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Study Shows Chromium Supplements Do Not Lower Fasting Glucose

Coral Gables, Fla. (April 10, 2014)—Approximately 26 percent of the U.S. population has impaired fasting glucose, which is a predisposition for developing type 2 diabetes, and chromium supplementation has been suggested as a method that may help control and prevent the disease.

 A new study by a University of Miami researcher analyzes nearly three decades of data on the effect of chromium supplementation on blood sugar and concludes that chromium supplements are not effective at lowering fasting blood sugar in healthy individuals, or in diabetics.

Chromium is a mineral required by humans in minute concentrations and is obtained naturally in the diet, and a few cases of deficiency have been documented.

“Some previous research reported that chromium supplements lower the levels of fasting glucose,” says study author Christopher H. Bailey, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences at the School of Education and Human Development. “However, the effect may have been exaggerated or mistaken for the effects of other concurrent treatments, such as exercise training.”

Previous studies also have used different methods to analyze and report their results. These differences in methodology could potentially lead to different results regarding the effect, or lack of an effect, of chromium supplementation, the study says.

Nonetheless, the door is not closed upon the possibility that chromium may have other effects of interest.

“Although chromium supplementation doesn’t lower fasting blood sugar, there may be other beneficial effects on the body that require more research,” Bailey says. “Fasting blood sugar is only one aspect of human health.”

The current study addresses the limitations of previous research by improving the statistical methods used to analyze the data. The project looked at 16 studies published from 1985 to 2012 and included 809 participants between 36 and 67 years old. The supplements included in the analysis were chromium chloride, chromium picolinate, chromium nicotinate, chromium dinicocysteinate, and chromium yeast. Doses of chromium ranged from 200 to 1,000 micrograms per day.

The study, “Improved meta-analytic methods show no effect on chromium supplements on fasting glucose,” is published in the journal Biological Trace Element Research.

Bailey suggests that more research is necessary to show whether other dietary supplement ingredients may provide positive, negative, or no effects on fasting blood sugar.




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Council on Contemporary Families Annual Conference to Explore How Technology is Changing How Families Live and Love April 25-26

Coral Gables, Fla.  (April 8, 2014) – Technology undoubtedly influences how families work together and communicate with each other, as well as their overall everyday experiences. To further explore this dynamic, the Council on Contemporary Families will host its 17th annual conference, titled “Families as They Really Are: How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love,” April 25 – 26, 2014 at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center.

“Digital technologies are transforming the ways we think about who we are, how we relate to others, how we solve problems, and what communities we belong to,” says Professor Etiony Aldarondo, associate dean for research at the School of Education and Human Development and executive director of the council. “Understanding how digital technologies affect our social and emotional life enables us to use these technologies to strengthen our human condition.”

During the conference, Isaac Prilleltensky, dean of the School of Education and Human Development, will lead a panel titled “Wellness in Your Hands,” which will focus on online games that promote individual and family well-being. For more information about the conference or to register, log onto www.contemporaryfamilies.org.




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’Canes Community Makes It a Family Affair at Marlins Park

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (April 6, 2014) – Powered by the pitching of Jose Fernandez and the slugging of Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins notched their fifth win of the 2014 Major League Baseball season Saturday, defeating the San Diego Padres 5-0 at Marlins Park in Little Havana.

But what the box score doesn’t say is that not all of the attention was focused on The Fish. The team would share the spotlight with thousands of University of Miami faculty and staff who turned out at the ballpark for UM Family Night with the Marlins. Face painting, autograph sessions with Marlins players, on-field pregame ceremonies, performances by the UM band, and live post-game music with DJ Laz were among the many activities enjoyed  by employees and their families.

