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Faces of AIDS: J. Tomás López Reflects on His Photos that Looked the Pandemic in the Eye


Faces of AIDS: J. Tomás López Reflects on His Photos that Looked the Pandemic in the Eye

By Deserae E. del Campo
Special to UM News

Faces of AIDS

Dennis, 1990-1991, silver gelatin print, by J. Tomás López.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 2, 2016) — J. Tomás López, professor of photography and director of electronic media in the College of Arts and Sciences, spent four months researching the essential message he wanted to convey in the images he captured for the collaborative photography project Faces of AIDS back in the spring of 1990.

A full narrative of Lopez’s experience photographing individuals with HIV/AIDS was recently featured in A&U Magazine, a publication containing art, activism, and current events emanating from the AIDS pandemic.

“My early discussions with this group of 14 PWA’s (people with AIDS) were about my intent, as well as the motivation of those with AIDS for getting involved in the project,” said López. He recalls how the process went on for months, from September to December of 1990.

“I attended dinners and workshops at the Tampa AIDS Network when none of the other artists were there, and stayed hours talking with PWAs,” he said. “I heard for the first time that AIDS wasn’t just a disease of the body but one that took its real toll in the spirit. Many people that I spoke to referred to the alienating nature of this virus, not just because it is contagious nor because it is thought of as a gay plague but because when a person is perceived as dying others are hesitant to look them in the eye.”

The final portraits captured by López are haunting; they are close-up, large shots exhibited in 70 mm infrared black and white photographs. “You must look into their eyes, and there is no averting your gaze. They are just like us. They are us,” said López.

Read the full article about López’s experience and see the images he captured.


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Professor to be Awarded UCD’s Ulysses Medal


Professor to be Awarded UCD’s Ulysses Medal

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Susan Haack, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, professor of law, and professor of philosophy at the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences, recently learned that she is to be awarded the Ulysses Medal given by University College, Dublin (UCD).

The Ulysses Medal is the highest honor given by UCD. The medal was inaugurated in 2005 to highlight the creative talent and brilliance of its alumnus James Joyce, the celebrated Irish novelist and poet. The UCD Ulysses Medal is awarded to individuals whose work has made an outstanding global contribution.

“This news came as a complete surprise,” said Professor Haack, “but a very pleasant one! Of course I am, as I told the President of UCD, both honored and delighted.”

Previous recipients of the medal include Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who is credited for creating the theory of generative grammar; President Bill Clinton who was recognized for his commitment and contribution to Ireland’s peace and prosperity, and the elimination of poverty, disease, and suffering worldwide; Mary McAleese who served two terms as the eighth President of Ireland; and novelist Edna O’Brien for her contribution to Irish literature over five decades.

Dr. Haack’s work ranges from philosophy of logic and language to epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, pragmatism—both philosophical and legal—and the law of evidence, social philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of literature. Her books include Philosophy of LogicsDeviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; Evidence and InquiryManifesto of a Passionate Moderate; Defending Science—Within Reason; Putting Philosophy to Work; and Evidence Matters: Science, Truth, and Proof in the Law. Dr. Haack’s work has been published in 14 languages, and she is invited to speak around the world.


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Free Registration for Climate Leadership Training: Empowering Capable Climate Communicators on February 20 and 27

CapableClimateThe Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami and The Cleo Institute are sponsoring the Advanced Climate Leadership Training Series: Empowering Capable Climate Communicators 2016 on two successive Saturdays, February 20 and 27, with the goal of helping participants become sufficiently conversant with the topics and materials to begin effectively educating others.

Held at the Cox Science Center, room 126, on the Coral Gables campus from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. on both Saturdays, the training sessions will help citizens, professionals, policy makers and others who attend:

  • Gain an understanding of the causes, reality, severity, and impacts of human-induced climate change.
  • Learn what must be done to mitigate, adapt to, and work toward reversing the adverse effects of human-induced climate change.
  • Learn from leading climate communicators to communicate this important subject accurately and honestly to others.

To register, click here. All fees will be waived for UM faculty, staff, and students who use the code ECCC2016 when registering.

For more program information, contact Harold R. Wanless, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at 305-284-4253 or [email protected]. Visit The CLEO Institute for more information about registration and/or climate change training opportunities and involvement.


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Neil Johnson Named ACC Distinguished Lecturer


Neil Johnson Named ACC Distinguished Lecturer

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With dean Leonidas Bachas at his side, Neil Johnson accepts his AAC Distingyished lecturer certificate from Provosot Thomas J. LeBlanc.

Dean Leonidas G. Bachas, left, and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, right, present physicist Neil Johnson with his ACC Distinguished Lecturer award.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 17, 2015) – Neil Johnson, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“I’m very excited about being named a distinguished lecturer, as it presents a great opportunity to spread UM’s message about intellectual aspirations, while also building collaborations and providing an additional outlet when presenting my own research,” said Johnson.

Each year, five outstanding faculty members are chosen as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer and are invited to make special presentations by other ACC universities. As an ACC Distinguished Lecturer, Johnson will receive a research stipend and be invited to lecture at other ACC institutions. The collaboration across the ACC provides unique expertise to the host campuses and recognizes outstanding faculty in their fields of study, while also allowing for research collaborations and wider grant funding.

“Dr. Johnson’s expert knowledge in physics, his research in complex systems, and dedication to expanding the minds of our students have made him truly deserving of being recognized as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer,” said Leonidas G. Bachas, dean of the college.

The ACC Distinguished Lecturer program is now in its second year. The 2015-2016 Cohort includes Florida State, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Miami.

“Dr. Johnson’s interdisciplinary research in physics and complexity allows for a variety of presentations and lecture opportunities at our partner institutions,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, University provost and executive vice president. “The University is thrilled at the opportunity of having Dr. Johnson represent our entire research faculty as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer.”

LeBlanc selected Johnson as an ACC Distinguished Lecturer on Bachas’s recommendation. Johnson received his B.A. and M.A. at Cambridge University, and later completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. Prior to joining the UM faculty in 2007, Johnson was professor of physics at Oxford University.

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World Bank Report Details Challenges Still Facing Haiti

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World Bank Report Details Challenges Still Facing Haiti

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Louis Herns Marcelin, right, associate professor of anthropology at UM, discusses the World Bank Report “Haiti: Towards a New Narrative” with audience members, while Raju Singh, World Bank lead economist for Haiti, looks on.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 15, 2015) – Despite a modest surge in its economy following the destructive 2010 earthquake, Haiti continues to be mired in economic crisis, as political instability, natural disasters, and other factors such as an unfavorable business climate continue to make the island nation the poorest in the Americas, according to the findings of a new World Bank report shared with the University of Miami community on Wednesday.

Presented by Raju Singh, World Bank lead economist for Haiti, during a 90-minute forum at UM’s School of Communication, Haiti: Towards a New Narrative examines post-earthquake reconstruction and assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of foreign aid efforts in Haiti five years after the temblor that killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince’s infrastructure. Read the full story

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