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Andy Gomez Named Interim Director of ICCAS

Andy Gomez

Andy Gomez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 13, 2017)–Former Assistant Provost Andy Gomez, a respected community leader and founding member of UM’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS), has been appointed interim director of ICCAS, effective August 15.

Gomez, an expert on human values and attitudes in post-Castro Cuba who received the President’s Medal when he retired in 2012, continues to be a much sought-after media expert on Cuba and Cuban-American relations.

“I’m humbled to be named interim director of such an important institute and will work tirelessly to continue the University’s focus on Cuban and Cuban-American studies and research,” Gomez said.

Gomez replaces Jaime Suchlicki, ICCAS’s longtime director, who is leaving the university August 15 after 50 years of service to UM. In searching for Suchlicki’s replacement, the University will look for an accomplished scholar in Cuban and Cuban-American studies who can continue the research and partnerships Suchlicki began at Casa Bacardi, ICCAS’s home since 2003.

“The University thanks Jaime Suchlicki for his extraordinary service to the University and the Miami community,” UM President Julio Frenk said. “He has dedicated his career to the study of Cuba and has shared his wealth of expertise with generations of students, scholars and members of our community.”

Casa Bacardi plays a significant role in promoting greater understanding of contemporary Cuban issues and serves as a gathering place for the Cuban-American community, which will provide valuable input on the search.

During his previous tenure at UM, Gomez served as a special assistant for international affairs and as the University’s liaison between the international business and diplomatic communities. He served as assistant provost for planning, institutional research and assessment from 2005 to 2012, and dean of the School of International Studies from 2001 to 2004. He taught courses on Cuba, the Cuban Revolution, and Cuba after Castro, and focused his research on the ideological and psychological reconstruction of human values and attitudes in a post-Castro Cuba.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in South Florida by Latino Leaders, Gomez also served as a nonresident senior fellow in the foreign policy program (Cuba) at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2010.

He received a doctorate of education in administration, planning and social policy and a master’s in education from Harvard University; a master’s in public administration from Florida International University; and his B.A. in international studies from UM. In addition, he holds certificates in management and leadership from Harvard’s School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

 

 

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Felicia Marie Knaul First Economist Admitted to Mexican National Academy of Medicine

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Academy Vice President Teresita Corona, left, and President Armando Mancilla Olivares, right, formally induct Felica Marie Knaul into the Mexican National Academy of Medicine.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 6, 2017)—The University of Miami’s first lady, Felicia Marie Knaul, one of the hemisphere’s leading health care researchers, scholars, and advocates, has been selected for membership into the prestigious Mexican National Academy of Medicine.

Knaul, the director of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and professor at the Miller School of Medicine, is the first economist admitted to the academy, which was founded in 1864 to improve the health and needs of the Mexican population. She joins her husband, UM President Julio Frenk, the former health minister of Mexico, who was admitted to the academy in 1989. In addition, Knaul’s father-in-law, Dr. Silvestre Frenk, is an honorary academy member and served as its president in 1976.

This highly selective academy has admitted just over 1,100 members through its 150 years of existence. Knaul’s nomination, which represents a great honor and opportunity to serve and participate in the objectives of the health system in Mexico, acknowledges her professional trajectory, as well as her academic and research contributions, both in Mexico and globally, and opens new opportunities for collaboration between UM and Mexican researchers and clinicians.

An international health and social sector economist who has worked extensively in Latin America, Knaul has produced more than 190 academic and policy publications, including several papers on Mexico and health reform in The Lancet, where she co-authored the Commission Report on Women and Health. She currently chairs the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Control, which is slated to publish a major report in late 2017.

New academy member  Felicia Marie Knaul, with her father-in-law Silvestre Frenk, who served as the academy's president in 1976.

New academy member Felicia Marie Knaul, with her father-in-law Silvestre Frenk, who served as the academy’s president in 1976.

Knaul has strong ties and dedication to the health sector of Mexico. She founded the Mexican nonprofit Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho, which undertakes policy-oriented research and promotes advocacy, awareness, early detection and palliative care initiatives for breast cancer throughout Latin America. Since 1993, she has led a group of researchers anchored at the Mexican Health Foundation focused on health systems and health economics. She is also Honorary Research Professor of Medical Sciences at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP).

“I am honored to have been inducted into the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico and reaffirm my commitment to advancing health research and advocating for health in the Americas,” Knaul said. “I look forward to forging even stronger links between the University of Miami and the stellar research community dedicated to health and health care in Mexico. ”

The induction ceremony for new members took place on June 28 in Mexico City.

 

 

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Cindy Munro Appointed Dean of School of Nursing and Health Studies

CINDY MUNRO

Cindy Munro

The University of Miami has appointed inventor and nursing leader Cindy Munro as the new dean of  its School of Nursing and Health Studies.

By UM News

Cindy Munro, an accomplished health care researcher and a leader in the field of nursing, has been named the new dean of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Munro is currently associate dean of research and innovation at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Prior to joining USF in 2011, she was the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor in the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Nurses are frontline partners in offering the highest quality of patient-centered integrated health care,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “Dr. Munro’s extensive experience and commitment to innovation and invention aligns with the mission of SONHS to share health knowledge and provide service focused on patient safety to our community and communities across the globe.”

Munro’s appointment was announced by President Frenk and Jeffrey Duerk, UM’s executive vice president and provost, who joined UM earlier this month.

