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Professors Create Scholarship to Honor the Late Charles M. Haar

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Professors Create Scholarship to Honor the Late Charles M. Haar

Adam Bregman is the first Charles M. Haar Scholar in Planning and Zoning.

A group of Miami Law professors in the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development program has created the Charles M. Haar Award for Excellence in Planning and Zoning in memory of the late professor, who died on January 10 at the age of 91. The award is given to a student who earns the highest grade in Adjunct Professor Brian Adler’s Planning and Zoning course, and the recipient is designated as the Charles M. Haar Scholar in Planning and Zoning.

The first such recipient is Adam Bregman, an associate in the Real Estate practice group of the West Palm Beach firm McDonald Hopkins LLC. Read the full story

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Miami Law Adjuncts Fund Scholarships for Needy Students

Many adjunct professors of the University of Miami School of Law have generously contributed over $80,000 to the Adjunct Faculty Scholarship Fund. Since its inception in the fall of 2011, three $5,000 need-based scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Litigation Skills students, while twenty $2,500 scholarships have been awarded to deserving third-year students to defer the costs of Florida Bar preparation courses.

“We’ve had a wonderful response,” said Douglas K. Bischoff, associate dean for adjunct faculty. “The amounts donated and the large number of adjuncts who supported this scholarship fund reaffirms the absolute commitment that the adjunct faculty has to the law school and our students.”

Forty-six adjuncts have contributed part or their entire honorarium in support of the scholarship and were recently saluted in a full-page ad in the Daily Business Review.

“We are very pleased at the support of the Litigation Skills faculty in assisting the program’s recognition of outstanding student performance,” said Laurence M. Rose, professor and director of the Litigation Skills Program. “Their monetary generosity complements their valuable time commitment and recognizes those who have gone the extra mile to insure that our most successful students are acknowledged in a way that helps them to choose a career path in litigation.”

Three more $5,000 awards are reserved for the fall 2012 semester, and future funds received in 2012-2013 will be used for the 2013 (spring and fall) awards.

“Being a lawyer is so much more than memorizing black letter law. But to practice law, it is required,” said Tyler Kirk, J.D. ’12. “This is why graduates from law school dedicate themselves to studying for the bar exam. The necessary preparation for the exam comes at a price. The selfless generosity demonstrated by the adjunct faculty through their scholarship fund will help many UM law grads achieve their dream of becoming attorneys while defraying the steep price tag of a bar prep course.”


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Helene Fuld Health Trust Grant Fast-Tracks New Nurses Into the Field

A generous grant from a private trust has allowed the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies to establish a scholarship fund that will fast-track new nurses into the profession and address the nation’s critical shortage in that field.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship Fund, established with a $500,000 award from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, will help students enrolled in UM’s accelerated B.S.N. program to earn a bachelor’s degree in 12 months.

“We appreciate the recognition bestowed upon our program by the Helene Fuld Health Trust to offer prospective students a fast track to nursing as a career,” said Nilda Peragallo, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies. “Our accelerated B.S.N. students are highly successful both academically and professionally. In fact, more than 90 percent pass the national licensing exam on their first attempt.”

Established in May 2004, the University of Miami’s accelerated B.S.N. program offers the highest quality in nursing education, exposing students to clinical training and hands-on patient care while also addressing the nation’s critical nursing shortage. Applicants must already hold a baccalaureate degree. Many students in the program have already earned graduate degrees and/or have several years of professional experience in health-related or other relevant professions. Admission to this rigorous program requires applicants to have completed eight specific prerequisite courses in science, math, and psychology fields, and to have obtained a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in their previous degree courses.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust is the nation’s largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. In 1935 Leonhard Felix Fuld and his sister, Florentine, created a foundation in honor of their mother, Helene. In 1965 the foundation was converted to the Helene Fuld Health Trust to support and promote the health, welfare, and education of student nurses.


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Grant Supports Underrepresented Students in Accelerated BSN Program

The University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies has announced that for the third time, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).

During the 2012-13 academic year, the school will receive $150,000 to support students in its Accelerated BSN program who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing a second career in nursing.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) launched the NCIN Scholarship Program in 2008 to expand enrollment in accelerated degree programs at schools of nursing and to help increase diversity in the nursing workforce.

“We need a well educated, diverse nursing workforce to provide quality care for our changing patient population,” said David Krol, program officer for NCIN, RWJF senior program officer, and team director of the RWJF Human Capital portfolio. “NCIN is strengthening nursing education and helping to fill the pipeline with capable, culturally competent nurses.”

