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Graduate Students Host Child Psychology Research Conference

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SFPCRCCORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 12, 2016) — Graduate psychology students from the College of Arts and Sciences teamed up with peers from Florida International University to host a collaborative research conference that encouraged students and faculty to take their research in child psychology beyond labs and classrooms.

With almost 90 graduate students, faculty, and mentors in attendance, the South Florida Child Psychology Collaborative Research Conference (SFPCRC) served as a unique opportunity to use research as a way to connect across academic institutions and participate in a nurturing learning community in which all participants have similar research interests.

“For graduate students, mentorship and networking are invaluable resources,” said keynote speaker and Graduate School Dean Guillermo “Willy” Prado. “The SFPCRC conference provides students with the opportunity to present their research and obtain valuable feedback from students and mentors across the participating academic institutions and community partners.”

During the conference, 27 graduate students from the University of Miami, FIU, and Florida Atlantic University presented their current research in a conversational and supportive environment. Additionally, students and mentors alike had the opportunity to develop partnerships with community agencies such as the United Way, The Children’s Trust, and the Early Learning Coalition to better understand how their research can enhance many community programs for children.

Johayra Bouza, a Ph.D. candidate in UM’s Department of Psychology, said the SFPCRC conference is unlike any local or national research conference she has attended. “This conference is unique in that it is organized by graduate students for graduate students,” she said. “It is one of the few settings in academia where graduate students have the opportunity to be the focal presenters and develop relationships with mentors from various areas of child psychology. The larger national conferences aren’t able to offer the same level of interaction and often times students don’t have the opportunity get feedback from the distinguished faculty outside of their university or their community partners.”




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Graduate School Recognizes Faculty, Staff, and Students

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Graduate students from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science join Graduate School Dean Guillermo “Willy” Prado, left, as he presents Rosenstiel’s M. Danielle McDonald with the 2015-2016 faculty mentor of the year award.

Graduate students from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science join Graduate School Dean Guillermo “Willy” Prado, left, in presenting M. Danielle McDonald, center, with the 2015-2016 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 18, 2016)—The Graduate School recognized its top graduate students and faculty at the 2015-2016 Graduate Awards Ceremony, including the Miller School’s WayWay M. Hlaing as the Outstanding Graduate Program Director and the Rosenstiel School’s M. Danielle McDonald as Faculty Mentor of the Year.

The ceremony, held April 15 on the Moss Terrace at the Shalala Student Center, encourages the UM community to celebrate the work of all of its graduate students, faculty, and staff, focusing on accomplishments throughout each school and college. In addition to Hlaing, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the epidemiology Ph.D. program, and McDonald, associate professor of marine biology and ecology, seven students from multiple disciplines and all three campuses were honored in categories of Graduate Student Exemplar, Outstanding Research Assistant, and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.

They are:

Outstanding Teaching Assistants:
Julia Wester, The Graduate School

Outstanding Research Assistants
Xin Gao, College of Engineering
Alejandro Mendez, Miller School of Medicine
Noah T. VanBergen, School of Business Administration

Graduate Student Exemplar
Rebecca P. Duncan, College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Fisher, Miller School of Medicine & College of Arts and Sciences
Odelya Kadosh, School of Education and Human Development

View more pictures from the ceremony on Facebook.

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Alumnus Appointed Dean of the Graduate School

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Alumnus Appointed Dean of the Graduate School

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Guillermo “Willy” Prado

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 1, 2016)—The University of Miami has appointed UM alumnus Guillermo “Willy” Prado, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and the director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, as the new dean of the Graduate School, effective immediately.

“Dr. Prado is well positioned to raise the Graduate School at UM to a new level of excellence, thanks to his passion as a researcher and educator,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc.

As dean of the Graduate School, Prado will work in partnership with the deans of the schools and colleges to support and develop strategies for attracting the next generation of scientists and researchers to graduate education at the University of Miami.

He will specifically manage the process of external program reviews and new program proposals, oversee the selection process for University of Miami graduate fellowships, chair the Graduate Council meetings, and meet regularly with graduate program directors, among other duties.

“This appointment is particularly meaningful to me because the University of Miami has been my academic home for 15 years, inclusive of my graduate training,” said Prado, who earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology and public health in 2005 and his Master of Science in statistics in 2000. “My plan is to work collaboratively with University leadership, graduate program directors, and the rest of the University community to continue to increase the quality of graduate education for our students.”

Prado joined the UM faculty in 2007. In the areas of research, he has served as principal investigator of approximately $10 million of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. He also has served in the roles of mentor and co-investigator of approximately $60 million of NIH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding, including a leadership role on two NIH-funded center grants.

His research has appeared in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

During his tenure, Prado has led the development of the Ph.D. program in Prevention Science and Community Health, as well as redesigned the epidemiology doctoral program. Having taught more than 10 graduate courses in prevention science, epidemiology, and biostatistics at UM, Prado has mentored many junior faculty, post-doctoral students, and graduate students.

As chief of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health since 2013, Prado has overseen a research program endowment of $375,000. Before that, he led the Ph.D. in Epidemiology Doctoral Program and served as acting chief of the Division of Epidemiology.

John L. Bixby, vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology and neurological surgery, chaired the search committee for the Graduate School dean and describes Prado as the “best of the best.” Noting that Prado will play a key role in UM’s progress in education and research, Bixby said, “Even among a number of highly impressive applicants who interacted with the Search Committee, Willy’s personality, accomplishments, and insight stood out. I am personally delighted that he will be our next dean.”

“Willy is an extraordinarily bright, dedicated public health researcher whose enthusiasm for his work is infectious,” said José Szapocznik, chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences, who recruited Prado to the faculty after he completed his doctoral degree. “His work in prevention science has made him a superstar at UM and in the national scientific community.”

Prado replaces M. Brian Blake, who was named provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Drexel University last spring. In the interim, Angel Kaifer, professor of chemistry and senior associate dean for research and graduate education in the UM College of Arts and Sciences, served as dean.

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UM Awarded Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Chapter

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 5, 2015) — In recognition of its outstanding scholarly achievements and promotion of diversity and excellence in graduate education, the University of Miami has been recognized as an institutional member—the first in Florida—of the prestigious Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

Founded by Yale and Howard universities in 2005, the society was named for Edward A. Bouchet (1852-1918), who in 1876, became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in any discipline from an American university. Also one of the first African Americans to be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he was only the sixth person in the western hemisphere to earn a doctorate  in physics.

The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students and postdocs who traditionally have been underrepresented in the academy. In the spirit of Bouchet’s commitment to these pursuits both in and outside the academic realm, honor society fellows bearing his name also exhibit these qualities.

Bouchet fellows are inducted into the society at the annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education in the spring at Yale. All fellows participate in ongoing professional development opportunities through the Graduate School.

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Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting to Be Held October 27

The Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, at 3 p.m. at the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing Education, third floor, room 329.  Should you have any questions, please contact Maria Torres at mtorres@miami.edu or 305-284-4154.

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