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Update on STEM@UM

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    roadmap-updatesSTEM@UM, one of the initiatives of the Roadmap to Our New Century, is designed to strengthen the building blocks of innovation—basic and applied science, mathematics, and engineering—to enable the University of Miami to fulfill its potential as a world leader in scientific inquiry and problem-solving.

    The initiative rests on a strong foundation—a $100 million gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost to establish the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering. Modeled after the National Institutes of Health, the Frost Institutes will be an umbrella organization for multiple institutes, beginning with the Frost Institute of Chemistry and Molecular Science (FICMS). Planning for the FICMS, which will focus on the promise of nanotechnology and advanced materials in bioscience, is well underway.

     On May 31, the Executive Committee of the UM Board of Trustees gave its formal approval for the establishment of the Frost Institutes, paving the way for the STEM@UM action team, led by Angel Kaifer, senior associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, to begin a national search for the inaugural FICMS director, who also will serve as director of the umbrella organization.

    Next month, four architectural firms are scheduled to present preliminary proposals to the action team and University leadership for a 70,000-square-foot building that will house the FICMS. To be called The Phillip and Patricia Frost Science and Engineering Building, it will be located adjacent to the Palm Court Fountain and the Ashe Building on the Coral Gables campus, with a projected completion and occupation date of fall 2020.

    The action team is currently considering the substantive areas of focus for the next institutes that will come under the Frost Institutes umbrella. This process is driven by an assessment of strengths that the University can leverage to distinguish itself from its peer institutions.





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