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Sir James Galway Dazzles with His Flute and Talent for Teaching

Sir James Galway, Distinguished Presidential Scholar, inspires flute students with his artistry and masterful teaching

 By Julia D. Berg
UM News

Galway2CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 10, 2017)—With an Irish twinkle in his eye and a bounce in his step, Belfast-born and world-revered flutist Sir James Galway conducted a master class at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music on Thursday, entertaining the audience with musical stories from his vast solo and orchestral career, sharing his practice routines, and coaxing student performers to the top of their artistry with a laser-sharp focus on intonation, intent, and interpretation.

The master class was a warm respite in the middle of a long recital tour across the country with his wife and musical soul mate, Lady Jeanne Galway.

A household name with over 30 million recordings sold worldwide, and over five decades of touring and teaching, Sir James, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2001, coached four flutists from the Frost School in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance. They are all students of Associate Professor Trudy Kane, who was principal flutist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 32 years before joining the Frost School’s faculty.

“The bad news about flute playing is it requires time to be good,” he joked at the start of the class. “I think about Arnold Schwarzenegger in his body-building days. When he posed for a photo, he had all these muscles showing everywhere. He didn’t get them from just doing bench presses! He worked all of his muscles. So, we have to do the same, and practice the nitty-gritty bits.”

Galway trained with famed French flutist Marcel Moyse, whose published

Daily Exercises are used the world over. He then performed with several opera orchestras in London, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, before launching a solo career.

The master class students, Mackenzie Miller, Maria Vallejo, Trey Bradshaw, and doctoral candidate Emilio Rutllant, M.M. ’14, performed repertoire for solo flute and piano by beloved French composers Philippe Gaubert, Jules Mouquet, and Charles-Marie Widor, accompanied by Frost faculty pianist Oleksii Ivanchenko, D.M.A. ’15.

At first Galway coached each on technical matters such as breathing and fingering, but soon moved on to tone and timbre. “We have to train the embouchure, not the fingers,” he said, referring to the use of facial muscles and mouth on an instrument.

Galway praised the quality of Frost’s rising young talent, and encouraged them to shoot high. He suggested Bradshaw perform a line again without taking a breath, even though most flutists breathe in the passage. “As a teacher, I like my students to strive to be better than me,” he shared. “You don’t want to be the same as the guys before; you want to be outstandingly better.”

On interpretation, he advised, “Don’t be afraid to play soft; it is really impressive to the audience. Show off your dynamics, show what you can really do!” At the end of a pastoral passage: “Look for the color. What does this ending mean? Serenity. You have to bring it into the music,” he said.

When asked about his legacy, Galway, now 77, humbly reflects, “I would like to leave behind a number of committed flute players. That is, committed to playing music, not just a dexterous reading of the score… really committed to showing their soul. I’d like to think I’ve shown a few people how to play a phrase from within, to play a good line, to devote themselves to really making music on another level.”

As the one of the first Presidential Distinguished Scholars, the highly decorated Galway will return again in the fall from his home in Switzerland to work and perform with orchestras in the Frost School, and continue his lessons with the flute studio.

“James Galway reveals his soul to the audience every time he performs, and that inspires everyone who performs with him to do the same,” said Shelton Berg, dean of the Frost School. “Students who were in his presence today will never forget it. I know they will aspire to bolder musical heights, and I can’t wait until he returns for an extended time. I’m proud that our University treasures artistic excellence, and is naming musicians such as Sir James Galway as Distinguished Presidential Scholars.”

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Science and Art Weave a Story on Climate Change

By Jessica Castillo
UM News

Changing PlanetA fluid multi-platform exhibition examines the impacts of climate change through art, research, media, and curated archival items at UM’s Richter Library.

A traveling exhibit of 26 colorful and intricate climate-focused art quilts by 22 Florida artists, “Piecing Together a Changing Planet,” survived wildfires and a hurricane to open on Wednesday evening at the Otto G. Richter Library at the University of Miami.

Seamless complements to the art quilts, interactive multimedia displays and curated library items invite guests to explore a range of climate change issues and how a changing planet is particularly affecting South Florida.

Though certainly one of the most pressing and extremely relevant issues of our time, especially in Miami, climate change and its impacts are not insurmountable.

“The drive to overcome adversity is embedded in the University of Miami’s history,” said UM President Julio Frenk during the exhibit opening. “And now, in the face of growing vulnerability to rising sea levels, we are mobilizing vital resources to protect and preserve our home, while also sharing our innovative solutions to benefit people and places around the world.”

