Tom Luljak

UWM Today Host

Tom Luljak is the Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.

Luljak, who joined UW-Milwaukee in the Spring of 2000, earned his master's degree from UWM in mass communication. His bachelor's degree is from the department of Radio/TV/Film and Speech Education at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Prior to his work at UWM, Luljak served as director of corporate communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, where he also served as executive director of the company's foundation. Luljak began his career as a broadcast journalist, and served as news director for WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM. His numerous broadcast journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award for Investigative Journalism.

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Jason Rieve

At large research universities, ideas are the coin of the realm. Without them, classrooms would be quiet, research labs would sit idle. Ideas are what drive innovation and invention.

But imagining what a new instrument, tool or product might look like can not take the place of the real thing. On this edition of UWM Today, we dive into a sophisticated, high-tech workshop where ideas are transformed into protoypes that are vital to launching the full production process.

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Virtual Reality is extremely popular these days. From playing video games to immersing oneself in a movie or photos, VR can bring a whole new experience to entertainment.

At UW-Milwaukee, researchers are discovering new ways of using VR to learn about the world we live in. The work is being coordinated through UWM’s Immersive Media Lab. On this edition of UWM Today, we’ll learn how technology is helping to bridge the gap between science and the humanities.

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Wisconsin is a state that makes things. Manufacturing is one of our largest industries, employing hundreds of thousands of people. Among them are engineers, the people who design products and the equipment needed to manufacture them. Today, that process often involves looking at ways of RE-manufacturing products rather than starting from scratch.

Our guest on today’s program is Wilkistar Otieno, a UWM associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering who believes sustainability has an important place in American factories.

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If you are from Milwaukee and someone mentions fermentation, there’s a pretty good chance you will begin thinking about beer. After all, that is what made Milwaukee famous, isn’t it?

But the science of fermentation is at the heart of the work being done by hundreds of companies in Wisconsin employing tens of thousands of people.

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One of the most important and most competitive industries in Wisconsin is manufacturing. It employs hundreds of thousands of workers and accounts for the majority of our state’s exports. But in order to remain competitive, manufacturing has to continue to adapt.

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As an adult, talking about race can be some of the most difficult conversations we can have. It requires us to recognize our own biases and attitudes in a way that can be unsettling.

So, if we are having a tough time with the topic, how should we talk to our children about race?

On this edition of UWM Today we’re going to meet a UWM researcher who is trying to answer that question. Erin Winkler is an associate professor of Africology at UWM’s College of Letters and Sciences.

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For people under the age of 46, the most likely cause of death is trauma. In addition to the tremendous personal loss that results from trauma, the financial costs to society are staggering. Nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars is lost each year because of the health care costs and lost productivity.

On June 20, UW-Milwaukee is sponsoring a conference that will focus on the causes and solutions to the problems that result from traumatic experiences.

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When we hear stories about climate change, we often think about how temperatures have increased on our planet over the past 50 or 100 years. But if you are a geoscientist, your research could take you much farther back in earth’s history.

Instead of studying the past one, two, or 300 years of data, you could be looking at what the world was like two or three hundred million years ago. What lessons can we learn from that research?

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Recently, there has been a big increase in the price of oil on the world market. For most of us, we see the effects at the gas pump with prices rising for consumers. But the impact of higher energy costs is also causing great concern for manufacturers.

Here in Wisconsin with manufacturing accounting for a large part of our economy, every time energy prices go up, profits and employment are at risk. So energy conservation becomes critical.

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Last year, nearly 500 people died in Milwaukee County as a result of overdosing on opioids. It is part of a national epidemic of opioid deaths that continue to impact communities everyday.

Here in Milwaukee, two UWM researchers are taking a close look at the problem. They are trying to identify common themes or patterns in the overdoses and are studying the impact the overdoses have on families, particularly children.

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With Wisconsin’s largest nursing education program, nursing students from UWM make their presence known throughout the state, providing care at hospitals and other health facilities. But the reach of UWM’s nursing program does not end at the state’s borders.

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If you drive by UW-Milwaukee’s east side campus these days, you will see a swarm of construction workers building the foundation for the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center on the corner of Kenwood and Maryland Avenues.

The building – made possible by a generous gift from Shel and Mary Ann Lubar – will be the first of its kind in Wisconsin.

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If you listen to WUWM, you hear regular weather updates from the Innovative Weather service.

On this edition of UWM Today, we’re going to take you behind the scenes to meet the people who run Innovative Weather. It’s a unique service established by the academic team teaching the rigorous courses that are the foundation for weather forecasting and staffed by some of UWM’s brightest students.

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One of my favorite rides – either by bike or car – is along Milwaukee’s incredible lakefront. While there are a lot of rivers and inland lakes in our state, none of them rival the majesty of Lake Michigan.

While the sight of miles of open water never grows old, hidden from our view is what is going on under the surface.

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Every parent can appreciate how challenging it is to raise a child in society today. We all find ourselves asking what do we need to do see our kids develop into successful and resilient adults.

The answer might become clearer as a result of a new national study looking at how the experiences kids have interact with each other and with their changing bodies.

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