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.

Jason Rieve

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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Ever since the news broke of Russia’s meddling in the US elections, Americans have been paying a lot more attention to the state of US-Russia relations. Stories of spying, the buildup of nuclear aresenals, trade tensions and crack downs on political opponents make it seem like not a day goes by without new questions being raised as to whether we are nearing a showdown between America and Russia.

What should we make of all of this?

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It is almost one year since a fire occurred in UWM’s MainStage Theatre. When the flames were put out and the smoke cleared, the campus was left with more than $6 million dollars in damage to the theater and adjoining buildings.

It was a devastating experience for students and faculty alike, leaving some to wonder what the future of the theater program at UWM would be.

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As we get older, there are many changes in our lives – both physically and mentally. And while each one of us ages differently, one constant is the need for companionship and relationships.

On this edition of UWM Today, we’re going to explore two very different stories about how people deal with aging and the challenges that come with getting older.

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Every day, scientists around the world are engaged in a wide variety of research projects that could help answer the many questions surrounding HIV.

On this edition of UWM Today, we meet Trudy Turner, a professor of anthropology at UWM’s College of Letters and Science, who has spent decades studying African monkeys carrying a type of virus that is a close relative to HIV. But unlike humans - monkeys don’t get sick from their virus.  

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As a top tier research university, UW-Milwaukee has hundreds of faculty members working every day to make discoveries in their field of study. When there is a breakthrough and new ideas, new compounds, even new products emerge, it’s often the end result of years and years of careful, painstaking work.

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Children with special needs, like those who have Down Syndrome or Spina Bifida, face many challenges as they and their families deal with the conditions. One problem is the risk of obesity for those youngsters.

What can be done? Our guest on this edition of UWM Today is working to answer that question. Michele Polfuss is an assistant professor of nursing and joint chair in nursing research at both UWM and Children’s Hospital here in Milwaukee.

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500 years ago, Martin Luther published his famous 95 Theses, which some say triggered the start of the Reformation. It was a turning point in world history with lessons that may offer us a better understanding of the world we live in today.

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College students learn so much in their years of preparation for their careers. But are they learning how to manage the money they will make in those jobs that await them after graduation?

On this edition of UWM Today, we talk to a UWM economist who has developed courses that help students have a better understanding of their own personal financial situation. Joining us in the studio is Rebecca Neuman, associate professor of economics.

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With more than 4,000 students, 30 degree programs, and 40 labs, clinics and centers, UW-Milwaukee's Partners for Health initiative brings together Wisconsin's largest college of nursing, the only school of public health, and the college of health sciences that educates professionals for hospitals and clinics statewide.

On this edition of UWM Today, we meet the leaders of the Partners for Health program. Kim Litwack is dean of the college of Nursing, Ron Perez leads the school of public health, and Ron Cisler is interim dean of the college of health sciences.

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