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UM Ranks Among the Nation’s Best for Hispanic Students


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Ranked No. 2 this year, tHe Miller School of Medicine has been in the top five of HispanicBusiness's best schools for Hispanics students since 2005.

Ranked No. 2 this year, the Miller School of Medicine has been in the top five of HispanicBusiness’s best graduate schools for Hispanics since 2006.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 28, 2014)­—The University of Miami stands out among the “cream of the crop” for Hispanic students seeking advanced degrees, according to HispanicBusiness Magazine, which selected the top 10 graduate programs in medicine, business, law, and engineering at institutions of higher learning across the nation for its 2014 Annual Diversity Report.

Only 40 schools made the prestigious list in at least one of the four disciplines, but UM had the distinction of being one of only two universities with three programs in the top 10, a near sweep. The Miller School of Medicine ranked No. 2 in the nation, Miami Law came in at No. 3, and the School of Business Administration placed eighth.

Published online August 20, the rankings are based on five categories, including the percentage of Hispanic students and faculty in each program and the efforts the programs make to attract and retain the students. “The schools on our lists are well-rounded and have made notable efforts to engage the Hispanic community,” the magazine said.

The Miller School, which has ranked among the top five in the nation for Hispanics since 2006, “has always had a goal of attracting and supporting a student demographic that mirrors the community and population we serve,” said Alex J. Mechaber, senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education and associate professor of medicine. “The ranking is a testament to that.”

Added Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, “As medicine is becoming increasingly global, the medical schools that are at the top of this list are the ‘next best schools’ of the U.S. Our commitment to diversity, a key value for our University, drives our efforts to engage and support the Hispanic community.”

Standing at the crossroads of the Americas, the School of Law focuses on serving students and having faculty and staff from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds and offering abundant opportunities that promote cross-cultural competencies. Among them are  International LL.M. programs, and J.D. curriculum or short courses for foreign lawyers.

“We are very proud to be consistently ranked in the upper echelon of law schools that serve the widest range of communities,” said Dean Patricia D. White. “The best law schools are those that nurture cultural competencies, preparing students for an increasingly complex and global world. I am very happy to say that our law school is one of those and will continue to stay true to this commitment.”

At the School of Business Administration, which has made the list for five consecutive years, Dean Eugene Anderson said the school is proud of its commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all students. “A diverse community, in the broadest possible sense, is essential to the character of our school, the ideas that we generate, the education and professional development of our students, and the contribution that both make to business and society,” he said.

Among services the school provides to Hispanic graduate students is career counseling, including scholarships to attend the annual career fair of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The School’s Ziff Graduate Career Services Center also provides a student liaison for the South Florida NSHMBA Chapter, connects Latin American students with Latin American companies for employment, and provides networking opportunities and panel discussions through the Latin American Business Association. The school also offers the NSHMBA University Partnership Program Scholarship to select applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the Hispanic community.

 

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Register Now for Miami Valves 2014 Conference on October 17-18


The Division of Continuing Medical Education will host Dr. Eduardo de Marchena’s Miami Valves 2014 conference at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel on October 17-18. A showcase for the latest in transcatheter valve replacement, the 2014 conference is the successor to the University of Miami’s Masters in Repair of Structural Heart Disease Conference, which has a long history of excellence. The 2014 conference will update medical professionals on the latest systems, techniques, and practices to ensure safe and effective transcatheter valve replacement.

The agenda includes:

• Appraisals of new and upcoming technologies in the management of valvular heart disease to determine their benefit for patients

• Evaluations of the relative advantages and disadvantages of different strategies in complex cases involving valvular disease

• Presentations on how to start a transcatheter aortic valve replacement program

To register or for more information, please visit www.MiamiValves.org. Questions may be directed to the Division of Continuing Medical Education at 305-243-6716 or cme@med.miami.edu.

 

 

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Apply Now for Miami CFAR Pilot Awards on Vaccines and Immunology


The Miller School of Medicine Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is now accepting applications for developmental projects in HIV/AIDS research with a focus on vaccines and immunology. The purpose is to provide pilot funds that will stimulate new research and collaborations between basic and clinical researchers and generate supporting preliminary data to increase competitiveness for extramural HIV/AIDS funding. For this special round of pilot awards, CFAR is looking to fund projects specifically focused on research leading to the development of cell-based or antibody-based vaccines or projects focused on immunology research. The deadline is Friday, September 26.

For more information and instructions, visit http://cfar.med.miami.edu/developmental-core/pilot-grants.

