Law Enforcement to Conduct Traffic Safety and Education Detail Near Campus March 2

AlertTodayFaculty, staff, students, and visitors will notice an enhanced police presence around the University’s Coral Gables campus on Monday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. when UMPD joins four other agencies on a traffic safety enforcement and educational detail in an area that includes Red Road, Ponce De Leon Boulevard, University Drive, and San Amaro Drive.

UMPD is joining the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six, Coral Gables Police Department, South Miami Police Department, and Pinecrest Police Department in the effort to curb red-light running, speeding, and impaired/distracted driving, and improve seat belt use, move-over law compliance, and general traffic safety.

UM student groups and FDOT personnel also will be conducting bicycle/pedestrian safety outreach at selected locations around the University, as part of FDOT’s Alert Today – Alive Tomorrow Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Initiative.

“We’ll be on street corners reminding people not to be looking at their cellphones when they’re crossing streets and to use the marked crosswalks,” said John Gulla, UMPD’s crime prevention officer. “That’s dangerous. Pedestrians need to pay attention to the traffic and be defense-minded when they are crossing streets.”

The multi-agency education and enforcement detail will be made possible through a mutual-aid agreement and the Southeast Community Traffic Safety Team program.


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Expert Emphasizes that Preventing Campus Sexual Violence on Campus Is Everyone’s Job

By Robin Shear
UM News

Peter F. Lake

Peter F. Lake

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 27, 2015)—The University of Miami hosted a seminar titled “Preventing Campus Sexual Violence and Understanding UM Responsibilities under Title IX” on Thursday led by Peter F. Lake, an internationally known expert in the field. A professor of law, Charles A. Dana Chair, and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law, Lake, who is also his institution’s interim Title IX coordinator, had a simple message about a complex subject:

Title IX compliance is everyone’s job.

Enacted by Congress in 1972, Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. It aims to eliminate barriers to educational opportunity caused by sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and violence.

The all-day seminar offered an overview of Title IX regulations with specific reference to the growing national concern about sexual violence on college campuses.

Storer Auditorium was nearly full, with attendees from throughout the University, including the medical and marine campuses, as well as the School of Law.

“This is a very, very important day for us at the University,” Patricia A. Whitely, UM’s vice president for student affairs, said. “I am delighted that this session has come together.”

Lake pointed to key Title IX cases of the last few years, such as those out of Yale, the University of Montana, and UNC Chapel Hill. He cited a report published in April 2014 by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault called “Not Alone,” available at notalone.gov, which offers a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help navigate this complicated but potentially life-saving regulatory issue.

The bottom line is not only to know all the regulations of Title IX, said Lake, but also to humanize them and adopt the spirit of Title IX on an institutional level by owning and enacting it in four key areas: organization and management, investigation and discipline, victim and respondent rights and needs, and campus culture/climate. Compliance comes from “here and here,” Lake said, pointing to his heart and his head.

According to Lake, one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, with freshmen and sophomores targeted most often. “Alcohol has been weaponized,” he added, referring to the increasing number of cases of “incapacitated assaults,” where victims are under the influence.

President Donna E. Shalala, who convened a 25-member Campus Coalition on Sexual Assault Prevention and Education at the University, spoke frankly at the opening of the event. “We have zero tolerance,” she said. “We are serious about the safety of everyone who works, studies, and gets services here. We want to create an atmosphere and culture that clearly says what is acceptable. We are fearless about taking on these cases.”

To learn more about Title IX compliance and resources at the University of Miami, visit http://www.miami.edu/index.php/wep/title_ix.


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Local High School Girls Encouraged to ‘Change the World’ through Engineering

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News


Kelsey Kleinhans, a Ph.D. biomedical engineering student, explains her research to a group of high school girls attending UM’s Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 26, 2015) – For Dasia Gibson it was the banana that shattered into more than a dozen pieces after being dipped in liquid nitrogen. For Danica Forestal it was watching her uncle delete a virus from a PC. And for Saige Drecksler it was the memorial service she attended for the astronauts of the doomed Challenger and Columbia space shuttle missions.

While each high school girl had a different story to tell of what ignited their passion for engineering, it was the common goal of learning more about the field’s many academic and career opportunities that brought them together Thursday for Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day on the University of Miami campus.

More than 220 teenage girls from 18 Miami-Dade public and private high schools attended the daylong event, touring UM College of Engineering labs, learning about the research being conducted by some of UM’s female engineering students, and putting their problem-solving skills to the test in a series of brain-twisting exercises.

“Engineering is still a male-dominated field,” said UM biomedical engineering major Stacie Arechavala, who, as the high school outreach coordinator for the UM chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, organized Thursday’s event. “We’re helping these girls learn about a fascinating field that can positively affect lives and change the world.”

Arechavala, who became interested in biomedical engineering after two of her friends suffered traumatic brain injuries in high school, noted that the College of Engineering’s 28 percent female enrollment rate is far above the national average of 15 percent. But she would still like to see those numbers grow.

“Girls need role models,” she said.

The youngsters at UM’s Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day had plenty of role models on Thursday. Doctoral student Kelsey Kleinhans gave groups of high school girls a tour of her biomedical engineering lab, explaining how she is conducting experiments with pig tissue to learn more about the repair and prevention of injuries in humans.

