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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.

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Recently, UW-Milwaukee received word that it has once again been recognized as one of the top research universities in America. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions for Higher Education, which is the national body that reviews universities research programs, announced UWM remains among the 130 universities around the country that have attained Research One — or R1 — status. It’s quite a distinction, given that there are more than 4,400 colleges and universities considered for the honor.

Helaine Hickson

By 2020, 62 percent of jobs in Wisconsin will require postsecondary education and current workers may need additional training to keep up with the changing workplace. UW-Milwaukee has formed an online partnership with Manpower to help deal with the regional workforce gap.

The project is discussed by UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone and ManpowerGroup Vice President of Client Workforce Solutions Rebekah Kowalski.

Jason Rieve

There are 15 schools and colleges within the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, but one of them stands out for its sheer size. The College of Letters & Science has more than 95 academic programs in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. It is the campus leader in research funding and expenditures, helping to drive UWM’s status as a top-tier research institution. In fact, half of the 27,000 students at UWM are enrolled in the College of Letters and Science.

Jason Rieve

While Milwaukee has a reputation for being a warm, welcoming town with wonderful social and recreational opportunities, there are other characteristics of our community that are not positive. Classified as one of America’s most segregated communities, metropolitan Milwaukee does not display the type of diversity found in many other similar size cities. African-American men, in particular, often find themselves at a disadvantage.

Jason Rieve

Creatures with tiny brain size often don't get the credit they deserve for higher intelligence. Biologist Rafael Rodriguez says a case in point are spiders, who can make mental maps of their webs. This memorizing ability is similar to how humans retrace their steps when trying to find a misplaced item. Spiders also show an ability to understand the concept of numbers.

On today’s show, Rodriguez discusses the limits of a very small brain with host Tom Luljak.

Jason Rieve

Journalism is often described as the “Fourth Estate” in our democracy — as important to our society as the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government.  As a listener to public radio, there is no doubt you appreciate the importance of good journalism.

Jason Rieve

Milwaukee is a special place for Native Americans. The city is home to the largest population of Native Americans living in any city east of the Mississippi River. And UW-Milwaukee – through its Electa Quinney Institute – has long been committed to serving that population. There are currently about 500 students at UWM who identify as Native Americans.

Jason Rieve

Milwaukee has long prided itself on its diversity, with enclaves of ethnic groups settling in the area for generations. But long before the Germans, Poles, Slovaks, Italians and Irish arrived, there was a population of Native Americans.

Today, Milwaukee is home to the largest number of Native Americans living in any American city east of the Mississippi. And UW-Milwaukee has made a major commitment to serve the Native American population through its Electa Quinney Institute.

Jason Rieve

One of the best barometers of whether a child is getting a good education is how well they can read. On this edition of UWM Today, we focus on literacy and the role technology can play in helping kids to build their reading skills. Our guest is Candance Doerr-Stevens, assistant professor of education at UWM.

Jason Rieve

When Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain died earlier this year, new attention was brought to glioblastoma — the brain cancer that killed him. It’s the same cancer that took the life of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. At UW-Milwaukee’s Institute for Drug Discovery, teams of scientists are now working on new ways of diagnosing and treating that deadly cancer.


There have been many educational initiatives launched in Milwaukee. But one of the most ambitious is known as "M-cubed" — a collaboration between Milwaukee's three urban public education institutions.

Discussing the project is UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone, MATC President Vicki Martin and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Keith Posley.

Jason Rieve

When people suffer trauma in their lives the results can be devastating. In addition to the physical harm that often accompanies trauma related events, the emotional scars be even more long lasting — affecting a person and their families for years after trauma occurs.

Jason Rieve

When people suffer trauma in their lives, the results can be devastating. In addition to the physical harm that often accompanies trauma-related events, the emotional scars can be even more long-lasting — affecting a person (and their families) for years after trauma occurs.

Jason Rieve

The higher education system in Wisconsin underwent a major change this year, as the University of Wisconsin System assigned the 13 separate two-year campuses spread across the state to one of the four-year UW campuses located nearby. Here in Southeastern Wisconsin, that meant the UW-Waukesha campus and the UW-Washington County campus joined UW-Milwaukee. It is a move affecting thousands of students in the area.  

UWM's Basketball Season Is Getting Underway

Nov 15, 2018
Jason Rieve

Each year during this time, UWM Today takes a break from discussing the latest cutting-edge research and discoveries on the UW-Milwaukee campus. No, we’re not taking the day off — we’re celebrating one of the great experiences students have on campus.

It’s the beginning of college basketball season and the Milwaukee Panthers women’s and men’s teams are getting underway. What kind of season awaits fans this year? And what role does athletics play on college campuses? We talk about that and more with UWM’s head basketball coaches, Pat Baldwin and Kyle Rechlicz.