visit the project website at and click on the “UWM WiFi Pilot” link.

UWM Mobile Brings UWM to the Palm of your Hand Learn about and utilize UWM services via UWM Mobile, a free app that will soon be available for your mobile device. In development since January and funded by student educational technology fees, the UWM mobile app provides faculty, staff and students with a convenient way to get information about the University and its services.

What’s Featured The app houses numerous resources and features: • Transit schedules—View residence hall shuttle bus schedules, real-time estimates of arrival, as well as an interactive map that displays where buses are located on their routes • Student life—See laundry machine availability at residence halls (i.e., which washers and dryers are available, how much time is left on a specific machine’s current cycle) • Directory search—Search the UWM White Pages for an individual’s contact information • Academics—Check course schedules, log into your PAWS account, and view the academic calendar • UWM news—Read news and announcements about the University The project is under the guidance of the UWM Mobile Steering Committee, a group of faculty and staff who are charting the direction and features of the UWM mobile app. Students are currently being recruited and will soon be adding their voice to the committee as well. “We’re very excited to offer this new mobile app for UWM,” said Web Architect Michael Hostad. “The app has a high degree of functionality and utility for the campus community. It will go a long way in carving out a mobile presence for the University.” For more information about the UWM mobile app, visit the project website at

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Tech Updates Campus Apple iPad Email Group Created An email users’ group for individuals utilizing Apple iPad technology on campus is now available. Created this spring, the group is open to faculty, staff and students who want to connect with other iPad owners and discuss issues relevant to its use. The group is an open community; once registered, individuals can send email, questions and their experiences to other iPad owners who can then provide feedback. To join the group, contact Kyle Brockman in UITS Desktop Support at

New Software Available Newly available for faculty and staff is Sente 6 software for Univeristy-owned computers. Sente is an academic reference manager for the Mac OS X that allows individuals to find, organize, review, and cite academic literature in their field. For your software needs, visit the UWM Software Sales website at Fast, convenient and online, the site is accessible via the online UWM TechStore. Log in with your ePantherID and password to make purchases.

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BENEFITS HRS GOES LIVE When the June UWM Report is delivered to employees, the new Human Resources System (HRS) will have been in place for six weeks. HRS allows HR, benefits, payroll, leave management and funding processes to become more integrated. HRS will increase accuracy and efficiencies across the work areas. With future roll-out dates, employees will have more self-service access to enter work hours and leave requests, check on benefits enrollments and even enroll in benefits. Go to the portal for more information: CONTINUING INSURANCE BENEFITS 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. Academic-year employees who have summer appointments or who are expected to return in the fall should have multiple deductions (up to four) for all insurance programs. Persons terminating employment at the end of the spring semester should have one deduction only. Terminating employees are entitled to continue medical insurance coverage under COBRA rules. Many other fringe benefits may be continued or converted, providing employees apply within specified time limits, usually 30 days from the last day in pay status. Paperwork will be sent to terminating employees with more details and appropriate forms. 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 at the Benefits Office, 414-229-4463, prior to the last day worked for individual information. Employees who are leaving their UWM employment should report any address changes on the UWM portal: Go to the Personal Information box and click on “Update my Personal Information.” LEAVE REMINDERS Non-represented Classified Employees The Wisconsin Administrative Code §ER 18.02(6) states that annual leave allowance for nonrepresented classified employees should be taken during the calendar year in which it is earned, but may be deferred to the first six months of the following calendar year. However, if an employee’s work responsibilities do not allow for taking the unused time before the end of the extension period, the employee may be granted up to Dec. 31, 2011, during which to use the time. The appropriate appointing authority must approve all extensions. Represented Classified Employees Collective bargaining agreements permitted represented classified employees to defer vacation into the first six months of the following calendar year. Therefore, 2010 carryover vacation for represented employees should be used by June 30, 2011, or it may be lost.