Ann Zapala, a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Chicago, taught the girls about the efficiency of assembly line production, having them perform an experiment that showed they could produce more origami-style figurines by using the widely used manufacturing process as opposed to one worker assembling the figures alone.

The high school students also competed in a contest to see which team could build the longest and strongest bridge out of K’NEX construction toys.

Drecksler, a student at Coral Park Senior High School, came away from the event even more determined to achieve her dream of becoming an aerospace engineer. Said the high schooler: “My goal is to make space travel a reality for everyone.”

Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day was part of Engineers Week at the College of Engineering, with other events including a Simulation Boot Camp, concrete canoe demonstration, entrepreneurs forum, and more.



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CGI U Announces Speakers, Agenda for Meeting on UM Campus

CGIU 2015Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 25, 2015)—President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton have announced details for the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which will bring more than 1,000 college students from around the world to the UM campus March 6-8. Students will join innovators, thought-leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Since the first CGI U meeting, attendees have made 4,800 Commitments to Action—new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This growing community of young leaders represents more than 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states.

This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, more than $900,000 in funding opportunities will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

The University of Miami first hosted CGI U in 2010 and is the first school to host the event twice. Throughout the meeting, students will engage in various topic- and skill-based sessions, which will empower them to take action in their communities and around the world.

Plenary session topics at CGI U 2015 will include:

  • Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All, which will explore how students and universities, in partnerships with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can expand access to opportunity worldwide;
  • The Power of Big Data, which will examine how CGI U students can harness big data as a tool for addressing global challenges and scaling their existing commitments, as well as expanding access to big data for all; and
  • The Future of Energy, which will explore how young entrepreneurs can most effectively meet the rising demand for affordable renewable solutions, design the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies, and bring energy efficiency best practices to existing buildings, vehicles, and industrial processes.

On Sunday, March 8, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Foundation Day of Action, a day of volunteering to give back to the community in partnership with the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City. MCI is implementing a “cradle-to-college-to-career” strategy in Liberty City focused on intentionally investing in children and their families and has designated 29 blocks as their “Impact Zone.” These blocks are home to the Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, as well as early learning centers and public and low-income homes. CGI U students will work on neighborhood and school improvement projects ranging from urban agriculture to revitalizing basketball courts and painting murals. The Day of Action will begin with remarks by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

On March 5 and 6, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Foundation Codeathon in the lead up to the CGI U meeting. The Codeathon will challenge developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action in the areas of Education, Global Health, and Environment and Climate Change. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will culminate with team presentations to a panel of expert judges working in the fields of technology and social innovation.

Featured participants at the CGI U 2015 meeting include: Karim Abouelnaga, founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect Inc.; Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, members of Pussy Riot; Jack Andraka, founder and CEO, Andraka TechnologiesAloe Blacc, Grammy-nominated artistGro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of the Kingdom of Norway, deputy chair of The Elders; Abigail Disney, filmmakerFork Films; Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical SchoolAmerica Ferrera, actor, producer, activist; Ryan Jenson, chief executive officer, HoneyComb; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; Jaime Lerner, chairman, Arquitetos Associados, founder, Instituto Jaime LernerHans Rosling, professor of international health and edutainer, Karolinska Institute, and founder, Gapminder Foundation; UM President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Wendy Spencer, chief executive officerCorporation for National and Community Service; Larry Wilmore, host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”; and others.

Follow CGI U on Twitter at @CGIU and @ClintonGlobal or on Facebook at Facebook.com/CGIUniversity for meeting news and highlights. The official meeting hashtag is #CGIU. Plenary sessions also will be live streamed during the meeting at live.cgiu.org/.



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UM Filmmakers Show Their Stuff at Miami Film Festival

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The filmmaking talents of Ed Talavera, chair of the Cinema and Interactive Media Department, and two School of Communication students will be on display at this year’s Miami International Film Festival, with Talavera’s gastronomical gem about Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio celebrating its Florida premier in the Culinary Cinema category and films by students Tyler Huyser and Luis Galvis competing in the festival’s 5th Annual CinemaSlam, which showcases the best work from South Florida’s film students.

Finding Gaston, the film Talavera co-produced and filmed with director Patricia Perez about the world-renowned chef and restaurateur who brought Peruvian cuisine to the masses, will be shown at 6:50 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at Miami Dade College’s Tower Cinema, 1508 S.W. 8 Street. The screening will be followed by a meal at Gaston’s own Miami restaurant, La Mar, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. Tickets are $75 for the movie, dinner, and wine pairing.

Galvis and Huyser’s short films will make their MIFF debut during the festival’s CinemaSlam, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Tower Theater. Filmed in Guatemala, Galvis’s eight-minute documentary, Romana, is about an illiterate mother of seven children whose education begins when her daughters go to school.

Huyser’s seven-minute film, Emory, is about an 18-year-old who uses graffiti to escape from and find peace on the impoverished streets of Miami’s Overtown. On the eve of his new future, his life changes forever.

Their films will be among ten competing for awards that include Miami CinemaSlam Champion 2015 (which includes a $500 Sara Fuller Scholarship courtesy of FilmFlorida), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Drama, Best Documentary, and Best Technical Achievement. The final award, the CinemaSlam Audience Award Winner 2015, will be determined by audience votes following the screenings. Tickets to CinemaSlam are $13.

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