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Free Registration for Climate Leadership Training: Empowering Capable Climate Communicators on February 20 and 27

CapableClimateThe Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami and The Cleo Institute are sponsoring the Advanced Climate Leadership Training Series: Empowering Capable Climate Communicators 2016 on two successive Saturdays, February 20 and 27, with the goal of helping participants become sufficiently conversant with the topics and materials to begin effectively educating others.

Held at the Cox Science Center, room 126, on the Coral Gables campus from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. on both Saturdays, the training sessions will help citizens, professionals, policy makers and others who attend:

  • Gain an understanding of the causes, reality, severity, and impacts of human-induced climate change.
  • Learn what must be done to mitigate, adapt to, and work toward reversing the adverse effects of human-induced climate change.
  • Learn from leading climate communicators to communicate this important subject accurately and honestly to others.

To register, click here. All fees will be waived for UM faculty, staff, and students who use the code ECCC2016 when registering.

For more program information, contact Harold R. Wanless, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at 305-284-4253 or hwanless@miami.edu. Visit The CLEO Institute for more information about registration and/or climate change training opportunities and involvement.


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Neil de la Flor Opens 2016 USpeak Series January 25 at Books & Books

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Neil de la Flor

Neil de la Flor

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 14, 2016) — Neil de la Flor, writer, teacher, photographer, and executive director of Reading Queer, a Miami-based organization that fosters and promotes queer literary culture in South Florida, kicks off the University of Miami Creative Writing Program’s 2016 USpeak Flash Fiction and Poetry Performance Open Mic Series on Monday, January 25, at 7 p.m. at Books & Books Coral Gables.

De la Flor’s publications include An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013); Sinead O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds (Firewheel Editions, 2011), co-authored with Maureen Seaton and winner of the Sentence Book Award; Almost Dorothy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010), winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize; Two Thieves and a Liar (Jackleg Press, 2013), and the chapbook Facial Geometry (NeoPepper Press, 2006), both co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass.

This year, all USpeak events will be held at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, starting at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the series is sponsored in part by the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department’s Creative Writing Program, Mangrove Literary Journal, and Books & Books.

For more information about USpeak events, visit http://www.miami.edu/uspeak, which also offers podcasts of previous USpeaks, or contact University of Miami Creative Writing Director M. Evelina Galang at mgalang@miami.edu, or Creative Writing Community Outreach and Events Coordinator Melissa Burley at mburley@miami.edu.


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Neil Johnson Named ACC Distinguished Lecturer


Neil Johnson Named ACC Distinguished Lecturer

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With dean Leonidas Bachas at his side, Neil Johnson accepts his AAC Distingyished lecturer certificate from Provosot Thomas J. LeBlanc.

Dean Leonidas G. Bachas, left, and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, right, present physicist Neil Johnson with his ACC Distinguished Lecturer award.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 17, 2015) – Neil Johnson, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“I’m very excited about being named a distinguished lecturer, as it presents a great opportunity to spread UM’s message about intellectual aspirations, while also building collaborations and providing an additional outlet when presenting my own research,” said Johnson.

Each year, five outstanding faculty members are chosen as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer and are invited to make special presentations by other ACC universities. As an ACC Distinguished Lecturer, Johnson will receive a research stipend and be invited to lecture at other ACC institutions. The collaboration across the ACC provides unique expertise to the host campuses and recognizes outstanding faculty in their fields of study, while also allowing for research collaborations and wider grant funding.

“Dr. Johnson’s expert knowledge in physics, his research in complex systems, and dedication to expanding the minds of our students have made him truly deserving of being recognized as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer,” said Leonidas G. Bachas, dean of the college.

The ACC Distinguished Lecturer program is now in its second year. The 2015-2016 Cohort includes Florida State, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Miami.

“Dr. Johnson’s interdisciplinary research in physics and complexity allows for a variety of presentations and lecture opportunities at our partner institutions,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, University provost and executive vice president. “The University is thrilled at the opportunity of having Dr. Johnson represent our entire research faculty as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer.”

LeBlanc selected Johnson as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer on Bachas’s recommendation. Johnson received his B.A. and M.A. at Cambridge University, and later completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. Prior to joining the UM faculty in 2007, Johnson was professor of physics at Oxford University.

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World Bank Report Details Challenges Still Facing Haiti

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World Bank Report Details Challenges Still Facing Haiti

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Louis Herns Marcelin, right, associate professor of anthropology at UM, discusses the World Bank Report “Haiti: Towards a New Narrative” with audience members, while Raju Singh, World Bank lead economist for Haiti, looks on.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 15, 2015) – Despite a modest surge in its economy following the destructive 2010 earthquake, Haiti continues to be mired in economic crisis, as political instability, natural disasters, and other factors such as an unfavorable business climate continue to make the island nation the poorest in the Americas, according to the findings of a new World Bank report shared with the University of Miami community on Wednesday.

Presented by Raju Singh, World Bank lead economist for Haiti, during a 90-minute forum at UM’s School of Communication, Haiti: Towards a New Narrative examines post-earthquake reconstruction and assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of foreign aid efforts in Haiti five years after the temblor that killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince’s infrastructure. Read the full story

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Eugene Rothman, Miller Center Senior Fellow, Passes Away

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Eugene Rothman

Eugene Rothman

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 2, 2015) — No job was ever too difficult for Eugene Rothman. During his ten-year stint as a senior fellow at the University of Miami’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, he worked tirelessly on some of the center’s most demanding projects—from a Holocaust Survivor Support Internship Program to a Study Abroad initiative in Israel on the theme of Jewish peoplehood to the development of new courses for UM’s Judaic studies program.

“He was a most creative, entrepreneurial, and honest academic,” said Miller Center director Haim Shaked. “He was kindhearted and a giver.”

Rothman, who touched the lives of countless students, faculty, and administrators during an academic career that spanned more than five decades, passed away on Saturday, September 26. He was 73. Read the full story

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