UWM Today

Jason Rieve

With more than $60 billion worth of manufactured goods each year, Wisconsin is one of the country’s top manufacturing states. Many of the items produced here are exported to other countries around the world. The number of people employed in manufacturing industries is also impressive, as nearly a half million Wisconsinites make their living in this critical sector of the economy. That’s why the continued debate over tariffs imposed by our government is so important to people living in the Badger state.

Jason Rieve

This morning when you took a shower or flushed the toilet, you probably weren't thinking about the journey your waste water would take on its way to the sewerage treatment plant. Out of sight, out of mind.

Helaine Hickson

On today's program, a discussion about the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as seen from various perspectives. In addition to Chancellor Mark Mone, we hear from graduating senior Simone Sharpe, Patricia Contreras, an alum of the university, and Pat Jensen, the parent of two UWM students.

Jason Rieve

Wisconsin has a great reputation for the quality of its workforce, with employees who are hardworking and dedicated to getting the job done right. While there are many leading companies in a wide variety of industries that employ Wisconsin workers, in recent years our state has not had a reputation as a good place to start a business. In fact, Wisconsin has consistently come in near the bottom of the lists that track entrepreneurs.

Jason Rieve

If you had the opportunity to attend college, you probably have some great memories of your days on campus. Some say college was one of the best experiences of their lives. But today, far too many college students are having an experience that is not something they expected: being hungry.

As the cost of college has gone up, more and more students find themselves cutting corners, such as buying books instead of bread. A recent survey of UWM students found that half of them had times when they didn’t know where their next meal was coming from.

Jason Rieve

At a time when there is a huge increase in the number of jobs in STEM related fields, the number of women entering those fields remains stagnant. It is a problem that has educators perplexed. The Mattel toy company has even created a line of Barbie dolls designed to stimulate girls’ interest in pursuing a career in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics — but with mixed results.

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Helaine Hickson

Gov. Tony Evers' proposed budget holds promise and some challenges for higher education. UW System President Ray Cross and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Monee discuss how the proposal would impact UWM and the challenges of funding the University System.

Jason Rieve

On April 7, countries around the globe will celebrate World Health Day. It is a time when health care professionals showcase the improvements that have been made in the health of people living around the world in the past year and a time to take stock of what still needs to be done.

Jason Rieve

During the Vietnam War the U.S. Air Force was involved in a secret mission to train a group of Hmong soldiers in Laos to fly military planes. It was part of a campaign by the CIA working behind the scenes in Laos. That program remained shrouded in mystery until the 1990s when Freedom of Information requests brought it to light. Up until now little has been know about the Hmong pilots who were working on behalf of the Americans in this covert action.

Jason Rieve

In a winter that seems especially long, most of us are asking whether spring will ever arrive. On this edition of UWM Today, we’re thinking warm thoughts about the weather as we spend time with one of the world’s leading authorities on climate studies: Mark Schwartz.

Helaine Hickson

Manufacturing is one of the most important and most competitive industries in Wisconsin. 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. The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has launched the Connected Systems Institute to help. UWM Chancellor Mark Mone and Rockwell Automation's Director of Advanced Technologies Dave Vasko discuss how it works.

Jason Rieve

With Wisconsin’s only school of architecture, UW-Milwaukee has played a special role in shaping the look and the feel of the buildings and the cities we live in. On this edition of UWM Today, we look at a fascinating program within the school of architecture — Buildings-Landscapes & Cultures Field School.

The BLC Field School examines not just the physical spaces we occupy but the cultural and social aspects of our built environments. It’s where students come face-to-face with the people living in the spaces being studied.  

Jason Rieve

UW-Milwaukee is a veteran friendly campus.  In fact, there are more military veterans enrolled at UWM than at any other college or university in the Midwest. With more than 1,400 vets are part of the UWM family, it should be no surprise that UWM is also home to a chapter of ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps.)

On this edition of UWM Today, we learn more about the ROTC program and the people who are part of it.

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.

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