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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 General Manager John Hess talks to UWM's Chancellor Mark Mone on the Chancellor's Report.

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Lauren Sigfusson

WUWM Director/General Manager John Hess chats with Chancellor Mark Mone and Joan Prince, vice chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement, about racial justice and how UWM is addressing racial equity and social issues on campus today.

Lauren Sigfusson

Learning a second language for people who grow up speaking English can be challenging. Think back to your high school French, German or even Japanese lessons. So how difficult is it for a child who comes to this country speaking no English? Should they be encouraged to stop speaking their native language and focus entirely on becoming proficient in English? Or is there a better way to help students learn?

All too often we take our ability to move for granted. Going for a walk, riding a bike, getting in and out of a chair comfortably. If we can do those activities without pain or discomfort, it becomes second nature. But injuries or illness can have a profound impact on our ability to get around. At UW-Milwaukee’s research park in Wauwatosa, a team working in the Innovation Accelerator building is finding ways to improve health and function of people with disabilities.

Lauren Sigfusson

Although he has suspended his campaign for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders will be remembered as a disruptor in this year’s race for the White House. Sanders calls himself a Democratic Socialist, a title that has not escaped President Trump’s attention who describes socialism as a “destroyer of societies.” The focus on socialism is timely because when the Democratic National Party holds its convention in Milwaukee, the eyes of the world will be on a city that once was considered the most socialist city in the United States.

Lauren Sigfusson

When considering a career in the medical profession many people, especially high school students, think of being a doctor or nurse. But there are many other types of health care professionals who are essential to keeping us well. At UW-Milwaukee, the College of Health Sciences has become one of the largest programs in Wisconsin where students train to work in a broad range of fields, including biomedical sciences, occupational and physical therapy, and speech pathology to name just a few.

JEFFREY KARRON

On these summer days, one of the great escapes for many of us is a garden. Here in Wisconsin, it seems like our reward for enduring months of cold, snow and slush. But while we may be drawn to the colorful flowers, some people are more interested in the small, winged visitors to the flowers: the bees.

Lauren Sigfusson

While the health care crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to occupy our attention, its impact on our economy dominates much of our daily lives.

On this edition of UWM Today, we take a closer look at how businesses, large and small, are responding to one of the biggest disruptions in our economy in decades. Our guest is uniquely suited to the topic, the dean of UWM’s Lubar School of Business, Kaushal Chari, who joined UWM about a year ago from the University of Florida.

Courtesy of Roddy Medical

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, health care providers and first responders have had to deal with a severe shortage of personal protection equipment, including face masks that filter out the deadly virus.

Lauren Sigfusson

WUWM's John Hess chats with UWM Chancellor Mark Mone and special guests: Danae Davis, Milwaukee Succeeds Executive Director; Tim Sheey, president, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. They discuss how UWM and its partners in the Milwaukee area are dealing with the effects of COVID-19, and how they are creating plans to safely reopen the city. They will also address how the recent unrest in the city and surrounding communities are affecting UWM and Milwaukee’s rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research shows that the main antibacterial ingredients in soaps and personal care products carry health risks when used daily. So when the FDA banned them in 2017, manufacturers chose different agents. Hongbo Ma in the UWM Zilber School of Public Health has tested some of those replacement antibacterial agents and found that they are no safer than the banned ones — and, in some cases, they're worse. 

People over the age of 60 are some of the most at risk for COVID-19. Health experts are advising seniors to be extra careful about exposing themselves to infection by taking steps to social distance and even isolate themselves from people who are carriers of the disease. But the very measures meant to keep people from getting infected may be causing other health issues, like loneliness.

Emily Files

If you asked someone how to get to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus a couple of years ago, they'd steer you to the East side of Milwaukee, where the university has grown into one of the top research universities in the country. But today, directions to UWM also lead you to Waukesha and Washington counties. That’s where UWM’s two-year campuses are located, offering another dimension in learning to people in southeastern Wisconsin.

Get To Know WUWM General Manager John Hess

May 7, 2020

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone chats with WUWM General Manager John Hess, who joined the station in January. He is a 30 year veteran of the media industry, working in television, radio and newspapers throughout his career.

 

Emily Files

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us in Wisconsin. But here in Milwaukee some members of our community have been particularly hard hit. Four Milwaukee ZIP codes show the highest incidence of infection — two are predominantly African American and two are Hispanic.

Emily Files

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sicken thousands of Wisconsinites and kill hundreds, the physical threat to all of us is clear. The situation is also having a major impact on our emotions. Stay-at-home orders, layoffs, furloughs, home schooling, and isolation for many, they all add up to a huge disruption in the way we see the world and the way we feel about ourselves.

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