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UM Singers Celebrate the Human Voice and the Experts Who Take Care of It


From left, musical theatre students Mona Pirnot, Brandon never, Kristin Devine and Amadina Altomare perform during World Voice Day.

From left, musical theatre students Mona Pirnot, Brandon Beaver, Kristin Devine, and Amadina Altomare perform during World Voice Day.

By Maya Bell
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 18, 2014) Deep and lush, powerful and exuberant, provocative and lilting, their dulcet tones wafted over the University’s lakeside patio, compelling even harried passersby to pause for a moment to listen to the finest musical instrument ever made: the human voice.

But the theatre arts students who sang the tunes they recently performed for their senior showcase in New York City were showing off more than their considerable talents on April 16, which was World Voice Day. They were joining forces with the University’s multidisciplinary Miami Voice team to draw attention to the importance of taking care of one’s voice, an elemental human function most people take for granted.

But not performers. As NDavid Williams, head of musical theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences said, “You can always buy another piano or cello, but you cannot buy a new voice. You must take care of it.’’

Fortunately for UM’s Department of Theatre Arts and the Frost School of Music, whose students also performed last Wednesday, the Miami Voice Program’s team of ear, nose, and throat specialists, allergists, singing voice specialists, and speech pathologists can address any voice, swallowing or airway problem. But they have a unique understanding of the challenges faced by singers, actors and other performers, which is owed in large measure to their long experience and the expertise of the head of the program, David E. Rosow.

An assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine, Rosow was a violinist with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years before going to Harvard Medical School, where he realized he could combine his love of music with his love of medicine while on his ENT—ear, nose and throat—rotation.

From left, David E. Rosow, Julia Gerhard and Stephen Di Benedetto, chair of theatre arts, celebrate World Voice Day.

From left, David E. Rosow, Julia Gerhard and Stephen Di Benedetto, chair of theatre arts, celebrate World Voice Day.

At Harvard, Rosow trained under Steven E. Zeitels, one of the world’s leading voice specialists and innovators whose patients have included Adele, Julie Andrews, and Roger Daltrey. After learning the delicate techniques of repairing the voice damaged by nodules, cysts, polyps, cancer or other vocal cord disorders from the master who invented many of them, Rosow joined the Miller School faculty in 2011. There he teamed up with speech pathologist Donna Lundy, who has long been revered at the Frost School, and by singers across South Florida for her skill at teaching people who overuse or misuse their voices how to protect them.

Last year, they were joined by Julia Gerhard, an opera singer, doctor of musical arts and speech pathologist, who with Rosow now holds a secondary appointment in the Frost School’s department of musical performance, where they are strengthening collaborations between the medical school and the Coral Gables campus and building Miami Voice into a premier medical center for singers and performers.

All three were on the patio for last week’s World Voice Day celebration, giving tips on voice care, answering questions and enjoying the mix of hypnotic melodies emanating from the stage.

“What we have at the University of Miami is really unique in South Florida, and to the state of Florida­—but it’s really rare in the entire country,” Rosow said. “We take care of anyone who is a voice user, which could mean a lawyer or a teacher, or someone who is taking care of four screaming children at home. But we have that special emphasis on the musician and the performer because we know performers have a unique set of challenges and they need to be cared for by people who understand those challenges.”

Leaving the stage after singing a beautiful rendition of “A Little Bit in Love,” Maggie Weston, a senior in theatre arts, said it’s wonderful to have a day that reminds people “how integral the voice is to our bodies, and our health.”

“Our voice is one of those things that makes us human, and we all need to celebrate it, and take good care of it,” she said.


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Miami Voice Team and Frost School Mark World Voice Day on April 16

The Miller School of Medicine and Frost School of Music will converge on Wednesday, April 16, World Voice Day, a day to encourage people of all ages to assess their vocal health and take steps to preserve it.

To mark World Voice Day 2014, the Miami Voice Team, made up of physicians, speech pathologists, and singing voice specialists from UHealth and the Frost School of Music Faculty, along with students from the Frost School and Department of Theater Arts, will host and take part in a variety of interactive events on the Coral Gables campus to encourage people to improve their vocal wellness.

Among the events will be live performances by UM students and a YogaVoice Masterclass for singers with Mark Moliterno, a singer who is now a certified Yoga instructor and therapist.

