UWM Today

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee plays a vital role in shaping the future of Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Meet the people behind the creativity and discoveries at UW-Milwaukee on UWM Today.

On the first Thursday of every month, WUWM's Dave Edwards talks to UWM's Chancellor Mark Mone on the Chancellor's Report.

Ways to Connect

Jason Rieve

As this political year continues to heat up with claims and counterclaims about which candidates are best suited to represent us, it can all be a bit overwhelming. It seems like we were never as divided as we are today. So this week on UWM Today, we're pushing the pause button on the current political debates. We're going to take a little history lesson, looking back at a Wisconsin politician who was so popular with voters on both sides of the aisle that he didn’t even have to raise any money in his last two elections — and he still won handily. That politician?

Jason Rieve

There was once a time when flipping through the channels on your television during the day meant inevitably coming across soap operas. At one point, nearly 20 different daytime soaps were on the air. They were ubiquitous. Even if you weren’t a fan, it was impossible to miss them. Today, only four are left on the main broadcast networks, but the impact the programs have had on our culture is profound. 

Jason Rieve

Every year thousands of Americans die from drug overdoses. More than half of those deaths involve the use of opioids, which were created to help people deal with debilitating pain. Finding alternatives to opioids would literally be a lifesaver for many.

Jason Rieve

Keeping your weight under control is one of the guiding rules we hear from our doctors. For adults it can be a challenge. But for children, especially those with special needs, dealing with obesity can be particularly difficult.

On this edition of UWM Today, we meet an expert on child obesity. Michele Polfuss is an associate professor at UWM’s College of Nursing. She is leading a $3.6 million federal grant to investigate weight issues. Polfuss is also serving as the joint research chair in the nursing of children at both UWM and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Jason Rieve

With more than 27,000 students, UWM has grown into a top tier research university. While there are many points of pride within the institution, one area stands apart from the other programs: the Honors College. It’s a community of students and teachers devoted to excellence in learning. Just under 700 students are in the Honors College where the focus is on small classes with top professors from across the campus. In addition to outstanding academics, the Honors College also offers students a unique opportunity to put their education into practice with community service projects.  

Jason Rieve

Over the past few years, the film industry in Milwaukee has grown tremendously. Independent producers and production houses have sprung up throughout the area. In fact, there are more people employed in the film industry here today than are working in the business that made Milwaukee famous – beer. A key factor in the film industries rapid growth is UWM, which has one of the top film study programs in the world.

Jason Rieve

When we walk into a room and switch on the lights we take what happens next for granted. In an instant, electricity powers lights, computers, air conditioning, TVs and so much more. But as reliable as the power system is, transmission lines can be knocked down during storms. Meanwhile, the U.S. military faces other challenges when it needs to establish a base in the middle of nowhere and reliable power systems aren’t available. So, what’s the solution?

Jason Rieve

As we age we all hope for a retirement with good health and security. But studies show that one in 10 Americans over the age of 65 experience neglect, exploitation or elder abuse — a startling statistic that should concern everyone.

WUWM's Dave Edwards Reflects On His Career

Jan 2, 2020
Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone turns the tables and interviews WUWM's General Manager Dave Edwards about his career as he prepares to retire from his position after more than 35 years.

Jason Rieve

Each week more than 200 people in the United States are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They join more than 1 million other Americans who have contracted the disease. If you know someone with MS, you may have heard their stories of searching for a cure or looking for a treatment that will help relieve their symptoms.

On this edition of UWM Today, we talk with a UWM researcher who’s exploring the role that light therapy may have in helping MS victims. Jeri-Anne Lyons is a professor of biomedical sciences and the associate dean of UWM’s College of Health Sciences.

Jason Rieve

We all know air pollution is a health risk. We have invested billions of dollars in the U.S. trying to clean up the problem. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about exactly what diseases and health conditions are caused by breathing polluted air.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone is joined by Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, to discuss the Connected System Institute at UWM and the impact of "big data" and cloud computing.

Jason Rieve

As we edge closer to winter, all of us most likely have a “to do” list before we settle in for the cold spell. And I suspect many of us – if we haven’t already done so – have getting a flu shot at or near the top of the list.

On this edition of UWM Today, we talk about the latest science on flu vaccines. It turns out not everyone gets the same benefits from the vaccine. Why not, and what can you do about the disparity? Helen Meier, assistant professor at UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health, is here to tell us.

Jason Rieve

The business of journalism has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. Today the daily newspaper is more likely to land on the screens of our smartphones than with a thud on the front porch. Those shifting media habits have had a profound effect on the news industry’s ability to monetize its product and the result has been dramatic — with layoffs and downsizing occurring across the country.  All forms of journalism have been affected, including sports reporting.

Reducing The Skill Gap In Southeastern Wisconsin

Nov 7, 2019
Helaine Hickson

On this program, we discuss the Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) and how it is designed to reduce the skill gap in southeastern Wisconsin by increasing employment rates and the number of post-secondary graduates in the region. Guests include Mark Mone, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Bryan Albrecht, president and CEO of Gateway Technical College; Danae Davis, executive director, Milwaukee Succeeds; and Kathleen Rinehart, president of Cardinal Stritch University.

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