e-Veritas Archive | May, 2016

Expect Traffic Delays, Increased Parking Volume During High School Graduation Ceremonies

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 27, 2016) — Several high school graduation ceremonies will be held at the BankUnited Center June 1-11, with multiple ceremonies occurring on many of those dates. Parking in the University’s yellow zone lots will increase during the ceremonies, and the Pavia and Ponce de Leon garages will also experience an increase in usage. Expect heavy traffic around the BankUnited Center from an hour to an hour and a half before and after each event. Each ceremony is expected to last two hours.

High School Graduation Schedule

Monday, June 6 at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8 at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 at 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m.

Color restrictions for UM’s parking lots are lifted during the summer, with the exception of the blue and purple lots. Faculty and staff should feel free to utilize other parking lots around campus. Please call Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2, should you have any questions.


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Goldschmidt Retires as Miller School Dean

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will retire as dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at the end of May to follow his passion for international medicine. During a sabbatical, he will explore opportunities for the Miller School and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System in other countries and advise Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth, on international medical education.

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., executive dean for education and policy, will serve as interim Dean. A committee will be appointed soon to begin an international search for a new dean.

In his 10 years at the helm, Goldschmidt has transformed the Miller School. He created UHealth and established several extraordinary centers and institutes, including the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute. Thanks to his leadership, the Miller School has one of only 60 NIH-designated Clinical and Translational Science Institutes and one of only 20 NIH Centers for AIDS Research.

Goldschmidt cultivated remarkable philanthropic support to help make these and other initiatives possible. He also recruited several internationally recognized leaders in research, education and clinical care, and the Miller School’s national ranking in NIH funding rose notably during his tenure.

UM President Julio Frenk had this to say about the Dean’s impact: “We are so grateful for Pascal’s ambitious vision and for his untiring work to raise the Miller School of Medicine to remarkable new heights in research, education, patient care and community service. His leadership has had a significant impact on our University and our community.”

UM’s medical enterprise stands out in many ways: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was recently named the nation’s No. 1 eye hospital for the 12th year in a row. The rapidly advancing Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center was named a Cancer Center of Excellence by the state of Florida — the only such center in South Florida. Recent discoveries have moved the Diabetes Research Institute closer than ever to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. The Miller School has climbed 12 spots in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” ranking, reaching No. 44. The groundbreaking M.D./M.P.H. program now attracts more than 25 percent of the Miller School’s medical students.

Stuart A. Miller said, “As Chairman of the Board of the University of Miami, I would like to express deep appreciation to Pascal for his service and dedication over the past decade. Working with him has been an honor and a joy. He has led the Miller School of Medicine to a position of national prominence, and his achievements have been reflected in the school’s steady rise in the rankings, in its continued strong NIH research funding and in the rising quality of its applicants. In that same time period, he has made remarkable contributions as the founding CEO of UHealth to improving the health of countless South Floridians.

“On a personal note, my entire family and I are thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with Pascal and contribute to his extraordinary vision, which will continue to transform lives throughout our community, the region and the world.”

Goldschmidt was Dean during one of the Miller School’s finest hours — the immediate, comprehensive response to the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Hundreds of Miller School personnel volunteered to staff and support the 250-bed field hospital the school created near the airport in Port au Prince, providing care to thousands of patients. Goldschmidt was there with them, and the care for Haiti’s most vulnerable is ongoing.

In a message to all faculty and staff, Altschuler and UM Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc said, “Caring for our community and our region is one of our most critical missions. Pascal has been an exceptional leader of all of our missions, and the Miller School, UHealth, the University of Miami and South Florida are immeasurably stronger thanks to his dedication and vision.”

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CARD Aims to Awaken Autism Entrepreneurs

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card.grantCORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 26, 2016)—Michael Alessandri, clinical professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and executive director of the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), was awarded a $515,000 multi-year grant from The Taft Foundation for his proposal to help employ adults with autism and other related disabilities in the workplace.

The proposal, “Awakening the Autism Entrepreneur,” seeks to help those who are interested in creating businesses that employ people with autism. The three-year grant will go towards funding educational workshops nationwide, podcasts, webinars, and other dynamic and innovative activities for those interested in pursuing social enterprises employing people with autism.

“I felt great and a bit overwhelmed when I received word of our grant being funded, but I feel excited now about the extraordinary opportunities that are ahead of us,” said Alessandri. “This is a potential game changer if we get this information and this kind of support out to people who are eager to create more employment opportunities for autistic adults, but perhaps don’t have the information and support to proceed in a manner that would allow them to create a viable, sustainable business.”

