Miami Magazine | Fall 2015

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Artful Restoration  |  Reptiles, Dolphins, Birds—Oh My!  |  Cat 5 on Cue


President Julio Frenk kicks off his first 100 days in office by forging a roadmap to UM’s ever-brightening future.

A Frenk Look at Our New Century






Volume 22 Number 1 | Fall 2015




University Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4


R+D Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

The University of Miami’s sixth president, Julio Frenk, is plotting a course for


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Bottom Lines




Future Focused UM’s continued rise as a global academic force.

Faculty Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


On Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

An award-winning restoration of the former “front door” to the Gables campus

Eye on Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Student Spotlight

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Alumni Digest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

From Military Barracks to Modern Treasure spotlights UM’s extraordinary place in postwar history.


Animal Pragmatism

In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Reptiles and dolphins and birds, oh my! A novel partnership between UM’s

Alumni Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

change the face of human medicine.

Big Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

NMFS PERMIT NO. 14352-03

Avian and Wildlife Lab and the Georgia Aquarium’s head vet is helping to


Hurricanes on Demand With this one-of-a-kind SUSTAIN facility, UM scientists are unleashing waves, wind, and water surges to learn how we can better weather our most dangerous storms.


P.24 On the cover: Julio Frenk, the sixth president of the University of Miami. COVER PHOTO BY DONNA VICTOR      Fall 2015  MIAMI 1



Presidential Credentials Thank you for the Summer 2015 edition of Miami. Of most interest is the article about our new president, Julio Frenk (“New President, New Era at the U”). He certainly has the credentials, and I am sure we are all enthused to learn of his selection.

Richard H. Plager, A.B. ’51, B.B.A. ’52 Naples, Florida

South Campus Camaraderie I always read your magazines with great interest as they provide much current and perhaps not so very current happenings at the University. One of the first sections I turn to is “In Memoriam” to see if any old friends have departed. Fortunately, it’s been so long since I attended classes, I fail to recognize any listed name. In the most recent issue, Simon Zayon (Inbox, “A South Campus Vet,” Summer 2015) made reference to the South Campus, which sparked my memory. I, too, spent my freshman year

residing at the South Campus along with a goodly number of guys—many of whom were returned veterans from World War II and a few like me who were recent high school graduates. Despite our disparate experiences, we all got along very well. As Mr. Zayon mentioned, we were housed on an abandoned Naval Air Station, used by dirigibles that hunted Nazi subs off the coast of Florida and into the Caribbean. Thanks for the memories, Simon!

James A. Martin, A.B. ’50, B.Ed. ’55 Fairport, New York

Another South Campus Vet Replies I was interested in Simon Zayon’s letter (“A South Campus Vet”) on the veterans living on the former Naval blimp base. I enrolled at the University of Miami in March 1947, after discharge from the Army Air Force, for three reasons. One, the special late semester that began in March to accommodate returning veterans. Two, the G.I. Bill paid the private school tuition (I believe it was $450) and the magnificent sum of $75 a month living expenses. This $75 a month was more than we could possibly spend on living at the base. I could have enrolled at a later date at a public university in my native Michigan for a tuition of $75, but what the heck? The VA was paying. Reason three was a special bonus I was unaware of when enrolling. The University gave all returning

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veterans about a year of college credit for taking examinations and physical education. This enabled me to graduate after just two years and three months, in June 1949. I did return to Michigan for my graduate studies and career, but I am eternally grateful to the U for the opportunities it afforded me.

Richard Leland, B.Ed. ’49 West Bloomfield, Michigan

Bird Alert For those alumni living in the state of Maryland, the ibis otherwise known as Sebastian has flown north (Inbox, “Don’t Go, Sebastian,” Fall 2014)!

It is still possible to obtain University of Miami license plates with the “vintage” logo—and you get two plates (I have them on both cars)!

John King, B.S. ’78 Glenn Dale, Maryland Editor’s Note: Mr. King is correct. Call 305-284-9200 for more information.

Influential Friend Sidney H. Cooper’s letter (Inbox, “Lifelong Subscription,” Fall 2014) remarking on the death of Solomon S. “Sid” Lichter,

B.Ed. ’50, M.Ed. ’51, prompted me to describe the vital role Sid Lichter played in my life. After three and a half years of service during World War II, I was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and went to live with my uncle and aunt in Miami. I entered UM’s School of Education under the G.I. Bill, participating in a number of undergraduate and graduate courses with Sid, as all called him. I also taught Sunday school under his direction. While teaching math at a high school near Miami for the 1952-53 school year, I received a call from Sid, inviting me to spend the summer vacation with him in New York City while he was working toward his doctorate degree in school administration at New York University. We stayed in his parents’ apartment while they managed a resort in the Catskills. I accompanied Sid to NYU’s Greenwich Village Campus to register for his classes and ended up auditing psychology courses. In the fall I was accepted to NYU with the offer of a teaching fellowship at the School of Education. In 1954 I started my Ph.D. program and served as an educational psychology instructor. My program director was also a consultant to General Electric Co., Heavy Military Division, and he recommended me to

GE for a new program that required a “human factors analyst.” In 1956 I had to forego the final completion of my dissertation to immediately start work at GE that involved the ground guidance system for the Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. But that begins another story (see “Class Notes,” page 39).

David M. Snyder, M.A. ’52 Aiken, South Carolina

CORRECTION A story about UM associate professor of anthropology Caleb Everett in the Summer 2015 issue of Miami magazine incorrectly stated that Everett has studied the indigenous language of the Yucatec Maya in their region. Everett has not yet visited the Yucatan for this purpose. His Carnegie Fellowship will support future travel there. We regret the error.


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Lend Us Your Ears

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Remember Doctor Doolittle and his talent for talking to the animals? UM has its own version of Doctor Doolittle. But instead of talking to the animals, Professor Carolyn Cray is listening to them—their blood and other biological samples tell her when they’re in trouble and, oftentimes, how their lives can be saved. As you’ll see in the story on page 24, the things the animals have been telling Cray and her colleagues the past few decades also bear greater implications for another animal species near and dear to us—humans. When we listen, nature can warn us about impending danger. That’s what’s happening at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where the one-of-a-kind storm simulation facility described in the piece on page 28 is helping researchers learn the language of super cyclones and other fast-changing storm systems in an effort to better predict their paths and mitigate their power over our built environments. If we just listen, even buildings can come alive and share the precious details of our history. That was the case when we explored the award-winning 1300 Campo Sano renovation for the story on page 20. These are just a few examples of how valuable the act of listening can be. UM’s new president, Julio Frenk, has made that message loud and clear, placing active listening at the centerpiece of his strategy since taking office on August 16. His first public event, a Town Hall at the BankUnited Center, included a live Q&A moderated by proud Hurricane Bryan Llenas, B.S.C. ’10, a national correspondent for Fox News Channel and reporter for Fox News Latino. Eager students lined up 10 deep at two microphones to address Frenk about everything on their minds—from climate change to diversity on campus to the performance of UM’s athletic teams. Frenk listened, and he highlighted the importance of understanding the expectations of UM’s current constituents and those of its pioneering founders in order to create a roadmap toward UM’s centennial—just a decade away. That roadmap, Frenk explained, and the intensive listening exercise he is conducting in support of his first 100 days in office both are intended to help ensure that the U will continue as a leading academic light regionally, nationally, and on the global stage. President Frenk’s talent for listening, for taking cues from the world around him and transforming that knowledge into great strides and great impact, is evident in the cover story on page 14. In it, Frenk shares a key moment from his development as a youth in Mexico that helped set him on his path to becoming a pioneer of public health in Mexico and the United States. For more on Frenk’s University-wide listening exercise, visit To learn more about his inauguration on January 29, 2016, visit —Robin Shear, editor

Maya Bell Meredith Camel, M.F.A. ’12 Tim Collie Kira Lewis Melissa Peerless



Julio Frenk Vice President for University Communications

Jacqueline R. Menendez, A.B. ’83 Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs

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Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations and Individual Giving

Donna A. Arbide, M.B.A. ’95

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Ruff Life: Canine Companion Comes to College Barely a foot tall and weighing just over 10 pounds when he arrived on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus in June, Trenton is not a typical college freshman. But don’t be fooled by his irresistible, tail-wagging cuteness. This puppy is here to do some very serious learning—and a good bit of teaching, too. For the next year, the yellow Labrador-golden retriever mix will be learning house manners, public etiquette, social skills, and basic commands from his volunteer puppy raisers—the family of Joy Beverly, a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and an associate faculty master at Pearson Residential College, and a handful of students. Together they are grooming Trenton to become an assistance dog provided by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) to people with disabilities. But they have bigger dreams. They also hope to start UM’s first puppyraising service club, turning the U into a permanent training ground for puppy raisers who, year after year, will help the nonprofit organization match people who could enhance their independence with help from a dog trained to open doors, pull wheelchairs, turn on lights, pick up dropped objects, push elevator buttons, and perform innumerable other tasks most of us take for granted. So, not unlike his fellow freshmen, Trenton’s job is to soak up all the experiences he can—attending class, visiting the library, dropping by the Rathskeller, going to football games, and yes, meeting the ducklings on Lake Osceola—while remaining calm, unfazed, and focused. He won’t be hard to spot when 4 MIAMI   Fall 2015


A popular new Pearson resident helps launch dreams for a puppy-training service club at UM

The Beverly family— from left, Alexandra, Joy, Samantha, Jerry, and Gabriela—show 8-week-old Trenton around campus, and introduce him to some potential new friends near Lake Osceola upon his arrival in June.

he’s out and about. If he’s working, and training is work, Trenton will be wearing his bright yellow-and-blue CCI vest—a signal that those inclined to pet him should resist the temptation. It’s also a reminder to his handlers that he is not their dog. Junior Lindsey Slavin is one of a few students who are already involved in Trenton’s training. She is also gathering signatures from students interested in joining the club.

“It’s the start of a legacy, and Trenton is the founding father,” says the psychology major who learned about the club in Beverly’s calculus class. “It’s an awesome and unique way to get involved in something that will really make an impact.” Proving it takes a village to raise a puppy, a pre-vet student is already volunteering time to help socialize and groom Trenton, and a local veterinarian, Jorge Tonarley, is donating his services. For more information about the CCI club, email You can follow Trenton’s progress on Instagram, @pearson_prince.

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Using 10,000 pens, Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, an assistant professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering at the University of Miami, along with AAU Anastas and Yann Antere, fashioned “The BIC Structure,” an experimental suspended pavilion, for the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures 2015 Symposium on Future Visions in Amsterdam. “The BIC Cristal pen was obviously not designed to be implemented structurally,” state the work’s creators. “However, like all objects, it has mechanical and aesthetic properties that could change its function. This project is not about the object itself, but more about the process transforming its initial function.” It’s also about broadening perspectives on recycling, reusing, and sustainability.

Disease Gene Discovery UM researchers discovered and characterized a previously unknown disease gene linked to the degeneration of optic and peripheral nerve fibers, which has implications for all forms of neurodegeneration, including Lou Gehrig’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The study is published in the journal Nature Genetics. “This finding builds on our discovery of MFN2 as a major disease gene in this

area over 10 years ago,” says Stephan Züchner, professor and chair of the Dr. John

T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics at the Miller School of Medicine and a senior author of the study with assistant professor of biology Julia E. Dallman. Investigators from nine universities and research institutions in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom collaborated on the effort.

Boon for Big Data The University of Miami, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of Cincinnati were awarded a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to

create a center that will integrate and analyze large, diverse datasets of cellular signatures as part of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. The award, of which there is only one in the nation, is to establish a Data Coordination and Integration Center for the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures program, a large-scale effort to study the molecular underpinnings of disease compared with healthy cellular programming. “Our center will facilitate the processing of enormous amounts of data that will lead researchers across a broad spectrum to make key discoveries,” explains

UM principal investigator Stephan Schürer, associate professor of molecular and celular pharmacology at the Miller School and interim program director of drug discovery at the Center for Computational Science.

Autism and Zebra Fish Biologist Julia E. Dallman was the lead investigator for a study that pinpointed where and when two genes associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affect the brain. By manipulating the SHANK3 and SYNGAP1 genes in zebra fish embryos, which

are transparent and develop outside the mother, researchers were able to gain “an in vivo perspective on how ASD genetic variants impact neural circuit development in embryos,” she explains. “Our work begins to address a major gap in our current understanding of ASD.” Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genetics at the Miller School, is co-author of the study, which appears in the journal Human Molecular Genetics.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 5


Seeking Sustainable Solutions After Los Angeles suffered a series of disastrous water main breaks in 2009, city officials turned to Jean-Pierre Bardet—then professor and chair of the University of Southern California’s civil and environmental engineering department—to lead a team of experts in helping to uncover the cause of the ruptures. During a national search earlier this year, the University of Miami tapped this renowned civil engineer to take the helm at the College of Engineering. Dean Bardet, whose professional interests range from earthquake engineering and tsunamis to geomechanics, civil infrastructure systems, and megacities, started August 15. He succeeds James M. Tien, the college’s dean since 2007, who remains on the engineering faculty. Before UM, Bardet had served as dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, during which time enrollment, research expenditures, and fundraising hit record highs. Most recently, he was director of UTA’s Urban Water Institute, whose mission is to transform North Texas’s water-related challenges into opportunities by innovating sustainable solutions that affect the economy, people, and environment. Bardet sees the work he did as director of the institute as very relevant to Miami and looks forward to fostering

Educated in engineering in Lyon, France, Bardet received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology. During his 28 years as a professor at USC, he founded the Center on Megacities, a multidisciplinary effort to prepare and sustain the world’s largest cities for future challenges. He also served as chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which was named after a $17 million gift from a real estate developer. President Julio Frenk says Bardet’s “extensive experience in engineering, academic administration, and community building will help to engage our students, faculty, and external partners in transformational learning and research with realDean Jean-Pierre Bardet directed UTA’s Urban Water Institute.