Frenk was introduced by Charles Eckman, dean of UM Libraries, whose team researched and selected the various materials on display to illustrate progress made to protect the environment, risks posed to people and property, and even tools to help us better understand and provide answers to the questions posed by our changing planet.

At the reception held in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavillion of the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC), Dean Eckman remarked that the CHC “is an ideal setting for the conversation of climate change research, science and art as it represents an important resource created through sustained collaboration and dialogue across the academy and the community.”

The textile artwork has been visiting National Parks throughout the United States since 2014. Each unique piece examines climate change impacts such as sea level rise and coral bleaching, water and air pollution, and flora and fauna habitat loss—many of which are impacting some of the nation’s 400 landmarks managed by the National Park Service.

Representatives from the exhibit’s first stop in 2014—Biscayne National Park—were at the UM opening and were joined by several of the exhibit’s textile artists from Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an international nonprofit dedicated to promoting art quilts and the fiber artists who create them. Maya Schoenberger, project curator, had the initial idea for “Piecing Together a Changing Planet” and first approached Gary Bremen, park ranger for Biscayne National Park, three years ago.

On behalf of SAQA, Linda Eads, a UM alumna, artist, educator and founder of the nationally acclaimed MAST Academy, spoke during the opening reception and was grateful to UM for “the creative adventure of blending science and art to communicate our mutual concern for changing environmental conditions.”

In an engaging and interactive multimedia display, University Communications and UM Libraries highlight work by researchers, faculty, students and alumni in the areas of climate change and sustainability through a digital presentation and a curated exhibition using historic and contemporary collection items, ranging from environmental zines and archival photograph albums to a Mosquito vs. Human card game meant to describe vector-borne diseases.

The opening welcomed a diverse crowd of curious and conscientious guests, including faculty, staff, artists, community members, and students.

A cohort from the student group, Energy and Conservation Organization (ECO-Agency), engaged with the exhibit and other attendees about the work their organization is accomplishing in the UM community. They were also there to support their chair, Josh Lomot, a UM senior in environmental management, business, and policy. As chair, Lomot remarked, he receives weekly requests from students and faculty alike on how best to become involved in finding sustainable solutions for our changing planet.

“These messages give me hope, and they give me confidence that even as we begin to see more dramatic effects of climate change in our everyday lives, there are enough people at UM alone, willing to not just sit back and admit defeat, but rise to the challenge and find a solution,” said Lomot.

“The passion and eagerness of others in the UM community to take problems into their own hands, find solutions, and make an impactful change,” Lomot added, “make me optimistic for our generation’s role in solving the issues of climate change.”

The art quilts traveled to Miami from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where the pieces survived raging wildfires that ripped through the Great Smoky Mountains in late 2016. The exhibit will be on display on the first floor of the Richter Library through April 7.

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UM’s First Black Graduates Recall Triumphs Over Adversity

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

TrailblazersCORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 10, 2017)–It wasn’t the Greensboro sit-in of 1960, when four 17-year-old African-American college students continued to sit in silent protest at a luncheonette counter at Woolworth’s after being refused service. But to Harold Long and 13 other University of Miami black students, the cause was just as important. They wanted more black students to be enrolled, more scholarships for minorities, African-American history courses, and black professors to teach them.

So with unwavering resolve and a social consciousness indicative of the times, Long and the 13 others, all members of the fledgling United Black Students (UBS) organization he founded, marched into UM President Henry King Stanford’s second-floor office in the Ashe Building on May 17, 1968, and quickly sat on the couches and floor, demanding that the administration take action on their demands.

“We felt the center of activity at the University was the Office of the President,” recounts Mr. Long. “We had to do something, and we decided that [a sit-in] was the way to go. We knew we weren’t leaving voluntarily, and if it meant we were going to be arrested, so be it.”

And they were arrested, though chargers were later dropped.

Now Long and hundreds of other students who were among the first African Americans to attend the University of Miami after its board of directors voted in 1961 to “admit qualified students without regard to race or color” are being honored by UM as pioneers—trailblazers who not only broke the color barrier at the institution but also helped foster academic and institutional changes at the school.

A weekend extravaganza, UTrailblazers: Celebrating Our First Black Graduates, is scheduled for February 24 and 25 on UM’s Coral Gables campus, and will include such activities as an alumni/student forum, spoken word recitals, remarks by Long and Miami attorney George Knox, music and dance performances, special recognition of alumni, faculty, and administrators, and more.

