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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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Herrick Center Wins Knight Arts Challenge to Expand Cosford Classics


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HerrickCenterCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 11, 2014)—The  Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies was selected from nearly 1,200 applicants to receive one of 47 South Florida Knights Arts Challenge grants. It will use the $15,000 award to expand the Cosford Cinema’s Cosford Classics series, which showcases films presented on 35 mm.

According to center director Christina Lane, the Knight Foundation grant will enable the Herrick Center to enhance the classic series by inviting guest curators, including local film experts and internationally known scholars and filmmakers, to speak about each film, its cultural significance, and the importance of film preservation in modern culture. At its most recent Cosford Classics screening of the Ingmar Bergman drama Autumn Sonata, legendary actress and director Liv Ullmann, who starred in the film with fellow actress Ingrid Bergman, was on hand for a post-screening Q&A session.

“We are truly delighted about this support for the series, especially because it helps to support a core mission,”  said Lane, associate professor of film studies in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. “With our 35mm film screenings, we create a truly cinematic experience in a shared public space. We bring film history alive for new generations.”

In all, the Knight Foundation awarded a total of $2.29 million to 47 mainly small arts organizations, collectives, and individual artists who had the “best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.” Other ideas included launching an artist-in-residency program over the water at Stiltsville, setting traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban poetry, and presenting a play based on the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Located at the School of Communication, the Herrick Center is home to the extraordinary collection of moving image materials that Norton Herrick, chairman of Herrick Entertainment, a motion picture and theatrical production and financing company, donated to the School of Communication. The collection consists of more than 3,000 films and television programs, including many rare and otherwise unavailable titles.

One of the major projects of the Herrick Center, which is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of the history, aesthetics and social and cultural impact of motion picture media, is to digitize materials in the collection to make them accessible online to UM student and faculty.

 

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‘Places & Spaces’ Capstone Seminar to Focus on the Future of Data Visualization at UM


Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, three members of the UM faculty who are leaders in their respective fields—Alberto Cairo, assistant professor of the professional practice in the School of Communication; Ju Hong Park, assistant professor in the School of Architecture; and Victor Milenkovic, professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences—will discuss the importance of continued work in the field of big data visualization and its place at UM at the School of Architecture’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall.

Sawsan Khuri, director of engagement for the Center for Computational Science, also will speak, discussing further interdisciplinary efforts in data visualization at UM. A reception will follow the discussion, and the event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

This is the capstone event for the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, which is on display at the University of Miami through December 11. To learn more about the project, visit the website at visualization.miami.edu.

 

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Reach Me Director and Actor Reach Out to Film and Theatre Students

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Reach Me Director and Actor Reach Out to Film and Theatre Students


By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

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Actor Danny Aiello, left, and director John Herzfeld shared tricks of their trade with film and theatre students.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 19, 2014)–On campus for the premiere of their newest movie, director John Herzfeld, a UM alumnus, and veteran actor Danny Aiello treated about 50 film and theatre students to a candid master class in the School of Communication’s Studio A, where they shared tricks of their trade and juicy stories on their film careers.

“My advice to first time directors is, ‘If you don’t know something, fake it,”’ Herzfeld told students Thursday afternoon, hours before Reach Me, which stars Aiello, Sylvester Stallone, and a host of other stars, premiered at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. “Eventually you will learn how to do it. Never let them see you sweat.”

Director of more than a dozen films, Herzfeld studied at UM where he roomed with Stallone. Even as a student, he said he knew all he wanted to do was make movies. Since then, he has collaborated with Aiello in four films, including 2 Days in the Valley, which he and Aiello recommended to the students as a primer for working in Los Angeles.

Assistant Professor Thomas Musca moderated the lively, casual discussion with Aiello and Herzfeld.

Aiello said that he “loved” working with Herzfeld because the director allows actors a great deal of freedom. “You want your director to be a minimalist,” Aiello said. “A director should be someone who gives you direction, but never tells you how to do a line. It’s got to be your way of doing the line.”

A respected film and stage actor with close to 80 films under his belt, Aiello lauded Herzfeld for continuing to roll the camera even when a scene has concluded.

“Often you get the gold after the scene is finished,” he said.

More than 700 alumni and students attended the evening premier of Reach Me, which was moved to the Fieldhouse to accommodate the overflow crowd. The film is about a motivational book, which written by a mysterious man, quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people, including a journalist, his editor, a former inmate, a hip-hop mogul, an actor, and an undercover cop to re-evaluate their lives by confronting their fears.

The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly, Nelly, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Berenger, Danny Trejo, and others.

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