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President Shalala Receives Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award

By Maya Bell
UM News

UM President Donna E. Shalala displays the Truman Award with Clifton Truman Daniel, honorary chairman of the Truman Library Institute and President Truman’s eldest grandson (left), and John J. Sherman, chairman of the Truman Library Institute. Photo credit: Mark McDonald.

UM President Donna E. Shalala displays the Truman Award with Clifton Truman Daniel, honorary chairman of the Truman Library Institute and President Truman’s eldest grandson (left), and John J. Sherman, chairman of the Truman Library Institute. Photo credit: Mark McDonald.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 11, 2014) – In 1948,President Harry S. Truman noted that leaders who ably serve their nation during trying times send a message to future generations: “Do your duty, and history will do you justice.” More than 65 years later, on the evening of Thursday, April 10, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute that Truman established to inspire young people to embrace that motto and choose paths of service and purpose honored his legacy by recognizing UM President Donna E. Shalala with its Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award. Read the full story

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Three Stand-Out Scholars Recognized for Their Achievements

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Jubilation: Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity recipients, from left, Michael Miller, Sylvia Daunert, and Andrew Leone exchange congratulatory handshakes at last Friday’s ceremony.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 3, 2014) – Her work is reminiscent of Fantastic Voyage, the 1966 science fiction film in which a submarine and its crew—reduced to microscope size—enter the bloodstream of a comatose patient and embark on a journey to his brain to destroy a clot with a surgical laser.

In Sylvia Daunert’s case, however, she is experimenting with nano-sized particles, not miniature submarines, to deliver drugs to specific targets in the human body. Read the full story

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Professor Osamudia James Named to Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50 List

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 7, 2014)—School of Law Professor Osamudia James has been named to Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50 list, published in the April 7 “Law School Diversity” issue. The listing is a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors who are making an impact in legal education.

“It is a privilege to be recognized as an influential minority law professor under 50,” said James. “Academia has given me opportunities to participate in important dialogues about how identity and the law interact in the United States, and it is affirming to know that my contributions to those conversations are valued.”

James writes and teaches in the areas of education law, race and the law, administrative law, and torts. Her more recent work includes “White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale’s Negative Impact on White Identity Formation,” which will be published in the New York University Law Review; “Opt-Out Education: School Choice as Racial Subordination,” to be published in the Iowa Law Review; “Predatory Ed: The Conflict Between Public Good and For-Profit Higher Education;” and “Dog Wags Tail: The Continuing Viability of Minority-Targeted Aid in Higher Education.”

“Osamudia James is a truly gifted teacher and scholar whose leadership in the national conversation about education and race is really important,” said UM School of Law Dean Patricia D. White.

In January, the American Association of Law Schools’ Minority Groups Section named James co-recipient of the 2014 Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching, and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice. The award is named in honor of the first tenured African American law professor at Harvard Law School, who co-founded Critical Race Theory.

“Teaching is an awesome responsibility, as it means I play an important part in shaping the way my students understand both the law and their role in our legal system,” said James. “Being an educator, however, is also a joy—nothing matches the delight of witnessing students transform into attorneys, knowing that I was able to help them realize their potential as lawyers.”


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Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium on April 11

The Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 11, beginning at noon with a keynote address by Christopher Walsh, the Bullard Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Genetics Division at Children’s Hospital Boston, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Children’s Hospital Boston. Titled “Genetic Control of Human Cerebral Cortical Development,” his talk will take place at the Miller School’s Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium.

A student poster session and student scientific talks will follow. The poster session is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in front of the Lois Pope LIFE Center, and the student scientific talks are from 3 to 5 p.m. in the seventh-floor auditorium.

Through his research, Walsh, the former director of the Harvard-MIT M.D.-Ph.D. Program, has tried to identify and analyze genes that regulate the development and normal function of the human cerebral cortex. Most of his lab’s genetic work has benefited from worldwide collaborations, especially with physicians in countries where marriage between cousins is common, which simplifies the identification of rare recessive mutations.

Planned and organized by M.D./Ph.D. students Veronica Peschansky, Srinivasan Narayanan, Holly Stradecki, Michelle Trojanowsky, and Lucy Freer, the symposium brings students and mentors together, provides a unique forum for interaction among students and faculty, and allows students to learn about the research of their peers.

For more information, please contact Carlen Duncombe at cduncombe@med.miami.edu or 305-243-6278.



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Professor Named Maytag Chair and Professor of Ichthyology


Martin Grosell is the new Maytag chair and professor of ichthyology

Special to UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (April 2, 2014) — Martin Grosell, professor of marine biology and fisheries at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), has been appointed Maytag chair and professor of ichthyology.

“Martin is a very distinguished scholar who continues to provide great leadership to the school,” said Roni Avissar, RSMAS dean.

Grosell, who specializes in environmental physiology and toxicology of marine fish and invertebrates, joined the faculty in 2002. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed research papers as well as numerous books and book chapters on the physiology and mechanistic toxicology of aquatic organisms. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, at the August Krogh Institute.

Grosell was a co-author of the recent study that showed heart abnormalities in fish embryos exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was the first of its kind to analyze the effects of the primary toxic agents released from crude oil on several commercially important pelagic fish species that spawn in the gulf.

Established in 1957 and named for Robert E. Maytag, an avid fisher and sportsman, the Maytag Chair is a fully endowed position in the field of ichthyology. Appointees have established reputations in research and excellent records of publications, including strong externally funded research programs, teaching, and graduate student stewardship.


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