Six UM employees threw out first pitches. They included Norm Parsons, executive director of the Wellness Centers on the Gables and Miller School campuses, who is retiring after 43 years of service; Ed Gillis, dean of enrollment management, who is retiring after 22 years; School of Law professor Richard Williamson, who has served as chair of the Faculty Senate for five years; Jessica Driemeier, student services manager for the Intensive English Program on the Coral Gables campus; Natali Latorre, associate director of marketing for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute on the Miller School campus; and Cristy Barrera, office manager in Facilities Administration at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Hundreds of employees visited the MyU: Faculty and Staff Thank You Tent on the West Plaza, receiving temporary U tattoos and Sebastian bands. They also got a look at the UHealth Physical Therapy Clinic, which, when the Marlins aren’t playing, is open to patients by appointment. UHealth Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider for the Miami Marlins and the Miami Hurricanes.

The biggest winners of the day, however, were University of Miami students who received scholarships from the Miami Marlins Foundation. The philanthropic arm of the two-time World Series champion Marlins donated $12,500 in much-needed funds to UM, with $7,500 going to Matthew Friedman, a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program, and $5,000 being given to the Suzanne Rayson Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in the School of Communication’s Broadcast Journalism Program.

Jimmy Oves, a technician at University of Miami Hospital, who attended Family Night with his wife, Yuriam, and sons, Alex and Jimmy Jr., summed up the day best: “A perfect way to spend time with my family,” he said. “Everything about it—the activities, the food, and the game—is great.”


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Faculty and Staff Support the U: A Mentor to All, Educator Invests in Future Teachers


Robert F. Moore

In his long career at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, Professor Robert F. Moore has provided guidance and advice to generations of students and prepared teachers from all walks of life to be effective leaders in the classroom. As President Donna E. Shalala said at the 2014 Black Student Scholarship Reception, “Bob is everyone’s mentor here at the University.”

Moore now serves as assistant provost for undergraduate education and director of the Office of Academic Enhancement. He is also a resident master at Mahoney Residential College. “Being part of the living and learning community at Mahoney has been a great experience for me,” he says.

In 2014 an anonymous donor provided a $10,000 gift to the University to establish the Robert F. Moore Scholarship Fund to benefit students in the Teaching and Learning program. “Since then, I have been contributing my own resources and asking my friends and colleagues for their support,” says Moore, who actively supports the University of Miami Alumni Association.

A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Moore earned his undergraduate degree at Fisk University and a master’s degree and a doctorate in special education at Indiana University. He taught at Coppin State College and Fisk for several years before joining the UM faculty in 1975 and earning numerous honors. In 1999, he was named Professor of the Year by the Panhellenic Council. He also is a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, and has a building at Bel-Aire Elementary School in Cutler Bay, where he has been professor in residence for many years, named for him.

Recognized as a leader in the evolving field of special education, Moore served as associate dean for the School of Education from 1981 to 1994, and was acting dean for two years. He also guided UM education programs in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Nevis and the Virgin Islands, and last summer led a UM teaching trip to South Africa.

For Moore, the link between philanthropy and education is clear. “By growing the scholarship fund, we can provide assistance to students who have the drive, energy, and passion to become great teachers in the future. I believe in the importance of giving back to our University, and I encourage other faculty and staff members to support a school or a program that has a special meaning for them.”

Have you made a commitment to support the University of Miami, or know a colleague who has? Share your story or nominate a UM faculty or staff member here, and you will be entered for a chance to win a special gift.


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Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network Workshop Series: ‘Supercharge Your Social Media and Email Marketing’

Learn how to build a high-impact nonprofit at the next workshop, “Supercharge Your Social Media and Email Marketing,” in the Networked Nonprofit Workshop Series. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables.

Hosted by the Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network and the University of Miami’s Schools of Business Administration and Education and Human Development, this workshop will feature Alex de Carvalho, Constant Contact’s educational marketing expert and regional director for South Florida.

De Carvalho has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and development, as a startup entrepreneur, a university professor, and an author. He will cover best practices and winning strategies for finding and keeping subscribers, increasing engagement and deliverability rates, writing good subject lines and content, getting readers to take action, and becoming a trusted source.

Participants will learn how to make it easy for readers to share their messages on social media, act on initiatives, and measure results.

Register now to reserve a space. The fee is $25 payable by credit card or check at the door. Scholarships are available for individuals and organizations. Contact Kristine Singer at KristineS@CatalystMiami.org or 305-576-5001, ext. 12 for more information.

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