“ Engineering in the 21st century demands not only creative and analytical skills but also compassion and collaboration to answer global issues.” close collaborations with other schools and colleges on projects that will create “a nexus of engineering excellence with other disciplines,” he says. “Engineering in the 21st century demands not only creative and analytical skills but also compassion and collaboration to answer global issues.” 6 MIAMI   Fall 2015

world applications.” Bardet’s research is widely published in scientific journals. He belongs to the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Tau Beta Pi: The Engineering Honor Society, and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

He has authored or co-authored six books, including a textbook called Experimental Soil Mechanics. He has received numerous awards, including from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering Science and Technology, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Science Foundation. “Miami as a gateway to the Americas poses challenging opportunities for greater collaborations with the diverse students and academic institutions in the region,” says Bardet, who moved to Miami this summer with his wife, Olga, and their 4-year-old daughter, Katherine. “UM is a great place to be, and it is the right time to be here.”


New College of Engineering dean comes to UM with collaborative approach, distinguished career


Bottom Lines

“We will attempt to track exposure. What carcinogens stay on the gear? This is a very, very unique study.” Erin N. Kobetz, associate director at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine, in The Miami Herald on August 27, explaining Sylvester’s study of a possible link between cancer and fighting fires in partnership with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.


Transplant recipient in the Diabetes Research Institute’s clinical trial of its BioHub, a bioengineered mini-organ that contains islet cells, was able to stop daily injections of supplemental insulin after 26 years. BioHub mimics the pancreas to restore natural insulin production in people with type 1 diabetes.


Reusable water bottles distributed at freshman orientation. There are 91 water refill fountains available across the Gables campus to reduce plastic waste.

“I didn’t cry. I was laughing, I was just laughing like crazy.” Carmen Torres, at a July 31 press conference, on her emotional response to realizing she was seeing again for the first time in 16 years after a Bascom Palmer Eye Institute surgical team implanted an innovative “bionic eye” system.


Toppel Career Center’s ranking in JobBrander’s annual review of Top 25 College Career Centers on Social Media.


Pounds of surplus food donated by UM Dining Services as part of its Food Recovery Network program, now in its fifth year.

“Castro was marketing the revolution. He was very charismatic, and he used it perfectly well.” Yeidy M. Rivero, author of the book Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial Television, 1950-1960, speaking at the Otto G. Richter Library September 9.


Rank for ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at UHealth for the 12th year in a row—and the 14th time overall—in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals edition.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 7


UM Unveils ‘MAP’ to Affordable Housing Office of Civic and Community Engagement project shows gaps in need versus supply at a glance Miami-Dade County ranks first in the nation in what’s defined as “severe cost burden” for housing. That means more people in Miami-Dade than in any other metropolitan area spend at least half of their income on housing. Nationally 11 percent of the population faces severe cost burden, but in Miami-Dade the figure is 21 percent. “Housing is such a key issue in Florida in terms of attracting and retaining talent,” explains Robin Bachin, assistant provost for civic and community engagement at the University of Miami. “The overall goal of our housing and community development work is to increase the availability of affordable housing and to promote balanced, people- and place-based revitalization strategies that are sensitive to the history and culture of neighborhoods.” To that end, the Office of Civic and Community Engagement developed a multilayered mapping tool that allows users to see neighborhood-level housing market dynamics at a glance. Launched in May, the Miami Affordability Project (MAP) collated and aggregated reams of data into a free software tool that has been embraced locally and nationally. The interactive MAP program, funded with grants from JPMorgan Chase and the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, identifies subsidized housing projects by name,

number of units, date of construction, how long it will remain affordable, who it’s intended to serve, and so on. It also has overlays to depict the level of cost-burden for a particular area. “What was striking to see was that a lot of the affordable housing is clustered, not surprisingly, in the downtown core as well as in The MAP tool lets users customize data queries for visualizing South Dade, but affordable housing market conditions around the county at a glance. there’s actually a lot of need in the western part of the investment bankers, Bachin says the county, in West Kendall,” notes Bachin. MAP has garnered interest from HUD “We know that because of the MAP.” Secretary Julián Castro, former HUD The innovative project—only New secretary and Florida Senator Mel York has launched anything similar— Martinez, and senior economists from got “incredible traction,” she says. real estate website Zillow. “Michael Liu, director of public housOn the horizon for the MAP: ing and community development for expanded functionality and additional Miami-Dade County, said this is an data, with the possibility of overlays for invaluable tool for them because immecommercial development and neighbordiately you can see where the need is.” hood crime down the line. In addition to city and county officials, redevelopment agencies, urban Visit revitalization groups, and community housing/map for more information.

White House Taps Business Professor At UM since 2004, faculty member is appointed senior economist on Obama’s staff In August, Laura Giuliano, an associate professor of economics in the School of Business Administration, began a one-year term as senior economist for labor and education on the staff of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. The council, which consists of the chair and two members, offers the presid­ent expert economic advice on the formulation of domestic and international economic policy. About 10 senior economists, each of whom works on different major areas of the 8 MIAMI   Fall 2015

economy, support the council. Giuliano’s duties include helping to prepare daily and monthly briefings for Obama and Associate professor council members Laura Giuliano and contributing to the annual Economic Report of the President. One of her regular tasks is helping to interpret and prepare a brief on the jobs

report published each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “As a senior economist for labor and education, I will provide economic analysis on a wide range of issues involving labor market policy, such as the minimum wage and overtime compensation, as well as issues related to anti-poverty programs, education, and work/family policy,” says Giuliano. “I will also work with other parts of the White House, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education.”

Eye on Athletics Halfway through the race, Shakima Wimbley could see she wasn’t where she needed to be, so she turned on the jets, displaying the blazing speed that’s made her one of the nation’s top collegiate sprinters. That late-race burst propelled the nearly 6-foot 2-inch gazelle-like runner to a second-place finish— and silver medal—in the final of the women’s 400 meters on July 23 at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Wimbley, whose time of 51.36 seconds was only nine onehundredths of a second behind gold medalist and fellow American Kendall Baisden, said it was “a dream come true” to represent Team USA and win a medal. “She ran herself back into the race,” said Amy Deem, UM’s director of track and field and crosscountry. “I’m proud of how she competed. This was a big moment for her.” Wimbley’s moment only got bigger and better at the competition Deem calls “a smaller version of the Olympic Games.” Wimbley capped her stay in Canada two days later with a gold medal, helping the United States to a first-place finish in the final of the women’s 4x400-meter relay. She ran a strong third leg, partnering with Texas A&M’s Shamier Little, Florida’s Kyra Jefferson, and Texas’ Baisden to claim the gold with a time of 3:25.68.


Silver and Gold

during their on-field debut September 5—at the season and home opener against BethuneCookman at Sun Life Stadium, where, thanks to the venue’s major facelift, fans are a lot closer to the action—and the new style that goes with it.

Diving Duo Captures National Titles Shakima Wimbley leaves the competition in her wake.

Her medal haul at the Pan Am Games followed another stellar collegiate season in which the junior captured AllAtlantic Coast Conference and All-American honors. With Wimbley’s latest wins, Deem is understandably excited about next season’s major indoor and outdoor meets—and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Track and Field slated for next July in Eugene, Oregon.

New Duds, New Digs Metallic stripes, cuttingedge fabric, and interchangeable color variations offering nine different dress combinations. No, these aren’t the latest fashion creations from Christian Dior or Ralph

It came down to a last Lauren, but some of chance, but David the eye-catching design Dinsmore didn’t choke. features of the Miami Showing nerves of steel, he Hurricanes’ new football nailed his final dive of the uniforms. day to win the gold medal The unis—develin the men’s 10-meter platoped in collaboration form on August 13 at the with UM’s new official AT&T USA Diving National athletic footwear, apparel, and accessory partner, Adidas—were unveiled on July 18 at a location as hip as the athletic attire itself: the Fontainebleau’s LIV nightclub in Miami Beach, which came alive with performances by DJ Cannon and Pusha From left, David Dinsmore and and appearances by Briadam Herrera bring home medals. a host of Hurricanes alums, including Jonathan Championships in Orlando, Vilma, B.B.A. ’04, and Florida. The freshman’s Brett Romberg, B.B.A. ’01. title was the second for the Made of Adidas’ propriHurricanes at the prestietary “Primeknit” material, gious competition. the new pants and jerseys Two days earlier, sophosport updated metallic more Briadam Herrera took stripes. The word “Miami’’ first place in the 1-meter is printed in large letters springboard—proudly above the number on the adding the title to his front of the jerseys, and the bronze medal-winning classic oversize “U” logo performance in the same is stitched into the back event at July’s 2015 World of the jersey as well as the University Games in outside of each pant leg. Gwangju, South Korea. The duds also dazzled — Robert C. Jones Jr.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 9


Stephen King 9/11 Story Filmed on Campus Facing certain death after the planes hit the World Trade Center, a woman jumps from a window. Yet as she plummets 110 stories, she is enveloped not by raging flames but by soothing thoughts of her beloved. That scene—adapted from a 9/11 story by Stephen King—was filmed by School of Communication students and graduates in an unlikely place: the patio outside the Bill Cosford Cinema. Of course no one will know that when the 30-minute film premieres at film festivals. No one will see that actress Juliana Harkavy was standing on a stool, her wind-swept mane blown by a fan, as Jonathan Franklin, B.S.C. ’10, rolled back and forth on a loaned camera dolly to capture her beatific expression. But that’s the magic of movies, and of turning a compelling story into an even more compelling screenplay. Which is what lecturer Barbara Leibell, M.F.A. ’97, hoped to share with her scriptwriting students in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media when she sought King’s permission last semester to adapt into a screenplay “The Things They Left Behind”—his story about a man haunted by the appearance of objects belonging to colleagues who

perished in the twin towers. It wasn’t an unusual request. Through what King calls his Dollar Babies program, the best-selling author has probably launched a number of careers by granting aspiring filmmakers the right, Jonathan Franklin, B.S.C. ’10, director of photography, films actress Juliana for the price of Harkavy “falling” from the World Trade Center at the patio of the Bill $1, to adapt his Cosford Cinema. stories for film. A week later, King gave his consent, and All 25 of the UM students who Leibell and her students, both former worked on the film this past May, and current, got busy. including costume designers from the Adapted and written by Jake Gillman, Department of Theatre Arts and script B.S.C. ’15, and directed by film producsupervisors from the College of Arts and tion M.F.A. candidate Sara Werner Sciences, faced challenges familiar to (whose short film on human trafficking, seasoned filmmakers: grueling hours, no Aurora, won the 2012 Canes Film Fest), pay, and a limited budget. the screenplay expands King’s narraWhat fueled them though, notes protive into a dreamy love story about the ducer Xinyue Chen, an M.F.A. film stubereaved boyfriend of the woman whose dent, was adrenaline and pride. “When red sunglasses turn up in his New York I see the footage we made together,” she apartment a year after she jumped. says, “I know it is worthy.” —Maya Bell

First ‘Ibis’ Volumes Now Online Digitized yearbooks offer window to history The Ibis yearbook, one of of the Otto G. Richter the University’s oldest and Library’s Preservation, most-cherished publicaDigital Production, tions, reached a modern-day Cataloging and Metadata, milestone this year when and Web and Application UM archivists completed the Development departdigitization of its first 33 ments. Its completion volumes, from 1927 to 1959, coincided with yet ensuring the preservation of another Ibis milestone. some of the oldest and rarest In March, for the sixth historical records of campus Digitized nostalgia: Now thousands of pages of UM history from the awardconsecutive year and life, student activities, and winning Ibis yearbook can be found and searched easily online. the ninth time, the academic highlights. The Columbia Scholastic digital collection at http://merrick. Internet access to browse, save, and Press Association awarded the Ibis a print pivotal and forgotten pieces of Gold Crown, the international student is fully searchable by keyword and UM history. Begun in 2013, the digitipress association’s highest recognition images, thereby enabling anyone with zation project was a collaborative effort of overall excellence. 10 MIAMI   Fall 2015


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Faculty Files

History Prof Probes Legacy of Anti-Vodou Laws As a Columbia University Ph.D. student in anthropology, Kate Ramsey traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1996 to research the island nation’s mid-20th-century history. She changed her thesis, however, after reading a series of documents that piqued her curiosity. From 1835 to 1987, Haitian Penal Code laws prohibited the practice of Vodou, a religion forged by the descendants of West and West Central African ethnic groups. Ramsey wanted to know not only why such laws were promulgated in the first place, but why they remained on the books for more than 150 years, despite not being strictly enforced. “The project evolved because I was there talking

to people, deepening my understanding of the language, the history, culture, and society,” she says. Her laborious research culminated in The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti (Chicago, 2011). Due out in paperback this November, the book has earned multiple prizes. In it, Ramsey, an associate professor of history, traces anti-Vodou laws— the last sanctions of which were repealed by the 1987 constitution—to the French colony of Saint-Domingue (as Haiti was then known). “This is when slaveholders began to see the ritual practices of those they enslaved as a potentially dangerous empowering force,” she explains. After the 1804 Revolution,

19th-century Haitian governments relied on these laws to counter foreign charges that “civilization” was declining in independent Haiti, and also at times to contain or co-opt attempts by rural people to lead and organize. Ramsey had to rely on archival records for the 19th-century portion of her research but was able to find eyewitnesses to the U.S. occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934, including a Vodou priest in his 80s. With commemorative activities and historical reflections taking place in Haiti and the U.S. to mark the centennial of the occupation, which began on July 28, 1915, Ramsey and Haiti-based anthropologist Rachel

Beauvoir-Dominique spent part of their summer at two Smithsonian collections and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, studying sacred objects confiscated by marines during the occupation. Ramsey, the College of Arts and Sciences’ 2015 Gabelli Senior Scholar Award recipient, continues to explore new territory. She recently curated an exhibition of Haitian art at the Lowe Art Museum with UM anthropology professor Louis Herns Marcelin and is now analyzing how 18th and 19th century medical theories shaped early writings about Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices across the Atlantic world. —Robert C. Jones Jr.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 11


New voices enhance UM’s literary diversity Take a stroll on any University of Miami campus, and you’ll hear a flurry of global dialects mingling and merging with English. “We’re a polyglot city, and we’re a polyglot university,” says M. Evelina Galang, director of the University’s Creative Writing program and a longtime faculty and board member for Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices). The multilingual University of Miami is a perfect partner for VONA/Voices, the only multi-genre conference in the country for writers of color. With support from College of Arts and Sciences Dean Leonidas Bachas, Galang was instrumental in bringing the conference here from the University of California, Berkeley. This summer Galang and 13 fellow VONA/Voices faculty members— including two of its co-founders, Elmaz Abinader and Junot Diaz—led workshops on the Coral Gables campus, helping 140 emerging writers of color amplify their

voices, sculpt their craft, and secure their place in the American narrative. The annual two-week conference, held for the past 15 summers in the San Francisco Bay Area, also engages UM and VONA faculty, from left, Chris Abani, Faith Adiele, Tananarive the local community with faculty readings that are free Due, Achy Obejas, M. Evelina Galang, Willie Perdomo, Adrian Castro, Andrew Pham, and Diem Jones give a reading. and open to the public. “VONA is such a strong program that it should have the backtext,” explains Galang, who frequently ing of a university and creative writing program that share its mission,” says adds texture and vibrancy to her Galang, a Filipina-American. “This is a literary characters by infusing their testament to how committed our protongues with Tagalog, the principal gram is to diversity and good writing.” language of the Philippines. “There are In addition to strengthening faculty ways you can do this without losing and student diversity, the UM Creative your monolingual reader, and we’re Writing program has been “actively already incorporating this in our writdeveloping” a multilingual component ing and teaching. It really speaks to the in its curriculum. way we are global writers—writers who “As faculty, we write in English but participate in the global conversation have other languages that enter our of literature.”