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Unclassified employees For annual pay (12-month) employees, all floating holiday hours must be used by June 30 of each year. These hours do not carry over into the next fiscal year, and may not be banked in the Annual Leave Reserve Account (ALRA). After an employee has completed 10 fiscal years as of June 30, he/she becomes eligible to bank vacation/vacation carryover into ALRA, with the leave accrued in the 11th fiscal year. Staff who are eligible to bank will receive a notification on their monthly leave statement. Up to 40 hours (pro-rated for parttime employees) may be banked annually. Staff who have completed 25 fiscal years or more of service may, at their option, elect to reserve up to an additional five days (40 hours) of vacation (prorated for part-time employees) in ALRA. To administer the program easily and without pro-ration, this option will be made available in the 26th fiscal year. FURLOUGH TIME OFF Employees are required to use furlough time off requirements by June 18 for classified employees and by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, for unclassified employees. Employee earnings statements list furlough time already accounted for and furlough time remaining. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor and/or the Payroll Office at 414-229-5804 or Currently, there is no indication that Furlough Time Off will be required in the next fiscal year. IT’S YOUR CHOICE OPTION PERIOD It may be a few months away, but it is not too early to be thinking about It’s Your Choice, your annual chance to make changes to your existing health insurance plan or certain supplemental plans. It’s Your Choice will take place in October, with the exact dates announced early in the fall. The Benefits and Wellness Fair will be held in the Union Wisconsin Room on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Watch for emails and other communications in September for more details. Employees with children between the ages of 19 and 27 who are covered under the employee’s state group health plan during 2011 are currently expected to be rolled over for coverage during the following year. Employees who no longer wish to cover an adult child will need to submit an application during It’s Your Choice to remove the adult child from their health insurance coverage for the following year. Watch for emails and other communications starting in September, in case current policies change. Employees with children between the ages of 19 and 27 who are not currently covered under the employee’s state group health plan currently have the annual option to provide health insurance coverage for an eligible adult child. An application to provide health insurance coverage in the following calendar year must be submitted during the It’s Your Choice period. Watch for emails and other communications starting in September, in case current policies change. Be aware that, depending on the adult child’s tax dependency status, there may be income tax impacts for covering the adult child on your state group health plan. For more information, please see: publications/et2139.pdf. Domestic partners may also receive insurance benefits. For more information, please see: etf.

RETIREMENT CALCULATIONS ON THE WEB For employees interested in more detailed benefit information than the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Annual Statement of Benefits (now found at the portal:, go to the retirement calculator at the Employee Trust Funds (ETF) website: (Employees may also reach the ETF link through the portal under “Employee Resources.”) An excellent way to plan for retirement, this calculator can assist you in estimating your WRS pension payments. It 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. VIDEO PRESENTATIONS ON THE WEB Video presentations on a variety of WRS benefits are available on the ETF website at: webcasts.htm. (Employees may also reach the ETF Video Library through the link at the portal under “Employee Resources.”) These videos, ranging from 15 minutes to more than two hours, can guide you through a review of your Annual Statement of Benefits, how to complete a retirement application, how divorce can affect your retirement benefits, the difference between the Core and Variable WRS Trust Funds, and much more.

WELCOME, NEW CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES Debra Brown, Office Operations Associate, Operations Administration Bjorn Case, Gardener, Grounds Andrew Dillenburg, HVAC/Refrigeration Specialist, Preventive Maintenance Ethan Hansen, Police Officer, University Police William Ludwig, Plumber, Mechanicals Peter Schultz, Police Officer, University Police Jenna Jazna, Student Status Examiner Associate, Graduate Programs & Student Services



SUMMER OF CHINA AT UWM LIBRARIES As part of the 2011 citywide celebration of Chinese culture, the UWM Libraries are presenting an exhibition this summer highlighting two collections of their Chinese-related materials. “Summer of China at UWM Libraries” runs June 13-Sept. 16, with an opening on Tuesday, June 21, from 5-7 p.m. The two-part show is comprised of “China Revealed: Maps and Photographs from the American Geographical Society Library” and “China Unfurled: Art and Rare Books from Special Collections.” “China Revealed,” on the third floor, east wing of the Golda Meir Library building, features maps, atlases, photographs and rare geographical publications from the AGS Library. “China Unfurled,” in the library’s fourth floor exhibition gallery, focuses on Chinese scroll paintings, calligraphy and fanwork, and the many rare books and other special materials held by Special Collections. The exhibition is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday during the length of the show. For more information, call 414-229-4345 or 414-229-6282.