The process began when CARD collaborated with the internationally acclaimed Rising Tide Car Wash five years ago. Nearly 85 percent of the employees at Rising Tide have some form of autism. After helping provide technical expertise and support in employing autistic adults, Alessandri pitched a preliminary proposal to The Taft Foundation for funding in entrepreneurship programs and support nationwide. Shortly after, Alessandri received a letter in the mail informing him of the grant award.

“Our mission is to change the paradigm of how the world thinks of people with disabilities,” he said. “We think of them as people with unique abilities, and we need to create employment opportunities that embrace their uniqueness and strengths as opposed to exploit their disabilities.”

This initiative incorporates two aspects of training: CARD offering expertise in how to work with autistic adults, and Rising Tide teaching would-be entrepreneurs the business side of things. For Alessandri, the goal is not to provide charity for people with autism, but opportunities for them to be independent.

Currently, 80 to 90 percent of people with autism are either unemployed or underemployed in the workplace. Clinical research has shown that many people with autism function well in highly regimented systems with clear expectations and systematic processes and procedures. Where the average person becomes bored with repetition, people with autism may be more comfortable with the predictable nature of such work.

“We talk about autism not as a disability, but as a potential competitive advantage for businesses,” said Alessandri. “People with autism are highly reliable and with the right support can be very productive.”

To date, a second car wash is being built in Margate, Florida, with the same business model as Rising Tide. Alessandri’s long-term goal is to form an autism entrepreneurship institute at UM that functions as a hub in the South Florida area for people who can work together with those with autism.

Housed in the UM College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, UM-NSU CARD is a state-funded resource and support program dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and related disabilities including deaf-blindness and pervasive developmental disorders.

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Researcher to Study Effect of Smoke on the Climate


Located midway between Africa and Brazil, Ascension Island, which supports British and American air forces, communications, space agencies, and global positioning systems, will be the base of operation for the smoke experiments.

Special to UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (May 26, 2016)—A scientist at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is leading an upcoming international research campaign to study a significant contributor to regional climate warming—smoke.

The first-of-its-kind research experiment begins on June 1, from Ascension Island in the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. Called LASIC (Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds), the experiment is part of a broader international scientific collaboration led by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and detailed in the July Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Southern Africa is the world’s largest emitter of smoke particles in the atmosphere, known as biomass-burning aerosols, from the burning of grasslands and other biomass. The project will help researchers better understand the effects of widespread biomass burning on Earth’s climate.

The study will investigate how smoke particles flowing far offshore from the African continent affect the remote and cloudy southeast Atlantic climate. Smoke, which absorbs sunlight, is a warming agent in the climate system when located above a bright surface, such as clouds. The smoke overlying the southeast Atlantic provides one of the largest aerosol-based warming of climate on the planet, since the region is also home to one of the largest low-cloud decks on the planet.

“Ascension Island is an ideal location since it is very remote and allows us to sample the smoke after it is well-aged, about which less is known,” said Paquita Zuidema, professor of atmospheric sciences at the Rosenstiel School and principal investigator of the research experiment. “The long deployment time will allow us to characterize the marine low clouds both with and without the presence of smoke. This is ultimately valuable for understanding the Earth’s energy balance.”

By evaluating how the low clouds respond to the presence of sunlight-absorbing aerosols, scientists can better understand low cloud behavior, which is currently an uncertainty in model predictions of future climate, since no fundamental theory on low cloud processes is yet in place.

Low clouds dominate the atmosphere over the southeast Atlantic Ocean all year. Bright white cloud appears darker when viewed from above when smoke is present. The southeast Atlantic overall is brighter, not darker when smoke is present, suggesting that the clouds become thicker and more extensive when smoke is present.

Zuidema received a $365,050 seed grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to plan the study and a $440,225 grant from NASA, which further supports related aircraft investigations as part of the NASA Earth Venture Suborbital-2 ORACLES project.

NASA will complement the DOE surface-based measurements with airborne experiments during a month of each year from 2016-2018. This will allow researchers to take airborne samples of smoke particles as they age, information that will improve satellite retrievals of this mixed smoke-cloud regime. The United Kingdom will also participate with its research aircraft, and French, Namibian, and South African scientists will collect and interpret aircraft and ground-based measurements closer to the Namibian coast.

The Rosenstiel School-led research team will study how smoke is transported through the atmosphere and across the Atlantic, how the aerosols change when transported, and the response of the low-lying clouds to the smoke. The information from the experiments will ultimately be used to improve global aerosol models and climate change forecasts.

To read more about the University of Miami’s climate change research and field work, view the Climate Change Special Report.

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Apply Now for Miami Professional MBA Program Beginning July 14

There is still time to apply for the School of Business Administration’s Miami Professional MBA program starting July 14. The program’s part-time schedule enables you to earn your MBA degree without interrupting your career. For more information contact Brigitte Panciera at 305-284-9524 or bpanciera@bus.miami.edu.

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