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Student Spotlight When the University of Miami hosted the Clinton Global Initiative University this past spring, College of Arts and Sciences senior Sam Peurifoy left with more than just memories. His project, USolar, was selected for support by the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, a seedfunding competition aimed at empowering university students to pursue socially responsible solutions to pressing global issues. “USolar aims to educate future voters on the importance of alternative energy, and how easy it is to understand,” explains Peurifoy, a Foote Fellow majoring in chemistry and mathematics. USolar will use hands-on demonstrations to help young people grasp solar technology. The goal is for the students to then become the teachers, spreading the word about alternative energy throughout their schools and communities. “Education is the first step for any kind of social change,” says Peurifoy, who attended public schools growing up in Missouri. “I’ve always felt that the public education system for younger students is in need of huge improvements, and this is a natural way for me to incorporate my own work into that goal.” Peurifoy is doing organic synthesis research and studying alternative energy solutions in the lab of Assistant Professor Adam Braunschweig, whom he considers a treasured mentor.

Power Ranger Sam Peurifoy shines a light on solar energy.

“Sustainable energy is absolutely the future. I want to be able to understand when leaps are made in the coming decades, and I hope to learn enough some day to actively contribute to the global community,” says Peurifoy. Before delving back into USolar this semester, Peurifoy spent the summer conducting complex chemical research on light-emitting particles in Paderborn, Germany, as part of a Research Internship in Science and Engineering Scholarship awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service). “I have endless interest for both travel and science,” he says. “This experience in Germany gave me a better idea of how the rest of the world performs research.” With plans to pursue a doctorate in chemistry after graduation, Peurifoy en­courages other students interested in science and research to find a lab and a mentor to develop their skills. To that end he has been an executive board member of both Kids ’n Culture, a tutoring organization, and UConnect, an undergraduate research networking organization. During Peurifoy’s time at UM, his affinity for science has grown, he says, into a “much more intense pursuit of understanding the physical world. I have learned more than I would have ever thought possible.” — Melissa Peerless      Fall 2015  MIAMI 13

President Julio Frenk, the former Harvard dean and minister of health for Mexico, has traveled a long and impactful road to UM, arriving full of fresh ideas, shared aspirations, and excitement for the institution’s future as a global force.


The old woman’s face was covered in blood. At some point during her three-hour walk to a small village in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, she stumbled and fell, opening a gash on her forehead. But that was the least of her worries. n Her seriously ill grandson, whom she’d carried throughout her long trek, would not receive the immediate medical attention he needed because the village’s sole health care practitioner was away on an errand, and no one else in town had the medical know-how to help. As she stood with her ailing grandson, her forehead still bleeding, the long journey, it seemed, had been for nothing n Watching the scene unfold was 16-year-old Julio Frenk. The son of German-Jewish immigrants who fled to Mexico to escape the persecution of Nazi Germany, Frenk was fascinated by the social sciences. He had come to the village in Chiapas—first by truck over barely passable dirt roads, then, like the old woman, by foot—to observe a famous anthropologist and study the region’s indigenous people. n Frenk also was searching for an answer: whether he, too, wanted to become an anthropologist or, like three generations of his family before him, practice medicine. The old woman’s plight provided the answer he sought. n “At that moment, I said to myself, ‘I am not only going to study these people. I am also going to serve these people,’” recalls Frenk. “That was a life-changing moment for me. That’s when I knew I wanted to become a physician.”

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Even on the go, President Julio Frenk finds time to stop and chat with UM’s No. 1 resource—students.

as a pediatrician in the country. “He’s 92 years old and still goes to work every day,” says Frenk. “That original family that was not wiped out in the Holocaust has produced a very large group of descendants,” says Frenk, whose parents still live in Mexico and who has six siblings, including a twin sister. “All of us know that we owe our lives to the generosity of [Mexico], which then became our country. So I was brought up with the idea of the need to give back, almost a moral imperative to understand that sometimes it’s the generosity of strangers that actually gives you the chance to live.” Frenk has applied that value set to every challenge he has undertaken— small to monumental.

Long before he went into public health—while taking a physiology course during his first year of medical school—he developed a keen interest in the human body’s many functions. But he thought, “No one should have to wait until they are 19 to learn how their body works.” That’s when he came up with the idea to write a children’s book on the topic. Using an old manual typewriter, Frenk created a group of characters based on amino acids, telling a story about their travels throughout the human body. He put the manuscript in a drawer for three years before trying to publish it. When the first edition hit bookshelves in 1978, it became a best seller and has been in print ever since. It was


And Frenk did just that, earning a medical degree and caring for Mexico’s disenfranchised as a physician. He would also ascend to other important positions—stints at the World Health Organization, Mexico’s Ministry of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Harvard, among them. Now, Frenk has stepped into his newest role as the sixth president of the University of Miami, with his inauguration slated for January 29, 2016. But one thing hasn’t changed: he still uses the incident in the Chiapas village as a lesson to illustrate the importance of understanding the root causes of problems. “The child got sick because he was living in awful conditions with no clean water,” explains Frenk, “and the grandmother got injured because the roads were in poor condition.” Frenk’s entire life has been a blueprint for creating real and lasting change to make the world a better place. Appointed health minister under Mexico’s president Vicente Fox from 2000 to 2006, he introduced comprehensive universal health insurance long before there was Obamacare. Frenk’s efforts expanded access to health benefits for tens of millions of uninsured Mexicans, including the impoverished and vulnerable—people like the elderly woman and her grandson Frenk had crossed paths with in the small village in Chiapas (he says the boy and his grandmother received medical care the next day when the health practitioner returned to town). Undoubtedly the circumstances surrounding his own origins played a role in shaping his mission. Prior to World War II, Frenk’s grandparents fled Nazi Germany for Mexico, which, while lacking economic resources, he says, was a nation rich in its tolerance for diversity. “Had my grandparents made a different decision, had they decided to wait it out like so many other Jews in Europe, I would not be here today,” says Frenk, who was born in Mexico City in 1953. Mexico welcomed and embraced Frenk’s family. His grandfather, who had been a physician in Hamburg, Germany, helped write social health insurance laws in Mexico, and Frenk’s father, Silvestre, championed children’s health


Frenk’s First Day On his first official day on campus as UM president, Julio Frenk hit the ground running, meeting with student leaders and greeting parents. Frantzie Jeannot was standing outside the entrance to the University of Miami’s Hecht Residential College when a golf cart rumbled to a stop only a few feet from her. Jeannot, a first-year student fellow at Hecht, immediately recognized one of the cart’s occupants. “Settling in?” she asked the bespectacled gentleman in the dark suit. “Yes,” he replied. “This is my first day.” And with that, UM’s sixth president, Julio Frenk, continued his morning itinerary, walking into the Hecht lobby, accompanied by Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely, to meet and interact with more students who are part of this new era at the U. “It’s going to be exciting to see what he does for UM,” Jeannot said. Inside Hecht, Frenk greeted parents who were helping their youngsters check into their new living quarters as another academic year got underway. “Good luck in your new job,” one parent shouted to Frenk. Walking from Hecht to nearby Stanford Residential College, Frenk paused to check out the UM Band of the Hour percussion section practicing on the intramural field. As he arrived at Stanford, applause broke out from the students working the front desk. “It’s wonderful to see he’s so engaging with students,” said Donald Dremluk, a parent in town from Alexandria, Virginia, to help his daughter, Kate, a freshman, get settled in. Earlier in the day at the food court, Frenk had met with about 20 student program coordinators for UM Orientation, which this year was themed Discover the U. Among them was Freddy Michaud, a biomedical engineering major, who was also impressed with Frenk’s “inviting personality.” For his last stop of Day One, Frenk met with the U’s student leaders at the Scott and Susan Fleischner Kornspan Study Lounge at the Shalala Student Center. He answered questions and spoke candidly, relaying a story about his late grandmother. “One of my many blessings in life is I had a grandmother who lived to be 106,” he told them, and she had a collection of “first times.” “Even at 100, she was still going to different places.” Frenk noted that he too has started his own collection of “first times,” which will now include his many experiences and encounters at UM. —Robert C. Jones Jr. so successful, in fact, that Frenk started a children’s book series about the human body, and from time to time, he meets people who tell him his texts sparked their interest in becoming physicians. After receiving his medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Frenk earned a Master of Public Health, a Master of Arts in sociology, and a joint Ph.D. in medical care organization and sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. When he became dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Frenk tackled the problem of worldwide social and gender inequality. Addressing the factors that have led women to increased risks of ill health and injustice within the health sector, he launched the Women

From top down: President Frenk gets in on a selfie and lends an ear to student leaders at UM’s food court and Kornspan Study Lounge.

and Health Initiative, aimed at improving outcomes and recognizing the vital roles women play in the household, community, and workforce as health care providers and caregivers. He also presided over a dramatic expansion of the school’s international reach, the reimagining of its mission to focus on four global public health challenges, a major revamping of its curricula, and the school’s renaming to honor T.H. Chan after Frenk helped steer a historic $350 million endowment gift by The Morningside Foundation. Frenk, who took the reins of the UM presidency on August 16, is confident his expertise in public health will be a tremendous benefit in his newest post because the field’s “be ready” approach can be applied to many other

areas. “Whether it’s how to deal with the complex dynamics on a campus or face the challenges in research funding, almost any problem is amenable to that framework,” he explains. “It’s a proactive stance as opposed to a reactive stance that simply responds to problems once they happen.” When he was introduced to the South Florida community at a press conference in mid-April, Frenk, 61, cited as one of the key factors in choosing UM, the chance to carry on the “upward trajectory” established by Donna E. Shalala during her 14-year tenure as president. UM is an institution whose “horizons are indeed bright, with so many opportunities for growth,” Frenk says. “I immediately felt this was a university that      Fall 2015  MIAMI 17


is uniquely suited to play exactly that role,” he continues. Supporting that role is UM’s rebranded Miami Institute for the Americas, formerly the Center for Latin American Studies, at the College of Arts and Sciences. Focusing on policy analysis in all sectors of the region—from the humanities and arts to social and economic development—the institute is led by Felicia Knaul, an international health economist and expert on Latin American health systems from Harvard who also happens to be President Frenk’s wife. Frenk and Knaul, who also has a faculty appointment at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, have a proven track record of working together. During Frenk’s term as Mexico’s minister of health, Knaul assisted his team of economists and health professionals in the financial calculations for establishing the country’s universal health care insurance plan. “More than a challenge, it was an opportunity to put right something that I felt was wrong for so long,” says Knaul, who echoes Frenk’s sentiments that UM is a “gateway to the Americas and a vibrant base for research and educational innovation to promote social, human, and economic development for that region and the world.” Miami’s wealth of diversity is another key ingredient that drew Frenk, a polyglot fluent in English, Spanish, French, and German, to Miami. Cultural, racial, and religious differences should be celebrated, promoted,

had a very internal, very intense drive towards improvement. That’s always exciting for any leader of an organization.” He counts the U’s age—at 90, one of the youngest of the top research universities—as a benefit, not a burden. “I’m hoping that out of that youth comes a lot of energy,” says Frenk. “Of course, there are great institutions that have been around for much longer. I find that an opportunity to learn and to leapfrog. We don’t need to go through the exact same stages that a Harvard or Cambridge or an Oxford went through. We can find our own pathway by being attentive to that richness of experience.” And with the institution’s 100th birthday only a decade away, now is the time to prepare for its second century, he adds. “We don’t need to wait. We’re particularly well suited to envision what we want to look like in the 21st century and start building it now.” For the University of Miami, located in an area regarded as the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, that 18 MIAMI   Fall 2015

future undoubtedly holds a greater presence in initiatives and programs that will inform the global discussion on matters affecting this part of the hemisphere. Frenk, the first Hispanic president in UM’s history, says the nation needs a great university with a “southward, eastward, and westward orientation that embraces the entire globe but is very focused on a part of the world that is not always as present as I think it should be in the global discourse.” The region’s “great innovations” in a number of policy areas could serve as valuable lessons for developed and developing countries, Frenk insists. “Those innovations—in democratic governance, in macroeconomic stability, and in social policy innovation—are hugely important, and we need a university that’s focused on the understanding of the translation of that experience and making it available to the rest of the world—not so that those experiences are adopted but adapted to local realities. The University of Miami


“Coach” Frenk addresses the 2015 Hurricanes football squad on Greentree Practice Fields.

President Frenk and Felicia Knaul, daughters Mariana Havivah and Hannah Sofía, and family pets Tikvot and Lupi roam Ibis House grounds.