In concert with the celebration, UM Libraries’ University Archives is presenting “We Were Pioneers,” an exhibition on view in the Richter Library’s first-floor gallery through February 26. Presented by the Lynda and Michael Gordon Exhibition Program and curated by University Archivist Koichi Tasa, the exhibition features historical photographs and documents, publications, memorabilia, and other artifacts related to the University’s first African Americans students.

Both the weekend event and exhibition are part of the First Black Graduates Project, a UM Black Alumni Society initiative that honors the African-American students—living and deceased—who graduated from UM during the 1960s and 1970s.

Now a private attorney in Miami, Long calls the project a landmark initiative.

“It brings together and recognizes all of the people who ushered in the era of integration at the University,” said Long, who enrolled at UM as a freshman in 1964, the same year U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Civil Rights Act into law. “I’ve read about many of the students who were the first blacks to attend UM, but I’ve met only a handful of them. It’s important that we all know about each other, and now this project is making that possible.”

He has Denise Mincey-Mills to thank for that.

Five years ago, while attending an event that marked the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the University, Mincey-Mills, a 1979 UM graduate, became curious as to just how many black students were among the first to enroll and graduate from the institution. So she started looking through the pages of old Ibis yearbooks from the ’60s and ’70s, jotting down the names of black students who appeared in senior class photos, and then reaching out to the Registrar’s Office to verify their names and degrees.

She came up with close to 700 names, and the more she looked through those old yearbooks and other historical documents, the more she learned about UM’s first black graduates and the events that shaped the institution’s history during the civil rights era.

She discovered that the demands of and subsequent sit-in Long led would help hasten the creation of 25 new scholarships for black students and the hiring of the first black instructors. That Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on the UM campus two years before he was assassinated. That influential black politicians such as Julian Bond visited the University. And that UBS once published its own newspaper.

“I realized there was a story that needed to be told that hadn’t been told before,” said Mincey-Mills, who co-chairs the committee along with UM alums Phyllis E. Tyler and Antonio Junior.

So she formed and now co-chairs the First Black Graduates committee, organizing the upcoming weekend event that will honor UM’s trailblazing black alumni.

“Trailblazers are the canaries in the coal mine,” said Donald Spivey, a professor of history in UM’s College of Arts and Sciences. “They help us to understand where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we’re going.”

Spivey, who will give a special lecture on February 24 as part of the Richter’s “We Were Pioneers” exhibit, said trailblazers such as UM’s first black graduates “represent a whole race of people. If you fail or succeed, they judge not just you, but they look at that as a measurement, a barometer of a whole group of people. Very unfair, but that’s the reality.”

Six-foot, five-inch Ray Bellamy wasn’t thinking of himself as a trailblazer in the late ’60s when he was setting all kinds of Miami Hurricane receiving records as the first African-American football athlete awarded a scholarship to a major university in the Southeast. Instead, he regarded himself as just a student for whom football was a way to escape the vegetable fields of Florida’s west coast.

“I came from a poor family of migrant workers, and we traveled wherever the crops were,” said Bellamy. “My mom and dad could not read or write. So my accomplishments on the football field didn’t have anything to do with me trying to put myself in a position to be a trailblazer. It had everything to do with me trying to make a difference in my life and take some pressure off my parents.”

Bellamy recalled some of the painful moments he endured as UM’s first black football player, including the day he discovered the words “N _ _ _ _ _ go home” written on his dorm room door. But he persevered, excelling on and off the gridiron—he became UM’s first black student body president.

Like Long, Bellamy credits former UM President Stanford, who’ll be honored posthumously at the February 25 gala, for playing an instrumental role in desegregating UM. The First Black Graduates Project, he said, is critical because “it shows the Miami-Dade community and the country that the University of Miami is a leader, whether it was in being among the first universities to integrate or the first to give athletic scholarships to minorities and women.”

Kim Sands can relate to Bellamy’s statement all too well. Raised in Miami’s Coconut Grove, she first picked up a tennis racquet at the age of 14, when one day, while playing basketball with her brother at a local inner-city park, the park manager and a visiting accomplished tennis player took notice of her athleticism and approached her with a proposition: They would sponsor her tennis lessons if she would take up the sport. Sands agreed, excelling so quickly at the game that she entered her first tournament at 16 and went on to become one of the state’s best high school women’s tennis players.

Sands enrolled at UM in 1974, becoming the first African-American woman to receive a scholarship to play tennis at the school. She also played on UM’s women’s hoops team, often running from basketball practice to the tennis facility.

