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Theresa Semmens Named Chief Information Security Officer and Assistant VP


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Theresa Semmens

Theresa Semmens

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 17, 2017)—Bringing a wealth of strategic cybersecurity expertise, Theresa Semmens joins the University of Miami as its chief information security officer (CISO) and assistant vice president, effective June 19.

As a member of University of Miami Information Technology’s (UMIT’s) Executive Cabinet, Semmens will work closely with senior administration, academic leaders, health system leaders, and the University community to optimize UM’s information technology security.

“Theresa brings strategic leadership to UMIT during our ongoing work to enhance our cybersecurity posture,” said Steve Cawley, vice president for information technology and chief information officer. “We’re looking forward to her being a leader who will have a positive impact on our University and information technology as a whole.”

As an advocate for UM’s information security needs, Semmens will be responsible for the development of a comprehensive information security strategy and a security program that leverages collaborations and university-wide resources, facilitates information security governance, advises senior leadership on security direction and resource investments, and designs appropriate policies to manage information security risk.

Semmens joins UM from North Dakota State University (NDSU), where she served as its CISO. There, she was responsible for creating, coordinating, and evaluating processes to build an information security vision and strategy, which included security policies, procedures and risk management, and assessment. At NDSU, she also reviewed contracts, software and service licenses, and agreements that contained IT components of security and regulatory compliance—in particular evaluating matters related to HIPPA, FERPA, GLBA, and applicable protection of information and privacy laws.

Semmens holds two master’s degrees, one in business administration and another in management, from the University of Mary in North Dakota.

 

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Faculty Showcase Features Storytelling for Teaching Excellence


By Michael R. Malone
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Visiting Assistant Professor Mónica Alexandra Durán  leads a learning circle at the Faculty Showcase.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 24, 2017)—Teaching teachers to weave stories using mind tools—rhythm and cadence, humor, a twist of the bizarre, or a taste of the familiar—that enhance learning was just one of the many novel techniques shared at Faculty Showcase 2017.

Promoting teaching excellence was the story at this full-day workshop held this month in the Donna E. Shalala Student Center. The third annual showcase, facilitated by University of Miami Information Technology’s Academic Technologies unit, attracted faculty from a range of disciplines across the University and included a potpourri of Faculty Spotlights, learning circles, and faculty exhibit opportunities.

“I’m always looking for new and better ways to get students engaged,” said Dan DiResta, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology, when asked his motivation for attending. DiResta and colleague Jane Indorf, an assistant professor, both appreciated the emphasis on storytelling in teaching and said narrative techniques are used often in biology in the form of case studies.

“The students really enjoy the case studies for learning—they’re like investigative mysteries—and some of the cases are ‘told’ by some very good storytellers,” Indorf said.

In his Faculty Spotlight on “Promoting Retention of Information through Narrative Memory,” Matthew Kaeiser, an instructor in the Division of Continuing and International Education’s Intensive English Program, shared associative language learning techniques he developed when teaching in Honduras. Research shows that narrative presentations enhance learning and storytelling techniques can be especially helpful for students whose first language is not English.

“Teaching can become very siloed, so the showcase is geared to get people from different teaching areas to connect and to expand faculty awareness for the many opportunities that are there for them but often not talked about enough,” said Gemma Henderson, senior instructional designer with Academic Technologies. The showcase was mainly contextualized for University faculty, but was open to the public.

As part of his keynote address, “Developing Students’ Emerging ‘Story of Self’ as Citizens,” Scot Evans led participants in a storytelling exercise to identify the “ah ha” moments in their lives, a snippet in time where they became aware of their purpose and civic identity. Evans, an associate professor of educational and psychological studies in the School of Education and Human Development, uses the same exercise in his classes to connect students to the power of their own stories—and how their stories deepen connections to each other and to their learning.

In addition to the keynotes and a wide range of topics explored in learning circles, faculty toured tables with resource information about Learning Innovation and Faculty Development; the Faculty Learning Community (trans-disciplinary); Learning Platforms (online technologies for classroom teaching); Miller School of Medicine campus resources (curriculum development, mentoring and faculty development, Panopto lecture-capture); and the treasure chest of resources available for faculty and students at the library—Digital Media Lab, Geographic Information Systems Lab, Digital Humanities, the Learning Commons, and much more.

