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Human Rights Clinic Founder Appointed White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

By Catharine Skipp
Special to UM News

Carrie Bettinger Lopez

Carrie Bettinger-Lopez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 4, 2015)—Vice President Joe Biden announced today the appointment of Miami Law’s Caroline “Carrie” Bettinger-López as the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Bettinger- López, a leading advocate for gender-based equality and human rights, has worked at local, national, and international levels to bring an end to violence against women.

In her new role, Bettinger-López will serve as an advisor to the president and vice president on domestic violence and sexual assault issues and as a liaison to the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy communities, according to the White House.

She also will collaborate with federal agencies on the implementation of Violence Against Women Act programs and the coordination of federal efforts to address violence against women and girls both domestically and globally, and drive the development of new initiatives and policies to combat domestic violence and sexual assault with key public and private stakeholders.

“Throughout her career, Carrie has made clear that the most basic of human rights is freedom from violence,” Biden said. “I am honored that she will be joining my staff to continue the work we began with the Violence Against Women Act, and I know she will be a strong voice for women everywhere who continue to suffer from sexual assault and domestic violence in the worst prison on earth—the four walls of their own home.”

As a litigator and an advocate, Bettinger-López has fought for the protection of victims of domestic violence and the provision of remedies for violations of survivors’ rights. Prior to her legal career, Bettinger-López engaged in social services advocacy and youth education centered on women and girls’ empowerment, as well as anti-violence programming.

Most recently, Bettinger-López founded and served as director of the Human Rights Clinic at the  School of Law, where she served as an associate professor of clinical legal education. Her scholarship included a focus on violence against women, gender and race discrimination, and immigrant rights.

“We are delighted that Vice President Biden has asked Professor Bettinger-López to play this important role,” said School of Law Dean Patricia D. White. “Her path-breaking advocacy work makes her uniquely qualified to carry out her charge.”

Bettinger-López will lead the Obama administration’s efforts to put an end to violence against women. Among many important steps forward, the administration has led efforts to combat campus sexual assault, worked to prevent domestic violence homicides, and fought to extend protections to women of color and LGBT Americans who have been victims of violence, according to the White House.

 

 

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Student Affairs Seeks Laurel Awards Nominations for Outstanding Student Affairs Staffers by March 27

The Division of Student Affairs is seeking nominations for the Laurel Awards, which recognize outstanding Student Affairs staff members and student employees who exemplify outstanding job performance and exceptional work on behalf of students. Nominations are due no later than Friday, March 27.

Individuals can be nominated only by staff members or students who have worked closely with them. A committee representing the Division of Student Affairs is responsible for reviewing the nominations in each category and choosing the Laurel Award recipients, who will be recognized at the annual awards program on Thursday, April 16.

The 2015 committee members are: Ivan Ceballos, Housing & Residential Life; Brittany Brewster, Butler Center; Tom Soria, Wellness Center; David Furones, Wellness Center; Gou Jian, Dean of Students Office; Michael Baumhardt, Student Activities; Brandon Gross, Student Center Complex; Madelyn Elia, undergraduate student; Nora Villegas, Housing & Residential Life; Kisha Bazelais, Counseling Center; Quita Phillips, graduate student; and Mohamed Anis, graduate student.

The Staff Nomination Form and Student Nomination Form are available online. For more information, visit www.miami.edu/laurelawards.

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UMIT Celebrates Success of Year Up Apprenticeship Program

Special to UM News

The University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) department, which embarked on a successful pilot program with Year Up, an apprenticeship program aimed at helping student interns realize their true potential, recently celebrated the graduation of its first two interns and welcomed two new interns to the department.

Year Up’s mission is to provide students with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. They achieve this mission through a one-year intensive training program that provides students, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. During the first six months of the program, students attend Miami Dade College on a full-time basis, taking courses in Information Technology, Financial Operations, Project Management, Business Communications, and Professional Skills. During the final six months of the program, students are placed in an internship with a corporate partner working 34 hours per week.