•E  lectronic submissions only, either by e-mail document or Internet (see addresses below). • 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 No July or August issues September Fri., July 22 October Mon., Aug. 22 November Mon., Sept. 26 December Mon., Oct. 26 No January 2012 issue E-mail submissions: Internet submissions: publications/report/ftr-form.cfm

PEOPLE LUBAR SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Belle Rose Ragins gave an invited address, “Out of the Closet and Into the Workplace: Understanding Sexual Identity in Organizations,” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, April 14-16, Chicago.

Fan painting of Mount Shan landscape. Tse-Tsung Chow Collection of Chinese Scrolls and Fans, UWM Libraries

UWM AUTHORS CELEBRATION SET FOR SEPT. 22 The UWM Libraries and the Graduate School are co-sponsoring a dinner on Thursday, Sept. 22, honoring and recognizing faculty and staff who have published books (and other forms of scholarly activity such as recordings) since April 2010. 

 We are requesting that any UWM faculty or staff member who has written, edited, translated or illustrated a book, has composed music for a published score or recording, or has had a primary role in creating a commercially distributed film or video since the last UWM Authors Recognition event in 2010, please fill out the UWM Authors online form at libraries/forms/authors.cfm. To ensure that you are included for recognition during this event, please submit by Friday, Sept. 9. Authors submitting titles after this date will be included in the next event in 2012. Details concerning the event are forthcoming. For more information, visit the UWM Authors Collections website at www4. or contact Special Collections at or 414-229-4345.

Belle Rose Ragins served as session chair for “Diversity Networks from Startup to Strategy” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, April 14-16, Chicago. Belle Rose Ragins served as session chair for “Coaching Women Through Backlash: Bridging Research and Practice” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, April 14-16, Chicago.

EDUCATION CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Rene Antrop-González, R. Brusi, N. Matos, L. Moll, S. Nieto, E. Rosario Ramos and S. Quiñones presented “Re-imagining a justice framework: Ricanstructing Puerto Rican identities,” Division G invited panel session, at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 8-12. Rene Antrop-González, J. Márquez Kiyama, R. Mazurett-Boyle, C. Mercado and S. Quiñones presented “Buscando una buena educación: Expanding funds of knowledge to enhance home-school community connections” at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference, Hartford, Conn., Oct. 21-24, 2010. J. Sokolowski and Rene Antrop-González presented “Chasing the Florida dream: Examining the schooling experiences of Puerto Rican youth in a large comprehensive high school” at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference, Hartford, Conn., Oct. 21-24, 2010. Barbara Bales and Rene Antrop-González were selected participants for a pre-conference workshop, “How to Inform Policymakers: A Strategic Approach for Academics,” at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12. Barbara Bales, K. White-Smith, J. Price and R. Milner facilitated the two-day Division K Mentoring New Faculty Seminar at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12. Barbara Bales presented a paper, “Re-imagining Teacher Relicensing Policies in the United States to Improve Student Learning,” at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12.

Barbara Bales served as discussant for the Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education session, “An Examination of Urban Teacher Education and the Public Good,” at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12. Barbara Bales served as session chair for the Urban Learning, Teaching and Research Special Interest Group session, “New Teachers in the Urban Context,” at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12. Barbara Bales served as session chair for the Academic Audit Research in Teacher Education Special Interest Group session, “Program Assessment Using Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods: Experiences from Across the Country,” at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12. Barbara Bales served as session chair for the Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education session, “Retention of Quality Teachers Through Mentoring and Induction,” at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12. Barbara Bales served as session chair for the Supervision and Instructional Leadership Special Interest Group session, “Supervision of Instruction: Studies on Perspective and Viewpoint – Examining the Paradoxes, Metaphors, and Privatization in Teacher Education Policies,” at the 2011 American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, April 7-12. Barbara Bales conducted a workshop, “Mentoring Permit Teachers: Connecting Student Learning to Teacher Learning and Professional Development,” for Milwaukee Public Schools Building Mentors on April 14.

LETTERS & SCIENCE AFRICOLOGY Erin N. Winkler presented “Learning Race, Learning Place: Developing Identities and Ideas in Detroit” as part of a series of sessions on Race and Space at the 2011 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle on April 16.

UWM LIBRARIES Max Yela offered the opening gallery talk for the exhibition “No Jacket Required: Structuring Art as Book” at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah, Wis., April 8.

