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Brian Blake Named Editor of Influential Internet Computing Journal

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M.Brian.BlakeCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 19, 2015)— Brian Blake, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, has been named editor in chief of IEEE Internet Computing, effective January 1. Blake currently serves as associate editor in chief of the magazine, a top-ranked publication that provides peer-reviewed, journal-quality evaluations and reviews of emerging and maturing Internet technologies and applications.

A computer scientist and software engineer, Blake, joined the University from Notre Dame in 2012.  

Published bi-monthly by the IEEE Computer Society, Internet Computing consistently ranks among the top 10, and often in the top 5, for influence and impact of all the computer science/software engineering journals listed in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. At the crossroads between academic researchers and software professionals, the magazine presents novel content from academic and industry experts on a wide range of topics, including applications, architectures, information management, middleware, policies, security, and standards.

The IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading computing membership organization and information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders, including: professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students.

 

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Dickinson Drive to Partly Close December 20-27

Please be advised that a portion of Dickinson Drive, indicated by the two red bars on the map below, will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, through Saturday, December 27. Motorists may bypass the closure by taking the detour through lot 446, as indicated by the blue arrows.

Please proceed with caution and remember the speed limit on all internal campus roadways is 15 mph. Feel free to contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2, if you have any questions.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.detour

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Rod Wellens, Longtime Chair of Psychology, Passes Away

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UM's Department of Psychology experienced tremendous growth during Rod Wellens' tenure as chair.

Rod Wellens

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 19, 2014) — Albert Rodney “Rod” Wellens, professor and longtime chair of the Department of Psychology who left an indelible mark on the University, the community, and the people he mentored, passed away at home and surrounded by his family on December 17 after an illness. He was 68.

Wellens, who joined the University in 1972, became a full professor in 1988 and chair of the psychology department in 1992—a post he held with distinction until 2013. Read the full story

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Herrick Center Wins Knight Arts Challenge to Expand Cosford Classics

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HerrickCenterCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 11, 2014)—The  Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies was selected from nearly 1,200 applicants to receive one of 47 South Florida Knights Arts Challenge grants. It will use the $15,000 award to expand the Cosford Cinema’s Cosford Classics series, which showcases films presented on 35 mm.

According to center director Christina Lane, the Knight Foundation grant will enable the Herrick Center to enhance the classic series by inviting guest curators, including local film experts and internationally known scholars and filmmakers, to speak about each film, its cultural significance, and the importance of film preservation in modern culture. At its most recent Cosford Classics screening of the Ingmar Bergman drama Autumn Sonata, legendary actress and director Liv Ullmann, who starred in the film with fellow actress Ingrid Bergman, was on hand for a post-screening Q&A session.

“We are truly delighted about this support for the series, especially because it helps to support a core mission,”  said Lane, associate professor of film studies in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. “With our 35mm film screenings, we create a truly cinematic experience in a shared public space. We bring film history alive for new generations.”

In all, the Knight Foundation awarded a total of $2.29 million to 47 mainly small arts organizations, collectives, and individual artists who had the “best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.” Other ideas included launching an artist-in-residency program over the water at Stiltsville, setting traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban poetry, and presenting a play based on the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Located at the School of Communication, the Herrick Center is home to the extraordinary collection of moving image materials that Norton Herrick, chairman of Herrick Entertainment, a motion picture and theatrical production and financing company, donated to the School of Communication. The collection consists of more than 3,000 films and television programs, including many rare and otherwise unavailable titles.

One of the major projects of the Herrick Center, which is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of the history, aesthetics and social and cultural impact of motion picture media, is to digitize materials in the collection to make them accessible online to UM student and faculty.

 

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Apply or Nominate a Colleague for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community by December 22

The Office of the Provost is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on the topic of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Literacy.  The FLC program was the focus of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, part of the SACS accreditation process. FLCs give faculty members from all disciplines the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical support to improve their teaching and enhance the learning environment.

The University regards FLC membership as an acknowledgment of excellent, innovative, and effective teaching. It is open to all full-time University faculty who are engaged in undergraduate teaching. Those selected will be FLC Fellows. They will have a one-course teaching reduction in the Fall 2015 semester and receive a $1,500 research and educational fund to support their FLC work. FLC Fellows, who will meet during the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters, participate in weekly discussions, workshops, and in a virtual community, will be expected to teach and incorporate ICT literacy concepts into an existing or new course and assess ICT learning outcomes.

For a full program description and application form, please visit http://www.miami.edu/flcThe deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, December 22, in 240 Ashe.

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