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College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: ‘Energy and Power Electronics’

Dr. Fred C. Lee, University Distinguished Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, will present “Energy and Power Electronics”  from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday December 1 at the McArthur Engineering Annex Building, room MEA 202. He will describe significant developments and trends in power electronics and highlight some challenges and opportunities. For more information, please contact Maria Aldana at 305-284-3391 or maldana@miami.edu.

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Call for Applications and Nominations for 2015 Faculty Learning Community

The Office of the Provost is accepting applications and nominations for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community (FLC). The topic of the FLC will be 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 will meet during the spring 2015 and fall 2015 semesters, participate in weekly discussions, workshops, and a virtual community, and 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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President Shalala Gets Key to the City and a Day in Her Honor

UM and city of Coral Gables officials tout fruitful partnership at annual Development Agreement meeting, as President Donna E. Shalala is honored for her distinguished service.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Mayor Jim Cason presents President Shalala with a key to the city and a proclamation making Wednesday, November 19, 2014 President Donna E. Shalala Day in Coral Gables.

Mayor Jim Cason presents President Shalala with a key to the city and a proclamation making Wednesday, November 19, 2014 President Donna E. Shalala Day in Coral Gables.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 19, 2014) – Featuring updates on major infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life for students and residents, the annual Development Agreement meeting between the University of Miami and city of Coral Gables  typically yields few surprises for high-ranking officials in attendance.

But at the fourth annual meeting, held at the Coral Gables Country Club on Wednesday, November 19, one of the agenda items caught UM President Donna E. Shalala by surprise: The day would be named in her honor in the City Beautiful.

“Coral Gables will always be your home,” Mayor Jim Cason told Shalala, as city commissioners and UM administrators looked on.

Last September, Shalala announced her decision to step down as president at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, and Wednesday’s proclamation honored her many accomplishments over the past 13 years as UM’s fifth president. Cason also presented Shalala with a key to the city.

The special honor was just one of the many highlights of an hour-long meeting during which Coral Gables and UM officials exchanged information on projects and initiatives affecting their respective areas—from streetscape improvements along Miracle Mile and a planned mixed-use development downtown to a pedestrian overpass at U.S. 1 and Mariposa Court and the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the University’s Coral Gables campus.

These meetings are required as part of the 20-year Development Agreement. Reached by UM and Coral Gables in 2010, the accord guides the University’s growth and extends cultural, athletic, and academic programming to the city’s residents.


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$2 Million Gift Will Advance Research at UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

A guest at the UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute exposition tries on a pair of high-tech goggles designed for the early and accurate detection of concussions.

A guest at the UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute exposition tries on a pair of high-tech goggles designed for the early and accurate detection of concussions.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 14, 2014) – Call it a preemptive strike—a biomechanical analysis designed to prevent ligament and cartilage tears. That’s the basis of a School of Education and Human Development study conducted on members of the University of Miami women’s and men’s basketball teams that attached electrodes to players’ knees, ankles, and hip flexors, resulting in a 3-D computerized  readout of their movements.

“We looked at certain high-risk movements, and identified those players who would be at greater risk for injury,” explained Christopher Kuenze, assistant professor of kinesiology and sport sciences, who spearheaded the research. With the data, coaches and athletic trainers have integrated what Kuenze called “pre-rehabilitation” techniques into the practice sessions of their players, in effect, ensuring that serious injuries on the court won’t occur. Read the full story

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Beloved ’Cane Linda Sher-Collado Passes Away

Linda Sher-Collado, a longtime reservationist at the University Center/Student Activities Center who was beloved by students and the community, passed away Friday from cancer.

“She always tried to help, sharing her ‘can do’ spirit, positive attitude and creative approach warmly with three generations of UM students,” said Pat Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “She always adored the U and would stop at nothing to help our students make their programs and events a reality.”

For the past 23 years, Sher-Collado worked as a reservationist in the Whitten University Center/Student Activities Center. An avid sailor who lived in Coconut Grove, she had recently transitioned to the SAC and assumed a number of new responsibilities. She also managed the UC Pool for many years and was always supportive of the UM Swimming and Diving Program.

This past spring, she was nominated for the Association of Greek Letter Organization (AGLO) Outstanding Faculty Member & Staff Award and was recognized at the organization’s annual Apple Polishing Reception for all of her hard work on behalf of the students. She also served as a member of the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee.

“Above all,” Whitely said, “Linda was a consummate Miami Hurricane, a great person who never hesitated to share a smile or a hello as she buzzed through her day. She cared and loved our students and community. She will be sorely missed.”

Sher-Collado is survived by her husband, Alberto, and two sons, Ian and Griffin, a current undergraduate student at the University of Miami.

A memorial viewing is scheduled for Monday, November 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Van Orsdel Funeral Home, 4600 S.W. 8 Street, Coral Gables, Fla. 33134 (305-667-6070).


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