e-Veritas Archive | September, 2017

ACCelerating UM Creativity and Innovation

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 30, 2017)—With dozens of national championships in multiple sports, members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, including the University of Miami, are known for their athletic prowess. But like UM, ACC institutions are also leaders in creative exploration and research occurring at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design, a fact that the first “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival’’ will highlight this month.

ACCeerate-LogoTaking over all three floors of the west wing of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., October 13-15, ACCelerate will showcase 15 dramatic and musical student performances and 47 interdisciplinary projects developed by the ACC’s 15 universities to address a host of global challenges.

Chosen by an ACC steering committee and through a peer-review process, the projects include three from UM: the Rehabilitative Lower-Limb Orthopedic Analysis Device (ReLOAD), which uses music to help amputees and others regain or correct their disrupted walking patterns; the Echo Earth Experience, an immersive game that employs virtual reality to enable players to simulate how different species use echolocation to survive; and Digital Mapping of Informal Settlements, which combines drone-based aerial photography and computational methods to document communities that are literally off the map.

For the performances, the Frost School of Music Jazz Band and Jazz Voice Department were selected to perform two tributes to Ella Fitzgerald, commemorating the legendary vocalist’s 100th birthday. Presented in partnership with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, the concerts also coincide with the Smithsonian’s recently opened Ella Fitzgerald Exhibit.

The Frost School’s Lab Top Ensemble, comprised of Contemporary Media students who create dynamic electronic music via laptops and other electronic controllers, also were invited to perform at a private reception for the festival.

“This unique event will be a wonderful opportunity for us to exhibit the skills and talents that make UM unique,” William Green, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, said. “We are grateful to the Frost School of Music, the School of Architecture, the School of Communication, the Center for Computational Science, and the Department of Physical Therapy for their participation in this distinctive event.”

More than a year in the making, the first-of-its kind festival will precede the annual meeting of the ACC Academic Consortium, the academic arm of the ACC, from which the idea germinated. At his first ACC meeting as Virginia Tech’s new provost and executive vice president, Thanassis Rikakis proposed the festival, which is being presented by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

“The ACCelerate festival is perfectly aligned with the ACC’s vision of being at the forefront in educational achievement and innovation,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “I applaud this outstanding initiative that showcases the incredible work taking place at our 15 member institutions.”

Free and open to the public, the festival’s installations, performances, and talks center around six broad themes: Civic Engagement, Arts and Technology, Sustainability and Environment, Biomimetics, Health and Body, and Making and Advanced Manufacturing.

Part of the Health and Body section, the ReLOAD installation showcases the collaborative work of researchers, students, and clinicians in UM’s Departments of Physical Therapy, Music Engineering, Athletics, and the Miami VA Hospital. Together, they developed a patent-pending device that captures and analyzes the walking patterns of a people who are recovering from a lower-limb injury or amputation, and corrects their gait with bio-feedback and music.

Part of the Biomimetic section, the Echo Earth Experience will feature the virtual reality game that School of Communication students helped develop for Samsung Gear VR. Wearing the virtual reality goggles, players transform into a beluga whale and try their hand at navigating and foraging by using echolocation. Once they master listening to find food, players advance into the next level—avoiding threats.

Part of the Civic Engagement section, the Digital Mapping of Informal Settlements showcases the work of the School of Architecture and the Center for Computational Science, which teamed up to map Las Flores, a sprawling slum outside Barranquilla, Colombia, that was not on any map, or on the minds of community decision makers, and to document historic structures in Nassau, Bahamas using drone-based aerial photography and computational methods.

For more information, visit acceleratefestival.com.





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FPL’s Ponce de Leon Boulevard Project Begins October 2

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Click on the schematic to view the project detail on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

The University Miami advises the UM community that Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) contract crews will begin upgrading an existing transmission line in Coral Gables, which will enhance the reliability of the area’s  electric grid, on Monday, October 2.

