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Brian Blake Named Editor of Influential Internet Computing Journal

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M.Brian.BlakeCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 19, 2015)— Brian Blake, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, has been named editor in chief of IEEE Internet Computing, effective January 1. Blake currently serves as associate editor in chief of the magazine, a top-ranked publication that provides peer-reviewed, journal-quality evaluations and reviews of emerging and maturing Internet technologies and applications.

A computer scientist and software engineer, Blake, joined the University from Notre Dame in 2012.  

Published bi-monthly by the IEEE Computer Society, Internet Computing consistently ranks among the top 10, and often in the top 5, for influence and impact of all the computer science/software engineering journals listed in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. At the crossroads between academic researchers and software professionals, the magazine presents novel content from academic and industry experts on a wide range of topics, including applications, architectures, information management, middleware, policies, security, and standards.

The IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading computing membership organization and information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders, including: professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students.

 

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Rod Wellens, Longtime Chair of Psychology, Passes Away

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UM's Department of Psychology experienced tremendous growth during Rod Wellens' tenure as chair.

Rod Wellens

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 19, 2014) — Albert Rodney “Rod” Wellens, professor and longtime chair of the Department of Psychology who left an indelible mark on the University, the community, and the people he mentored, passed away at home and surrounded by his family on December 17 after an illness. He was 68.

Wellens, who joined the University in 1972, became a full professor in 1988 and chair of the psychology department in 1992—a post he held with distinction until 2013. Read the full story

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UM’s Newest ’Canes Urged to ‘Tackle Big Problems’

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 18, 2014) – With final exams now over, the last research papers written, and master’s and doctoral theses already vigorously defended, graduates at the University of Miami’s 2014 fall commencement were issued a daunting challenge Thursday before their college degrees were even conferred: “Help us build and grow a society that is willing to tackle big problems,” Chuck Todd, political director of NBC News and the moderator of the network’s flagship Meet the Press Sunday morning public affairs program, told them.

“You’ve lived through two decades of political paralysis, so this is your challenge—lead us out of this mess,” said Todd.

A self-described political junkie who has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media, Todd told graduates that Gen Xers and Baby Boomers had failed them, noting the two wars, financial crisis, and rapid polarization they have witnessed in their lifetime.

“We have left a mess, a real leadership void,” he said. “The greatest strides we’ve made have been in the world of technology. Then again, what have we done with this technology? We didn’t cure cancer.” Social media, which was supposed to bring people closer together, he said, has been used “to help segregate us as a society. … These new social networks, while prolific, have become monolithic. And it’s really had a negative impact on society, especially on our politics. Somehow, despite the access we have to everyone around the world, we’ve allowed ourselves to become more isolated.”


Todd, who was named an Honorary Alumnus at the ceremony, urged UM’s newest ’Canes to realize how much the country needs “you to get us past this division and selfish behavior,” referring to the well-publicized rifts between Democrats and Republicans.

His sage advice to the students: love what you do for a living, always remember that the little things matter, find a way to say “yes,” take risks early in life, and never take family for granted.

A Miami native who turned down a music scholarship to attend UM because his mother wanted him to experience life outside his hometown, Todd reminded students that he still has passion and love for the U. He noted that some of his life’s most memorable moments occurred on the UM campus—from his first French horn solo at Gusman Concert Hall to his first Little League base hit at Mark Light Stadium.

UM, he said, is just as important to his upbringing as his education at George Washington University, where he attended college. “I always say when you go to the University of Miami, it looks like America in the 21st century,” he said.

Two honorary degrees were conferred at the ceremony. Husband and wife economists Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at Brookings and the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Sidney G. Winter, professor emeritus of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the leading figures in the revival of evolutionary economics, both received honorary doctoral degrees of humane letters.

More than 1,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students received their newly minted degrees at the ceremony, held at the BankUnited Center. Read profiles of some of UM’s stellar graduates, including the School of Communication’s Iris Barrios and Miami Law’s Vanessa Joseph and Brendan Corrigan.

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Facilities Administration Announces New Biomedical Engineering Service

Effective January 1, GE Healthcare will provide biomedical engineering services for the University of Miami UHealth System. The staffs of Facilities Administration, Supply Chain, GE and Aramark have worked diligently to ensure a smooth, seamless transition from Aramark to GE Healthcare.

For biomedical equipment support, users should continue to dial the same number currently in use, 305-243-5999, and select Option No. 2. Department support personnel will answer calls during regular working hours—8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday—and route the service request to the appropriate GE biomedical technician. Calls that come in after hours and on weekends will be routed to the “on call” GE biomedical technician.

InventoryControlGE will be performing a complete inventory of the existing biomedical (clinical) and imaging equipment for the UHealth System currently supported by Aramark from January 5 through January 16. During this time, inventory control number stickers will be applied to equipment, and inventory personnel will collect other data such as serial numbers, locations, installation date, make/model, system configuration, warranty end dates, and cost centers.

The inventory will begin at Sylvester/UMHC and BPEI/ABLEH and continue to all hospital-based and non-hospital based clinics. Coordination will take place with the administrators for each facility.

GE is excited about partnering with UHealth in its efforts to perform a complete and accurate inventory. We ask for your assistance and cooperation with the inventory team during this inventory process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jose L Ramirez, executive director of Hospital Facilities and Operations, at  j.ramirez2@med.miami.edu. For questions for the GE Healthcare team, contact Jordan Robertson at 786-510-3591.

 

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Beaux Arts Festival of Art Returns for Its 64th Year January 17-18

Special to UM News

_NN20012CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 16, 2014) — The 64th Annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art presented by City National Bank will bring more than 220 fine art juried exhibitors to the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables  campus on January 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Widely recognized as one of the region’s most popular outdoor art exhibitions and a South Florida tradition, the Beaux Arts Festival of Art attracts thousands of visitors annually and features works in a variety of media for all budgets. This year’s festival will feature live music in the main-stage tent, children’s entertainment—including free art activities for kids ages 4 to 12 in the UHealth Family Fun Zone—and a variety of dining options, making this event ideal for art enthusiasts and families alike.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Lowe Art Museum, a Beaux Arts partner for 63 years. Particularly newsworthy this year: a $1.5 million gift from Beaux Arts, the museum’s founding support group, has now enabled the creation of the endowed position of Beaux Arts director and chief curator of the Lowe Art Museum for Jill Deupi. The gift to make the directorship endowment will remain in perpetuity and support increased programming, community outreach, facility upgrades, and other projects at the Lowe.

Funds raised from the festival also will help underwrite “Hands On!”—Beaux Arts’ signature program for children from underserved schools. ”Hands On!” introduces these Miami-Dade students to the world of art and museums via field trips to the Lowe.

In addition to the featured artists selected by a panel of jurors, festival visitors also will enjoy the popular Student Artist Showcase presented by BNY Mellon and featuring up to 150 pieces from talented Miami-Dade middle and high school students inside the Lowe through the weekend. A celebration honoring the students’ art will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, at the Lowe. Additional sponsors of the Student Artist Showcase include Neiman Marcus and Joanna’s Marketplace.

The festival was originally called the “Clothesline Sale,” as Beaux Arts volunteers used clotheslines to display the works of local artists in front of the Lowe. More than 60 years later, the 100-percent volunteer-run, annual festival has evolved and is considered one of the top outdoor fine art shows in the country.

In addition to presenting sponsor City National Bank, featured sponsors for the 2015 Beaux Arts Festival of Art include Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, and UHealth, with additional support from Pollo Tropical and the University of Miami.

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