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President Frenk Hosts the Faculty Senate at Ibis House


Faculty Senate members were welcomed to the Ibis House for the first time last week, when President Julio Frenk and Dr. Felicia Knaul extended a warm invitation to all Senate members to attend a cocktail reception following the Senate meeting hosted by the president.

Last week’s meeting was the second of two Senate meetings the president hosts each academic year. All faculty members are welcome to attend Senate meetings. For more information about future meeting dates, the Senate, and its representatives, visit the Faculty Senate website at miami.edu/fs.

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Faculty Senate Taps Two More Honorees


Faculty Senate Taps Two More Honorees

The Faculty Senate voted unanimously at its January meeting to honor two exceptional faculty members at its annual awards ceremony this  April, when it will bestow the Outstanding Teaching Award on transplant surgeon Gaetano Ciancio and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award on East Asian expert June Teufel Dreyer.


Gaetano Ciancio

Internationally considered a surgeon’s surgeon, Ciancio, professor of surgery and chief academic officer for the Miami Transplant Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, will be recognized for his record of excellence and  distinguished teaching.

Also known as an accomplished researcher in the field of organ transplant and urologic oncology, Ciancio is well-known for his commitment to teaching the latest surgical techniques to residents at the Miller School and for participating in the training of other doctors from Latin America and Europe.

June Teufel Dreyer, professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarly achievement and dedication to her chosen field of research in China-Japan relations throughout history.


June Teufel Dreyer

A world renowned expert and extensive researcher on this subject, Dreyer is a prominent name in East Asian politics and international relations, a field where she has leant her expertise as a consultant for the U.S. government. Among her many  positions, she has served as a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission from 2001 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific program director for the Global Strategy Council in Washington, D.C., from 1994 to 1998.

In appreciation of their dedication and contributions to their chosen fields, Ciancio and Dreyer will receive their awards at the Faculty Senate Awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. After receiving her award, Dreyer will present a short lecture on her research.

Last November, the Faculty Senate voted to award the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award to  Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs. She also will receive her award at the April ceremony.

All members of the University community are invited to attend.


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Faculty Senate Calls for Awards Nominations

The Faculty Senate is encouraging University faculty to send in their nominations for any or all of the Senate’s annual awards, which each year includes the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

Nomination materials for each of the awards,which recognize the exceptional efforts of noteworthy members of the University community, are due to the Faculty Senate office by Wednesday, October 12.

Find nomination criteria and more detailed information about each award by clicking on the award titles below.

The James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award recognizes service above and beyond the call of duty by a member of the University community.

The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching by a faculty member with a substantial record of teaching at the University.

The Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award recognizes either a single outstanding scholarly achievement or a lifetime of distinguished accomplishment in any area of research or creative activity.

Awardees, who are selected by a highly competitive, peer-review process, will be presented with their awards at the 2017 Faculty Senate Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 3, 2017, in the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, starting at 5 p.m.



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Faculty Senate Elects Officers for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Faculty Senate Officers

From left are Tomas Salerno, Linda L. Neider, and JoNel Newman.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 5, 2016) — Tomás Salerno, the DeWitt C. Daughtry Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and professor of surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, was re-elected chair of the Faculty Senate for a third one-year term at the  Faculty Senate’s April 27 election meeting.

Also re-elected to a third one-year term as first vice chair was Linda L. Neider, professor in the School of Business Administration.

A Senate member since 2011, JoNel Newman, professor of clinical legal education in the School of Law, was elected to her first one-year term as second-vice chair.

Salerno, who joined the Miller School in 1999, has served in the Senate since 2008. Neider initially began serving in the Senate shortly after joining the UM faculty in 1979.

All of the newly elected Senate officers will begin serving their one-year terms on June 1.



