Reproducibility in Science: Writing, Data and the Growth of Knowledge


Elizabeth Iorns

SEEDS You Choose Awards and the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy will present “Reproducibility in Science: Writing, Data and the Growth of Knowledge” on Monday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mailman Center for Child Development, eighth-floor auditorium. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., will discuss how to measure and incentivize reproducible research.

Her presentation, which will be followed by a panel discussion and lunch reception, will include results from the first replication studies published by the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. The founder and CEO of Science Exchange and co-director of the Reproducibility Initiative, Iorns was an assistant professor at the University of Miami before starting Science Exchange in 2011. She remains an adjunct professor.

The panel will be moderated by Joanna Johnson, Ph.D., director of writing in the College of Arts and Sciences, SEEDS grant recipient, and program chair. Iorns will be joined on the panel by John L. Bixby, Ph.D., vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology and neurological surgery; Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, M.D., executive dean for research and research education and professor of medicine;  and Joyce M. Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D., associate director for translational research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, professor of medicine, and director of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute.

SEEDS You Choose Awards support investigator-initiated activities that enhance the awardee’s community and career. This event is co-sponsored by the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).



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Hug the Lake and Celebrate Earth Day

 HugtheLakeCelebrate Earth Day by joining University of Miami Random Acts of Kindness in the 11th annual Hug the Lake at Lake Osceola at noon on Friday, April 21. Free donuts will be available for green booth participants and free eco-friendly shirts will be provided to everyone who joins the group hug, which will take just 15 minutes. President Frenk will make opening remarks, including the presentation of the inaugural Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote Prize to a member of the UM community who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the beauty, humanity, and future of the campus.

To volunteer for the event, complete the Google form.  RSVP on Facebook and/or OrgSync and invite your friends!

Other Earth Day celebration events will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Lakeside Patio, where visitors can learn about sustainable living in our region from the University’s Green Fair partners, win smart prizes (reusable water bottles, recycled fiber bags, Ben & Jerry vouchers, and other items) and enjoy a concert by the Frost School of Music bands, who will play a NET ZERO ENERGY concert. And don’t forget to drop by the UC lounge to see the surprising and eco-minded work of Professor Billie Lynn.

Visit Green U to learn more about the full day of events organized by Random Act of Kindness, Green U, the ECO Agency, and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership.

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Laurels for Unsung Heroes


Joanne Brown was stunned when Jennifer Rau, left, and Pat Whitely, right, named her the Division of Student Affairs Unsung Hero for the 2016-17 academic year.

By Mike Piacentino
Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 7, 2017)—When Joanne Brown received an invitation to attend the Division of Student Affairs Laurel Awards breakfast held on April 6, she thought that her Office of Financial Assistance was nominated for a departmental award. Instead, Brown was stunned to learn that she was named the division’s “Unsung Hero” for the 2016-17 academic year. The Unsung Hero award recognizes an individual outside of the division who makes a fundamental, yet often unrecognized, impact on the student experience.

“There are so many people in our office who work tirelessly to help students so the team being recognized would not have surprised me,” said Brown. “But I had absolutely no idea that I was nominated for individual recognition. It was a complete surprise, but a lovely surprise.”

Brown came to UM in 2005 and worked most closely with undergraduate student scholarships. For the past three years, she has served as the director of financial assistance, ensuring students receive their awards and being flexible when responding to various student needs. According to her nominator, University Ombudsperson and Assistant to the Vice President Jennifer Rau, Brown is always willing to help a student and their family, and she takes the time to make sure they understand all of their options.

“Her phone number was the first one I memorized at the U,” said Rau, who was also honored with a Laurel, The Patricia A. Whitley Student Affairs Enrichment Award. “I remember my first week on the job when Joanne called me back at 6 p.m. about a student — apologizing for the hour but wanting to make sure the student received the assistance they needed.”

Brown credits much of her and her team’s success to the solid partnership between the Office of Financial Assistance and the Division of Student Affairs

“From time to time my work with students spills over beyond just finances,” Brown said. “I had a student who suddenly had no adequate housing mid-semester. But helping the student find funds for campus housing is only good if that student could then get into campus housing. It was helpful to be able to pick up the phone and call a colleague in the Department of Housing and Residential Life to ensure that the student had a safe place to live.”

In its 19th year, the Laurel Awards is an annual celebration hosted by the Division of Student Affairs to recognize the outstanding efforts of the division’s staff, student employees, and campus partners. Awards recognize both outstanding individuals as well as departmental initiatives that make a transformative impact on the student experience. Criteria for the various awards emphasize employees who model UM’s DIRECCT values and deliver service excellence on a consistent basis. In addition to Brown and Rau, this year’s other Laurel Award winners were for:

Outstanding Job Performance
Leslie Leonard, Student Life
Frances Cabrisas, Student Center Complex

Exceptional Work with Students
Alexander Martin, Student Activities and Student Organizations
Christine Stroface, Housing and Residential Life

Outstanding New Student Affairs Employee
Van Bailey, LGBTQ Student Center
Whitney Plazter O’Regan, Dean of Students Office

Outstanding Job Performance (Students)
Sylvia Reyes, Graduate Student, Student Activities and Student Organizations
Peter Khoury, Undergraduate Student, Housing and Residential Life

Outstanding Collaborative Initiative
Theater in Action: Bystander Intervention

Outstanding Department Initiative
Tunnel of Oppression

“The Laurel Awards is a time to celebrate and reflect on the past year’s accomplishments,” said Michael Baumhardt, co-chair of the 2017 Laurel Awards and associate director of programs for Student Activities and Student Organizations. “Together with the planning committee, we were honored to recognize our accomplished and deserving staff.”

The Laurel Awards is also a time for the division to recognize departing staff and graduate students. This year’s awards recognized two departing senior administrators: Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc and Ricardo Hall, associate vice president and dean of students. Each received a replica “U” statue.

“Both Provost LeBlanc and Dean Hall have made a direct and positive impact on the student experience at the University of Miami,” said Patricia Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “I will miss their input and perspective on the multitude of decisions we make every day, and I wish them well on their future endeavors.”

Learn more about the Laurel Awards and view all the previous winners on the Laurel Awards website.


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Telecommuting Guidelines: The Next Step Towards Workplace Flexibility

As the world of work rapidly changes, organizations are looking for ways to help employees balance work and personal obligations while meeting business needs. The University of Miami has long offered supervisors and staff the option to create work schedules that align with the needs of their areas. To provide additional assistance and streamline the process to create an alternative work arrangement, the University has launched a new telecommuting policy and guidelines to help employees and their supervisors work together to create a telecommuting arrangement.

“We currently have several departments across the University that have successfully launched telecommuting agreements with teams and individuals, meeting personal and operational needs,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources. “While we all agree about the benefits of an alternative work arrangement, sometimes we need assistance on how to bring that to life. These guidelines and tools will make it easier for employees and their supervisors to take that next step.”

The new guidelines were created based on feedback received from leaders and teams across the University. A committee worked together to benchmark best practices and determine the best solution for staff at UM.

The new Alternative Work Arrangement website includes information specifically on telecommuting agreements and the process for requesting a remote work schedule. Plans are underway to add additional flexible work options, guidelines, and tools to the menu with compressed and flexible workweek next on the work team’s agenda. If you have any questions, please contact your HR Partner.


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Wear Jeans With a Purpose on Denim Day, April 26

DenimDay2As part of the University’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities, University Compliance Services and the University Student Center Complex invite members of the UM community to wear jeans on Denim Day, Wednesday, April 26, when supporters of the global rape prevention education campaign take a stand against destructive assumptions about sexual assault.

Established by Peace Over Violence, the Denim Day campaign was triggered by a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the justices believed the victim must have helped her assailant remove her tight jeans, thereby implying her consent. The day after the ruling, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

Participating UM students, faculty, and staff in all locations are encouraged to register for Denim Day at UMiami at https://tinyurl.com/2017denimdayumiami and take the Denim Day promise—to uphold four actions to engage, connect, and take leadership on this issue through social media and in-person meetups at their locations.

The Denim Day Conversation on the Coral Gables campus will take place at the Lakeside Patio Stage on April 26 at 3 p.m. For more information, email bmuschett@miami.edu.



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