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Update on STEM@UM

roadmap-updatesSTEM@UM, one of the initiatives of the Roadmap to Our New Century, is designed to strengthen the building blocks of innovation—basic and applied science, mathematics, and engineering—to enable the University of Miami to fulfill its potential as a world leader in scientific inquiry and problem-solving.

The initiative rests on a strong foundation—a $100 million gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost to establish the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering. Modeled after the National Institutes of Health, the Frost Institutes will be an umbrella organization for multiple institutes, beginning with the Frost Institute of Chemistry and Molecular Science (FICMS). Planning for the FICMS, which will focus on the promise of nanotechnology and advanced materials in bioscience, is well underway.

 On May 31, the Executive Committee of the UM Board of Trustees gave its formal approval for the establishment of the Frost Institutes, paving the way for the STEM@UM action team, led by Angel Kaifer, senior associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, to begin a national search for the inaugural FICMS director, who also will serve as director of the umbrella organization.

Next month, four architectural firms are scheduled to present preliminary proposals to the action team and University leadership for a 70,000-square-foot building that will house the FICMS. To be called The Phillip and Patricia Frost Science and Engineering Building, it will be located adjacent to the Palm Court Fountain and the Ashe Building on the Coral Gables campus, with a projected completion and occupation date of fall 2020.

The action team is currently considering the substantive areas of focus for the next institutes that will come under the Frost Institutes umbrella. This process is driven by an assessment of strengths that the University can leverage to distinguish itself from its peer institutions.





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Update on the Culture of Belonging Roadmap Initiative


Culture of Belonging, one of the initiatives on the Roadmap to Our New Century, is building a shared sense of connection at UM by helping every ‘Cane know their contributions matter.

Members of the Culture of Belonging action team, led by Isaac Prilleltensky, vice provost for institutional culture and dean of the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), are working with the new Office of Institutional Culture (OIC) to identify, analyze and strengthen existing diversity and inclusion efforts and develop new initiatives to address the belonging issues identified, in part, by the 2016 Gallup Faculty and Staff Engagement Survey.

Located in Pick Hall, on Brescia Avenue, the OIC, which Prilleltensky established after his 2016 appointment as vice provost, has evolved from the culture transformation project into a resource center that offers customized workshops, action guides, and other tools to help individual units or departments foster a culture of belonging.

Other significant steps include the appointment of Laura Kohn-Wood, chair of the SEHD’s Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, as associate vice provost for institutional culture. As co-chair of the University’s student-oriented Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kohn-Wood brings familiarity with the student perspective to the OIC, which is developing belonging initiatives for students.

Guided by feedback from the Gallup survey, as well as other data sources, the OIC staff and the Culture of Belonging action team also have been meeting with individual deans and other leaders across the U to help them analyze their survey data, build on their strengths, and address opportunities to promote a culture of belonging. In addition to the personal consultations, the OIC developed web-based tools (available at www.umculture.miami.edu) to help leaders analyze and address specific aspects of their unit’s culture.

Most recently, the action team organized into subcommittees charged with nurturing and investing in the culture of belonging across all campuses. The groups are focusing on: coordinating belonging efforts across interest groups and offices; developing leadership and accountability programs; consulting with individual units to help tailor their culture of belonging initiatives; creating a new intergroup dialogue program; and researching, measuring, and analyzing perceptions of belonging across students, staff, and faculty.

To learn more, please email umculture@miami.edu.




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Allan Gyorke Appointed Assistant Provost for Education Innovation

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Allan Gyorke

Allan Gyorke

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2017)— Allan Shawn Gyorke has been named assistant provost for education innovation to expand the role of technologies and encourage innovation in teaching and learning across the University.

Since 2013, Gyorke has served as chief academic technology officer at the University, and has been responsible for exploring and supporting technologies used by faculty and students for teaching and learning. This includes computer labs, student printing, student IT support, instructional design consultations, Blackboard, the UMiami app, IT services in the School of Architecture and Medical Education, the Faculty Learning Communities, and the annual Faculty Showcase.

In his additional role, Gyorke will work closely with William Green, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, to advance the Education Innovation initiative of the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century.

Gyorke’s initial priorities include assessing the faculty’s familiarity with the range of pedagogical methods and technological resources, and devising appropriate resources and workshops to foster and promote pedagogical innovation. He already has begun that work to help develop the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) on discussion-based learning, which is part of the University’s reaccreditation report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Prior to joining the University, Gyorke studied and worked for 21 years at Penn State University, where he oversaw computer workshops, ran the IT services for the Hazleton campus, built some of the first online courses and MOOCs, worked closely with faculty on the integration of technology into traditional on-campus courses, and led course redesign efforts to include student-generated media, podcasting, blogs, online social networks, and flipped learning models.

In addition to his university experience, Gyorke is an active participant in Educause, a higher education IT organization. He is a writer in the “7 Things You Should Know About…” series of white papers, faculty member in the Learning Technology Leadership Institute (2014-2017), and a member of the Horizon Report advisory board. He is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Distance Education.