This project will primarily take place along Ponce de Leon Boulevard from S.W. 68 Street and Red Road, traveling northeast to Douglas and Bird roads. The upgraded poles will help speed power restoration efforts after severe weather conditions, including hurricanes.

The majority of the work will take place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday. During times of construction, northbound traffic on Ponce de Leon Boulevard will shift to one of the southbound lanes. Northbound and southbound traffic will be able to move along the roadway. During the work, flagmen and law enforcement personnel will redirect traffic; all motorists are urged to use caution when traveling near the area and be alert for workers.

The company pledges to work safely and respectfully in the community, as well as make reasonable efforts to minimize construction-related noise and any other inconveniences. FPL does not anticipate any power interruptions associated with this project, which is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

Visit FPL.com/coconutgrove or call 1-800-495-7663 and refer to the Coconut Grove-Galloway project for additional information.


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Relieve Post-Irma Stress with Free Meditation Class at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 2, 2017) – While our school and community continue recovering from Hurricane Irma, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center has added an additional meditation class to help participants regain mind-clarity and get back into a routine. Improve your physical and emotional responses to stress while increasing your health and happiness at the free meditation class open to members and non-members on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Meditation is known to stimulate relaxation, which in turn might reduce blood pressure. Meditation can also alleviate conditions caused or worsened by stress, by decreasing metabolism, lowering blood pressure, and improving the heart rate, breathing, and brain waves.

Studies show that meditation may enhance the brain’s ability to process information. Not only can your memory expand, but your empathy and sense of self may improve as well. Meditation also assists in fostering compassion, happiness, and focus.

The meditation class, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the Wellness Center. Comfortable clothing is recommended. The next meditation class will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for the class, call 305-284-5433 or email wellnesscenter@miami.edu.


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Order Fall 2017 Commencement Regalia by October 20


The University of Miami invites all faculty members to participate in the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremonies as part of the academic procession. The ceremonies will be held at the Watsco Center on the Coral Gables campus on Thursday, December 14, as follows:

10 a.m. Undergraduate Degree Ceremony, for the awarding of bachelor’s degrees granted from all schools and colleges.

2 p.m. Graduate and Law Degree Ceremony, for the awarding of master’s, doctoral, and law degrees granted from all schools and colleges.


Visit faculty and staff cap and gown rental to order your free rental regalia and R.S.V.P. to attend the ceremony by Friday, October 20. If you are attending as a doctoral advisor, please email commencement@miami.edu. If you need further information regarding commencement, call 305-284-1824 or email commencement@miami.edu.

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New Sessions of Active Shooter Response Training Begin October 11

active shooter trainingThe Office of Emergency Management is offering five more sessions of Active Shooter Response Training this semester, including three sessions, all at Gables One Tower, with additional training by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on Workplace Violence.

Attendance at one of the sessions listed below is worth 150 Well ’Canes Points for those participating in the Well ’Canes program. To receive program credit, attendees must sign a wellness points attendance roster with their C number at the end of the class. Eligible participants will receive their points four to six weeks after attending one of these sessions:

Wednesday, October 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Whitten Learning Center, room 140

*Tuesday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gables One Tower, room 1050BA

*Thursday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gables One Tower, room 1050BA

*Thursday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gables One Tower, room 1050BA

Monday, November 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Whitten Learning Center, room 140

The 1.5-hour Active Shooter Response Training includes a presentation and discussion of active shooter preparation techniques, warning signs, and survival tactics based on material provided by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA and adapted for the UM campus community.

The course is led by experienced members of the OEM and utilizes brief video content and a question-and-answer session to instruct attendees on the most up-to-date recommendations and methods of response. The training course is recommended for all units at all levels, including student workers.

*NOTE: The longer, two-hour sessions at Gables One Tower, which combine active shooter response training with training on preventing workplace violence, are intended for employees who work at Gables One Tower, but others who wish to attend will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing OEM@miami.edu and requesting your preferred session.

For more information, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at oem@miami.edu or 305-284-8005 during business hours.

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