HELEN BADER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE Anne Basting presented “The Cultural Cure for Dementia” at the American Association of University Women at Fox Point Lutheran Church, Feb. 15. Anne Basting presented “The Cultural Cure for Dementia” at the 17th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in Plattsburgh, N.Y., April 14. Anne Basting presented “Imagination and the Changing Mind” at the Mapping Perceptions: The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project Summit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, March 21. R.L. McNeely presented “A Few Counter-Intuitive Facts, Common Misconceptions and Ironies About Intimate Partner Violence Based on Social Science Research” to the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Domestic Litigation: Practical and Legal Implications continuing legal education seminar, Madison, Wis., April 8. David Pate was the keynote speaker at the Geminus Fatherhood conference on April 20 in Merrillville, Ind. The topic of his presentation was the intersectionality of poverty, gender and social welfare policy. David Pate presented on African American lowincome non-custodial fathers at the 2011 Color of Wealth Policy Summit: The Recession Generation, the Racial Wealth Gap and Restoring American Prosperity, sponsored by Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress on April 7.

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For the Record

PUBLICATIONS ACADEMIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR INSTRUCTIONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Connie Schroeder, with Phyllis Blumberg, Nancy Van Note Chism, Catherine E. Frerichs, Susan Gano-Phillips, Devorah Lieberman, Diana G. Pace and Tamara Rosier, Faculty Development’s Emerging Organizational Development Role in Institutional Change, Sterling, Va.: Stylus Publishing, October 2010.

EDUCATION CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION J. Sokolowski, Rene Antrop-González and Z. Maldonado, “Chasing the Florida dream: Examining the schooling experiences of Puerto Rican students in a Central Florida high school,” Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2010, pp. 219-241. T. Garrett, Rene Antrop-González and William Vélez (Sociology), “Examining the success factors of high achieving Puerto Rican male high school students,” Roeper Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2010, pp. 106-115. R. Cooper, D. Liou and Rene AntropGonzález, “The relationship between high stakes information and the community cultural wealth model perspective: Lessons from Milwaukee and beyond,” Multicultural Learning and Teaching, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2010, pp. 73-94. D. Liou and Rene Antrop-González, “To upend the boat of teacher mediocrity: The challenges and possibilities of critical race pedagogy in diverse urban classrooms,” pp. 455-470 in Critical pedagogy in the 21st century: A new generation of scholars, C.S. Malott and B. Porfilio, eds., Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2011. Rene Antrop-González, T. Garrett, William Vélez and D. Baldwin, “Caring mothers and teachers, not acting White, and religiosity: What are the success factors of high achieving DiaspoRicans and Moroccan students in Belgium?,” pp. 236262 in Equity and excellence in education: Towards maximal learning opportunities for all students, Kris Van den Branden, Piet Van Avermaet and Mieke Van Houtte, eds., New York: Routledge, 2011.

EDUCATIONAL POLICY & COMMUNITY STUDIES Chuck Howlett and Ian M. Harris, Books Not Bombs: Teaching Peace Since the Dawn of the Republic, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press, 2010. Ian M. Harris, “The Many Faces of Peace Education: From International Relations to Interpersonal Relations,” pp. 348-357 in Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education, Steven Tozer, Bernardo Gallegos, Annette Henry, Mary Greiner and Paul Price, eds., New York: Routledge, 2011. Aaron Schutz and Marie G. Sandy, Collective Action for Social Change: An Introduction to Community Organizing, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE Amol D. Mali and Michael Osowski, “Improving Concurrency in Temporal Plans,” Artificial Intelligence Review, Vol. 35, No. 3, March 2011, pp. 191-209.

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HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER FOR URBAN POPULATION HEALTH H.Y. Chen, S. Chauhan, Trina C. Salm Ward, Naoyo Mori, E.R. Gass and Ron A. Cisler, “Aberrant fetal growth and early, late and postneonatal mortality: An analysis of Milwaukee births, 1996-2007,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 204, No. 3, 2011, pp. 261.e1-261.e10.

HEALTH SCIENCES Mary Kay Madsen and Cara Wiggins, “Asynchronous Distance Education (e-Learning) in a Health Care Administration Program,” Proceedings of the Business and Health Administration Association: Division of MBAA International, Chicago, March 23-25, 2011, pp. 27-38.

