Planning and Assigning Writing-to-Learn in All Disciplines: A Workshop on April 30

Want to improve or increase the way you use writing in your courses? Want to consider new ways of implementing writing-to-learn strategies in your own discipline? Attend a two-hour workshop with Anne Ruggles Gere, the Arthur F. Thurnau and Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor of Education and English Language at the University of Michigan and president of the Modern Language Association, on writing-to-learn strategies for courses in all disciplines on Monday, April 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ungar Building, Room 230, on the Coral Gables campus. To register or for more information email mstewart@miami.edu.

The workshop is sponsored by the English Composition Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Summer Writing Institute.

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Dialogues in Research Ethics: Language Studies and Responsible STEM Research on April 30

Global attention to research integrity has traditionally emphasized the empirical sciences. This emphasis overlooks both the role of writing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and, equally important, research integrity in the humanities.

Presented by the UM Writing Center and the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, this Dialogues in Research Ethics session will address these roles and will explore the idea of responsible research in terms of student learning and writing, specifically in a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to develop a digital toolkit supporting the application of writing-to-learn approaches to teaching.

The session will be led by Anne Ruggles Gere, the Arthur F. Thurnau and Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor of Education and English Language at the University of Michigan and president of the Modern Language Association, the nation’s leading organization for the study and teaching of languages and literatures.

It will be held Monday, April 30 at 12:15 p.m. in the Richter Library, third floor, on UM’s Coral Gables campus. Lunch will be provided.

Dialogues in Research Ethics is a series of monthly seminars. For more information, please call the UM Ethics Programs at 305-243-5723 or email ethics@miami.edu.

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FPL Work on Ponce de Leon Boulevard Continues

UM News

G:Project FilesFPL-Coral Gables TransmissionDwgs^C+R1 SchematicsXrefsFPL City_of_Coral Gables ROAD CONDITIONS RECTILINEACORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 20, 2017)—The University of Miami advises the UM community that Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) contract crews will begin transferring and installing transmission lines on utility poles along Ponce de Leon Boulevard from S.W. 68th Street and Red Road, traveling northeast to Douglas and Bird roads.

The work will begin on Monday, April 23, and continue through May 2. Crews will be on site from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During times of installation, 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. FPL does not anticipate any power interruptions associated with this project.

The upgrades are expected to enhance the reliability of the area’s electrical grid and help speed power restoration efforts after severe weather conditions, including hurricanes.

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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Interdisciplinary Research Spurs Innovation

By Matthew O. Perez
UM News


Provost Jeffrey L. Duerk discusses how team science advanced magnetic resonance imaging.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 6, 2018)–After more than 30 years developing the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Jeffrey L. Duerk, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost,  shared his passion for science and innovation when he presented the College of Engineering’s Strategic Research Initiative Seminar on April 2.

 In his presentation, “Interdisciplinary Teams: Lessons Learned from the Technical Development and Clinical Application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” Duerk discussed the evolution and function of biomedical imaging as well as the critical role interdisciplinary teams play in scientific research.

 “Team sciences are best deployed to solve big, challenging problems,” Duerk said.  “If it’s how to tie your shoes, you don’t need a team of scientists. But if you want to transform MRI from a tool that’s used in diagnostic imaging to one that’s used for real-time, image-guided, cancer therapies or cardiovascular therapies, then that’s a big paradigm shift.”

The promise of what can be accomplished through interdisciplinary collaboration, such as the application of engineering to the medical field and vice versa, is what brought Duerk to UM’s College of Engineering where he explored the problems these collaborations have the potential of solving.

Early on, Duerk said, physicists, chemists and electrical engineers were the primary drivers in the development of  MRI. But it was collaborations with experts from other disciplines that enabled the new technologies to be applied to brain, spine, cardiac and musculoskeletal body imaging.

 During the hour-long seminar, attendees learned about research and revolutions in MRI technology, the engineering behind MRI, and how the combination of academic disciplines within the field dramatically affected Duerk’s perception of research and higher education.

 Duerk was the founding director of the Case Center for Imaging Research, which brings together engineers, physicists, physicians, biochemists and radiochemists to develop new biomedical imaging technologies and translational applications, and a founding leader of the Cancer Imaging Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors in 2017, he holds more than 40 patents, has been awarded numerous National Institutes of Health and industry-sponsored grants, and has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

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Pride Awareness Speaker Octavia Yearwood on ‘Libations: Let’s Meet Here’

Pride-AwarenessThe LGBTQ Student Center’s Pride Awareness Speaker Series wraps up on Tuesday, April 17, with Libations: Let’s Meet Here by Octavia Yearwood, an arts educator who uses the arts to bridge the gap between community and academia. The recipient of the American Express Emerging Leaders Award and Legacy Magazine‘s recognition of 40 Black Leaders Under 40 in Miami, Yearwood will perform twice, once at 3 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. in the Shalala Center’s East Ballroom.

All events are free and open to UM students, faculty, and staff. For additional information, view the LGBTQ Student Center’s event page on  Facebook for additional information or send questions to lgbtq@miami.edu.


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