Schedule of Events:

12-3 p.m: Open-air vocal performances by UM students and vocal health tips from the UM Otolaryngology Voice Team. Location: Lakeside Patio

3:30-4:50 p.m.: YogaVoice® Masterclass for singers with Mark Moliterno. Location: Fillmore Hall, Frost School of Music

5:30-7 p.m. Free YogaVoice® yoga class (postures, breathing, toning). Bring a yoga mat or towel. Location: Student Activities Center, Activities Room

For more details, click here.

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UM Experts Target the Small Bites and Big Threats Posed by Mosquitos

By Melissa Peerless
UM News

Mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever breed in water-holding containers such as plant saucers, buckets, and tires.

Mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever breed in water-holding containers such as plant saucers, buckets, and tires.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 8, 2014) – More than one billion people in the world are suffering from mosquito-borne diseases, and about one million of these individuals will die from these illnesses this year. Mosquito-borne viruses, such as malaria and dengue fever, are becoming a more widespread threat as globalization makes the world smaller—and people, goods, and germs travel around the globe with increasing speed and ease.

Scholars from across the University of Miami came together on World Health Day to address the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses and the actions necessary to prevent and protect individuals from these “small bites, and big threats,” during a cross-disciplinary seminar aimed at educating UM students, faculty, and the community. Read the full story

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UM’s Public Health Students Can Now Earn Their Master’s in Five Years—at a Discount

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 31, 2014)—The School of Nursing and Health Studies is offering an enticing deal to current and future students interested in careers in the growing public health field: They can earn both their Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and, in partnership with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, their Master of Public Health (MPH) in just five years—and with up to 12 free credits.

Recently approved by the Faculty Senate, the “4 + 1” combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program was designed to meet the growing demand for public health professionals by building synergies between the University of Miami’s schools of nursing and medicine that will enable outstanding students to enter the public health workforce faster to pursue their desire to address the complex public health issues facing our nation.

“There is a tremendous demand for public health professionals—the projected need is 250,000 by the year 2020—and there are many subsets in public health so there are many career paths you can take,’’ said Martin M. Zdanowicz, associate dean for health studies at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. “Our goal is to get the best and brightest there on the fast track.”

Under the program, academically qualified students enrolled in the School of Nursing and Health Studies’s BSPH program will be able to apply for the MPH program their junior year and, if accepted, take up to 12 credits of master’s level courses at the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences during their senior year.

Included in the cost of their undergraduate tuition, the master’s level courses will count towards the 45 credits the students will need to earn their MPH degree, which they will continue to pursue at the Miller School after completing their bachelor’s. The same deal is offered to students wishing to earn their Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH).

“It’s an excellent opportunity,” said Julie Kornfeld, assistant dean for public health at the Miller School, who notes it usually takes 18 to 24 months to earn a Master’s in Public Health. “We have a lot of students who graduate from UM come to our public health program, but this fast-track program allows us to recruit talented undergraduate students and provide them with a reduction in time and cost to complete two UM public health degrees.”

The seeds—and demand—for the “4 + 1” program were planted two years ago, when the School of Nursing and Health Studies established the first Bachelor of Public Health program in South Florida. That program, which will graduate its first class of four students this May, attracted 133 applicants this year—up from two last year.



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Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium on April 11

The Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 11, beginning at noon with a keynote address by Christopher Walsh, the Bullard Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Genetics Division at Children’s Hospital Boston, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Children’s Hospital Boston. Titled “Genetic Control of Human Cerebral Cortical Development,” his talk will take place at the Miller School’s Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium.

A student poster session and student scientific talks will follow. The poster session is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in front of the Lois Pope LIFE Center, and the student scientific talks are from 3 to 5 p.m. in the seventh-floor auditorium.

Through his research, Walsh, the former director of the Harvard-MIT M.D.-Ph.D. Program, has tried to identify and analyze genes that regulate the development and normal function of the human cerebral cortex. Most of his lab’s genetic work has benefited from worldwide collaborations, especially with physicians in countries where marriage between cousins is common, which simplifies the identification of rare recessive mutations.

Planned and organized by M.D./Ph.D. students Veronica Peschansky, Srinivasan Narayanan, Holly Stradecki, Michelle Trojanowsky, and Lucy Freer, the symposium brings students and mentors together, provides a unique forum for interaction among students and faculty, and allows students to learn about the research of their peers.

For more information, please contact Carlen Duncombe at cduncombe@med.miami.edu or 305-243-6278.



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