S. Agarwal and Hong Yu, “Detecting hedge cues and their scope in biomedical text with conditional random fields,” Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Vol. 43, No. 6, 2010, pp. 953-961. D. Kim and Hong Yu, “Figure text extraction in biomedical literature,” Public Library of Science One, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2011. Z. Li, F. Liu, L. Antieau, Y. Cao and Hong Yu, “Lancet: a high precision medication event extraction system for clinical text,” Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2010, pp. 563-567. Q. Zhang, Y.G. Cao and Hong Yu, “Parsing citations in biomedical articles using conditional random fields,” Computers in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2011, pp. 190-194.

Y. Hong, K. Ehlers, R. Gillis, Timothy B. Patrick and J. Zhang, “A Usability Study of Patient-Friendly Terminology in an EMR System, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics,” Proceedings of Medinfo 2010 – 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 12-15, 2010, pp. 136-140.


J.E. Andrews, D. Shereff, Timothy B. Patrick and R. Richesson, “The Question about Questions: Is DC a Good Choice to Address the Challenges of Representation of Clinical Research Questions and Value Sets?” Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Pittsburgh, Oct. 20-22, 2010, pp. 88-93.


S. Agarwal, L. Choubey and Hong Yu, “Automatically classifying the role of citations in biomedical articles,” Proceedings of Annual Symposium, American Medical Informatics Association, Washington, D.C., Nov. 13-17, 2010, pp. 11-15. B.P. Ramesh and Hon Yu, “Identifying discourse connectives in biomedical text,” Proceedings of Annual Symposium, American Medical Informatics Association, Washington, D.C., Nov. 13-17, 2010, pp. 657-661. Hong Yu, S. Agarwal and N. Frid, “Investigating and Annotating the Role of Citation in Biomedical Full-Text Articles,” Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Conference Bioinformatics Biomed, Washington, D.C., Nov. 1-4, 2009, pp. 308-313. Y. Cao, Z. Li, F. Liu, S. Agarwal, Q. Zhang and Hong Yu, “An IR-aided machine learning framework for the BioCreative II.5 Challenge,” Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Association for Computing Machinery, Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2010, pp. 454-461. Y. Cao, F. Liu, P. Simpson, L. Antieau, A. Bennett, J.J. Cimino, J. Ely and Hong Yu, “AskHERMES: An online question answering system for complex clinical questions,” Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2011, pp. 277-288. Hong Yu, F. Liu and B.P. Ramesh, “Automatic figure ranking and user interfacing for intelligent figure search,” Public Library of Science One, Vol. 5, No. 10, 2010. Y.G. Cao, J.J. Cimino, J. Ely and Hong Yu, “Automatically extracting information needs from complex clinical questions,” Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Vol. 43, No. 6, 2010, pp. 962-971. S. Agarwal and Hong Yu, “Biomedical negation scope detection with conditional random fields,” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol. 17, No. 6, 2010, pp. 696-701.

Jinsung Wang, A. Przybyla, K. Wuebbenhorst, K.Y. Haaland and R.L. Sainburg, “Aging reduces asymmetries in interlimb transfer of visuomotor adaptation,” Experimental Brain Research, Vol. 210, No. 2, 2011, pp. 283-290.

K. Pizur-Barnekow, Timothy B. Patrick (Health Care Administration), Paula M. Rhyner (Communication Sciences & Disorders), Susan E. Cashin (Human Movement Sciences) and A. Rentmeester, “Readability of Early Intervention Program Literature,” Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Vol. 3, No.1, 2011, pp. 58-64.

Amanda Seligman, Kate Kramer (Center for 21st Century Studies) and Stacey Oliker (Sociology), “The UWM Provost’s Task Force on Family Leave Report on Policy and Practice,” 9-17-2010, revised 2-25-2011. Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Turkish translation of Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789: Erken Modern Dönemde Avrupa, 1450-1789, translated by Hamit Çaliskan, Istanbul: Tükiye Bankasi, 2010. Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Discovering the Global Past: A Look at the Evidence, Vols. I and II, with W. Bruce Wheeler, Franklin Doehringer and Ken Curtis, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, fourth edition, 2011.

JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATION Michael Z. Newman, Indie: An American Film Culture, Columbia University Press, June 2011.

GIFTS, GRANTS & CONTRACTS RECEIVED IN APRIL 2011 ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS CENTER FOR URBAN INITIATIVES & RESEARCH YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Survey of Young Leaders Academy Graduates Maier, Peter E. – Public Service $9,000




U.S. Dept. of Education ACG Grant 2011 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $4,400

Erica Bornstein and Peter Redfield, eds., Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism Between Ethics and Politics, SAR Press, April 2011.

ECONOMICS Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee and S. Hegerty, “The J- and S-Curves: A Survey of the Recent Literature,” Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 37, 2010, pp. 580-596.

HISTORY Margo Anderson, “Census,” pp. 234-238 in International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science, Miodrag Lovric, ed., London: Springer, 2011. Douglas Howland, “Sovereignty and the Laws of War: International Consequences of Japan’s 1905 Victory over Russia,” Law and History Review, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2011, pp. 53-97. Douglas Howland, “The Dialectics of Chauvinism: Minority Nationalities and Territorial Sovereignty in Mao Zedong’s New Democracy,” Modern China, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2011, pp. 170-201. Douglas Howland, “The WisconsinMilwaukee Conference on International Law and World Order: Introduction,” Journal of the History of International Law, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2011, pp. 1-5. Douglas Howland, “Contraband and Private Property in the Age of Imperialism,” Journal of the History of International Law, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2011, pp. 117-153. Glen Jeansonne, David Luhrssen and Dan Sokolovic, Elvis Presley, Reluctant Rebel, Praeger: An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, 2011. An e-book version is also available. Neal Pease, contributor and associated editor to The Polish American Encyclopedia, James S. Pula, ed., Jefferson, N.C., and London: McFarland, 2011.

U.S. Dept. of Education SMART Grant 2011 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $500 U.S. Dept. of Education PELL Grant Funds Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $37,000 U.S. Dept. of Education PELL Grant Funds Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $110,000 U.S. Dept. of Education ACG Grant 2011 Hojan-Clark, Jane – Student Aid $18,771

ARCHITECTURE & URBAN PLANNING CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE & URBAN PLANNING RESEARCH WI Chapter American Planning Association WAPA News Frank, Nancy K. – Miscellaneous $9,333

PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS FILM UWM Foundation “For the Children” Film Project Yeo, Rob – Research $-1,206 UWM Foundation Student Scholarships Yeo, Rob – Student Aid $4,462

LUBAR SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ACCOUNTING U.S. Dept. of Treasury Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Smunt, Timothy L. – Public Service $15,800

For the Record DEAN’S OFFICE



National Science Foundation National Science Foundation Fellowship Smunt, Timothy L. – Student Aid $40,500


Village of Mount Pleasant, WI Pike River Floodplain Modification and Stream Restoration, Phases 4 and 5 Ehlinger, Timothy J. – Research $45,301

CONTINUING EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING INSTITUTE Milwaukee Public Schools School Census and Mapping Project – A Demographic Study of School Age Children in Milwaukee Quinn, Lois M. – Public Service $45,000

ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE CIVIL ENGINEERING & MECHANICS Marquette University Collaborative Research: I/UCRC Marquette Subaward Christensen, Erik R. – Research $36,058 Mark Murphy Validation of Enzymatic Water Softening He, Zhen – Research $15,000 Veolia Water Milwaukee LLC Using Microbial Fuel Cells to Treat Raw Sludge and Primary Effluent for Bioelectricity Generation He, Zhen – Research $201,402

National Institutes of Health Microbial Community Profiles Identify New Indicators of Waterborne Pathogens McLellan, Sandra L. – Research $393,252

National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Do Lianas Alter Carbon, Nutrient, and Water Dynamics in Tropical Forests? A Large-Scale Experimental Test Schnitzer, Stefan A. – Research $20,000

WATER INSTITUTE Veolia Water Milwaukee LLC Efficiency of Pharmaceutical Removal by Actiflo Carb Process Klaper, Rebecca D. – Research $42,793

Wilbur-Ellis Company Novel Compounds for Inhibiting Virulence in Bacteria Yang, Ching-Hong – Research $10,000