Big-screen impact: At a packed Town Hall, President Frenk announces his 100-day listening exercise and his January 29 inauguration.

and used as “an antidote to inequality,” he says. “A diversity of perspectives enriches the experiences of everyone. It enriches our outlook and our way of analyzing, understanding, and attacking problems. Diversity is inherently a value we need to promote. It is also a value where the University can play a very important role of serving as a model of the sort of values and behaviors we would like to see reflected in the larger society of which the University is a part.” Frenk—who moved into Ibis House this summer with Knaul, their daughters Hannah Sofía and Mariana Havivah, and the family’s two dogs, Tikvot and Lupi— is already immersing himself in the UM culture. He served as honorary captain at a Hurricanes football game, greeted brand-new ’Canes during Move In Day (see sidebar, page 17), welcomed students at the annual ’Canes Kickoff, and perfected that all-important Hurricanes tradition—throwing up the U. At his first public event, a Town Hall forum held at the BankUnited Center in

early September, Frenk unveiled several steps toward creating a roadmap to UM’s second century. He outlined one of the forthcoming plan’s major components— a listening exercise in which, over the first 100 days of his presidency, he is meeting with UM community members (some 2,500 so far) and soliciting students, faculty, and staff to share their aspirations for the U via a Web portal (1,160 comments have come in to date). As a result of what he’s heard, Frenk has identified four objectives for which the University should strive: the pursuit of excellence in academics, service, the arts, athletics, and administration; achieving relevance in helping to solve the world’s most pressing problems; becoming a model for values such as diversity and tolerance; and becoming what he called “a force of integration across the Americas,” or specifically, taking advantage of UM’s geographic location in greater Miami as a gateway to the world. He also took questions posed by students in attendance and

via social media platforms like Twitter, addressing issues from how University researchers can help mitigate the effects of climate change to how the institution’s UHealth system could be expanded to serve more patients. Frenk’s presidency marks his definitive return to an institution he visited as a medical student in Mexico. As he explained at the Town Hall, he came to UM for a National Institutes of Health drug abuse training course 30 years ago because “this was really the best place to come for the topic I was interested in.” Noting that UM was a leader in his field of study when he came here, he added, “I want us to continue that leadership and build on it, to broaden it, to deepen it.” For updates on President Frenk’s inauguration on January 29, 2016, visit To view his Town Hall event and video interviews, go to      Fall 2015  MIAMI 19

from to


Military Barracks Modern Treasure

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quickly cobbled together from decommissioned military barracks, would remain an integral part of the University of Miami campus, much less become a historic treasure almost 70 years later? ■  Yet that’s exactly what has happened. ■  Once boarded up and riddled with leaks, mold, rot, and termite damage, the wooden building that served as the University’s first registration and administration center won a 2015 Coral Gables City Beautiful Award in addition to three major preservation awards DAN FORER


The U’s historic ‘front door,’ located at 1300 Campo Sano Avenue, is a postwar architectural triumph.

honoring UM’s restoration of the structure’s 1947 appearance while modernizing it for 21st century use. ■  Known by its 1300 Campo Sano address, the two-story building long occupied by the College of Arts and Sciences has received the American Institute of Architects Florida/Caribbean Chapter’s Honor Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Restoration/Rehabilitation, and the Dade Heritage Trust’s Outstanding Restoration of a Historic Site Award.


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School would settle into the breezy, new space at 1300 Campo Sano, and every student would pass through it. By the late 1950s, administrators had moved on, and the art department moved in, turning the building into a hub of creativity for student artists—until 2000, when the aging structure was closed for safety. About a decade later, the City of Coral Gables cited 1300 Campo Sano for historic preservation, and the University hired alumnus R.J. Heisenbottle, B.Arch. ’84, one of Miami’s best-known preservation architects—to retain the building’s architecture but bring it up to modern codes and standards. It was a mammoth undertaking. Extensive roof leaks had destroyed all of the interior finishes, and mold covered most surfaces. Termite damage and wood rot had left the structure so fragile that it had to be supported by metal braces. The mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety systems no longer worked. The contracting team from Turnkey Construction installed new impact-resistant windows and doors that matched the original ones, utilized salvaged wood for Merrick biographer Arva Moore Parks, M.A. ’71, shows off the the flooring, and stripped restored 1300 building, designed by Marion Manley (bottom). and reinstalled the original siding. They also integrated new The results are remarkable. Today, air-conditioning technology to minimize 1300 Campo Sano is a peaceful yet ductwork and allow individual temperadynamic, light-filled oasis for the ture control in each room. Departments of Geography and Regional The painstaking work took more than Studies, International Studies, and two years and cost roughly $6 million Political Science—and the winner of to complete. three awards for historic preservation. DONNA VICTOR

“The building was the front door of campus, the beginning of the beginning of the modern university its founders dreamed it would be,” says noted historian and preservationist Arva Moore Parks, M.A. ’71, a senior member of the UM Board of Trustees whose biography on Coral Gables and UM founder George Merrick was published in November. Like the University’s own history, the destiny of the building that was home to the Department of Art and Art History for half a century was inextricably tied to the end of World War II, when millions of veterans seized the opportunity to attend college on the G.I. Bill. Almost overnight, enrollment at UM, which was still in a temporary location on LeJeune Road to the north, nearly tripled to 5,800. “It was an optimistic time in history,” Moore Parks says. “We had won the war and all the G.I.s came back, and that is why the University of Miami became what it is.” The heady times, though, created a quandary for UM’s first president, Bowman Foster Ashe: How would UM accommodate the students who would flood the permanent campus? Enter the U.S. Army, which donated the temporary wooden structures it had quickly erected for the war to universities. When the surplus materials arrived on the UM campus by rail and in pieces, Ashe turned to South Florida architects Robert Law Weed, a World War I veteran, and Marion Manley—the first woman architect in Miami and a pioneer in her field—to redesign them for the “avant-garde, international-style” they envisioned for Merrick’s “great university for a great city.” “They integrated modernist elements: repeated large windows, a wide breezeway joining the building, and a very graphic design,” says Janet Gavarrete, associate vice president for campus planning. A quartet of semi-permanent buildings—the 1300 Campo Sano administration center, a cafeteria, and a couple of science facilities—went up in less than six months during the summer of 1947, opening just in time for fall classes. The Office of the President, director of admission, and dean of the Graduate

Architectural Evolution Appreciating the full extent of this triumph requires a journey back to UM’s enterprising yet unusual architectural origins. When UM was chartered into existence 90 years ago, the future looked bright. Plans were set in motion amid a regional real estate boom to launch a great institution in a newly founded city called Coral Gables. Merrick, the city’s visionary developer, donated 160 acres and $5 million to help establish the fledgling University of Miami. Merrick’s uncle, who was the noted artist Denman Fink, and architect Phineas Paist created a campus master plan to echo the popular Mediterranean Revival style they’d also employed for the City Beautiful. In January 1926, at the core of

A domino effect of disasters—the real estate crash, Great Depression, and nation’s entrance into World War II—led to a 20-year residence at the Cardboard College and an equally long limbo for Merrick’s donated land. That all changed when millions of veterans came home after the war and, funded by the 1944 Servicemen’s Adjustment Act, headed to college. As attendance tripled at the U, plans for Merrick’s long-deserted land gift were revived. But neither Merrick, who had died of a heart attack in 1942, nor his Mediterranean vision survived the postwar era. By the time the University was ready to resume building on its current site in 1946, says Moore Parks, Mediterranean architecture had come to symbolize the earlier failure of the real estate market and hard times.

“ The building was the front door of campus, the beginning of the beginning of the modern university its founders dreamed it would be.” UM’s current Coral Gables campus, construction began on a three-story administration and classroom building dedicated to the memory of Merrick’s father, the Reverend Solomon G. Merrick. They were moving fast for a planned October opening when, on September 17, a Category 4 hurricane walloped the area. In the wake of that infamous catastrophe, UM’s leaders made a quick decision to abandon Merrick’s dream location for the Anastasia Hotel, just a few miles to the northeast (today the site of the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center along University Drive). On October 15, 1926, UM enrolled more than 100 eager students who attended classes in makeshift rooms separated by flimsy partitions inside the hurricane-damaged hotel building, leading to the U’s early nickname of “Cardboard College.” It was not exactly the auspicious start UM’s founders had anticipated. Nor did it turn out to be temporary.

Ashe, then entering his 20th year as UM president, insisted a forwardthinking institution like the U should be a product of its age. He wanted UM’s architecture to echo the exciting new opportunities the postwar prosperity promised. “The University Board of Trustees took the bold step of discarding the romantic Spanish Renaissance-style campus plan from the 1920s for a modern campus,” says Joyce Meyers, a historic preservation planner formerly with the cities of Miami Beach and Miami. “It was a bold, risky move. And, at the time, it paid off.” Manley and Law Weed were hired to create a thoroughly modern master plan and bring UM’s permanent campus to life—in a hurry. By June 1946 construction was underway on the 77,311-square-foot Memorial Classroom Building (later named the Oscar E. Dooly Memorial Building). Manley would echo

Memorial’s open porches and out-ofalignment linear elements when she created 1300 Campo Sano as UM’s administration building in 1947. Around the same time Manley was erecting 1300 Campo Sano with wood from the decommissioned World War II military barracks, UM secured a $5 million Federal Housing Administration loan that enabled the creation of apartments for some 530 student veterans and their families. Within a year, by May 1948, those residences had opened. Meanwhile, 22 years after it had been abandoned, the “skeleton” of the Merrick Building—the only evidence of Mediterranean architecture on the campus—was reinvented for a new era with bold building block shapes, thanks to a $236,000 fundraising push. Ashe held the rededication ceremony on April 29, 1948, taking the opportunity to show off renderings for 20 new buildings set to come online in the next decade—among them a new administration building he would name in memory of his father. National media of the time was celebrating UM as the first U.S. institution of higher education designed completely in a contemporary mode. A 1950 issue of National Geographic magazine described the burgeoning campus as “a streamlined mass of steel, concrete, glass, and fieldstone.” Bringing 1300 Campo Sano—once seen simply as an expedient architectural solution—so successfully into the 21st century establishes a rare bridge to a watershed moment in the emergence of the U—and U.S. history. Very few of these recycled facilities, born out of World War II surplus materials, remain on other college campuses today. “UM really has a fascinating history from the 1920s through the 1940s,” says Gavarrete. “Preserving a building like 1300 Campo Sano brings that history and connection to World War II alive. The goal is to make sure the legacy of the past continues to inform us today and onward as we are an institution that is here to teach and learn.” Melissa Peerless contributed reporting.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 23

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Dolphins, orangutans, and a host of other nonhuman creatures have a lot to say about survival. Good thing someone is listening. FOR THE PAST DOZEN SUMMERS, VETERINARY PATHOLOGIST GREGORY BOSSART and a team of researchers have made a series of what could be called house calls to Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, where more than 200 of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins who frolic there have perished in three mass die-offs since 2002.

In steamy, unpredictable July

weather, the scientists wade into the water, taking blood and other biological samples and measuring the respiration and heart rates of the friendly mammals.

Then the research-

ers quickly release them back into the estuary, which stretches from Palm Beach to Volusia counties, until their next annual physical. close to where they grow up.

Like many humans, dolphins tend to stay

Also like many humans, these dolphins are susceptible to

emerging viral, neoplastic, and other diseases, which Bossart and his colleagues have linked to possible environmental degradation, including high levels of mercury.

the mercury is also affecting fishermen who have long worked in the region.

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As it happens,


“Dolphins are long-lived animals. They’re higher on the food chain, and that’s why they’re like the proverbial canaries in the coal mine—a very good warning system for what may be affecting humans and changing our environment,” explains Bossart, who since 2008 has been chief veterinarian and senior vice president of Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, the Western Hemisphere’s largest aquarium. That a noted marine mammal expert is conducting such a study in Florida is not out of the ordinary. But what might surprise many is that this and other leading animal research is occurring in collaboration with the very human-centric Miller School of Medicine, where Bossart completed his pathology residency in 1985 and where he remains an adjunct professor of pathology. In fact, for the past few summers, the chair of the Miller School’s Department of Pathology, Professor Richard J. Cote, has joined Bossart’s team in the Indian River Lagoon. For years now, thanks in part to Bossart’s prescience—as well as good mentorship, good timing,

and a cockatiel named Cici—the department’s Division of Comparative Pathology, particularly its Avian and Wildlife Laboratory, has been the go-to place for vets at zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries seeking diagnostic tests for puzzling conditions they encounter in birds, exotic animals, and other wildlife. “Comparative pathology basically concerns animal models of human disease and understanding human disease,” says pathology professor Norman Altman, director of the division, which he founded in 1981. “The unusual aspect we have is a focus on zoo mammals and other species.” It was Altman who helped train Bossart and the lab’s associate director, Carolyn Cray, Ph.D. ’90. The three continued to collaborate on pathological cases. A grant from Warner Bros. Studios, for example, enabled them to study the first case of a cutaneous papillomaviral infection in an orca whale. Their subject was Free Willy star Keiko. More recently, in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, wildlife experts in

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Researchers wade into the Indian River Lagoon (opposite) to round up bottlenose dolphins, which have suffered mass die-offs in the Florida estuary, for their 2015 Health and Environmental Risk Assessment.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 25

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At left, Richard J. Cote, chair of the Miller School’s Department of Pathology, joins Georgia Aquarium veterinarian Gregory Bossart (pointing) for an annual checkup of the lagoon’s dolphins. At right, Bossart takes the vitals of one of the friendly mammals.