Sands went on to play professionally, and she returned to UM to coach the women’s tennis team from 1990 to 1998. Now park supervisor at Miami’s Legion Memorial Park, Sands said the First Black Graduates Project can serve as a learning tool, a reminder for today’s students of the “sacrifices made by so many people before them.”

UM senior and current UBS President Beja Y Turner is inspired by UM’s first black graduates. “For students like me, they are the absolute picture of always standing up for yourself and your beliefs,” she said. “They were steadfast and bold, and never let themselves be swept to the side, and they built a community that celebrated and admired black culture on campus. By following the blueprint they created for us, I know anything can be accomplished.”

Miami attorney and School of Law alumnus George Knox, who will speak at the UTrailblazers gala on February 25, is one of the many who set an example for Turner to follow, realizing the importance of higher education even as he grew up in the Deep South during the era of Jim Crow. By the time he enrolled in law school at UM, the Civil Rights Act had already been signed. But Knox, part of the Miami Law Class of ’73, which was comprised of five other African-Americans including prominent attorney and UM Board of Trustees Vice Chair H.T. Smith, still had to battle negative perceptions of the time, chief among them a prevailing attitude among some faculty, administrators, and students that black students who were being admitted were less than qualified.

“We came into an environment operating against the presumption that we didn’t belong there by an objective standard,” explained Knox. “There were people, of course, who did not share that attitude. But the prevailing thought was that we didn’t belong there.”

Knox and the other black enrollees also had to wage a battle against their own self-doubt.

“All of us were carrying our own extra baggage,” he explained. “There were expectations that black students would not perform well because of the assumption that we were less qualified than our non-black classmates. In addition, each of us was going through our own adjustment to the times. We didn’t know whether to try to conform and be accepted and embraced and be accused of selling out, or whether we should rebel and join Malcolm X and all of the other outspoken militant, radical blacks who were also operating in the same time frame. And we still had to maintain grades.

“Looking back at those times,” continued Knox, “I have no clue how any of us survived the issues we were facing.”

But they did survive and go on to thrive in the profession. In the early 1970s, Knox would become the first black professor at the University of Arkansas law school, bonding with two other young law instructors at the Fayetteville campus, Bill and Hillary Clinton. “The students,” recalled Knox, “used to call us the Mod Squad.”

At only 32, Knox was appointed Miami’s city attorney, serving in that role from 1976 to 1982, a period during which he shepherded the legal process that led to the construction and development of major projects such as the Miami Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Miami Tower (which opened as the CenTrust Tower), and Bayside Marketplace.

Dorothy Wallace was on the verge of attending St. Louis University in Missouri in 1961 when she got the news that changed her plans: the University of Miami would start admitting black students. Suddenly, the young African-American schoolteacher saw an opportunity to stay in Miami to earn her master’s degree in education. So she applied to and was accepted at UM, becoming part of the very first group of black students to enroll at the institution.

“We were searching for our identity and how we could fit into the society of that time,” said Wallace. Along with the challenge of adjusting to integration, came the difficult task of balancing graduate school with being a mother of six and a fulltime teacher. Support from family and friends, she said, helped her make it through.

Today, Wallace is honored that her trailblazing efforts are being recognized through the First Black Graduates Project. But she didn’t help break the color barrier at UM only for herself. “I did it for the past generations who had been neglected and not given the opportunity I had,” she said. “I did it for them.”

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UM Investigators Win $13M in State Zika Research Grants

Special to UM News

The Florida Department of Health announced Feb. 1 the award of 12 grants totaling $13,170,784 from the 2016-17 Zika Research Grant Initiative to investigators at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System. The grants are more than half of the $25 million state fund supporting a total of 34 Zika research projects at UM and nine other institutions.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to announce the recipients of these important research grants today. While we are currently in winter months when Zika is not as prevalent, we must remain vigilant and continue to do everything we can to help protect pregnant women and their developing babies. I look forward to seeing the innovation and progress of Florida’s world-class research institutions as we continue to work together in the fight against Zika and to find a vaccine.”

State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip said, “I am grateful for Governor Scott’s leadership that enables us to provide researchers in Florida funds to expand the body of knowledge related to Zika, particularly in the areas of prevention and effects on infants and children.”

“Despite the time pressures related to the Zika Research Grant Initiative, investigators from the Miller School of Medicine and across the state responded with projects that have the potential to quickly advance both science and benefit to patients,” said Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., Director of the Mailman Center for Child Development and Chair of the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council. “It is clear that the Miller School, UHealth and other Florida investigators are leading in innovation and impact, and increased funding support is needed to bring the best of science to patients who will benefit.”

