Good morning colleagues:
Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs:
week’s research retreat on “Organizing Academic Planning around
Research Excellence” went very well. Photos from the retreat are at:
The week (a lot of welcomes and orientations):
-We have our “Successful Students Retreat” today, which will focus on, among other things, enrollment, retention, and graduation within the context of our strategic and academic planning. See the agenda here http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/assessment/intranet/retreat-2013August/2013-aug26-agenda.pdf.
-I have several budget-related meetings.
-We have the orientation of new faculty and teaching academic staff in the morning. In the afternoon there is a campus space meeting and later in the afternoon we have the new graduate student orientation.
-I am welcoming attendees to the Social Science Analytics conference taking place on campus (See details under announcements).
-University Relations has its retreat.
-SOIS (School of Information Studies) has its retreat Thursday and Friday.
-I meet in the afternoon with the Graduate School on enrollments.
-The Honors College has its new student orientation.
-There is a Cloud Computing Advisory Board meeting in the afternoon.
Start of the Academic Year
-There is a full slate of activities for Welcome Week: http://www4.uwm.edu/fallwelcome/pages/schedule.html
-The Beginning of Semester Memo for instructors is posted at:
-This year the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is September 4 (at sundown) – 6; Yom Kippur is September 13
(at sundown) – 14. Please be aware that students may be missing part of
the first week of classes to participate in these holidays.
Special Event - Social Science Analytics using SAS®
-The Provost’s Office and the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research (CABHR) in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW) are co-hosting the first “Social Science Analytics using SAS®” event on August 29 – 30, 2013. The program features presentations on Big Data Analytics and Social Sciences, Data Mining using SAS Enterprise Miner, and UWM's new Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analysis using SAS®. Additionally, hands-on workshops and presentations on the following topics will be offered to students, staff, and faculty from academic institutions: Data Visualization using SAS/GRAPH and ODS, Statistics using SAS Enterprise Guide, Mixed Models, Data Simulation with SAS, Introduction to SAS/IML, and Statistical Analysis using JMP. Please join us and network with over 150 already registered attendees coming from a dozen academic institutions and 30+ companies. Space is limited! Registration is required and will close on Tuesday (August 27). Please sign up here: http://www4.uwm.edu/cabhr/sas/sas_days/registration.cfm.
-Deadline Extended to September 13 for Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows (Access to UW-Madison’s Library). The University Library Committee is seeking applications for the University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows, an initiative launched three years ago to benefit our faculty and researchers by expanding access to UW-Madison Libraries’ online resources. This access will be available to a limited number of faculty and research staff for up to 12 months. As in prior years, UWM faculty and research staff will be selected to participate in the final year of this program as University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows. If you were part of last year’s cohort, you may reapply for consideration since renewal is not automatic. Interested individual faculty and researchers should submit proposals by completing the short application form, in the link below, identifying which UW-Madison electronic resources currently unavailable through UWM the applicant is likely to use. Make sure you check UWM holdings before listing them. If you need assistance, please ask a librarian at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/ask/ or call (414) 229-4659. Selection of participants will be based on the need for those resources unique to the UW-Madison Libraries and critical for identified research focus; preference may be given to those faculty who are working towards tenure or indefinite status. The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Sept. 13, 2013 using the online form. Questions regarding the program may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form is available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/forms/wrn.cfm.
UWM Libraries introduces “Search@UW”, a UW System-wide Resource
Discovery Interface that integrates a wide range of resources via a
single interface. The content includes 16 million items from all UW
campus libraries, research journal articles, full-text books, UW image
collections, photos, maps, dissertations, audio-visual materials, and
more. Try it out at http://www.uwm.edu/libraries.
Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR)
-The Social Development Commission’s Milwaukee Poverty Study was conducted by CUIR for the past two rounds and led by Scott Davis. This was a tremendous undertaking that involved many UWM students canvassing neighborhoods and completing 30-minute surveys with residents. Safe and Sound Community Partners (imbedded community workers) helped lead teams as they are well known among residents, as well as a number of CUIR staff. SDC distributes the findings widely to be used by community agencies in planning services. See the article in the Milwaukee Courier http://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2013/08/10/research-confirms-poverty-continues-to-be-a-problem-in-milwaukee/.
Take care and have a good (busy) week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Tel: + 414 229 4501
Fax: + 414 229 2481