Louisiana turned to Cray, a professor of clinical pathology, and microbiology and immunology, to help evaluate the health of several hundred oil-slicked, critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles that rehabilitation groups had plucked from the Gulf of Mexico. Two years later Miami’s Jungle Island enlisted Cray’s help for one of its stars, Peanut, an iPad-using orangutan who appeared to have an intestinal blockage. Cray sent samples of Peanut’s tissue to Francis Ikpatt, an assistant professor of pathology at the Miller School, who recognized the primate had the same cancer he had diagnosed in many humans. The great ape would become the first orangutan to undergo chemotherapy for lymphoma, administered by Joseph Rosenblatt, the chief of hematologyoncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. Today Peanut remains clinically normal. A paper on her case, coauthored by Ikpatt, Cray, and pathology professor Yao-Shan Fan, among others, was published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine in 2014. Peanut is just one example of how the Miller School stands at the forefront of a growing movement in medicine known as zoobiquity, which looks at the commonalities of disease in human and non-human animals to devise better ways of diagnosing, 26 MIAMI   Fall 2015

treating, and healing patients of all species. That’s in no small measure due to Bossart, a leading voice for the One Health movement, which, in the same vein as zoobiquity, works to attain optimal health for all living creatures and the environment they inhabit through multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations. Neither zoobiquity nor One Health formally existed 25 years ago, when Cray, with her newly minted Ph.D. in

diagnostic tests to determine what was ailing her pet. For one thing, automated machines that quickly count the red blood cells of mammals could not correctly identify the type of blood cells that birds and reptiles have because unlike in mammals, the red cells of birds and reptiles have a nucleus that is the site of the chromosomes. Also, birds have very little blood, so their samples are insufficient for machines engineered to evaluate samples from larger crea-

“Now we’re looking at the health of animals, the health of the environment, and larger environmental issues that may have implications for human health.” microbiology and immunology from UM, joined Altman’s staff to support the study of animal models of human diseases to find their causes, progression, and treatments. It was in Altman’s division where she began her long-term work with Bossart, a faculty member and local veterinarian who introduced her to the wildlife and bird field, in which she happened to have a personal interest. As the owner of Cici, Cray, like most bird owners, was frustrated by how often her vet said there were no

tures. But unlike most bird owners, Cray had the skills and inspiration to overcome those obstacles. At the same time, Bossart wanted to take the guesswork out of avian and wildlife medicine, and was pushing to create a science-based pathology lab for these species at UM. When he left Miami to pursue dolphin research, Cray ran with his idea. Over the decades, she has developed novel blood tests to evaluate the health status of a host of birds, reptiles,

As Bossart and other experts note, major human epidemics like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and Middle East respiratory syndrome all first emerged in nonhuman hosts. Understanding disease outbreaks and transmission among “sentinel species” like chimpanzees, dolphins, or birds can help physicians get an early lead on the next contagion targeting our population. It’s one reason Bossart and Miller School pathology chair Cote are exploring new avenues for collaboration. Bossart’s Grand Rounds lecture last year at the Miller School, “Marine Mammals as Sentinels for Ocean and Human Health,” set a record for attendance, and a reprise is slated for early 2016. Bossart wants to engage students and BYRON MALDONADO


and other animals, including Bossart’s Indian River Lagoon dolphins. The assays she implemented to measure in manatees and elephants otherwise undetectable internal inflammation—possible signals of disease or trauma—are now the standard of care for veterinarians treating those animals. “When you’re working in comparative pathology,” says Cray, “you get to become a jack-of-all-trades because you never really know what’s coming your way.” Each year she and the lab staff of six receive and evaluate more than 20,000 avian and wildlife samples—everything from penguins and bearded dragons to antelopes and zebras, not to mention the occasional celebrity-owned chicken.

UM junior Ana Pantin, left, was pleasantly surprised to discover the Avian and Wildlife Lab, led by Carolyn Cray, right, at the human-centered Miller School of Medicine.

Their work produces revenue that indirectly supports the research of Sylvester and UM investigators intent on conquering heart failure, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases in people. Research is still the division’s primary focus, and as human development, climate change, and rising sea levels shake up ecosystems around the planet, the specialized work taking place in Cray’s lab—and collaborations among physicians, veterinarians, and environmental scientists—will become increasingly important.

researchers on all campuses and in multiple disciplines in his fieldwork and the division’s laboratory work. Though widely known in the animal world, Cray’s lab remains lesser known at UM. “I was really surprised they had something like this in a medical school, but then as you learn more, it makes perfect sense that it’s there,” says junior theatre arts and biology major Ana Pantin, a volunteer in Cray’s lab who views it as the perfect training ground for veterinary school, where

she hopes to go next, as many of Cray’s other volunteers have before her. Cote, a member of Sylvester and an expert on the cellular and molecular markers of tumor progression in cancer patients, sees the comparative pathology division’s work as growing evermore vital. He points to the alarming findings of Bossart’s research in the Indian River Lagoon. “His contributions have indicated a direct link between stresses in the marine ecosystem and human health,” says Cote, the Joseph R. Coulter, Jr. Chair of Pathology. Tests conducted by Cray’s lab have tracked the deteriorating health of the lagoon’s bottlenose dolphins, who have alarming levels of mercury, opportunistic infections, cancers, and other pollutant-associated immunological and biochemical changes. Working with UM, Bossart hopes to expand his research to other Florida habitats to see if contagions found in the 156-mile-long Indian River Lagoon are widespread. He is in the process of renewing the permit for the next five years of his study, known as HERA (Health and Environmental Risk Assessment). “You know,” Bossart says, “this study started as just a health assessment of dolphins, but it’s really grown over the years, and now we’re actually looking at the health of animals, the health of the environment, and larger environmental issues that may have implications for human health.” But the importance of the dolphins’ health and the Division of Comparative Pathology’s work extends beyond heading off the next wave of disease to hit people. After all, notes Cote, the quality of human life in a world with sick and dying animals would be bleak. “Animals are a very important part of human medicine, but also of human well-being,” says Cote. “It’s not just their role as sentinel species. It’s about their importance to our lives, our economy, and to our world, and the richness that animals bring to that world. I think that’s really a critical component of what we do.” Senior editor Maya Bell contributed to this report.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 27

Hurrica on

The little beachfront house took quite a pounding. Towering swells crashed into its wooden stilts, while brutal winds, some exceeding 130 miles per hour, pummeled its outer walls, shaking the home so violently it looked as if it would topple at any second. But remarkably, it stood firm, at least on this day. Tomorrow, and the next day, it would endure much harsher conditions—spawned not by nature but with the flip of

Tropical cyclones

“There’s no other

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UM now boasts the world’s only hurricane simulator able to generate

Category 5 hurricane-force winds along with swells and sea spray—simulated storm conditions that will help researchers solve some of the mysteries of storms and in the long term save lives.

a switch.

are a regular weather occurrence inside the University of Miami’s new hurricane research facility, the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. SUSTAIN (SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere INteraction) lab, where scientists can tinker with the controls of a 75-foot-long, 38,000-gallon wind-wave tank to simulate everything from a weak tropical storm to a cyclonic monster complete with 160-mile-per-hour winds, sea spray, and storm surge.

facility like it in the world,” says Brian Haus, professor of ocean sciences at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where the tank is located.      Fall 2015  MIAMI 29

Haus, who co-wrote the grant proposal that helped UM obtain the federal stimulus money to build the tank, is not exaggerating by any stretch of the imagination. SUSTAIN, he explains, is unique because of its ability to generate Category 5 wind speeds (157 miles per hour or higher) over water. Before SUSTAIN, that had never been done before in a lab. A 1,400-horsepower fan, originally designed to ventilate mineshafts, makes it all possible, generating the powerful winds that travel across the seawater pumped into the tank. During a demonstration for media last spring, just as the Atlantic hurricane season got underway, Haus stood along the sides, underneath, and on top of the all-acrylic tank, observing the torrent of waves and sea spray rushing through. That test-run was proof of another unique aspect of the tank—its width (20 feet) and height (6 ½ feet) allow 3-D simulation modeling and the observation of crosswinds. 30 MIAMI   Fall 2015

It’s all being done in the name of science, of course, with the ultimate goal of saving lives. By simulating and observing storm conditions in the tank, researchers hope to solve some of the mysteries of tropical cyclones that have puzzled meteorologists and forecasters ever since they started tracking them—such as why some storms intensify at an incredible rate. One need only review recent history to learn how fast storms can strengthen. During the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Wilma went from a tropical cyclone to a Category 5 hurricane in just 24 hours— its wind speed soaring from 70 to 175 mph. As Hurricane Charley approached Florida’s west coast in 2004, its sustained winds jumped from 110 to 150 mph in only three hours. And in 2007, Felix increased from a meager tropical depression to a Category 5 hurricane in 51 hours. Haus knows better than anyone how quickly hurricanes can bulk up. Five

years ago during a research expedition off the coast of Taiwan, he and a team of scientists left port to retrieve a group of buoys they had deployed in the western Pacific to record data from two super storms that passed over the area. Before they could reach their instruments, a third cyclone, Typhoon Chaba, suddenly intensified and changed direction, pummeling them with 30-foot swells. “We don’t know completely what causes hurricanes to rapidly intensify,” says Haus. “Track forecasting has gotten better and better, but intensity forecasts have not improved, and one of the possible reasons for that is we don’t fully understand what’s happening where the ocean and atmosphere meet in really high winds.” It is that critical air-sea interface that SUSTAIN will measure. Two of the potential culprits for rapid intensification Haus plans to zero in on: sea spray and bubbles. Whipped up by the violent, swirling winds of a hurricane, the two have long been a


Clockwise from opposite: A topside view of SUSTAIN. Professor Brian Haus, right, and Ph.D. student Sanchit Mehta watch the wave action. Technician Mike Rebozo, left, and Ph.D. student Ming Shao place a scale model house inside the tank during a demonstration.

thorn in the side of researchers trying to determine their effect on storm intensity. While difficult to measure during an actual storm, sea spray and bubbles are easily observed under conditions created by SUSTAIN. “They may be responsible for transferring a lot of the latent heat, and what really drives a storm is the heat that gets up in the upper levels of the storm,” explains Haus. “But because of a bunch of complicated feedback loops and different things that happen right at the surface, we really don’t understand how much sea spray and bubbles contribute to intensification. So we have a chance to address some pretty fundamental questions there.” Forecasters and scientists at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center are just as excited as Haus over the potential of the Rosenstiel School’s new indoor hurricane simulator. Often on the frontlines of hurricane and storm system tracking and warnings, NHC staff stand

to benefit most from the tank’s capabilities, using the data it produces to improve forecasting, which in turn will aid emergency management officials issuing hurricane evacuation orders. Mark DeMaria, chief of the NHC’s Technology and Science Branch, believes SUSTAIN will help his colleagues in two ways. “When we’re forecasting tropical cyclones, we need to monitor the systems and know what the maximum wind speed is,” says DeMaria. “We do that with a combination of things. In the Atlantic we have aircraft maybe only 30 percent of the time. Meanwhile, satellites in low-earth orbit will send down a microwave signal, and it looks at the backscatter (the reflection of waves back to the direction of their origin) from the ocean and can deduce the wind speed from that. “There’s some theory that shows you what the backscatter means in terms of wind speed,” he continues. “But it’s very difficult to get in that environment in a

storm to find out what’s really going on. So, with the wave tank’s ability to go up to high wind speeds, it should help to refine those space-based measurements to make them more accurate.” The facility, according to DeMaria, could also improve forecasting. “You can only go so far with theory,” he says. “What you’d really like to do is get some actual observations. But it’s difficult to put sensors in the middle of a major hurricane. The tank provides a way to simulate that process and actually take measurements of the fluxes to refine forecast models.” Because hurricanes often make landfall on shorelines with high-rise buildings, and with more and more of our coastal regions coming under the threat of rising sea levels caused by climate change, SUSTAIN is expected to play a major role in helping engineers and architects to design stronger and safer structures located near water. Much like the scaled-down beachfront house that was placed in the tank earlier this year as a demonstration for media getting their first look at the tank, UM structural engineer Antonio Nanni, who studies how all kinds of      Fall 2015  MIAMI 31

The tank allows observations from underneath, where researchers can easily record data.

structures perform under extreme conditions, has elaborate plans for SUSTAIN—from studying the effect of Category 5 wind speeds and massive storm surge on near-shore high-rises, to analyzing what effect prolonged winds and waves have on sea-based oil rigs and bridges over bodies of water. Nanni, the co-principal investigator of SUSTAIN, will also use his scalemodel simulations to validate existing computer modeling. “We have the ability now to conduct experiments we just couldn’t do before,” says Nanni, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and head of the College of Engineering’s Materials and Structures Lab. “The Rosenstiel School already had a smaller wind-wave tank, but it couldn’t simulate shoreline conditions. Now, we can.” Grants through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct such experiments are already in the pending stages, according to Haus. And at least one UM researcher already has obtained valuable data from SUSTAIN and put it to good use. When Professor of Ocean Sciences Tamay Ozgokmen and his team deploy their specially made drifters in the Gulf of Mexico in January 2016, they’ll be fairly confident that their instruments will yield valuable ocean-current data that will help determine what happens to 32 MIAMI   Fall 2015

crude after an oil spill at sea. That’s because Ozgokmen and his team tested one of the drifters in the tank for three days a week from last November to March, observing how it performed under different oceanic conditions and then modifying its design so that it would operate within parameters. The process wasn’t easy, Ozgokmen admits. “It was very much like designing a car. A car is very much affected by wind and is designed to be aerodynamic to maximize its efficiency. We faced a similar challenge with the drifters,” he said, noting that his team had to factor in wind and wave speeds as well as ocean currents to simulate as closely as possible the movement of oil over water. They used SUSTAIN to achieve that task, testing the drifter in tank conditions that mimicked breaking waves, turbulent seas, and calm waters. Now, the drifter is being mass produced, and 1,000 of the biodegradable buoys, equipped with GPS devices that can transmit data every five minutes for up to six months, will be dropped into the Gulf near the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The experiment is part of an ongoing study to predict the fate of oil released into the environment, one of the missions of the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) that Ozgokmen directs. Other researchers, some of them from overseas, have expressed interest in using SUSTAIN for testing, says Haus.