U.S. Army Developing Transgenic Zebrafish to Detect Oxidative Stressors for Real-Time Imaging of Gene Expression and Behavioral Tracking Udvadia, Ava J. – Research $14,002

CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS UWM Foundation Center for Research on International Economics Bahmani-Oskooee, Mohsen – Research $50,000

HEALTH SCIENCES CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council American Indian Science Scholars Program – Summer Scholars Program Madsen, Mary K. – Public Service $28,741


UW–Madison Structural Stability of Carotid Plaque and Symptomatology Mitchell, Carol K.C. – Research $5,000



UWM Research Foundation High Performance Parallel Nonlinear Photonic Processor on Photorefractive Crystal Substrate Pashaie, Ramin – Research $60,000



National Science Foundation Active Hybrid NanocrystalCarbon Nanotube Structures for Nanomanufacturing Chen, Junhong – Research $12,000



$ 1,313,006 $ 1,901,688 $ 16,647,117 $ 26,336,698



Public Service

$ 478,472 $ 467,445 $ 2,991,373 $ 8,550,448

Student Aid

$ 211,171 $ 215,633 $ 37,755,554 $ 37,830,286





$ 2,002,649




$ 2,620,211

$ 4,480,672

$ 7,778,230

$ 15,957 $ 45,636 $ 4,110,845 $ 6,070,282

Public Service


Student Aid

$ 264,000 $ 334,100 $ 31,657,717 $ 31,741,417




$ 2,990,427


$ 4,181,121

HELEN BADER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE UWM Foundation Center on Age & Community Core Program Support Basting, Anne D. – Research $25,000





Public Radio International PRI BBC World Service Grant Szychlinski, David E. – Public Service $5,000


$ 2,710,470 $ 3,551,089 $ 24,332,149 $ 30,733,988


ICF Macro Support in the Development and Maintenance of Improved Marine Recreational Information Program Mathiowetz, Nancy A. – Research $-18,488

$ 62,670,210 Year-to-Date



$ 4,116,167




$ 795,494

Federal Total Federal Total


National Science Foundation Real-Time, Background-Free, Resonance Raman Microscopy for Live-Cell Imaging Yakovlev, Vladislav V. – Research $132,210

WI Dept. of Children & Families MCWPPD – 2010 – Main Staff Training Lie, Gwat-Yong – Public Service $45,023

Period 10 – April 2010

FY 2010





National Science Foundation Workshops in Geometric Topology Guilbault, Craig R. – Research $13,460


Federal Total Federal Total



U.S. Dept. of Education Evaluating the Success of Undergraduates in the U-Pace Intervention to Improve Academic Achievement for All Postsecondary Education Students Reddy, Diane M. – Research $733,510

UWM Foundation General Support for the Honors College Schuster, Charles I. – Instruction $3,612

Period 10 – April 2011

FY 2011

UWM Foundation WI Broadcasters Association Foundation Educational Support Grant 2005 Pritchard, David – Public Service $2,033




University of California Brain Mechanisms of Impaired Episodic Memory in Schizophrenia Hannula, Deborah E. – Research $16,597


University of California, Los Angeles Integrated Genetic and Genomic Resources for a Model System Turner, Trudy R. – Research $83,891

WI Dept. of Transportation Enforcement and Media Campaign, Driver Awareness Surveys, Analysis Arora, Swarnjit S. – Public Service $69,750

UW-Madison UW Consortium for Latin American Language and Area Studies Ruggiero, Kristin – Instruction $22,500

UWM Foundation Support of Visiting Writers Program and Creative Writing Program Callanan, Liam – Public Service $500

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago NIH Toolbox for Neurological and Behavioral Function (Subaward with RIC) Wang, Ying-Chih – Research $27,438


$ 2,586,470 $


Office of National Drug Control Policy High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area / UWM Collaborator Stojkovic, Stan – Public Service $462,672

$ 6,961,077 $ 2,181,262

$62,687,181 $77,701,076

Grant information is prepared by the Graduate School. More detailed grant information also is available on the Web at: awards-and-expenditures/.

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Summer workshops at Peck School of the Arts By Beth Stafford


he Peck School of the Arts offers a number of exciting summer workshops open to individuals at beginner through advanced levels. For more information and registration, call the box office at 414-229-4308 or visit outreach.

MUSIC THE MUSIC OF LEO KOTTKE GUITAR WORKSHOP Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 In this intensive three-day workshop, intermediate guitar students will have an opportunity to work on three compositions by guitarist/composer Leo Kottke. Archival video, enhanced computer capabilities and specifically designed pedagogical materials will enable participants to study these pieces in depth. This class also includes multimedia lecture/ presentations on Kottke’s background, career, compositions and technique, featuring rare archival video of him discussing composition, performance and a life devoted to music. Kenilworth Square East, rooms 640, 508, 594. Fee: $280 (materials included; guitar required). A residential option is available for $80 per night or $140 for a double (each person gets a separate room). Contact UWM Guest Housing at or 414-2296588 and specify that you are reserving for the Leo Kottke Workshop.

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JEWELRY & METALS WORKSHOPS Jewelers and metalsmiths of all skill levels are invited to expand their skills with the exciting and challenging summer intensive workshops. Although recommended levels are indicated for some workshops, workshops are open to all levels. All workshops and open studios are conducted in the Art Building, room 391. Fees for workshops are $160 each and open studios are $50 per session. More information is available at psoa/outreach/events/summer_ metals.cfm. SAWING & PIERCING: Create a hanging ornament Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Begin your metalsmithing journey by learning basic techniques of sawing, piercing, filing and surface embellishments. Create a hanging ornament for any special occasion. A great class for beginners. COLD CONNECTIONS: Create a shadow puppet Monday & Tuesday, June 6-8 6-9 p.m. Connect metal without heat. Fabricate a metal shadow puppet with movable parts using rivets, tabs, tap and die, and small-scale fasteners. Recommended prerequisite: Sawing and Piercing Workshop. ENAMELING: Create a small enameled bowl or plate Saturday & Sunday, June 11-12 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Need a decorative resting place for all that loose change? Experiment with pattern and color through the introduction of image transfer, stencils and sifting enamel to personalize a tray, cup or plate.

PEWTER: Create pewter salt and pepper shakers Monday-Wednesday June 13-15, 6-9 p.m. Spruce up the tabletop with handmade, food safe pewter salt and pepper shakers. Learn to score and bend, form and solder pewter to fabricate a set of unique shakers. Recommended prerequisite: Sawing and Piercing Workshop. FORGING: Create a silver spoon Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This workshop introduces basic forging techniques. We will cast silver ingots, hotforge and form the metal into exquisite silver spoons. This class will also introduce sinking, boughing, planishing and polishing in refining the spoon. CASTING PEWTER: Create pewter domestic hardware Monday-Wednesday June 20-22, 6-9 p.m. Missing knobs or handles on your dresser drawers? Looking to add life to your kitchen cabinets? Learn basic mold-making and pewter casting techniques to create a variety of decorative pewter hardware for your home. SOLDERING: Create a silver ring Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In this popular silver soldering workshop, learn to sweat, pick and chip solder. Put these basic techniques to work as you fabricate a sterling silver ring. Recommended prerequisite: Sawing and Piercing Workshop.

DIE FORMING: Create a die-formed letter opener Monday-Wednesday June 27-29, 6-9 p.m. In this workshop, students will explore the process of hydraulic die forming to create repeatable forms in metal. Use acrylic dyes to make copper 3-D forms. Students will complete a series of samples and create a riveted letter opener. Recommended prerequisite: Sawing and Piercing Workshop. ALUMINUM ANODIZING: Create a pair of earrings Saturday & Sunday, July 9-10 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aluminum anodizing is a process that produces a porous surface, allowing aluminum to accept dye easily. The spectrum of color it creates is almost endless. This industrial process is brought into the studio in this workshop. Make samples using the process and then create a pair of brilliantly colored earrings. Recommended prerequisite: Sawing and Piercing Workshop. OPEN STUDIOS Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13 6-9 p.m. Guided studio time to work on projects of your choice. Make something new or finish a project started in an earlier workshop. Enroll in two or more regular workshops and you may take one open studio at no extra cost. Prerequisite: Sawing and Piercing Workshop or equivalent.

UWM report - June 2011  
UWM report - June 2011  

UWM Faculty/Staff News Letter, June, 2011