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., interim Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, credits the leadership of Dushayantha Jayaweera, M.D., Executive Dean for Research, in encouraging faculty to submit proposals for research funding. “It’s a reflection of the high quality of our faculty that we had so many successful applications,” Gardner said.

The Zika Research Grant Initiative focused on vaccine development, innovative diagnostic testing or therapeutics, and health effects of Zika, and included discovery science, clinical studies, screening and prevention, and dynamic change team science studies. UM investigators were funded for work in all of these areas, and include:

• Sylvia Daunert, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D., Excma.Dra., Lucille P. Markey Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: “Antibody-based Zika diagnostics,” $1,141,585

• Natasa Strbo, M.D., D.Sc., research assistant professor of microbiology and immunology: “Development and testing of novel secreted GP96-Ig Zika virus (ZIKV) vaccine,” $981,901

• Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., professor of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology: “Health effects of Zika virus,” $1,989,654

• Sapna Deo, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology: “Rapid RNA test for Zika virus,” $199,280

• Gaurav Saigal, M.D., professor of clinical radiology: “Characterization of Zika-positive and exposed children using enhanced MRI techniques and correlations with neurodevelopmental outcomes,” $1,141,457

• Ramzi Younis, M.D., professor of otolaryngology: “Early diagnosis and rehabilitation for craniofacial disorders in congenital Zika syndrome,” $1,140,125

• Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., professor and chair of cell biology: “Evaluation of novel vaccines that prevent Zika infection,” $1,141,582

• Claudia A. Martinez, M.D., associate professor of medicine: “Cardiovascular complications related to Zika virus infection,” $963,109

• Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics: “Evaluation of infants for Zika related end organ damage: A team science approach,” $1,989,654

• Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases: “Identification of the duration of ZIKVpersistence to guide reproductive health decisions,” $1,141,582

• Shanta Dhar, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology: “Nano-formulations of anti-helminthic drugs for Zika therapy and prevention,” $1,141,582

• Mark E. Sharkey, Ph.D., research assistant professor of medicine: “Development of a rapid diagnostic assay for Zika virus infection,” $199,273

The grant programs are administered by the Florida Department of Health and implemented by the Biomedical Research Advisory Council. All of the grants were externally and independently peer reviewed by scientific experts.

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UM Announces Creation of the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering

Frost-InstitutesRecognizing the need to grow a global, interdisciplinary network focused on scientific discovery and solutions, the University of Miami is creating the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering to achieve those milestones by elevating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

University of Miami President Julio Frenk unveiled the network of intertwined research organizations housed under the Frost Institutes at the 50th annual Miami Winter Symposium held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami, a prestigious event that attracted more than 100 scientists, researchers and doctors from 28 countries this year.

This transformational initiative is made possible thanks to the extraordinary $100 million gift by Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost announced during Frenk’s inauguration last year to support basic and applied sciences and engineering.

“The University of Miami is already known for excellence in biomedicine, marine sciences, and other fields,” Frenk said. “But continued excellence cannot be sustained without critical investments in basic and applied science, mathematics, and engineering. These disciplines, which form the building blocks for innovation, must be strengthened to maintain our leading edge as a research university.”

The name of the Frost Institutes was modeled after the National Institutes of Health, inspiring UM to have a strategic, coordinated investment in the sciences and engineering. The first individual institute announced, the Frost Institute of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, creates an arena for the comprehensive study of the chemical sciences, including basic and applied research areas, to advance knowledge and technologies in chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering.

A portion of the $100 million gift will be used for the construction of an iconic, modern science and engineering building on the University’s Coral Gables campus, to be named the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science and Engineering Building. Of the gift, $30 million is designated to the creation of at least 13 chairs in STEM fields, with $3 million set aside for graduate student support.

“Patricia and I are committed to making Miami a hub for technological and scientific innovation, which is the main reason for our support of basic and applied sciences and engineering at the University of Miami,” Dr. Frost said. “If we build the framework from which to provide the education and resources, we will be successful in attracting world-class scientists across various disciplines.”

The creation of the Frost Institutes solidifies the University’s nine transformational initiatives to propel UM toward its greatest aspirations by its centennial in 2025, allowing for STEM growth, a stimulation of interdisciplinary research collaboration, and engagement with greater Miami as a hemispheric innovation hub.

The University will launch a national search for an individual to lead the Frost Institutes, with additional institutes to be created over the next several years.

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