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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NASA Honors Physicist for Rocket Launch

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RocketMassimiliano Galeazzi, associate chair and professor of physics at the College of Arts and Sciences, was part of a team that was awarded the Robert H. Goddard (RHG) Exceptional Achievement for Science Award by NASA.

‌The RHG award recognized the successful development of an instrument called the sheath transport observer for redistribution mass, or STORM. The detector was designed to study the X-ray glow and captures images from our solar system and its surroundings; it’s the first X-ray imager using micro-porous optics successfully launched into space.

“We were very happy to be recognized for the effort and work that went into developing the instrument,” said Galeazzi. “It also recognizes the nice collaboration between the members of different fields and groups.”

The STORM instrument was developed at Goddard Space Flight Center and flew attached to the UM Diffuse X-ray from the Local Galaxy (DXL) rocket, a mission lead by Galeazzi. In addition to the breakthrough discoveries found in the solar system and its surroundings, the DXL mission demonstrated the successful operation of the STORM instrument in space, in particular its innovative micro-porous (or lobster-eye) optics.

“The entire DXL mission led by Professor Galeazzi, which hosted STORM, was the result of phenomenal teamwork between the UM faculty and students, and the NASA field center,” says F. Scott Porter, an astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Center.

The collaboration began nearly four years ago when NASA scientists were looking for a rocket that could carry the STORM instrument in space. The heliophysics and astrophysics divisions of NASA joined forces to accomplish this task, with Galeazzi offering his services as part of the STORM team.

“The successes of the DXL mission and the STORM instrument were built upon collaborative multi-institutional work, with the participation of planetary, astrophysics, and heliophysics scientists,” said David Sibeck, a heliophysicists at the Goddard Space Center. “They point the way toward a future in which cost-effective university and NASA partnerships hone in on the most pressing research problems facing space scientists.”

Galeazzi worked as a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland before joining the UM College of Arts and Sciences in 2002. Since then, he continues to collaborate with NASA in constructing devices that can detect X-ray emissions in space.

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Antonio Nanni Named Officer of the American Concrete Institute

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

Antonio Nanni

Antonio Nanni

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 19, 2016)– University of Miami professor Antonio Nanni, who has conducted research on concrete and advanced composites-based systems for three decades, has been named a board member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

“This is a privilege and an honor and a duty I intend to take very seriously,” said Nanni, chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in UM’s College of Engineering. “ACI is an incredible organization with an overarching national and international impact on the quality, safety, and sustainability of the built environment.”

Nanni currently serves as chair of the ACI Education Subcommittee of Committee 562 (ACI 562-E) and is a member of ACI’s Committee on Codes and Standards Advocacy and Outreach as well as the organization’s Educational Activities Committee. He also serves on various other committees of the ACI.

Nanni was named a Fellow of ACI in 1999. He is a recipient of ACI’s Chapter Activities Award and the Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award.

During the past 30 years, he has researched concrete and advanced composites-based systems as the principal investigator of projects sponsored by federal and state agencies and private industry. Nanni is the editor in chief of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and serves on the editorial board of other technical journals. In addition to co-authoring two books, he has advised over 60 graduate students pursuing master’s and Ph.D. degrees and published 200 papers in refereed journals and more than 300 in conference proceedings.

Nanni has received several awards, including the 2015 Engineer of the Year Award, ASCE Miami-Dade Branch; 2014 IIFC Medal, International Institute for FRP in Construction; ASCE 2012 Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research; and the Engineering News-Record Award of Excellence in 1997 (Top 25 Newsmakers in Construction). He is a licensed professional engineer in Italy, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Oklahoma.



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