For the last two years, the Faculty Showcase has been funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

 

 

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Sign Up for Free Planner Training on March 2


Trying to take the chaos out of project planning and add more structure to team collaboration? If so, Microsoft Planner is a useful tool for your work life. Planner helps workgroups create shared plans (projects), assign tasks, and set deadlines. It also provides ways to visually organize and track your team’s progress with tools such as charts and visual dashboards. Plus, Microsoft Office works with Planner to assist in communication among team members and scheduling important events.

Interested? This course is offered on Thursday, March 2, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., on the Miller School campus (Dominion Tower, room 1003A). Sign up for this free, two-hour, instructor-led training offered by University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) in ULearn (ulearn.miami.eduby searching for the keyword “Planner.”

Additional courses are currently available featuring a number of applications. To view the entire course catalog, visit the UMIT training website.

 

 

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UHealth Wireless Network to Be Restricted on December 21; Users May Switch to SecureCanes


SecureCanes1As part of the University of Miami’s effort to improve wireless connectivity, the UHealth wireless network at the Miller School of Medicine campus will be restricted to those with an account on the medical domain starting Monday, December 21. Faculty, staff, and students who cannot access the UHealth wireless network after this change are kindly asked to use the SecureCanes wireless network. SecureCanes provides encryption for wireless communications, making it safer to use wireless devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

To access the SecureCanes network, you are required to enter your CaneID and password. You will be asked only once to join this network and enter your credentials, but if you change or reset your password you will need to reconnect with your updated credentials.

For instructions on how to connect to the SecureCanes wireless network see SecureCanes Documentation.

Once you have successfully connected to the SecureCanes wireless network, please follow the instructions on how to remove the UHealth profile from your device(s). By removing the UHealth profile from you device(s), you will prevent your computer and/or device(s) from attempting to connect to both wireless networks.

If you have any questions or have trouble connecting to the SecureCanes wireless network, please contact the UMIT Service Desk at 305-243-5999 or help@med.miami.edu.

 

 

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UMIT Honored for Advancing Medical Imaging

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UMIT Honored for Advancing Medical Imaging


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Members of UMIT's award-winning team are, from left, ShawnClark, Dawn Cram, and Rick Stratton.

Members of UMIT’s award-winning Enterprise Imaging Team are, from left, Shawn Clark, Dawn Cram, and Rick Stratton.

The University of Miami Information Technology’s (UMIT) Enterprise Imaging Team recently won Merge HealthCare’s 2015 Visionary Award for the Acute Care Market for their work on UImaging, an industry-changing enterprise image archive and viewing solution.

“UImaging is a unique solution which goes beyond what is currently available in the industry. It facilitates the efficient and effective archiving and distribution of any medical image, regardless of its format or originating system,” said Dawn Cram, enterprise imaging manager. “This means we are able to store and archive any type of medical image, and that any provider, anywhere in the world, can be granted access to view it within our system.”

The solutions provided by UImaging directly benefit health care providers and patients at UHealth – University of Miami Health System. Over a five-year period, UImaging will be implemented across the enterprise in a phased approach. Beginning with the dermatology, ear nose and throat (ENT), and surgical departments, physicians will be able to more readily access patient images, such as clinical photos or scope videos, within UChart, UHealth’s electronic medical record (EMR) system. This will streamline workflows, reduce the time spent accessing medical images, and increase the time physicians have available to spend providing quality care to patients.

“UM has pushed the envelope with a true partnership by bringing their vision for archiving Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and non-DICOM/Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) to the Merge development and solutions teams,” said Nancy Koenig, Merge Healthcare’s chief operating officer. “Their goal of providing physicians with multidisciplinary access to images is a more streamlined and unified approach. Thinking outside the box is something UM continues to do very well.”

Of Merge’s 7,500 plus customers, UM and three other organizations (Johns Hopkins, Beverly Hospital (a member of Lahey Health), and Kaiser Permanente) were nominated for the 2015 Visionary Award for the Acute Care Market. Read more about Merge Healthcare’s 2015 Awards.

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