Once they do, they will experiment with a high-tech wind-wave simulator unlike any other, one with 12 individual wave panels that can create almost any type of ocean environment—from multiple waves, long or short swells, waves that crash into each other, and even run in opposite directions. “There’s a million things we can do with this tank, and the longer we play with it, the more things we discover we can do with it,” says Mike Rebozo, a senior technician at the Rosenstiel School who helps maintain the tank. The simulator, which can go up to 60 hertz, requires such tremendous electrical power to generate hurricane-force conditions that a generator must be used to run the tank whenever its power output surpasses 15 hertz. SUSTAIN is one part of the $45 million Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex on the Rosenstiel School campus. The building’s Marine Life Science Center is home to a National Institutes of Healthfunded Aplysia lab, billed as the only facility in the world that cultures and raises sea hares for scientific research in aging, memory, and learning. Other research is being conducted on coral reefs and species such as toadfish and zebra fish in hopes that such investigations will improve human health. The Glassell Family Foundation supported the construction of the wind-wave tank portion of the complex, but it was a $15 million stimulus grant from NIST that got the ball rolling on SUSTAIN, one of only a handful of proposals funded by the agency. “We picked only the best of the best,” said Mary Saunders, NIST associate director for management resources, at the tank’s dedication last October. During that ceremony, she recalled that NIST led a technology team to the devastated regions in the Gulf Coast in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita to examine and better understand just what caused buildings and bridges to fail. “In the coastal regions and in New Orleans, we would have benefited from the data and measurements that will result from this research facility,” said Saunders. “I firmly believe it was money well spent.”

Honoring Her Mother’s Legacy

“I am so proud of my association with the U and want that pride to carry forward with future generations.”

by Supporting



Since joining the University of Miami in 2000, Sarah Nesbitt Artecona, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations, has been instrumental in enhancing the University’s partnership with its neighbors. But her history with the U goes back much farther than her successful career here. Sarah was born at Doctors Hospital and grew up just blocks from her current office. Her parents met at the School of Law on their first day of classes and were married for 44 years. Lenore Carrero Nesbitt, J.D. ’57, served as a UM trustee until her passing in 2001 and was the first female federal judge appointed to the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Judge Joseph Nesbitt, J.D. ’57, was a member of the Third District Court of Appeals. “My roots are here,” says Sarah, whose leadership has helped UM increase outreach to its neighbors, create the University Village student housing, and enact a Development Agreement with the City of Coral Gables. During her tenure, Sarah has met presidents, Supreme Court justices, and the Dalai Lama.

— Sarah Nesbitt Artecona, Assistant Vice President, Community Relations

Any gift, no matter the size, can make a lasting impact for generations to come. To learn more about making a planned gift, please visit our website at or contact Cynthia Beamish, Office of Estate & Gift Planning, at 305-284-4342 or um.plannedgiving@

“These amazing opportunities­—along with my deep commitment to the U— inspired me to pledge my support to help current students and future generations,” she says. The Lenore C. Nesbitt Endowed Scholarship Fund at Miami Law was established by Sarah in honor of her mother. In addition to her annual gifts to the Fund, Sarah has made a bequest in her estate plans for the Fund. In Sarah’s view, “a­planned gift can change a student’s life, further an academic’s research, and build a better learning platform for generations to come.”      Fall 2015  MIAMI 33

Alumni Digest

Alumni Digest


Reuniting and It Feels So Good to the Gables campus from around the globe each year. This year’s event was no exception. Jazzing it up was a Mardi Gras theme— a tribute to UM’s annual Carni Gras festival, which took place on the Gables campus from 1951 to 1991. Though there’s a new theme each year, favorite traditions remain—the Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience. Alumni Avenue, the Saturday Homecoming Game, and of course the milestone 10th- and 50th-year reunions. The UM Alumni Association has recognized that in recent years, “affinity” reunions—mini-reunions for student organizations, group affiliations, or simply alumni with shared experiences and interests—have gained popularity nationally, and it welcomes the trend. More than 40 such groups gathered at Alumni Avenue 2015. Named Grand Marshal was NFL star Reggie Wayne, B.L.A. ’01, and Hurricane Productions secured T-Pain and Waka Flocka Flame for the Homecoming


Reunions can be fun, like the annual gatherings six buddies from UM’s international studies graduate program have managed to hold for the past 15 years. “Our first reunion started as a lark,” explains Marcy Troy, M.A. ’94, of Virginia. “But they have become a highly anticipated annual spring tradition.” Reunions can be momentous—and filling—like the one Sigma Chi fraternity brothers David V. Russell, B.B.A. ’57, Norman Ridgely, B.B.A. ’56, and Robert Ridgley, B.B.A. ’57, (not related) recently held over lunch in Delray Beach, Florida, after six decades apart. And reunions can be downright thrilling. That was the case for Jessica Hixon, B.S.B.E. ’04, and her old college friend from Hecht, Brent Fedor, B.H.S. ’03, M.B.A. ’05, who met up again a decade after graduation and fell in love. They were married at UM last year. One reunion that is all those things and more is UM Alumni Weekend & Homecoming. It’s one of the biggest reasons thousands of ’Canes flock back


’Canes come together in all kinds of weather to celebrate Hurricane heritage and Homecoming traditions

From left, David Russell, B.B.A. ’57, Robert Ridgley, B.B.A. ’57, and Norman Ridgely, B.B.A. ’56, “do lunch” after 60 years apart.

Alums Jessica Hixon and Brent Fedor wed at UM.

Wherever they are, six former classmates plan annual visits with each other. From left, Carol Weir, M.A. ’92, Jessica Jordan, M.A. ’93, Marcy Troy, M.A. ’94, and Jenn Smith (who was a visiting Oxford University associate at UM). Not pictured: Gloria Canténs, M.A. ’93, and Pam Crowe, M.A. ’93.

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Concert. Presenting sponsor for Alumni Weekend & Homecoming and host of the 39th Annual Golden Ibis Society Celebration Brunch for the Classes of 1926-65 was Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, owned by proud ’Cane John J. Brunetti, B.B.A. ’52. Volunteers and donors like Brunetti played a major role in pulling off the four-day festivities, an annual tradition dating back more than 20 years. Student Affairs-sponsored homecoming activities kicked off a week earlier. Have a unique reunion story? Email

Magic Realist Google-backed techpreneur Rony Abovitz revisits UM to share insights with students into strangers benefiting from his medical technology, which also included orthopedic implants. “If you take care of your work as an engineer, it’s going to reverberate through life and through the world in ways you never expected,” he said. “But don’t think you can just throw something out there that pollutes people and ruins something and it doesn’t come back. When you do the right thing, it comes back in a good way.” Referencing everything from Zen Buddhism to the movies Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, Abovitz connected with students. “He made some excellent points,” said biomedical engineering major Anna Zapala. “He made me think that entrepreneurship may be a feasible idea for me.” Also encouraged was Hunter Bihn, an international business and economics major who said he suffers from diabetes and developed a start-up that makes disposal of diabetic testing materials safe

As a self-described scrawny nerd at UM, Abovitz became obsessed with joining the track team. He was repeatedly rejected but spent a year throwing a javelin on his own before a coach finally granted him a stomachchurning tryout that ended with him on the team. A decade later in 2001, his first company, MAKO Surgical Corp., got its funding on September 10, only to see that funding nearly disappear when hijacked planes brought down the World Trade Center the next day. He spent the year driving cross-country to demonstrate his concept, a robotic surgical arm, to investors, hospitals, and physicians. “That was an important moment for an entrepreneur—would you and your idea keep going in a moment of great tragedy?” he said. “And would people continue to follow you and Magic Leap aims to enhance everyday life with extraordinary visual your idea despite the interactions and experiences. tragedy?” The company thrived and was and effortless. “His venture was much acquired by Stryker for $1.65 billion more complex and much harder to get in 2013. approved than hopefully mine is going to Abovitz described the incredible be, but it’s tremendously inspiring to see sensation of seeing something he made that he got through it in a much tougher being used by patients and bumping setting. It was great.” —Tim Collie      Fall 2015  MIAMI 35



Being a successful entrepreneur, says Rony Abovitz, B.S.M.E. ’94, M.S.B.M.E. ’96, is like jumping off a high cliff with a bag of parts and building the airplane that will save you on the way down. “If you’re not bold, don’t do it,” the multimillionaire inventor told a rapt audience of students, professors, and others during the College of Engineering’s 2015 M. Lewis Temares Entrepreneurship Forum in February. Abovitz, 44, has done it twice. In 2004 he founded a medical technology company that sold for $1.65 billion in 2013. His latest venture has Google’s half-billion-dollar backing and is valued at $2 billion, putting him at the forefront of what many believe will be the next major breakthrough in computing science: augmented reality. Simply put, the still-secret technology promises to bring the stuff of sci-fi fantasy into our everyday lives through augmented reality, or A.R., which will seamlessly blend computer graphics with the real world. A user wearing glasses or a headset would see overlays of images and applications as indistinguishable from real objects. The real revolution, explained Abovitz, whose Dania Beach-based startup, Magic Leap, Inc., received $542 million from Google and other Silicon Valley investors last year, will be how computer technology finally merges with the potential of the human body. After all, he noted, the greatest computer ever designed is the human brain. What Abovitz stressed over and over is that his life—and that of any successful entrepreneur—is a series of magic leaps. Some may have nothing to do with the venture you’re contemplating, but all are crucial to the character needed to take an idea from a notebook to the NASDAQ.

Alumni Digest

Rocky’s Return


What do you give the international action hero who has everything? For starters, how about his missing diploma. But more on that later. Sylvester Stallone, B.F.A. ’98, was honored with the presentation of the Edward T. Foote II Alumnus of Distinction Award for his outstanding contributions as an actor, writer, director, and artist during the University of Miami Alumni Association’s first-ever Regional Awards Ceremony, held in Los Angeles on June 5. In addition to the big-screen legend, the Alumni Association recognized other prominent alumni from the West Coast region, including UM President’s Council members Jeanne Wolf, A.B. ’61, M.A. ’66, and Karl Schulze, B.B.A. ’74, who shared the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award. The William R. Butler Community Service Award was given posthumously to Austen Everett, A.B. ’11, for her launch of the Austen Everett Foundation prior to her death from cancer in 2012. The evening’s host was Stephen Meadow, B.B.A. ’63, who got to celebrate his birthday during the event with a special song performed by actor Dawnn Lewis, B.M. ’82. After a video tribute to her late daughter, June Leahy accepted the Butler Community Service Award on Austen Everett’s behalf. “Since this is Austen’s


Sly Stallone among ’Canes honored at inaugural Regional Alumni Awards in L.A.

Sylvester Stallone, B.F.A. ’98, displays his diploma at the event.

and triumph in a single day than I could ever imagine in a lifetime. My dream is to unite collegiate and professional athletes and their teams with kids who are fighting cancer so that one day they will have the opportunity to benefit from the

“ I thought, ‘Oh my God, look at that— it’s a real circle. It’s incredible.’ Miami at that time was just very idyllic and beautiful, but the Ring Theatre was a spaceship.” Butler Award,” said Leahy, “it seemed fitting for this speech to be in her words. ‘My personal struggle with the illness was the most challenging and defining time of my life. It taught me how to fight, and it allowed me to see more beauty and truth 36 MIAMI   Fall 2015

empowerment, the strength, and the support of the athletic community as I have from the University of Miami.’” “The support of the University of Miami,” concluded Leahy, “has been essential for keeping Austen’s fight alive,

and we are so very grateful and appreciative for this award.” Sharing the Henry King Stanford Award for their outstanding and longterm contributions were Wolf and Schulze, who each explained why they remain so committed to the University. Wolf, who has interviewed everyone from Tennessee Williams to Paul Newman to Oprah Winfrey in her decades-long career as a celebrity reporter, credited her experience at the U with shaping her. “I loved being in the theater, I loved being in the studio, I loved being in the classroom, and I thought, ‘I wish I could be in school for the rest of my life,’” she said. “One of the reasons I’ve been able to stay in school the rest of my life is that I have the privilege of sharing ideas and exploring the minds of stars in every field.” Wolf closed with an anecdote from her first TV interview, when she asked her cameraman to snap a photo of her

with the actor Jon Voight after the interview was over and the cameraman responded “with just utter disgust, ‘Gee what are you—a professional or a tourist?’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘You know, I think I’m both. Take the picture.’ In this room full of people who prize education, I hope we can all teach each other to be fine professionals and caring and committed tourists of life.” UM Ethics Bowl founder Schulze built on the theme of commitment by describing how he went from “dutifully” writing his “little check to the Annual Fund” to a more than decade-long devotion to the U’s Ethics Bowl Competition. “Here we are 11 years later and the program is a rousing success,” he said, sharing credit with his co-founder, wife Teresa Schulze, and UM business ethics professor Anita Cava. There to thank Schulze in person were Josh Morales, B.B.A. ’08, and Elizabeth Tedford, A.B. ’07, who met as part of the Ethics Bowl program and later married and became lawyers. “We’ve had literally hundreds of students go through the program,” said Schulze. “The great thing is that now it’s been going on long enough that we can kind of track some of the students down the road, and without exception they’ve all gone on to terrific careers and more importantly turned out to be the kind of people we like to see UM alumni be,” he said. For the presentation to Stallone, the audience first watched a highlights reel from his five decades of film history. Making his entrance, the man known around the world as Rocky and Rambo, offered a seamless 15-minute reflection on his early evolution as an artist, from being voted “Most Likely to End Up in the Electric Chair” in high school (“They had just decided to ban it, so I survived,” he quipped) to discovering his passion for acting at the Ring Theatre in Coral Gables (and the hijinks that ensued), before going on to become the only actor to open a No. 1 film in five consecutive decades—from the Rocky and Rambo movies to Copland and The Expendables franchise, among many others. Projecting his trademark voice, Stallone kept his fellow Hurricanes laughing with vivid anecdotes from his

