-This week is veteran’s week on campus when we will salute our veterans. Full details are available at http://www5.uwm.edu/news/2012/11/09/uwm-community-salutes-veterans-nov-12-16-2/#.UJ70n-QqZOU.
-The search and screen committee for the Dean's search for the PSOA will be finalized this week and I plan to meet and charge the committee next week. I hope we can have a permanent dean in place by fall 2013. The Chancellor and I will also make an initial decision on the future structure of the Graduate School this week and we will seek input from the different governance groups on campus before making a final decision. We have received recommendations from the Graduate School Task force that was chaired by Mark Schwartz. CORRECTED LINK: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/planningbudget/gs-taskforce-report-2012oct.pdf
- Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. we have the shared governance reception in the Wisconsin Room of the Union . The Chancellor will also attend and you are all invited. I want to thank the Office of the Secretary of the University for organizing this event. (Thanks Trudy!).
-The Engelmann Building's Annual Auction and Lunch, hosted by the Center for Urban Initiatives & Research, was a great success this year. The event raised $1,128.50 for the State and University Employee Combined Giving Campaign to benefit the United Way. This was more than double the funds raised last year. So thanks to everyone who donated and stopped by to bid, purchase, and eat!
-Please promote to students and your colleagues: This Thursday, November 15th, the Norris Health Center and the Peer Health Educators are putting on The Great American Smokeout in the Union Concourse from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The Great American Smokeout is an event started by the American Cancer Society that promotes tobacco cessation. During the event, students will have a chance to complete an obstacle course for cool prizes, enjoy free snacks, and participate in a fun photobooth, all while learning about how to quit smoking. In addition, the Zilber School of Public Health will have petitions supporting a tobacco-free campus that students, faculty, and staff can sign.
- Wednesday is also the annual GIS day on campus. All the details are available at http://www4.uwm.edu/gis/gisday/ . Related to the GIS day: Wansoo Im, and a group of students have been in the news recently for their crowdsourced map of open gas stations in the New York-New Jersey area post- Sandy. He will be using Open Source Mappler, used in the crowdsourced map project, in the Intro to GIS Workshop at the annual GIS Day on Wednesday at the AGS Collection in the Library. He will also speak about the "Gas Station Map" during the lunch program.
-I am currently in Denver Colorado attending the APLU (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) annual meeting and will be back tomorrow evening.
-I will attend the Faculty Senate meeting Thursday.
-Last week, several of BHIRI’s faculty members, along with students from the Biomedical and Health Informatics Doctoral Program, attended the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) National Conference held in Chicago, IL. AMIA is the center of action for more than 4,000 health care professionals, informatics researchers, and leaders in biomedicine, health care, and science. Thanks to Dean Wooseob Jeong, School of Information Studies, for making this opportunity available to 11 UWM PhD students. This opportunity allowed them to explore and engage with other biomedical and informatics professionals while networking and establishing new professional relationships. http://www.flickr.com//photos/66798555@N03/sets/72157631969256913/show/
-In memoriam: Richard Norris, a long time academic staff member at UWM, passed away November 8th, in Missouri. Richard worked for the university in significant capacities for a majority of four decades and was a 2005 Spaights Plaza Award recipient. Richard was a founding member of UWM’s Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and served in leadership roles for several years. The national Phi Beta Kappa Society saluted his longtime contributions with a Certificate of Achievement. Perhaps most significant among his accomplishments is Mr. Norris’s pivotal role of representing the university’s interests on the University of Wisconsin System committee that formally established the academic staff employment category.
-Chris Yingchun Yuan, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, who was selected by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for the 2013 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Seven scholars were selected from an international pool to receive this prestigious award that recognizes manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry. http://www.sme.org/oyme/ . Well deserved Chris!
-Doug Woods, Psychology, who has been appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to serve as an advisor in the revision of the International Classification of Diseases. The ICD is a worldwide system used to classify disorders and diseases. Doug will be serving as a member of the Working Group on the Classification of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, which will meet at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
-Tanya Joosten, Learning Technology Center, who has been invited to serve on the 2013 Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, which will be the group of experts who will produce the New Media Consortium's annual projection of top learning technology trends to affect higher education in the future.
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