“I am immensely impressed with Dr. Munro’s qualifications and her research in health care,” said Duerk. “I look forward to working with her as she builds upon the School’s global reputation for providing a first-class nursing education.”

Munro, who in February received the 2017 Leadership in Research Award by the Southern Nursing Research Society, focuses her research on the relationship between oral health and the prevention of systemic disease. Her work has been supported by more than $8 million in funding, and she recently received a grant of nearly $2 million from the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct studies on the prevention of delirium in critically ill adults. She holds three patents, including an international patent for a vaccine to prevent streptococcal endocarditis.

Munro’s work has helped change clinical practice and reduce health care costs by addressing hospital-acquired infections.

“I have always admired the focused research and expertise of the faculty at the School of Nursing and Health Studies,” Munro said. “I look forward to joining the team and building on the School’s success and educating the next generation of leaders in nursing care and in health studies.”

She will begin her new role on August 15.

Munro received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Post Master’s Adult Nurse Practitioner degree, also from VCU. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Medical Surgical Nursing from the University of Delaware. She is a licensed registered nurse in Florida and Virginia and is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner.

Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Critical Care, Munro has published numerous articles and has been recognized for her writing with the Apex Award for Publication Excellence in Editorial and Advocacy Writing in 2016 and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors 2016 Best Commentary Silver Award.

Munro is a member of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

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Honoring a Champion for Children

Bernard Perlmutter and Whitney Untiedt, chair-elect  of the Public Interest Section of The Florida Bar

Bernard Perlmutter, with Whitney Untiedt, chair-elect of the Public Interest Section of The Florida Bar

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 29, 2017)—For the second time in his career, Miami Law’s Bernard Perlmutter, a longtime champion of Florida’s most vulnerable children, has received The Florida Bar’s Honorable Hugh S. Glickstein Child Advocacy Award for his many contributions to child law.

“Professor Perlmutter has been at the forefront of advocating for children’s rights for decades, and Florida’s most vulnerable children have benefitted greatly from his work,” the bar said in announcing the award bestowed by its Children’s Rights Committee of the Public Interest Law Section.

A professor of clinical legal education who 20 years ago founded and co-directs Miami Law’s Children & Youth Law Clinic, Perlmutter has represented thousands of abused, abandoned and neglected children, taught countless students to be their advocates, and helped advance and protect child rights by litigating numerous federal and state court class action lawsuits seeking reform of Florida’s foster care system. He was involved in the landmark Florida Supreme Court case that established due process protections, including the right to an attorney and a pre-commitment hearing, for foster children committed by the state to psychiatric facilities.

He’s also been involved in cases challenging the death penalty for juvenile defendants and the shackling of children in juvenile court, and for protecting children’s medical privacy rights in juvenile and family court hearings.

A member of the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, he has served on the boards of directors of Florida’s Children First, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, the National Association of Counsel for Children Law Office Project Advisory Board, among others.

In addition to the Glickstein Award, which Perlmutter received in 2002, he has received many other honors for his advocacy, including the National Association of Counsel for Children’s Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award, the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Law Case or Project, the C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award from the Greater Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the inaugural Miami-Dade County Children’s Trust Champion for Children Award, and the Mental Health Advocate of the Year Award from the Florida Statewide Advocacy Council.

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CASE Recognition for the Inauguration

CASE-InaugurationCORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 22, 2017) —The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has recognized the University of Miami with Circle of Excellence awards for its celebration of President Julio Frenk’s inauguration and outreach to alumni during the weeklong extravaganza.

With an entry submitted by the Division of University Advancement, the University received a gold award in the multi-day events category for the breadth and scope of the programs that accompanied Frenk’s January 29, 2016, inauguration as UM’s sixth president.

Beginning with a Celebration of Women’s Athletics Luncheon on January 24 and ending with a discussion on Our Global Future: Teaching, Research, and Discovery in Our New Century on January 30, the events collectively honored UM’s traditions, embraced the broader community and highlighted Frenk’s bold, new strategic vision for the institution’s next century.

In the category of Alumni Outreach, the Office of Alumni Relations’ entry earned a silver award for the University’s unique and creative engagement of alumni during inauguration week.

Following the theme “Charting the Course to Our New Century,” Alumni Relations sent inauguration kits, designed as vintage suitcases, to 16 alumni clubs across the nation, which gathered for ’Canes Communities Tip-Off Parties prior to the nationally televised UM men’s basketball game against Duke.

More than 350 alumni-owned businesses in South Florida also received the kits and “Proud Supporter of the U” window clings, showcasing ’Canes pride and the impact ’Canes have on the economy.

Among the many other initiatives and events recognized by both awards was the introduction of ’Cane Talks, the lively 10-minute presentations from UM visionaries that have become a new UM tradition—and a means to showcase the depth of UM talent. All ’Cane Talks are live-streamed and archived online, and several have been featured at We Are One U alumni gatherings across the nation.

This year’s CASE awards, which were judged by peer professionals both inside and outside education, were the most competitive yet, drawing 3,300 entries and reflecting what CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham called “talent and ingenuity.”

“These awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impacts, demonstrate a high level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results,” she said.

The leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of education fundraising, communications, marketing, and alumni relations, CASE serves nearly 3,700 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in more than 82 countries.

 

 

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