 

 

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Interactive Media’s ‘Zoo Rush’ Wins Good Gaming Award for Raising Sickle Cell Awareness


By Nancy M. Molina
Special to UM News

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Designer Fan “Franklin” Zhang, a second-year MFA student in the Interactive Media program, works on the award-winning Zoo Rush game.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 25, 2014) – Collaborating with the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, student game developers in the School of Communication have created Zoo Rush, an award-winning adventure game that aims to increase awareness about sickle cell disease and reduce the stigma often associated with the painful inherited blood disorder that slows blood flow.

Representing the UM team, Zoo Rush developers Ebtissam “Ebby” Wahman and Fan “Franklin” Zhang brought the Silver Award in the Games for Good category back from the 2014 International Serious Play Awards held July 24 at the University of Southern California.

In the game, which can be played on the Web or by download to any Android or iOS device, players take on the role of a zookeeper with sickle cell disease who, on his or her first day on the job, faces a monumental challenge: All the animals escape.

The goal is for the player to capture each escaped animal before time runs out. Due to the zookeeper’s medical condition, the player must avoid infections, hydrate often, check in with their physician, and take their medication, such as hydroxyurea, the only FDA-approved medication for sickle cell disease.

Assistant Professor Clay Ewing, Zoo Rush’s project manager and game designer, said the Serious Play award validates the work of students and faculty in the School of Communication’s new Interactive Media program, who collaborated with Lanetta Jordan, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.P.H., associate professor of Public Health Sciences and president of the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research, to build awareness about the disease that largely affects people who come from or whose ancestors came from parts of the world where malaria is or was common.

As Ewing notes, new programs must establish credibility, and the Serious Play Association’s recognition is a sign that the program is on the right path. He and the Zoo Rush team are particularly proud that the game is proving successful at increasing awareness of sickle cell disease, the most common genetic disorder of newborns in the U.S.

“My friend’s daughter downloaded the game and couldn’t stop playing,” Ewing said. “Later that night, she asked her dad about sickle cell disease. He didn’t know anything about it, so they spent the night finding out about it online. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do: Get a person engaged in an experience to the point where they begin seeking new knowledge on the topic and spreading the word.”

Wahman, who graduated from the UM College of Engineering’s electrical engineering program in 2012, had limited knowledge of sickle cell before taking part in the project. She said Zoo Rush was the first full game she developed and the experience helped her grow both as a developer and a person. “I feel honored that I was a part of such a project where I not only made a fun game, but also raised awareness about a disease that doesn’t get enough attention and affects millions of people around the world,” Wahman said.

Added Zoo Rush’s sound designer, Isabella Douzoglou, a motion picture and computer science major, “Increasing awareness through a fun medium is brilliant, especially when it’s for a good cause. It was a pleasure to be involved.”

Students from all majors at the School of Communication had the opportunity to test the game on various devices in an open playtest. They said the game gave them some insight on sickle cell disease and left them curious to learn more. The developers used this feedback to make adjustments to the game.

In sickle cell disease, red blood cells take on a sickle or crescent shape. Normal red blood cells are round and move through the blood vessels with ease, carrying oxygen to all parts of the body. Sickle-shaped blood cells often get stuck in blood vessel passageways, slowing down blood flow and preventing oxygen from reaching certain parts of the body. This can cause severe pain and other serious problems, such as infection, anemia, and stroke.

As Jordan notes, the transition from pediatric to adult care in young adults with sickle cell disease is becoming a major public health issue. Studies show that young adults transitioning to adult medical care are at a much higher risk for early death, especially shortly after leaving pediatric care. For some, the shift away from pediatric services results in the loss of an established primary medical home or access to health insurance.

In addition, Jordan said, these young adults are especially at risk of suffering from complex psychosocial issues due to stigmatization, the process of identifying an attribute and associating it with a stereotype that negatively labels a person or group.

Children and adolescents with sickle cell often experience low self-esteem or embarrassment. Pain is one of the most stigmatizing aspects of the disease, which often requires treatment with opioids.  As a result, Jordan said, up to 80 percent of young adults and adults with sickle cell disease choose to manage their pain at home. Zoo Rush developers hope to reduce this number by targeting young adults in the sickle cell community and influencing the way people perceive the disease.

For more information, visit Zoo Rush and the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research.

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Order a Pizza and Help Team UM Sylvester’s DCC Riders


The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office of Research Administration is holding a pizza sale to support the fundraising efforts of employees who have signed up with Team UM Sylvester as riders and virtual riders in next February’s Dolphins Cycling Challenge V. Cheese and pepperoni pizzas will be pre-sold only for $15 each, and available for pick up on Wednesday, August 13, at lunchtime in the Clinical Research Building, 6th floor. Please email Nikki Waskiewicz at NWaskiewicz@med.miami.edu by Monday, August 11 to place your order.

 

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