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, look at that—it’s a real circle. It’s a ring. It’s incredible.’ Miami at that time was just very idyllic and beautiful, but the Ring was a spaceship. It was a Steven Spielberg creation. So I go in there and I say, ‘I want to be an actor. I don’t know if I’m really ready for this.’” By his own admission, Stallone had trouble getting cast at the Ring. “I knew I had something in store for me, but I didn’t From left, Donna Arbide, M.B.A. ’95, UMAA President think it was going to be some Brenda Yester Baty, B.B.A. ’90, and June Leahy great thespian award,” he said. “Finally I talked them into giving me a small part in a play by Kafka called The Trial. And this was not a very good part. It was a very, very odd, esoteric kind of play, and I said, ‘I really gotta get some mileage out of this.’ So I got a friend of mine, Steve, who was kind of corruptible, he worked on The Miami Hurricane. So we went in there one night, and I wrote my own review. It went something like this: ‘The other people in the show were OK, but Stallone Stephen Meadow, B.B.A. ’63, and Dawnn Lewis, B.M. ’82 explodes onto the stage and leaves nothing but a burning hole in everyone in his wake.’” Less than a decade later Stallone penned the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning Rocky. He also received a new, framed copy of his diploma from his friend and former roommate, director John Herzfeld, ’69. The two met more than 45 years ago at UM’s Ring Theatre. Herzfeld presented the theatre arts diploma to Stallone, calling him “his brother” and saying, “I’m Karl Schulze, B.B.A. ’74, and Jeanne Wolf, A.B. ’61, M.A. ’66 very proud to give him this. He’s a great man and he days at the U, some of which are too good certainly deserves the diploma.” not to share in his own words. Like the Thanking the UM Alumni time he went to the Ring Theatre, with Association, Stallone replied, “I’ve an inkling that he just might be intermissed this diploma. I thought I’d never ested in acting. get one. I thought I’d have to steal one.”      Fall 2015  MIAMI 37

Alumni Digest

California Dreaming Gets Real Students gain experience, connections during L.A. networker weekend The University of Miami’s L.A. connection is only growing stronger, says John Soliday, associate professor in the School of Communication’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. For the past five years, Soliday has been coordinating activities for students who are selected to show their work in L.A. at the annual ’Canes Film Showcase, a collaboration with the UM Alumni Association. Students review their films with Hollywood executives. Each year a panel of industry professionals picks a handful This year’s activities includof promising movies from the Canes ed a master class and two private studio Film Festival, which screens at UM’s tours. Producer Jon Landau (Avatar, Cosford Cinema. The winning filmmakTitanic) led the UM group through James ers are then flown to L.A. to show their Cameron’s Lightstorm Studio. At Raleigh films and interact with a who’s who of Studios, the students explored the set Hollywood decision makers and artists, of Major Crimes with Paul Orehovec, many of whom are fellow ’Canes. B.S.C. ’02, who directs and co-produces

Building a Legacy The Oscar E. Dooly Memorial Building is a symbol of the University of Miami’s history and mission. • Since 1947, nearly every ‘Cane has walked through its doors during their time at UM. • Enhancing its resources will help ensure that this multi-use facility continues to foster academic excellence and student engagement. • We invite you to join us in preserving this campus landmark—and your fond memories of it—by naming one of its treasured classrooms in honor of someone special to you. “The Memorial Building is a University of Miami tradition and a symbol of the wonderful memories and engaging experiences we were all fortunate to experience here. Join me and other UM alumni in ensuring that future ‘Canes can share in this treasure, too.” — Morris N. Broad, B.B.A. ’56

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the popular TV series with Michael Robin, A.B. ’85. A few hours later, the students were ready for their close-ups as some 450 invited guests attended the 10th annual ’Canes Film Showcase at the Directors Guild of America Theater on Sunset Boulevard. I Want to Beat Up Clark Peters, a short film by Joseph Picozzi, B.S.C. ’15, was voted the audience favorite. “I swell with pride when I see the quality work our students produce,” Dean Gregory Shepherd said after the event. “The quality is tied to the education they receive and the amazing job our faculty are doing.” Now with a Semester in Los Angeles launching January 2016, even more UM students will have the chance to take L.A. by storm.

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Carl Cohen, A.B. ’51, is a philosophy professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed his 60th year as a member of their faculty. His new book is A Conflict of Principles: The Battle over Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan (University Press of Kansas, 2014). Richard H. Plager, A.B. ’51, B.B.A. ’52, is retired and living in Naples, Florida, after serving 37 years as a Miami-Dade Police captain and eight years as chief of the Sanibel Police Department. A World War II veteran, he served 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and as a reservist in Miami. He is the grandfather of Joshua L. Plager, J.D. ’13, and brother of the late Stephan D. Plager, M.D. ’64. Edward Keenan Dick III, A.B. ’52, founder of Refugee Inc., received the Manatee County Distinguished Citizen Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation. His accomplishments were featured in The Bradenton Herald. David M. Snyder, M.A. ’52, retired at age 85 as a vice president of Volt Information Sciences, Inc. He was formerly the human factors director for the guidance system of the Atlas Missile Project. He and his wife live in Aiken, South Carolina, where they enjoy playing golf, reading, and listening to music. Snyder continues his mathematics and physics studies. Ainslee R. Ferdie, B.B.A.’54/J.D. ’54, was elected vice president for special events of the Gulfstream Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. A Coral Gables lawyer, Ferdie is also the president of Chapter 110 Korean War Veterans and represents Florida on the National Policy Committee of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.,

where he served as National Commander, 1973-74. Norman Ridgely, B.B.A. ’56, Robert Ridgley, B.B.A. ’57, and David V. Russell, B.B.A. ’57, all Sigma Chis, reunited after nearly 60 years apart. David was a U.S. Air Force pilot and later a real estate development executive, Robert a successful retail clothing business owner, and Norman a banker. The luncheon was in Delray Beach, Florida.


Judith Schenck Welsh, B.S.Ed. ’61, M.A. ’68, released her latest book, Island in the Sun, the Story of Indian Creek Country Club (Donning Co. Publishers, 2014). Richard S. Bernstein, B.B.A. ’64, was associate producer of Walt Before Mickey (2015), a feature film based on the book of the same title about Disney’s early life. The team also included executive producers/writers Armando Gutierrez, A.B. ’03, M.P.A. ’06, and Arthur L. Bernstein, B.S.C. ’00, and associate producer Vicco von Bülow, B.B.A. ’07. John E. “Jack” Brady III, B.Ed. ’65, is retired after teaching and coaching for 33 years. He lives in California with his wife. Under UM Coach Ron Fraser, he had a baseball scholarship from 196365, serving as a first assistant coach and freshman coach, as well as participating in UM’s goodwill baseball trip to Cartagena, Colombia. He has lectured about and coached baseball in Holland, England, Sweden, and South America, and worked with Australia’s national team. From 1970-79 he was the Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna) baseball coach. Ron Schneider, B.B.A. ’65, attended the 40th anniversary screening in Los Angeles of Get Mean, a

Citizen ’Cane Producing Plays with a Purpose Award-winning composer, playwright, and music therapist Andrea Green, B.M. ’76, is sharing music’s power to connect and inspire children around the world. She takes her songs and musicals on the road—from as close as her native Philadelphia to as far away as Estonia—and works with schools and other nonprofits to bring them to life. Green has been at it for more than 30 years. “On the Other Side of the Fence just came to me,” she says of one of her first musicals about two feuding farmers who separate their menagerie with a fence. “The musical is all about empathy, understanding, taking down fences, tolerance, and acceptance,” says Green. Through the course of the musical, which is designed to accommodate young performers of mixed abilities, the fence does come down, enabling the farm animals (and the kids performing together) to find friendship where they least expected it. The HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia teamed up to produce On the Other Side of the Fence and other musicals by Green three decades ago. As a result, the City of Philadelphia honored Green in 2013 with a proclamation for her work. A documentary, also titled On the Other Side of the Fence, about the schools’ longstanding collaboration was released last year. So far it has aired on 60 public television stations around the U.S., received a humanitarian award from the United Nations Department of Public Information, and this summer won a mid-Atlantic region Emmy Award. Green also has penned Homeroom the Musical, The Rainbow Sea, The Return of Halley’s Comet, The Same Sky, and a dozen other original musicals. Although their plots and settings differ, they share common themes. “My work is about diversity and acceptance,” says Green. “The musicals have this ability to bring people together with kindness and love.” They also travel well, it seems. Green recently worked on a production of The Rainbow Sea on the island of St. John and is planning a new collaboration in Uganda. And for the first time, two of her productions were translated into Estonian and performed in that small country after director Franka Vakkum, of the nonprofit Generation Musical Theater Company (Muusikateater Generatsioon), discovered Green’s work online and managed to get funding to bring her over. “The Estonian people embraced me,” Green says. “We fell in love with each other. I gave them hope.” — Robin Shear      Fall 2015  MIAMI 39

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Robert B. “Bob” Wever Jr., B.S. ’70, served as president of the board of directors for the Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia. Douglas G. Capone, B.S. ’73, Ph.D. ’79, received the 2014 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology. Since 1999 he has held the Wrigley Chair of Environmental Biology at University of Southern California, and in 2007 he became chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. A fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, he is currently an editor for mBio and Aquatic Microbial Ecology. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles, and his research focuses on the importance of marine microbes in major biogeochemical cycles. Linda Duguay, M.S.C.E. ’73, Ph.D. ’80, associate professor (research) of biological sciences at University of Southern California, is president-elect of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. She will serve as president from 2016-18. Jack M. Gibbons, B.S. ’74, M.Ed. ’76, retired as director of residential education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is now executive director of GAIN Consulting in Santa Clarita, California. Raquel M. Gonzalez, A.B. ’74, M.A. ’76, retired from the State of California Department of Justice after a 33-year legal career as a leader in child abduction matters. She has spoken at the Hague Convention, the State Department, and Mexico’s Central Authority, received the prestigious William James Award from the California District Attorneys Association, and has seen dozens of children reunited with their parents due to her efforts and expertise. George Maul, Ph.D. ’74, stepped

down as head of the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems at Florida Institute of Technology after almost 21 years to focus on teaching and writing, according to a Florida Today profile. He is an oceanography professor and is completing his eighth book, a how-to about research vessel operations. Melodee M. Spevack, B.F.A. ’74, is a professional voice actress who is featured as the audiobook reader for the award-winning vampire novel Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins. Howard Talenfeld, B.B.A. ’74, J.D. ’79, launched and is managing partner of Talenfeld Law, the first firm in Florida to focus exclusively on protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused, medically fragile, foster, and other at-risk children. The firm is based in Fort Lauderdale. William P. Frech, A.B. ’75, B.B.A. ’75, retired from CECOM Department of the Army, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, after 35 years of civil service in logistics. In 2011 he moved to Havre de Grace, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, Linda. He is in his second year as a volunteer physical education instructor at the Havre de Grace Elementary School. Thomas Newcomb Hyde, J.D. ’75, was appointed to a four-year term by Florida Governor Rick Scott on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. He lives in Tampa with his wife of 43 years, Christine, who is a former UM employee. Thomas G. Kane, J.D. ’75, published his third novel, Kateri’s Treasure, the latest installment of the Matt O’Malley Adirondack thriller series. Stephen Ludwig, B.B.A. ’75, changed careers after 30 years of owning an import business. He is the manager of patient eligibility services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey, overseeing enrollment for the Affordable

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Mixed Media Stanford Prison Experiment Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, B.S.C. ’05, masterfully brings to the big screen a chillingly real 1971 psychological study of the behavioral effects of prisons led by Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup). The namesake feature film, Stanford Prison Experiment (IFC Films, 2015), screened at UM’s Cosford Cinema in August and won the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

Venice Biennale On view in the Giardino della Marinaressa for the 56th Venice Biennale are six stunningly hewn works by sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, B.Ed. ’64, M.Ed. ’65. Presented by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, her installation includes three cedar sculptures, two bronzes, and one of icy-blue resin. Meanwhile, the New York-based artist’s 20-foot-tall Bronze Bowl with Lace is on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through April 24, 2016, and two large-scale commissions are being installed at the San Francisco International Airport and Princeton University in October and November, respectively.

Zombies on Film In his book Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema (Rizzoli, 2014), filmmaker Ozzy Inguanzo, B.S.C. ’96, unearths more than 300 photographs, movie posters, and behindthe-scenes images, bringing alive, so to speak, almost a century of cinema in this gruesome genre; foreword by Max Landis, ’08.


recently restored spaghetti western he produced 40 years ago.

This bio-musical with songs by Gloria Estefan, A.B. ’78, and her husband, Emilio Estefan, is slated to open on Broadway on November 5 at the Marquis Theatre. On Your Feet! portrays the spectacular rise of Miami Sound Machine’s creators, who together have won 26 Grammy Awards.

stiel School campus, School of Communication, Miller School campus, and Lowe Art Museum. Leslie E. Stern, A.B. ’79, had the first two installments of her epic novel, The Dreams Quartet, released in 2014 by TotalRecall Publications: Dreams Fulfilled and Dreams Surpassed. Her novel Addictive was also released.


