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UW-Milwaukee and Global Water Center Collaboration Helps Propel University to Tier 1 Research Institution

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UW-Milwaukee and Global Water Center Collaboration Helps Propel University to Tier 1 Research Institution

In the last 6 years, the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee has beefed up its research programs, not only with its collaboration with the Global Water Center, but the Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (located on the outskirts of Milwaukee) as well. Those research facilities have contributed to UW-Milwaukee's position among the nation's top research institutions. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching assesses and classifies universities based on a tier system every 5 years and saw fit for UW-Milwaukee to finally be added to this prestigious list.

“This is the ultimate recognition for top doctoral universities nationwide,” wrote Chancellor Mark Mone in a letter to students and faculty. “This is inspiring, gratifying and serves as validation of the remarkable impact of UWM’s faculty, staff and students…The wide-ranging array of critically-acclaimed research is UW-Milwaukee’s hallmark.”

 
Mark Harris, UWM's Interim Vice Provost for Research, believes the school's new classification is a reflection of its partnerships with private institutions to fund and facilitate research. He says he is witness to those efforts finally paying off.

“In the research world, this is a huge step in terms of recognition,” Harris said. “It should help us when we are out recruiting faculty, for example. Once you get them, that’s really the key to attracting really good students. It’s just the kind of overall recognition that really signals to everyone that we’ve moved into the big time.”

UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences' state-of-the-art facility includes research vessels, ROVs, and drones. Peers conduct genomics research for the detection and tracking of pathogens and other improvements in ecosystem health.

With the construction and success of the Global Water Center, the two institutions have teamed up. Faculty and student researchers from UWM now have an established presence inside the Center.

“The opening of the Global Water Center is another significant step forward for Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,” said Chancellor Michael Lovell. “Our operations on the seventh floor will help our university engage in research and commercialization of research opportunities that previously were not possible.”

"Lovell added that the Center is less than a mile from a huge addition being constructed at the School of Freshwater Sciences, where occupancy is only 13 months away."