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DCC With Me: UM Cyclist Loves the ‘Amazing Feeling’ of Crossing the Finish Line

Special to UM News

Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel says cycling across the finish line at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge is an amazing feeling. “When I get off my bike, cancer patients and survivors come up and hug me with tears in their eyes, thanking us for our support,” says Siegel. “If you are a University employee, I urge you to help our community by raising funds for our Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and DCC with me!”

A grants accountant with the Office of Research Administration, Siegel is passionate about helping people with cancer. For the past four years, she has ridden her bicycle in honor of her grandmother, who died from the disease, and her aunt, who is a cancer survivor. “Cancer affects everyone, and our researchers at Sylvester are making tremendous strides,” she says.

A native of Miami, Siegel grew up in a loyal Hurricanes family. Her father, Marvin, began working at the University in 1961 and led the UM United Way campaign for many years. Her brother, Scott, and sister, Aimee, are also University employees and will be joining Lisa and her co-workers on Team Hurricanes in the DCC on Saturday, February 20 at Sun Life Stadium.

At the sixth annual DCC, Siegel plans to complete a 72-mile ride in honor of the Dolphins’ 1972 perfect season. Other options include different cycling routes, a 5K walk and run, and participating as a “virtual rider.” All funds raised by the DCC support Sylvester’s cancer research.

A longtime fan of the ’Canes and the Miami Dolphins, Siegel lets everyone know she’s a proud supporter of the DCC. “I talk to people on campus, on the phone, and online and let them know the importance of supporting our cancer research,” she says. “Every Friday I wear a Dolphins or Sylvester jersey to create more awareness of this great event. I encourage our employees to sign up for the DCC and reach out to others. You will be surprised by the generosity of your family, friends, and co-workers. All you have to do is ask!”

To learn more, please visit Dolphins Cancer Challenge.

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International Thanksgiving Celebration Graces the U with ‘Smiles and Understanding’

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 20, 2015) – It took only a few minutes for Emiko Hagi to take “a trip around the world” to sample different recipes she never knew existed. “Amazing,” she said in describing the plethora of fare arranged buffet-style on tables in the University of Miami’s Allen Hall courtyard. And to make sure she satisfied her palate, Hagi sampled it all—form the Middle Eastern machboos (spiced chicken and rice) to the Brazilian brigadeiro (chocolate truffles).

A native of Japan, Hagi was one of the hundreds of international students who participated in the Intensive English Program (IEP)’s 32nd annual International Thanksgiving last Friday. With the holiday season just around the corner, IEP students from Angola, Brazil, China, Colombia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and many other countries turned Allen Hall into a United Nations assembly while sharing the favorite foods and customs of their homelands.


“A taste of what Thanksgiving is all about” is how Michelle Alvarez, executive director of IEP, described the event, which has grown in popularity every year since it was first held more than three decades ago. “Each year we try to make it bigger and better, and much of the credit goes to our students.”

As in previous years, each room in the Allen Hall courtyard was themed around a different country, allowing students and invited guests to take “a trip around the world,” as Alvarez put it.

Gulzhan Kalmatayeva, who came to the United States to earn a master’s degree, made her first Thanksgiving celebration in the United States a memorable one, donning a traditional dress worn by women in her native Kazakhstan and sharing with her classmates some of the foods she often ate as a child.

More than 70 dishes were featured, and students gave performances that ranged from a Korean pop dance to a martial arts demonstration.

“You grace our halls with smiles and understanding, and are generous with the lessons of what you stand for,” Rebecca MacMillan Fox, dean of UM’s Division of Continuing and International Education, which operates the IEP, told students.

With world terrorist attacks fresh on everyone’s mind, Alvarez noted that the annual celebration “creates a dialogue to promote world peace.”



