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UM Junior’s Work Wins Playwriting Contest, Then Hits the Small Stage at The Ring

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Cast members for William Hector's Sheol practice their lines during a recent reading rehearsal for the play.

From left, dramaturge Brian Valencia, playwright William Hector, rehearsal assistant Mayanna Berrin, and director Jaime Castañeda during a recent rehearsal reading of Hector’s play, “Sheol.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 24, 2014) – When aspiring playwright William Hector sat down last spring to pen his latest work, he already knew how he wanted it to end, making his task one of reaching that predetermined conclusion.

Hector must have done something right, because Sheol—which focuses on a young couple, conversion to Judaism, the afterlife, and overbearing in-laws—won the second annual University of Miami Friends of Theatre Playwriting Contest, besting ten other submissions in a competition aimed at identifying and boosting rising young talent at UM. Read the full story

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A Celebration of Involvement

By Mike Piacentino
UM News

Students received awards in a variety of categories, from civic engagement to excellence in leadership.

Students received awards in a variety of categories, from civic engagement to excellence in leadership.

Coral Gables, Fla. (April 23, 2014) – The William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, along with the Division of Student Affairs, recognized outstanding University of Miami students and faculty for their service contributions throughout the past year at the 29th annual Celebration of Involvement ceremony held on Tuesday, April 22 in the Student Activities Center.

“We hope all of you continue your service after your time at the University,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala as she welcomed attendees. “These awards are part of your journey, but it is what you do later in life that makes us even more proud of you.” Read the full story

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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

UM News

PASA-Award-Winners

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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