Prior to initiating the pilot program at UM, UMIT reached out to various organizations that are actively involved in providing internship opportunities to Year Up students, including Harvard University’s IT department, MIT Sloan School of Management, Johns Hopkins University, and Baptist Health Systems. Other national corporate partners include American Express, Google, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, Time Warner, Brown University, Dell Systems, and many others. At a local level, South Florida partners include JP Morgan Chase, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Baptist Health South Florida, Memorial Healthcare Systems, DHL, World Fuel Services, Bacardi, and several other organizations throughout the community.

Initially, UMIT selected two Year Up students, Isabella Hainlin and Jonathan Morales, to work as Help Desk Technicians. The interns and department staff shared many positive experiences throughout the six-month pilot. Although Isabella and Jonathan were both nervous when they first came onboard, they quickly acclimated, formed a strong partnership with department mentors and peers, developed professional skills, and learned more about technology than they anticipated.

Last month, the UMIT department proudly celebrated their graduation from the Year Up program, and as a result of their success, welcomed Jedidah Murray and Andre Williams as its new Year Up interns. UMIT looks forward to continuing its efforts in support of our community through professional development initiatives.

Visit the Year Up website at www.yearup.org for additional details about their local program and corporate partnerships.

For more information about UMIT’s Year Up partnership, contact Veronica Maristany.

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Women’s Commission Accepting Nominations for Louise P. Mills Student Award

The University of Miami Women’s Commission is now accepting nominations for the Louise P. Mills Student Award, which recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of women. Nominations are due by Monday, March 9. Recipients will be announced at the Women’s Commission Awards Breakfast on March 26. Nomination criteria and more details are available online or by contacting Dayle Wilson.

 

 

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UM Trustee Appointed to National Panel on Airport Scanners

UM News

Edward Dauer

Dr. Edward A. Dauer

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (February 6, 2015)—University of Miami Trustee and triple alumnus Dr. Edward A. Dauer, a distinguished diagnostic radiologist in the community and research associate professor of biomedical engineering, radiology, and family medicine at UM, has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences’ special advisory panel on the safety of ultrasound scanners used to screen passengers in airports across the nation.

As a member of the scientific committee on the millimeter wave machines, Dauer, the director of radiology at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, will review how the Department of Homeland Security and equipment manufacturers estimate the level of non-ionizing millimeter wave radiation exposures that air travelers are exposed to when scanned by the advanced imaging technology. These screening machines are in use at approximately 160 airports across the nation. Unlike x-ray scanners, which use ionizing radiation that can break bonds in living cells, millimeter wave machines use low-energy, non-ionizing, radio frequency waves to detect weapons, explosives, or other hidden objects.

Appointed by Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council, the committee is also charged with evaluating whether traveler and operator exposures to non-ionizing radiation meet health and safety standards, and whether the design, and the operating and maintenance procedures for ultrasound machines are appropriate for preventing over exposure.

“It is encouraging that an independent panel of scientists and researchers will be able to study and evaluate objective scientific data to assess the safety of this imaging technology and to protect the traveling public,” Dauer said.

James Tien, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, said he immediately thought of recommending Dauer for the expert panel when he learned about the upcoming study of millimeter wave screeners. “As both an engineer and a medical doctor, he is uniquely qualified to be a member of the study committee,” Tien said. “Obviously, NAS President Dr. Ralph Cicerone was equally impressed with Dr. Dauer’s qualifications.”

Chaired by Kathryn V. Logan, the principal research engineer emerita at Georgia Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the 14-member panel’s report is due next year.

Dauer, the first undergraduate at UM to study biomedical engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1972, his medical degree in 1975, and his master’s in biomedical engineering in 2001. His current academic work at UM includes medical physiology, unified medical sciences, radiation physics, and radiation biology. He established the new research lab in scanning electron microscopy at the College of Engineering and is working on electron microscopy analysis of biomedical devices and tissue engineering. He also served on the Florida State Board of Medicine, the state’s licensing board for physicians, for 11 years, including two terms as chairman.

Dauer has served as a member of the UM Board of Trustees since 1996 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. He was a member of UM’s President’s Council and of the Medical Dean Leadership Cabinet, and is an active member of the Miller School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

A member of Iron Arrow since 1996, he received the School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000 and the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award in 2001 for his ongoing dedication to the University.

Over the years, he and his family have been generous donors to the University, supporting the Richter Library, the Convocation Center, Athletics, the College of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and student scholarships.

 

 

 

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