UWM in the News: Week Ending April 11, 2013

NEWS

New Pennsylvania law not yet putting a dent in texting while driving
Pittsburg Post-Gazzette – April 11, 2013
The publication The Atlantic Cities recently reported on forthcoming research from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that showed texting bans work best when they are accompanied by an overall ban on handheld phone use, making enforcement much easier for police.

Once-shunned anti-texting bill gains renewed momentum in Florida legislature
Palm Beach Post – April 11, 2013
Scott Adams (Economics) is recognized for his study of texting laws and fatalities.

That Twitter account might not be who you think
CNN – April 9, 2013
Director of the UWM Center for Information Policy Research, Michael Zimmer comments on the transparency involved with the official Barack Obama twitter account.

Microsoft executive receives UWM innovator award
The Business Journal – April 9, 2013
Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Corp.’s server and tools business and an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will receive the UWM Chancellor’s Innovator Award

UWM scholar Anne Basting wins $40,000 Map Fund grant
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tap – April 9, 2013
Anne Basting, a scholar in theater and aging at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has won a prestigious $40,000 award for a multiyear project that seeks to reconnect isolated seniors with the community in Milwaukee.

News from Around the UW System
UW-System News – April 5, 2013
UW-Milwaukee scientists are joining colleagues from five other U.S. institutions for a landmark study of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays – the world’s rarest and most energetic subatomic particles.

The gay-marriage backer’s playbook
Politico – April 4, 2013
Kathryn Olson (Political Science) comments on political communication regarding politician support of gay marriage.

UW System to roll out Flex Options
BixTimes – April 1, 2013
The Flex Option Program will debut at UW-Milwaukee late this fall with four degree tracks and one certificate opportunity.

University of Wisconsin astronomer helps improve understanding of galaxies
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – April 4, 2013
Dawn Erb (Physics) is quoted regarding her research on galaxies and the development of spiral arms.

Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia at UWM Libraries
Recollection Wisconsin – March 27, 2013
The digital collections team at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize more than 25,000 glass plate negatives by Milwaukee photographer Roman Kwasniewski.

SPORTS

Is Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Harris the next hoops-to-TE phenom?
CBSSports.com – April 11, 2013
UW-Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris is training to try out for the NFL.

Neillsville’s Jenny Lindner To UW-Milwaukee
WQOW18 – April 10, 2013
Neillsville’s Jenny Lindner says Wednesday night that she’ll play college basketball at UW-Milwaukee.
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ARTS

Revisiting Milwaukee’s Avant Garde Coffeehouse
ExpressMilwaukee.com – April 9, 2013
This year, the Avant Garde Coffeehouse and UWM’s Peck School of the Arts share their 50th anniversary. In a collaboration between departments, the Peck School researched and documented the history of this important venue.