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C-SPAN Visits Campus, Goes Live on Climate Change

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 19, 2015) — C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized bus made a stop on UM’s Coral Gables campus last Thursday, giving students an opportunity to step aboard and learn about the public affairs network’s programs and resources, including its in-depth coverage of the U.S. Congress, White House, federal courts, and the American political process. Through interactive exhibits and a customized 2016 campaign app, students also learned about C-SPAN’s Campaign 2016 coverage; its new history series, Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions; and the network’s free comprehensive online educational resources, including C-SPAN.org.

The scheduled stop was part of C-SPAN’s Sunshine State Tour of Florida universities and the Miami Book Fair International. Before students toured the bus, Ben Kirtman, a professor atmospheric sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and one of the key authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth report, participated in C-SPAN’s flagship morning call-in program, Washington Journal, via the mobile studio on the bus. During the segment, Kirtman discussed climate change and other topics while taking calls from C-SPAN viewers. View the slideshow.

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DCC Funds at Work: Sylvester Researchers Develop New Approach to Fight Cancer


Adrian Ishkanian

Special to UM News

By using radiation therapy to boost the body’s immune system, researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are exploring a promising new approach to fighting this disease. Supported by funding from the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC), radiation oncologist Adrian Ishkanian and his laboratory team are studying the use of radiation to find hidden cancer cells that can then be attacked by the immune system in the hope of substantially improving patient survival.

“Participants in the DCC play an important role in supporting our collaborative groundbreaking research,” said Ishkanian, who plans to walk in the February 20, 2016, fundraising event at Sun Life Stadium with his wife Fazilat Ishkanian, who is also a radiation oncologist at Sylvester. “We have gotten tremendous support from Sylvester patients and families as we pursue our studies.”

For the past two years, Ishkanian has been working with Eli Gilboa, co-leader of Sylvester’s Tumor Immunology Program and Dodson Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, to develop a combination immuno-radiation strategy for fighting cancer. The Sylvester researchers are developing novel DNA/RNA-based agents called aptamers that can enhance the body’s anti-tumor immune response when used in combination with radiation.

“Radiation therapy is highly effective in treating many types of cancer, using high-energy particles or waves to destroy or damage malignant cells,” Ishkanian said. “However, cancer can recur because of cells that hide from the treatment beam. Targeting cancer cells with radiation makes it more difficult for these cells to hide.

Ishkanian says this combination therapy promises to be less toxic, faster, and potentially more effective than existing treatment options. “Our goal is to reach the first phase of clinical trials, in the hope of improving outcomes for all cancer patients,” he adds. “We invite you to support our work and DCC with me!”

To learn more about the DCC, visit www.teamhurricanes.org and watch the DCC with Me video.





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CC Says, ‘DCC With Me!’

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CC Schieffelin. right, and her mother, Barb.

Two years ago, CC Schieffelin lost her mother Barb to cancer. It was a devastating loss for the University of Miami freshman. “I felt really helpless in the face of cancer,” says Schieffelin, now a junior in the School of Business Administration. “But then I realized I could do something to honor her memory by raising funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

In 2014, Schieffelin took part in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, now known as the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC), gained the support of family and friends for “Team Barb” and raised $45,000. The next year, she recruited more than 30 participants and raised $130,000. “I know my mom would never have survived as long as she did without the amazing research being done at Sylvester,” she says.

Now, Schieffelin is the undergraduate captain for Team Hurricanes, encouraging UM students, as well as faculty and staffers, to ride, run, or walk in the upcoming Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which will be held February 20 at Sun Life Stadium.

“The DCC is a great way to spend time with your friends, while supporting research into a disease that touches everyone’s life,” says Schieffelin, who has committed to a 13-mile fundraising ride. “There are many ways you can take part in the DCC, including becoming a virtual participant, and every contribution, large or small, makes a difference.”

To sign up for Team Hurricanes, please visit www.TeamHurricanes.org. As Schieffelin says, “This is an incredible opportunity to support Sylvester’s leading-edge cancer research. Please DCC with me!”


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