Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.
-There are two meetings of notice on Monday. One dealing with the ombuds-person on campus and the other to discuss the faculty mentoring program.
-I meet with the University Committee in the afternoon.
-I have a campus Strategic Planning and Best Place to Work Steering Committee meeting.
-There is a South-West Quad advisory committee meeting.
-There are meetings on Friday morning on 'Big Data'. Jacques Du Plessis invited Phil Shelley (former CTO at Sears and one of the country's leading experts on Big Data) who will lead the discussions. He will be speaking at 9 a.m. to share his insights about the impact of Big Data today and in the future. At 10 a.m., he will address those who are technically inclined about how to set up such an environment.
Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR)
-From Student Affairs and Academic Affairs: We are excited to announce the creation of the UW-Milwaukee Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR). This new center merges the former Institute for Service Learning and the Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership. The Center is located in a newly renovated space in the Union at the circle drive, providing a “doorway” for UWM and the community to connect through campus/community partnerships. All members of the campus community are invited to the official grand opening which will be celebrated during the September First Friday event on September 6th. If you have any questions or suggestions as the new Center moves forward please contact the Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Marks, at 414.229.3161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . For the full announcement, see http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/newsevents/ccbllr.pdf.
-Robin van Harpen and I had initial discussions with the chancellor and the deans on the unprecedented budget cut that will not be mitigated by a tuition increase. As I have mentioned in an earlier update our portion of the cut is just more than 13% of the System total. Although UW System is expending its reserves to fund a large one-time cut in the first year, we will be left with an ongoing, base cut of approximately $6.9 million in the first year of the biennium (2013), increasing to $8.2 million the second year and into the future. We plan to cover part of our first year's cut through use of cash balances, but we will then need to find permanent cuts going forward.
BP2W Champions Awards
-Mark Mone asked me to share with you that the BP2W Champions award recognizes up to two of our fellow employees monthly for their outstanding impact on climate that makes UWM a Best Place to Work. Co-workers can nominate fellow employees for the BP2W Champions award by clicking on the button on the homepage of www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
-Kristen Murphy, Chemistry and Biochemistry, has won the American Chemical Society Henry Hill Award. This national award is given by the Division of Professional Relations of the American Chemical Society and its purpose is "to recognize persons who have served the profession in the area of professional relations in a unique and distinguished manner." Previous awardees include several former presidents of the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society (currently more than 163,000 members) and is one of the world’s leading sources of scientific information.
-Cheryl Ajirotutu, Anthropology and Global Inclusion and Engagement, was honored for her work in education by the Milwaukee Community Journal. About 500 members of the medical, educational and media attended a recognition event at the Italian Community Center. She was the only person from UWM honored . . . standing besides Medical College and Hospital researchers.
-Rachel Buff, History, wrote a powerful editorial piece in the Journal Sentinel on the value of the humanities and how the humanities at UWM provide outstanding educational experiences. See http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/in-defense-of-the-humanities-b9971241z1-218917771.html.
-Brenda Cullin, Economics, won the gold medal at the 2013 National Senior Games women's tennis 50-54 doubles team competition July 19-23, 2013. See
-Tanya Joosten, Learning Technology Center, has been named a Sloan-C Fellow for "exceptionally creative work in advancing blended and online learning in the K-12 and higher education environments." See
-Physics Professor Carol Hirschmugl was part of a collaborative team that combined Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy with computed tomography (CT Scans) to create a 3d imaging technique that provides molecular-level chemical information of unprecedented detail with no need to alter the specimen by slicing or staining. The team comprised of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UWM published their findings in Nature Methods last week. Full color 3d imaging has biomedical applications but also the potential to show the molecular structure of wood, plants, rocks, biofuels and more, assisting manufacturers and developers in the paper industry, agriculture, energy, and countless other sectors.
See http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2013/08/05/3d-ir-images-now-in-full-color/ for more details.
Former French Professor Martine Meyer passed away on July 28 at the age of 84. Martine retired in 1994 after a nearly 40 year career at UWM. Even after retirement, Martine's service to UWM and the Milwaukee community continued as she taught retirees through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and through the Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee. Her fascinating life story is featured in the Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/martine-meyer-was-an-expert-at-all-things-french-b9965045z1-218000601.html.
She was a beloved member of the French, Italian and Comparative Literature Department and will be missed.
England retained the Ashes . . .
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee