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Arun Sharma Named Interim Vice Dean for Graduate Business Programs

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Arun Sharma

 The School of Business Administration has named Arun Sharma, a professor of marketing, as interim vice dean for graduate business programs and executive education. Sharma, whose appointment is effective August 1, fills the position vacated when Anuj Mehrotra stepped down from that post to serve as interim dean of the business school July 1.

As interim vice dean, Sharma will oversee the School’s MBA and other master’s degree programs, custom and open enrollment executive education programs, and graduate student career services.

“Arun’s talent and extensive experience, deep knowledge of business education and dedication to the success of the School of Business Administration, make him the ideal person to serve in this key leadership position,” said Mehrotra, who is serving as the School’s interim dean while the University conducts a global search for a permanent dean.

“I am delighted to lead our graduate business and executive education programs, which have seen significant growth and recognition in recent years,” said Sharma. “I look forward to working with the School’s leadership team, our professional staff and our friends in the community to build upon these successes.”

Sharma, who joined the School of Business in 1987, has previously served as vice dean of strategic initiatives and chair of the Department of Marketing. His research, which focuses on understanding markets, marketing strategy and productivity, and firm value creation and management, has been widely published in leading academic journals. Sharma has also consulted for such companies as Accenture, American Express, Audi, AT&T, Boston Scientific, Citrix, Ericson, Exxon, Goodyear, HP, IBM, MasterCard, MoneyGram, Motorola, Siemens, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Italia Mobil, Visa International, and Western Union.

Sharma’s awards include membership in the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.



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Hurricane Researchers Honored for Best Paper

Dave Nolan

David Nolan

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MIAMI—The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science research team led by Professor David Nolan has been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) prestigious Banner Miller Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the science of hurricane and tropical weather forecasting published in an international journal during the previous four years.

Nolan, whose research focuses on the dynamics of hurricanes and the improvement of hurricane forecasts, and his team received the biannual award during the AMS Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology meeting, held recently in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for an article, “Development and validation of a hurricane nature run using the Joint OSSE nature run and the WRF model,” which appeared in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems in 2013.

The article describes the development of an extremely realistic computer simulation of an Atlantic hurricane and its validation by comparisons to observations in real hurricanes. This “nature run” computer simulation is currently used by more than a dozen research groups in various Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSE). OSSEs are used to determine the effectiveness of new instruments, such as new satellites or unmanned aircraft, in improving hurricane forecasts before they are actually deployed, which potentially saves millions of dollars.

“Part of the success of this project is that we made the nature run freely available for anyone to download,” said Nolan, professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. “In addition to OSSEs, it has been used by several groups for basic research on hurricanes.”

Nolan’s coauthors include Rosenstiel School graduate students Kieran Bhatia and Lisa Bucci and Robert Atlas, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atmospheric and Oceanic Marine Laboratory in Miami. The NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality and its Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program supported their work. Bhatia is now a postdoctoral fellow at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Berg Named Artistic Advisor of JAZZ ROOTS

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Shelton D. 'Shelly" Berg

Shelton G. ‘Shelly’ Berg

MIAMI, Fla. (July 12, 2016)—The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has appointed Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg as artistic advisor for its thrilling six-concert JAZZ ROOTS 2016-2017 season. A world-renowned musician, composer, and educator, Berg has been involved as a collaborator on JAZZ ROOTS since its inception. The Arsht Center invited Berg to expand his role to include assisting with creative direction for the series following the passing in 2015 of JAZZ ROOTS co-founder and co-creator Larry Rosen, with whom Berg also collaborated for many years.

The ninth season of JAZZ ROOTS will launch befittingly with an all-star tribute to Rosen, commissioned especially for the 10th anniversary of the Arsht Center. The extraordinary season will continue with five musically diverse concerts, each starring some of the most celebrated headliners in the music industry today.

“It is hard to imagine JAZZ ROOTS without Larry Rosen,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center. “Together we realized a vision that has become one of the most celebrated jazz series in the world. In passing the torch to Dean Berg, the 2016-2017 season promises to reach the high standards of musicality and diversity that have become the mainstay of the concert and educational series that has established the Arsht Center as one of the most recognized concert halls in the world for jazz. Shelly has long been part of our JAZZ ROOTS family, and we are excited to welcome him as our new artistic advisor.”

“Larry and I shared so many visions over our many years of friendship and working together, most notably our love of jazz, educating young people about jazz, and creating an awareness among the masses about the roots of America’s true art form,” Berg said. “While I am so saddened he is no longer with us both personally and professionally, I am honored the Arsht Center has entrusted me to take the helm of the extraordinary program he set forth. I look forward to paying tribute to Larry in our opening concert and presenting all the exciting shows we have scheduled this upcoming season.”

A four-time Grammy nominee who was named one of the “educators of the millennium” by the Los Angeles Times, Berg has recorded and performed with many diverse artists, including Gloria Estefan, Renee Fleming, KISS, Chicago, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He composed a piece for the Dali Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles, in addition to composing for top network television series and major studio films.

For the JAZZ ROOTS 2016-17 lineup visit the Adrienne Arsht Center.

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HR Director Appointed to Professional Association Board

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, has been tapped to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which serves more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations. She joined the board on July 1.

Morris has been a member of CUPA-HR for seven years and was a participant in the association’s 2015-16 emerging leader program. She also has served on the association’s public policy committee and has presented at two CUPA-HR annual conferences.

Prior to joining the University in 2009, Morris worked in HR for the Ford Motor Company for 22 years, serving as the corporation’s human resources manager for global information technology, with responsibility for information technology professionals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.


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UM Libraries Earn Top Honors for Marketing Materials

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EdiblePoster2CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 27, 2016)—The University of Miami Libraries received top honors in a national competition for library public relations and marketing materials in Orlando last week, when it collected two awards in the 2016 PR Xchange Awards Competition, hosted annually by the American Library Association’s Library Leadership & Management Association.

“One award is tremendous, but a double award is quite special and unusual,” says Dean of Libraries Chuck Eckman.

This year’s competition drew nearly 400 submissions from libraries nationwide, which were reviewed by 17 judges in each category. Materials were judged on the quality of content, originality, design, and format.

UM’s winning entries were originally designed to raise awareness of library services and programming. One of the entries, a colorful info graphic about “The Essential Ten” things to do at the library, was distributed as a flyer during New Student Orientation. It won in the category of “Patron Orientation Materials.”

“We wanted to give new undergrads a simple and informative document that familiarized them with the most important services the library could provide, from our collections to our people,” says Learning and Research Services Librarian Lauren Fralinger, head of the Libraries’ Undergraduate Engagement Working Group, who collaborated with the Communications and Events team in producing the flyer.

Its success in reaching students later inspired the larger poster version currently displayed in the Richter Library’s stacks elevators.

The Libraries also took the top prize in the “Special Events and Programming” category for a promotional poster advertising the 2015  International Edible Book Festival—and taking the nontraditional form of a hamburger illustration. The tagline: “Turn your favorite book into edible art. Make it well-done.”

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