e-Veritas Archive | May, 2012

Traffic Advisory: Expect Delays Due to High School Graduations

University of Miami employees should expect traffic delays from June 4 through June 8 on US 1, Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Walsh Avenue, Merrick Drive, Dickinson Drive, and other roadways surrounding the BankUnited Center due to high school graduations that will be held at the venue. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 4
9 a.m. Felix Varela Senior High
2 p.m. South Dade Senior High
7 p.m. Robert Morgan Educational Center

Tuesday, June 5
9 a.m. Hialeah Senior High School
2 p.m. G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School
7 p.m. Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Wednesday, June 6
9 a.m. Miami Coral Park Senior High School
2 p.m. Coral Reef Senior High School
7 p.m. Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School

Thursday, June 7
9 a.m. North Miami Beach Senior High School
2 p.m. Southwest Miami Senior High School
7 p.m. Miami Sunset Senior High School

Friday, June 8
9 a.m. Miami Senior High School
2 p.m. Miami Killian Senior High School


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Arts and Sciences Hosts Atlantic Geographies Institute

Vincent Brown, professor of history and African and African-American Studies at Duke University, speaks at the Atlantic Geographies Institute.

Fifteen prominent early-career humanities and social science scholars visited the Coral Gables campus from May 14-17 for the inaugural Atlantic Geographies Institute, an intensive session of interdisciplinary seminars on emerging work in Atlantic studies.

Vincent Brown, an acclaimed historian, author, documentary filmmaker, and professor of history and African and African-American Studies at Duke University, served as keynote speaker for the event, presenting the lecture “Cartographies of Atlantic Worlds: What Are We Mapping?” Read the full story

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Overtown Springs into Health

Bryan Stepanenko, a UM medical and master of public health student, explains how to run a relay race to some of the fair's young attendees.

When Miller School Master of Public Health students Angelica Melillo and Becky Greenfield reached out to Booker T. Washington High School, their aim was to create a sustainable cooking and nutrition program for the students just up the street from the medical campus. Little did they know the monthly program established by the Public Health Student Association would blossom into Overtown Springs into Health, the first of what they hope will become an annual health fair in partnership with the high school.

Held at the school on May 12 and sponsored by Johnson and Johnson Lifescan, Overtown Springs into Health offered community residents free health screenings, as well as access to many diverse community resources, including the University of Miami’s WalkSafe program, Camillus House, and the UM Pediatric Mobile Clinic. Fairgoers also enjoyed free aerobics, yoga, salsa, and Zumba classes, as well as a raffle and several prizes. Read the full story

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A Cloud of Climate Research: NSF Grant Supports Cutting-Edge Studies at Rosenstiel

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science a grant for the application of the latest cloud computing technologies to climate and natural hazards research.

Researchers Craig Mattocks and Brian Soden will serve as principal investigators on the project, which will create a pipeline of ensemble climate simulations to provide critical information on storm strength and the impact of storm surge on coastal communities.

Eventually, the advancements made will be transferred to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to enhance the performance of the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model for operational use in predicting storm surge generated by hurricanes and tropical storms.

“The students and faculty of the Rosenstiel School are internationally recognized as leaders in marine science research. From ocean conservation, oceans and human health, sustainable fisheries, coral ecology, and marine genomics, their work has tremendous benefits for all Floridians, in fact, for all people in coastal communities in the United States,” said U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. “This grant will help improve environmental and storm modeling by making the latest data sets easily accessible to the broader scientific community as well as strengthening tools for the application of that data. With hurricane season just around the corner, it is encouraging to see increased efforts to use computationally driven research to positively serve our community. I look forward to seeing the long-term results of this significant project.”

Cloud computing offers unparalleled access to data on demand and provides a cost-effective manner in which to port code to a new platform. This new method of computation also makes it simpler to make data sets available to the broader community and helps make harvesting metadata more efficient. In addition, the research team will contribute tools to help scientists share, preserve, publicize, and establish the provenance of the scientific data sets that result from their research.

“Compelling and timely application of climate research is our overall goal,” said Soden. “One of the more immediate and dangerous impacts of climate change in South Florida will be rising sea levels. Even with no change in hurricane strength or numbers, increased storm surge from rising sea level could pose a serious threat to property and lives in South Florida.”

This NSF-funded project develops a pipeline framework for running ensemble simulations on the cloud. The pipeline will take data submissions and organize them into controlled batches. It will also create an optimal workflow and establish best practices in data sharing and discovery.

“Our work will provide data to assess societal responses and guide adaptations to climate change,” added Mattocks. “These calculations will assist us in planning and building the sustainable, hazard-resilient coastal communities of the future.”

Climate modelers at UM will be collaborating with Jamie Rhome and Cristina Forbes in the Storm Surge Unit at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, and Arthur Taylor at NOAA’s Meteorological Development Laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland, to assimilate the new knowledge in NOAA’s SLOSH program, as well as in research, operational, and classroom settings.

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UM Ranks High in Hispanic Outlook’s “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics,” Makes Top 10 List in Doctoral Degrees

UM ranked among the Top 50 on multiple lists of Hispanic Outlook’s “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” based on degrees awarded in 2011.

UM is ranked #6 in number of doctoral degrees (120) awarded to Hispanics. In the master’s degrees category, UM ranks #30, with more than 200 degrees. UM ranks #46 in bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, for a total of 27 percent.

The “Top 100” list was compiled using information made available by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Overall, schools featured on the list saw an increase in the number of Hispanic students awarded a degree.

To learn more about the magazine or see more detailed rankings information, visit www.hispanicoutlook.com.

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