Schools receiving grants through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Students who receive the NCIN scholarships—in the amount of $10,000 each—have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field and are making a career switch to nursing through accelerated nursing degree programs. These programs prepare students to pass the licensure exam required for all registered nurses in as little as 12 to 18 months and provide quicker routes to workforce eligibility than traditional programs.

At UM’s School of Nursing and Health Studies, 15 students will be awarded NCIN scholarships. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 2,717 scholarships to students at more than 100 unique schools of nursing. This year funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 55 schools of nursing.

Students also receive other support to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program. All NCIN grantee schools are required to maintain a mentoring program for their scholars, and many offer a pre-entry immersion program to help scholars with study, test-taking, and other skills that will aid them in managing the challenges of the program.

“One of the primary goals of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to promote the growth of nursing as a profession; this generous grant is designed not only to expand program capacity but also to increase diversity,” said Nilda Peragallo, dean of the nursing school.

“AACN is proud to collaborate with RWJF on this unique effort. NCIN scholars bring life experience that makes them exceptional, mature nursing candidates, and they represent the diverse, culturally competent nursing workforce our nation needs,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “NCIN provides the scholarship and support these students need to succeed in school and thrive in the workforce.”

The 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher and increasing the diversity of students to create a workforce prepared to meet the demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. The mission of the NCIN program is helping to advance those recommendations, enabling schools to expand student capacity in higher education, and encouraging more diversity.

By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. Data from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration show that nurses entering the profession via baccalaureate programs are four times more likely than other nurses to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicate a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels.

For more information about the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies’ accelerated program, visit www.miami.edu/sonhs. To learn more about the NCIN program, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.


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Arsht Research on Ethics and Community Grants Awarded

The University of Miami Ethics Programs have awarded six grants for the 2012-13 Arsht Research on Ethics and Community program.

The Arsht grants, now in their sixth year of funding, are made possible by the generosity of UM trustee and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, whose gift of $3 million is the largest gift for ethics in Florida.

“Ms. Arsht’s goal of creating a network of UM scholars and students doing research in Ethics and Community is being met. This year we received proposals from faculty/student teams from all three campuses representing eight different schools,” said Anita Cava, who, with Kenneth Goodman, co-directs the UM Ethics Programs. Cava also directs the Business Ethics Program and Goodman the Bioethics Program.

“UM has emerged as a national leader in creative and interdisciplinary ethics research thanks to the Arsht awards,” said Goodman.

Arsht grants are awarded to teams of faculty and student collaborators from UM’s Coral Gables, medical, and marine campuses to conduct research projects that address contemporary moral issues with implications for public policy, professional practice, or human rights. Grant funds are used for faculty release time, summer support or course buyouts, student compensation, software, books and other resources, limited travel, and other appropriate project-related costs.

The grants, along with a distinguished speaker series, undergraduate ethics debates, and support for distinguished UM and visiting scholars, comprise the Arsht Ethics Initiatives at UM. For more information, click here.

The 2012-13 Arsht Research on Ethics and Community awardees and projects are:

Peer Educators in the Ethics of Research (PEER) – Pilot Implementation and Evaluation
Miller School of Medicine
Faculty: Thomas Champney, Department of Cell Biology, and Reid Cushman, Department of Medicine
Student: PEER awardees

Can Principles Solve Moral Dilemmas in Bioethics? A Solution to the Problems of Specifying and Weighing Principles
School of Law
Faculty: Thomas Nickel, School of Law and Department of Philosophy
Student: Philipp Schwind, Department of Philosophy

Evidence-Based Medicine and Patient-Centered Ethics: An Integrated Approach to the Philosophy of Medicine
College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty: Otávio Bueno, Department of Philosophy
Student: Robin Neiman, Department of Philosophy

The Ethics of Health Data in Botswana: What do Journalists and Urban Scholars Know and Report and What Should They Know?
Colleague of Arts and Sciences and School of Communication
Faculty: Richard Grant, Department of Geography, and Jyotika Ramaprasad, School of Communication
Student: Katharina Lang, School of Communication

Making Psychological Research Safe for Research on Virtues: Debunking the Situational Determination of Ethical Decisions
School of Education
Faculty: Blaine J. Fowers, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies
Student: Tyler Lefevor, Laura Cohen, Samantha Lang, Nicole Garcia, and Giovanna Ibias, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

The Right to Health Care: A Survey of Future Physicians
Miller School of Medicine
Faculty: Richard Tiberius, Educational Development Office
Student: Tyler Beals and Jason Rudman, Miller School of Medicine

For a complete list of previous awardees and abstracts of their projects, please click here.


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