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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Media Management Expert Feels the Thrill of Changing Times, and Helping Others

Michel Dupagne

Michel Dupagne

Professor Michel Dupagne, Ph.D., recognizes the importance of scholarships in helping talented students in the School of Communication achieve their dreams. In 2005, he and his brother Alain established the Lucy Chatelain Endowed Communication Scholarship in memory of their mother. “I believe that providing scholarships to those in financial need is critical to the long-term success of the University of Miami,” he says. “I have been privileged to serve on the faculty for more than two decades, and it is a pleasure to support our future scholars.”

Dupagne is a nationally recognized leader in the small but growing field of media management, which focuses on the business side of the media industry. “We are trying to gain a better understanding of how the media industry is changing and evolving in the digital age,” he says. In keeping with that goal, Dupagne will earn an M.B.A. in management from the School of Business Administration in December.

“The media industry continues to splinter, moving away from its traditional focus on the mass markets toward almost every type of niche market you can imagine,” he says. “Advances in technology, such as streaming video, are also disrupting traditional business models, since consumers can now bypass a cable or satellite TV provider and get video content directly from an online site.”

Dupagne joined the School of Communication in 1994, after earning his doctorate in mass communications with a business minor from Indiana University. Since then, he has studied new communication technologies, international communication, media economics, and other issues. He also has conducted award-winning research on such topics as consumer high-definition television diffusion and educational use of podcasting. He coauthored the book High-Definition Television: A Global Perspective, and serves on the editorial boards of the American Communication Journal, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Media Economics, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

“This is a thrilling time to be in media management,” says Dupagne. “I feel very grateful that our University has supported my teaching and research, allowing me to develop professionally through the years. Now is a great time for me to give something back, and I encourage other faculty members and employees to contribute as well. Together, we can really make a difference.”

Read about other faculty and staff who support the U.

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Ethics Film Series 2015 Screenings

Ethics Film SeriesFor the ninth Ethics Film Series, the  Arsht Ethics Initiatives and UM Ethics Programs, the School of Communication, and the University of Miami Alumni Association is presenting three provocative films followed by lively debate  at the Bill Cosford Cinema, with the last screening, The Fog of War, taking place on Tuesday, April 21.  All screenings begin at 6:15 p.m. and are free, and open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community.

Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, March 24: Apocalypse Now

Presented in collaboration with UM’s Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER).

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall, this 1979 film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won two, for Sound and Cinematography. Food will be provided after the 153-minute film.

Moderator: Otavio Bueno, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences.


Tuesday, April 7: Last Days in Vietnam

This PBS film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It examines the difficult decisions faced by the Americans departing Vietnam under fire.

Introduction: Max Duke, vice president of Content and Community Partnerships at WPBT2, who arranged the screening.

Moderator: Daniel Suman, professor of marine affairs and policy at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami, who has led eight UM study abroad trips to Vietnam.


Tuesday, April 21: The Fog of War

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, widely viewed as the ‘architect” of the Vietnam War, is the focus of this 2003 documentary that won that year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Is it a defense or an apology?

Moderator: Charles E. Neu, professor emeritus and former chair of Brown University’s History Department, an expert on the Vietnam War, and a member of a group of scholars who advised Secretary McNamara.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..For more information, please contact UM Ethics Programs at ethics@miami.edu or 305-243-5723.

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UM Filmmakers Show Their Stuff at Miami Film Festival


UM Filmmakers Show Their Stuff at Miami Film Festival

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The filmmaking talents of Ed Talavera, chair of the Cinema and Interactive Media Department, and two School of Communication students will be on display at this year’s Miami International Film Festival, with Talavera’s gastronomical gem about Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio celebrating its Florida premier in the Culinary Cinema category and films by students Tyler Huyser and Luis Galvis competing in the festival’s 5th Annual CinemaSlam, which showcases the best work from South Florida’s film students.

Finding Gaston, the film Talavera co-produced and filmed with director Patricia Perez about the world-renowned chef and restaurateur who brought Peruvian cuisine to the masses, will be shown at 6:50 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at Miami Dade College’s Tower Cinema, 1508 S.W. 8 Street. The screening will be followed by a meal at Gaston’s own Miami restaurant, La Mar, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. Tickets are $75 for the movie, dinner, and wine pairing.

