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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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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Walter Secada Honored in Peru

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

Walter Secada

Peruvian-born Walter Secada speaks at the ceremony where he was awarded an honorary professorship at the Universidad La Salle in Arequipa, Peru.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 9, 2016) – In the spirit of giving back and sharing his many personal and professional attributes, University of Miami faculty member Walter Secada has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to providing professional and educational training to the Ministry of Education and other educational entities in his native Peru.

Last April, in recognition of his work, Secada, professor and senior associate dean of UM’s School of Education and Human Development, was awarded an honorary professorship from Universidad La Salle in Arequipa, Peru.

“My work in Peru is predicated on giving back,” said the Peruvian-born Secada, who was raised in the U.S. “It is not enough to remember where you’re from. But by giving back to the country of my birth, in the form of collaborative research and the sharing of what I have learned as an academic at the University of Miami and elsewhere, I hope to improve the conditions under which my fellow Peruvians learn mathematics and science. By giving back, I contribute to that nation’s development.”

During the awards ceremony, Ivan Montes, rector of Universidad La Salle, praised Secada for his many publications, accomplishments, and contributions to education in Peru. He noted that Secada has been working with the Universidad La Salle, the nongovernmental agency known as GRADE, and the Peruvian Ministry of Education for more than 20 years, conducting collaborative research and workshops on a variety of topics and devising strategies to improve Peru’s mathematics curriculum.

In a talk prior to receiving the award, Secada argued that academics have an obligation to engage in work in which “outcomes are likely to take place in the long term” because tenure gives them the security needed to take the long view. In addition, Secada argued, academics have a “moral obligation to study about and to speak out on the controversies of the day” because, once again, tenure protects them and because they owe to their students the opportunity to discuss, without fear, the controversies that are shaping their world.

“I have the best job in the world,” concluded Secada.

In bestowing the honor, Montes quoted Secada’s collaborator at GRADE, Santiago Cueto, saying that “Walter Secada is a good man.”

“He has always been supportive of us, and he has enriched our knowledge with his analytical and international perspective,” said Montes.

Secada received his B.A in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Ph.D in education from Northwestern University.


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M.B.A. Program Ranked among Top 10 for Latin Americans

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-north-south-america-photograph-showing-continent-northern-southern-bright-dots-yellow-light-abstract-geography-image33101583CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2016) — The School of Business Administration’s Full-Time MBA program has been ranked No. 7 among U.S. M.B.A. programs for Latin Americans by the leading Latin American business magazine América Economía. The rankings, published in the May/June issue of the magazine, also placed the School’s M.B.A. program at No. 22 in the world.

The América Economía M.B.A. rankings are based on the multicultural experience and diversity of the students, faculty, and the program; the potential for students to network in Latin America; the quality of the students; admissions selectivity; and the international recognition the program receives.

The M.B.A. class of 2016 was 32 percent international, representing Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, and Venezuela. The school’s faculty come from nearly 40 countries.

The school also offers two Executive M.B.A. programs, one in English and the other in Spanish, designed for executives working in or with Latin America: The Miami Executive MBA for the Americas and the Global Executive MBA in Spanish.


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National Medal of Science Winner Presents Sylvester’s Zubrod Memorial Lecture


Robert A. Weinberg, winner of the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1997, gave the 17th annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture.

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MIAMI, Fla. (May 26, 2016) — Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., winner of the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1997, was the featured speaker at the 17th annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session, hosted by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Lois Pope LIFE Center auditorium and the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on May 10.

Weinberg, a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, director of the Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT, and professor of biology, lectured on “Mechanism of Carcinoma Malignant Progression.” About 200 people attended.

Nearly 90 clinical fellows/residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and graduate students presented posters of cancer studies and projects and competed in the following categories: Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Population-Based Research, and Translational Research. Faculty also were recognized for their efforts in research and instruction.

For more information on the Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Session, please visit the Sylvester Office of Education and Training page or call  305-243-2287.

Poster Winners and Categories:

Basic Sciences:

  1. Julian Naipauer

Lab/Research Mentor: Enrique Mesri, Ph.D.

  1. Tae Kyoung Kwak

Lab/Research Mentor: Barry Hudson, Ph.D.


Clinical Research:

  1. Phillip Miller

Lab/Research Mentor: Dorraya El-Ahry, Ph.D.


Population-Based Research:

  1. Felix Chinea

Lab/Research Mentor: Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D.


Translational Research:

  1. Diana Azzam

Lab/Research Mentor: Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D.


Faculty Award Winners:                  

Basic Scientist of the Year: Stephen Lee, Ph.D.

Clinical Researcher of the Year: Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPI, FRCPath

Community-Based Researcher of the Year: Judith Hurley, M.D.

Mentor of the Year – Junior Faculty: Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

Mentor of the Year – Trainees: James E. Hoffman, M.D.

Teacher of the Year: Kerry L. Burnstein, Ph.D.

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