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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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President Shalala Receives AIDS Nursing Association’s Public Service Award

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President Shalala receives ANAC’s Public Service Award from ANAC President Suzanne Willard.

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 11, 2014)—The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care has honored UM President Donna E. Shalala with its 2014 ANAC Public Service Award for her leadership on behalf of the millions of nurses in the U.S. and the millions of Americans living with and at risk for HIV.

“ANAC’s Board of Directors applauds and admires Dr. Shalala’s leadership on issues important to the HIV nursing community,” said ANAC Executive Director Kimberly Carbaugh. “From her tenure as Secretary of Health and Human Services to her leadership positions at several universities, she has demonstrated a commitment to advocating for civil and human rights. Her outstanding career is marked by a longstanding and unwavering commitment to anti-discrimination and ensuring equitable access to education and health.”

Shalala, who chaired the Institute of Medicine’s seminal report on “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” received the award after delivering the keynote address at the ANAC’s 2014 conference, “Navigating a Path Towards an AIDS Free Generation.”  The annual meeting was held in Miami November 6-8.

Past recipients of the prestigious award, which is bestowed by the ANAC’s Board of Directors, have included President Barack Obama, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, and the late Johnathan Mann, former head of the World Health Organization’s global AIDS program.

With a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal and more than 46 local chapters, the ANAC is the nation’s preeminent nursing organization responding to HIV/AIDS. It was founded in 1987.

 

 

 

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Dean Prilleltensky to Receive Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dean Issac Prilleltensky

Dean Issac Prilleltensky

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 4, 2014) — An international leader in applied psychology, Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D., dean and professor at the School of Education and Human Development, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention by the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA). He will receive the award from the society’s Prevention Section at the APA’s annual meeting in Toronto next August.

“Throughout my career, I have focused on the prevention of psychosocial problems and the promotion of well-being in all its aspects,” said Prilleltensky, who is also the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. “I believe strongly in the need for social justice and building partnerships to address chronic problems like discrimination, child abuse, and poverty.”

Prilleltensky’s studies have been published in numerous professional journals including The Counseling Psychologist which dedicated a special issue to his work. He has published seven books and more than 120 articles and chapters.

Prilleltensky is currently leading an interdisciplinary team that includes his wife, Ora, a former professor at the School of Education and Human Development. The team is developing assessments and online interventions to promote the interpersonal, community, occupational, psychological, physical, and economic (I COPPE) aspects of well-being. Soon his team will launch an online program to promote wellness through fun and games.

A native of Argentina, Prilleltensky has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He speaks several languages and has given keynote addresses in 23 countries.

“I am very gratified to see the concepts of prevention, well-being, and social justice take root in academic institutions around the world,” Prilleltensky said.

Since becoming dean in 2006, Prilleltensky has expanded the school’s community partnerships and programs and launched new graduate and undergraduate courses related to human development. Under his leadership, the school established the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, renovated and expanded the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling, and provided a home on the UM campus to The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, a nonprofit organization.

In 2011 Prilleltensky received the “Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award” of the Community Psychology Division of APA, and the John Kalafat Award for the Practice of Community Psychology from the same division of APA. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association. In 2002 he was named a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society.

 

 

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