Galvis and Huyser’s short films will make their MIFF debut during the festival’s CinemaSlam, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Tower Theater. Filmed in Guatemala, Galvis’s eight-minute documentary, Romana, is about an illiterate mother of seven children whose education begins when her daughters go to school.

Huyser’s seven-minute film, Emory, is about an 18-year-old who uses graffiti to escape from and find peace on the impoverished streets of Miami’s Overtown. On the eve of his new future, his life changes forever.

Their films will be among ten competing for awards that include Miami CinemaSlam Champion 2015 (which includes a $500 Sara Fuller Scholarship courtesy of FilmFlorida), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Drama, Best Documentary, and Best Technical Achievement. The final award, the CinemaSlam Audience Award Winner 2015, will be determined by audience votes following the screenings. Tickets to CinemaSlam are $13.

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Grant Funds New Educational Resource on Ocean Health

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Grant Funds New Educational Resource on Ocean Health

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

OceansGrantCORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 9, 2015) –The University of Miami’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media at the School of Communication has received a two-year grant of over $405,000 from the Friends of Stark Parks in conjunction with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. The funding will go towards the creation of a unique Open Educational Resource (OER) that will not only explain the science underlying ocean health management, but also help bring the specific work of top researchers from their worldwide field locations to university curricula.

In an effort to develop “Media Building-Blocks of Ocean Health Knowledge,” this complete collection of course materials and activities will consist of 10 highly interactive modules, covering a range of topics such as carbon storage and climate change, artisanal fishing opportunities and policies, biodiversity and coastal protection.  These resources will be made available to universities around the world in a global effort to promote understanding and preserve ocean health.

“Ocean health is an example of content that matters. In our time, we need to incorporate our storytelling skills to bring the magic of science and exploration not only to a TV documentary but further to an interactive engaging experience for the next generation of students – where they are expected to retain such content,” said Ali Habashi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and lecturer at the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media who is producing this project. “The real value here is to organize our expanding knowledge with an adjustable pace that lends itself to education.”

Original videos showcasing researchers working and interacting with various stakeholders in the field, above and under water, would be central to each module. Several of these stories have already been filmed by Habashi’s team in the most exotic and environmentally rich locations – such as Indonesia, Chile, Singapore, Hawaii and California.

“This open educational resource may prove to be a model for us with its production values, use of world renowned experts, and interactive qualities.  I have seen some rough cuts of the materials to be used and I think the final product is going to be remarkable,” said Gregory Shepherd, dean of the UM School of Communication.

Each module of the eight-week OER will be reviewed and hosted by leading marine biologists from Conservation International, marine fellows from The Pew Charitable Trusts and other distinguished researchers such as Dr. Mark Erdmann, Dr. Stefan Gelcich, Dr. Ruth Gate, Dr. Mike Beck and Dr. Ben Halpern in order to ensure the accuracy of the scientific content, syllabus, case studies, discussions and assignments.

The Open Educational Resource will be managed in conjunction with The Friends of Stark Parks, an organization that supports strengthening and expanding of field experience and service learning opportunities for students and faculty at five colleges and universities in Stark County.

“For more than forty years, Herbert W. Hoover Foundation initiatives have supported major international research to provide accurate information through scientific investigation; created awareness through public information and education, and taken action to support environmental protection efforts,” said Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Chair, Elizabeth Lacey Hoover. “Now is the time to re-evaluate the traditional paradigms of education in ocean science and look for meaningful innovation.”


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VizUM Picks Up Where Places & Spaces Leaves Off

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VizUM Picks Up Where Places & Spaces Leaves Off

By Annette Gallagher
UM News

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science. Closing Reception: Juhong Park, Victor Milenkovic, & Alberto Cairo at the Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall at the University of Miami School of Architecture

Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and director of CCS’s Visualization Program, says VizUM will provide new ways to deal with “oceans of data.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 12, 2014)—Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, the extraordinary Indiana University exhibition of 100 artistic big-data visualizations that debuted on the University of Miami campus in September, held its capstone event last week. But it signaled a beginning, not an end.

“There are no endings,” said Sawsan Khuri, chair of the Places & Spaces committee and director of engagement for the Center for Computational Science (CCS), which joined with the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Architecture, and Otto G. Richter Library to bring the exhibit to campus. “Places & Spaces may be leaving, but this is also the beginning of VizUM, a visualization project that will connect the visualization efforts already in place on the campus and initiate new efforts as well.” Read the full story

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