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Senate Taps Two Faculty for Top Honors

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 3, 2015) — The Faculty Senate has unanimously voted to honor School of Law Professor Richard L. Williamson with the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award and, for the first time, to bestow a Special Faculty Senate Award posthumously, honoring the life and work of Eckhard Podack, a distinguished cancer researcher and educator at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center who passed away October 8.

The awards, which will be presented at the 2016 Faculty Senate Awards Ceremony next spring, are among the University’s highest honors. Williamson, who is known for his gift for mentoring and his devotion to pro bono and community service, is being recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to the University and community, a hallmark of his life.

Podack, who chaired the Miller School’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology for 21 years, will be honored with the Special Faculty Senate Award for his dedication to teaching and the huge impact his discoveries have had on improving treatment for cancer patients. Faculty Senate Chair Tomas Salerno, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, announced the award, which the Senate has bestowed only 12 times and never before posthumously, at Podack’s November 21 memorial service. Nearly 300 colleagues, friends, family, and admirers from around the world attended the service in the Shalala Student Center.


Richard L. Williamson

For more than 20 years, Williamson, the former associate dean of the School of Law, interim chair of the Department of International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the Faculty Senate from 2009-2014, has been faculty advisor to the School of Law’s Honor Council.

A former foreign service officer and division chief of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he has used his extensive international experience to establish international liaisons between Miami Law and numerous international universities. Intended to be short-term, the initial intensive exchange seminar he organized between Leipzig University and UM is in its 14th year, and has led to the establishment of 17 semester-long exchange programs on four continents.

A treasured mentor to students here and abroad, Williamson also has employed his legal skills to advance the environment and international understanding. He drafted the founding documents and policy statements for UM’s Jayne and Leonard Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and has hosted foreign high school students through Rotary International, for which he is a frequent speaker. The Rotary Club has recognized his selfless contributions by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow, an honor usually reserved for members.

As a member of the Opa-locka Brownfields Advisory Committee and chair of its Legal Sub-Committee, Williamson drafted policy documents and recommendations to help the community more efficiently utilize abandoned and contaminated property holdings. Through his efforts, Opa-locka was selected as one of the EPA’s showcase cities and received additional funding for assessing the use of brownfields to be used for green space purposes.

Eckhardt Podack

Eckhard Podack

Podack, a giant in the field of cancer research who was widely respected around the world for his pioneering laboratory studies, made a series of discoveries that ultimately will extend or save the lives of many others.

Perhaps the most significant were the discoveries of Perforin-1 and, more recently, Perforin-2 — antibacterial proteins that help the body’s immune system defend against infectious disease. One of Podack’s last published studies, “Perforin-2 is essential for intracellular defense of parenchymal cells and phagocytes against pathogenic bacteria,” appeared online September 24 in the eLife Sciences Journal. It is one of more than 305 professional articles, books, and monographs Podack wrote or contributed to over his career.

A native of Germany and a fellow in the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy who became interested in cancer research at an early age, Podack joined the Miller School in 1987 and became department chair in 1994. In the early 1990s, he created a monoclonal antibody to seek out and attach to CD-30, a receptor on lymphoma cells. He later sold the technology to Seattle Genetics, which developed SGN-35, a therapy designed to target only cancer cells, leaving healthy tissue alone.

He also developed a novel lung cancer vaccine using gp-96, a heat shock protein, to treat non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for most lung cancers, as well as tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) 25 agonists and antagonists that allow the immune system to attack cancer cells more effectively.

In order to translate his discoveries into clinical treatments, Podack launched Heat Biologics in 2008 to develop “ImPACT” (Immune Pan-Antigen Cytotoxic Therapy), a proprietary cell-based immunotherapy for use in the treatment of a wide range of cancers. Heat Biologics completed a successful initial public offering in 2013 and continues to develop its leading-edge therapy.

All members of the University community are invited to attend the Faculty Senate Awards ceremony, which also will include the awarding of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and the Outstanding Teaching Award on April 11, 2016, at 5 p.m. in Storer Auditorium at the School of Business Administration.


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