Gyorke earned his B.S. degree in industrial engineering and his M.Ed. degree in adult education, and has worked in a variety of roles that advanced classroom and curriculum innovation and explored the bridge between technology, culture, and learning science.

At UM, Gyorke plays a key leadership role in developing a program to introduce and assess the role of narrative in online teaching. The program was supported by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation. The grant has sponsored two Faculty Showcases, in which UM faculty members share their innovative course designs with other faculty and staff.

Faculty Showcase 2017 consisted of 18 faculty-led sessions as well as information and demonstration tables operated by service units. This cross-pollination of ideas has been helping to break down silos between UM schools and elevate teaching practice across the University.

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Renowned Photographer Shares Talents

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Renowned Photographer Shares Talents

The University of Miami welcomes renowned photojournalist and documentarian Susan Meiselas as a Distinguished Presidential Fellow and 100 Talent.

By Andrew Boryga
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Susan Meiselas

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 10, 2016)— Susan Meiselas has traveled the world as a documentary photographer for over 40 years.

Her photography has transported people to the rubble and destruction of lower Manhattan on 9/11, to Nicaragua’s popular insurrection during the late 1970s, to a village in El Salvador destroyed by the country’s armed forces in the early 1980s, and to witness the photographic history of Kurdistan, which was presented in book and exhibition form in 1997.

Meiselas said she believes documentary photography is “an engagement with the world.” Now she will share that engagement, her experience, and her talent with the University of Miami community as one of its 100 Talents, one of the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century initiatives,introduced by President Julio Frenk.

As a Distinguished Presidential Fellow with the College of Arts and Sciences, Meiselas is actively engaging and interacting with students and collaborating with faculty across multiple disciplines. Her visit will culminate in a public lecture at the Newman Alumni Center on March 21.

So far, Meiselas’s time on campus has found her in photography and sculpture classrooms in the College’s art department, where she has shared her expertise on topics such as the history of war photography and how to make a living as an artist.

Meiselas said she hopes to help inspire photography students by answering questions and sharing her own experiences. But above all, she hopes to encourage them to get out, take risks, and not be afraid to make mistakes, while moving from skills training to working on their own in-depth projects.

“You only truly learn by doing it yourself,” she said.

The challenge for photographers, she added, is to help viewers of their work become engaged with people and issues that may be foreign to them.

To welcome Meiselas to campus, the College and the School of Communication hosted a special screening of her 1991 documentary Pictures from a Revolution, which  features the photographs Meiselas took during the Nicaraguan popular insurrection and follows her search a decade later to find and hear from the people in the photos.

Seventy-one of those photos were published in her hardcover book, “Nicaragua June ’78—July ’79,” which was published before she returned to the country and co-produced and directed the documentary with Alfred Guzzetti and Dick Rogers.

“It all begins with the photo and the relationships with the collaborators with whom the film is created. Filmmaking includes more collaborators, where photography is more of an isolated experience,” Meiselas told the nearly  100 students, faculty, staff and community members who attended the screening.

Her photos captured the fall of the Somoza regime and the revolution subsequently won by the Sandinistas in 1979. Since the images represent the various factions and lives of people who participated in the revolution in and out of battle, Meiselas wondered how they fared post-revolution. The film tells the story of those she could find, with Meiselas showing them their photo and asking about their lives since.

After the screening, Meiselas, Tom Lopez, professor of art and art history, and Bill Rothman, professor of cinema and interactive media, had a lively discussion about her process. “The film was constrained by trying to find only the people in the photos of the book,” said Meiselas.

This fall, Aperture re-issued the book to coincide with the 40th anniversary of her first trip to Nicaragua in 1978. The third release includes an augmented reality (AR) function, “Look and Listen” app which allows the reader to experience some of the images via two-to-four minute clips from Pictures from a Revolution as she returns to the same locations with the people she photographed. The AR app will be shared when she explores her work in professor Kim Grenfeder’s interactive class at the School of Communications in March.

What other activities Meiselas will be involved with is still evolving, but she plans to continue to engage students and faculty across departments in the hope that some of her experiences can complement their studies.

Miami has not been a subject for Meiselas; most of her previous encounters with the city have been  traveling through it to get to destinations throughout Latin America.

However, Meiselas said she is honored to be joining the University of Miami and is excited to dig deeper into the “multiplicity of lives” that she said Miami’s vibrant immigrant community cultivates.

Meiselas got her own start while teaching photography in an elementary school in the South Bronx during the 1970s. During that period, she became intrigued by a traveling “Girl Show” and the women who performed a striptease at small town carnivals and fairs in the Northeast. For three years during her summer breaks, Meiselas followed the women and the men they performed for from town to town. Her photographs evolved into her first book, Carnival Strippers, with images and stories she recorded at that time.

Her work has been published in The New York Times and Time Magazine, and she has had solo exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. She is a winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal and in 1992 was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. Her work is included in American and international collections.

Alexandra Bassil contributed to this report.

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