Michael F. Ball, A.B. ’81, of McCormick Barstow LLP in Fresno, has been on the “Top 100” list for Northern California Super Lawyers from 2009 to 2015. Leonard Cruz, M.D. ’81, a board certified psychiatrist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina, is editor-in-chief at Chiron Publications, which specializes in Jungian, depth psychology, and myth titles. Madelyn S. Fudeman, A.B. ’83, J.D. ’88, was elected Judge of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Karen M. Gilmartin, A.B. ’83, J.D. ’86, a principal partner and chief legal officer with the national law firm Kelley Kronenberg, was inducted into the Florida Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame. Israel Kreps, B.B.A. ’83, celebrated 26 years as owner and operator with his partner, Sissy DeMaria, B.G.S. ’93, of the Coral Gablesbased public relations and marketing firm Kreps DeMaria. John Pallot, B.B.A. ’83, was selected as a 2015 U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Teacher. Lorynne Schreiber, B.B.A. ’83, had her personal essay “Internal Compass” published in Living Legacies - Volume IV: A Collection of Writing by Contemporary Canadian Jewish Women (PK Press, 2014). Robert W. Trigueros, B.B.A. ’83, founded the Pediatric Cancer Treatment Foundation in Candler, North Carolina, in 2014. He serves as its executive director and development director. Norman M. Waas, A.B. ’83, J.D. ’86, is international vice presi-

Citizen ’Cane Exploring Jazz Down Under Jazz may have been born in the United States, but the world is its home—from Paris to São Paulo and beyond. Now pianist Tal Cohen, M.M. ’15, wants to bring recognition for jazz to a corner of the globe some might find surprising: Australia. “Is there a style which is Australian jazz? I really believe there is,” the recent Frost School of Music graduate said during an interview with ABC Jazz (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). “Is it because it’s far? Potentially. Is it because it’s less influenced than other countries by the mainstream American jazz, which is happening now? I really do think there’s a special thing here, and it needs to get showcased more.” And Cohen is in a unique position to do just that as the 2015 winner of the coveted Freedman Jazz Fellowship. Freedman Music Fellowships are awarded annually to Australian classical and jazz music instrumentalists. Nominees age 35 and under are selected by senior industry figures in each state and invited to make a project proposal. Cohen’s proposal for the fellowship is “a collaboration between the finest American musicians and the finest Australian musicians to create an amazing recording with many different influences,” he explained. He was among the four jazz finalists chosen to perform at the Sydney Opera House on July 20. “Just to be nominated, let alone make the finals, is an amazing accomplishment,” Cohen said before his big win that night, which included a $15,000 cash prize from the Freedman Foundation, media coverage, and three days of recording time at the ABC recording studios in Sydney. The experience caps a momentous few years for Cohen, who also won the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival Barry Harris National Jazz Piano Competition. He has said his piano style was influenced by the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played growing up in Israel before moving to Perth, Australia, as a teen. Jazz came later—at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and later at the Frost School, where he studied with pianist Martin Bejerano, M.M. ’98, and performed as a Henry Mancini Institute fellow. Already Cohen has shared the stage with a number of noted artists, including one of his idols, Grammy Awardwinning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, who invited him to perform on his bill at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Continuing his global jazz adventure, Cohen is currently touring Europe with Australian saxophonist Jamie Oehlers. — UM News      Fall 2015  MIAMI 41


Care Act and helping underprivileged children and adults obtain health care. Melvin R. Mann, B.B.A. ’75, is the interim executive director of the Friends of the March of the Living, a nonprofit organization that funds scholarships for students participating in the two-week Holocaust educational experience to Poland and Israel. Nanette Lampl Avery, B.F.A. ’76, is the author of Orphan in America, a 19th-century historical epic that Kirkus Reviews selected as one of The Best Indie Books of 2014. She lives in Brentwood, Tennessee. Armando J. Bucelo Jr., B.S. ’76, J.D. ’79, a President’s Council member, is a senior partner and statewide chair of Real Estate and Banking practices at Roig Lawyers in Coral Gables. Steve DelGrosso, B.S.I.E. ’78, M.S. ’95, directs IBM’s Project Management Center of Excellence and currently serves as chair of the Project Management Institute’s board of directors. Scott J. Silverman, B.B.A. ’78, a retired judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, joined the JAMS panel in Miami after nearly 22 years on the bench. He presided over an employment dispute with Victoria’s Secret, a mediation with Gloria James, a dispute with Miami Dolphins star Bryant McKinnie, various matters with cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Celebrity, and much more. Janet B. Brill, B.S. ’79, M.S.Ed. ’86, Ph.D. ’01, has made multiple guest appearances on The Dr. Oz Show as a nutrition expert. Pedro “Pete” Diez, B.Arch. ’79, is regional vice president for The Falcon Group, Architects and Engineers in Florida. A LEED AP architect, he started Diez Architecture, Inc. in 1988, serving as its principal. His Miami-based firm completed numerous projects for the University of Miami at the School of Law, Ashe Building, Rosen-

Class Notes dent for Zeta Beta Tau fraternity (ZBT), which was founded as the nation’s first Jewish fraternity in 1898 and has been on campus at UM since 1946.

Lori R. Hartglass, J.D. ’84, a partner with Arnstein & Lehr LLP, won the Top Dealmaker of the Year Award (Real Estate Finance) sponsored by the Daily Business Review and was recognized by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton as a Lifetime Achievement Honoree. Vinodh Jaichand, LL.M. ’84, is director of the International Human Rights Exchange program at University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. John R. O’Connor, B.B.A. ’84, a major general in the U.S. Army, is the commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command. Cheryl Little, J.D. ’85, was honored at the 32nd Annual Lawyer of the Americas banquet, hosted by the University of Miami InterAmerican Law Review. Randall L. Sidlosca, J.D. ’85, is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in the Labor & Employment Department, based in Miami.

Matthew R. Kamula, A.B. ’86, J.D. ’89, an attorney in the West Palm Beach office of Roig Lawyers, was appointed general counsel for the national fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi. James T. Deiotte, J.D. ’88, is a senior partner with Ernst & Young. Based in South Africa, he serves as the tax managing partner for sub-Sahara Africa, with more than 30 countries and nearly 900 professional staff. Two of his four children earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Miami. Eugene M. Schaefer, B.B.A. ’88, Miami market president for Bank of America, celebrated his 25th anniversary with the bank. Fred E. Karlinsky, B.S.C. ’89, joined Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory & Transactions practice group as co-chair. Joseph Patti, M.S.P.H. ’89, has served as president and CEO of Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as well as a director of the company, since October 1, 2014. He is also a member of the board of directors of SciStem Therapeutics, Inc. Mark Petrella, B.Arch. ’89, was


Priya Idiculla, A.B. ’03, right, celebrated a banner year of travel, making it to Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan last year. Highlights included seeing the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, frolicking with kangaroos in John Forrest National Park, and meeting world-famous sushi master Jiro Ono, left, at his Michelin three-star Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo. Email a high-resolution photo that shows you living your passion to, subject line ’Cane in the Act.

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promoted to principal at SOSH Architects in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He has worked at the firm for more than 20 years.


John Fournier, B.M. ’90, M.M. ’94, composer and lyricist of The Life and Death of Madam Barker (Red Tape Theatre) received a 2014 non-equity Joseph Jefferson “Jeff” Award in the Artistic Specialization, Music & Lyrics category. Dorothy J. Harden, J.D. ’90, an attorney based in Islamorada, Florida, was the 2014-15 president of the American Business Women’s Association’s Homestead Charter Chapter. Brian Itzkowitz, B.B.A. ’90, a member of the UM Alumni Board of Directors, was appointed by the U.S. labor secretary to the new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. Jeffrey Jacobs, B.S. ’90, M.D. ’93, served as president of the board of directors, 2014-15, for the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists. Julie Braman Kane, A.B. ’90, J.D. ’93, is president-elect of the Washington, D.C.-based American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America). A partner with Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables, she has been actively involved in the organization for more than 20 years, including as secretary in 2013-14. Gabriel G. Lazcano, A.B. ’90, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon at Laser Eye Center of Miami. Juan C. Albelo , B.S.E.E. ’93, M.S.I.E. ’96, M.B.A. ’96, is senior vice president of sales for PeopleFluent, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, managing its North American sales teams. Nardo Bosque, B.B.A. ’93, was promoted to president and CEO of Rauland-Borg Corporation of Florida.

Ana Navarro, A.B. ’93, a Republican strategist and CNN commentator, was recently tapped as a political contributor for season 19 of ABC talk show The View. Mayra Pena-Lindsay, J.D. ’93, a graduate of the Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami Leaders of Excellence program, became the first female mayor of the Village of Key Biscayne in November 2014. Leslie Scott Jean-Bart, B.S. ’94, J.D. ’97, is an attorney with Terrell Hogan Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida. Lawrence H. Kolin, J.D. ’94, was elected to the executive council of The Florida Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He is a full-time certified state and federal trial and appellate court mediator with Upchurch Watson White & Max. His blog, Orlando Mediator, is in the American Bar Association’s “Blawg Directory.” Kristin Z. Wlazlo-Teske, B.Arch. ’94, an associate at Rosser International, Inc., married Shawn M. Teske on April 26, 2014, during a Catholic mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King, in Atlanta, Georgia, where the couple resides. Alumni in attendance included Morella Migliorelli, B.Arch. ’94; Kimberly Johnson, B.M. ’91; Simone (Mellanson) Atkins, B.S.N. ’94, M.B.A. ’99; Joseph Auld, B.Arch. ’93; Thomas Verell, B.Arch. ’93; Ivonne (Sanchez) Hawks, A.B. ’93; and Jessica Damian, A.B. ’96, Ph.D. ’07, who co-hosted the bridal shower. Enrique “Rick” García, B.S.N. ’95, is an assistant professor/faculty fellow at the New York University College of Nursing. A nurse scientist in the Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity, he is a study project coordinator for the Helping Women Help Themselves to Improve Heart Health: A Community Approach to Self-Care and a research assistant with the Geriatric Heart Failure in the Emergency Department and Palliative Care study.

president and CEO of Professional Bank, was named to the Florida Bankers Association board of directors.

Kevin Christian, M.A. ’96, has earned the prestigious Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) and international Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credentials. He works as the public relations officer and coordinator of television media productions for Marion County Public Schools in Ocala, Florida. Eric N. Assouline, J.D. ’97, was featured as the cover subject in a recent issue of the Greater Miami Edition of Attorney at Law magazine. He is a founding partner of Assouline & Berlowe, P.A., which has three South Florida offices. Helenemarie Blake, J.D. ’97, is executive director of the Miller School of Medicine’s HIPAA Privacy & Security Office. Jenna Colvin, A.B. ’97, J.D. ’00, is general counsel and director of state government relations at University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Michael Garcia, B.B.A. ’97, J.D. ’00, is a partner in White & Case’s white collar practice in Miami. Christian D. Giordano, B.Arch. ’97, is a principal and president of the 100-year-old architectural and interiors practice Mancini Duffy in New York City. Gisela M. Munoz, A.B. ’97, a commercial real estate and corporate transactional lawyer, is a shareholder in the Florida law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Frank Diaz, B.B.A. ’98, an owner of ADG Omnimedia, was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Council on Homelessness through June 30, 2016. Scott Alboum, B.S.C. ’99, M.F.A. ’02, wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled Don’t Dress Me Up for Halloween — That’s

Just Mean. He runs the television studio and teaches television and digital filmmaking classes at Rider University in New Jersey. Jennifer Papp Luciani, A.B. ’99, and her husband, Leo Luciani, adopted their 3-year-old son, David, in Poland. Brian Seits, B.B.A. ’99, celebrated his 15th anniversary with Wells Fargo Advisors in Coconut Grove, Florida, and was promoted to senior vice president.


Erica James, B.S. ’00, M.D. ’04, associate at Tucker Ellis, LLP, was recognized as an Ohio Rising Star for 2015 by the Super Lawyers rating service. Danny Paskin, M.A. ’00, Ph.D. ’06, received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at California State University in Long Beach. Kathleen S. “Katie” Phang, J.D. ’00, is a partner and member of the dispute resolution team of Berger Singerman, based in the Miami office. Keith Washo, M.M. ’00, published his first book, The Heart of Success: Growing Your Professional and Personal Life the Right Way (Evolve Publishing, 2015). He lives in Silicon Valley, where he is an active member of ToastMasters International as well as a keyboardist, composer, and publisher of his own music. Gariot P. Louima, B.S.C. ’01, is dean of admissions at Goddard College in Vermont. He is a candidate in the interdisciplinary studies Ph.D. program at Union Institute and University. Veronica Segarra, B.S. ’01, was appointed visiting assistant professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, after six years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. Pedro Manuel Villa, A.B. ’01, joined

Citizen ’Cane Wearing Her Work on Our Sleeves Halley Profita, B.S.B.A. ’08, isn’t a fashion designer. But her “Flutter” dress is a masterpiece of design. Equipped with microphones sewn into the fabric, Flutter measures the frequencies and amplitude of incoming noise, determines where the loudest noises are coming from, and activates motorized winglets that flutter in the direction of the sounds. Developed as a smartgarment concept to help individuals with hearing impairments localize noises to avoid potentially hazardous situations, Flutter will go on view at Kent State University in July 2016. It earned “Best in Show” and “Most Inclusive and Usable Design” honors at the 2012 International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) Design Exhibition, as well as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funding to develop and test the core technology more extensively. Profita, a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder, came up with the idea for Flutter and created the dress with another student in the program. She says her interest in design interwoven with human/ computer interaction was sparked while studying management science at UM’s School of Business Administration. “I took core courses in both business and engineering, where I learned to problem-solve in a more creative and human-centric sense,” says Profita, who recently co-chaired the ISWC Design Exhibition in Osaka, Japan. A self-described “weird hybrid student bringing design to computer science,” she continues to blend business and engineering with exciting results. As a Microsoft Research intern, Profita worked on an expressive, emotive, interactive water cooler (Sir Walter Cooler) and a series of portable light-emitting wearables that treat seasonal affective disorder. While in Georgia Tech’s master’s program in industrial design, she created a winter glove with an embedded Bluetooth speaker and microphone. “I also have two provisional patents on work I’ve done while at the University of Colorado,” she adds. “Both look at leveraging e-textiles (electronic textiles) to create novel interface designs sewn into clothing.” One is a wearable communication board for children with autism. The other—a gesture-input device that can be sewn into clothing and operate a mobile phone via a simple swipable sensor—was recently optioned by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office to Colorado start-up gaugewear, Inc. “I enjoy trying to develop products in a new way, which can drastically improve a person’s quality of living,” says Profita. —Kira Lewis (Reprinted courtesy of BusinessMiami)      Fall 2015  MIAMI 43


Raul Valdes-Fauli, M.B.A. ’95,

Class Notes the Miami office of GrayRobinson as an associate in the public law and land use practice groups. Lisa (Albers) Brunette, M.F.A. ’02, is the author of Cat in the Flock (Dreamslippers Book 1), a 2015 indieBRAG Medallion winner, published by Sky Harbor LLC. Carlos Curbelo, B.B.A. ’02, M.P.A. ’12, is a newly elected U.S. representative serving Florida’s 26th District. Kimberly Kruse, B.B.A. ’02, is a research fellow for the Global Development Lab of the U.S. Agency for International Development Research and Innovation Fellowship. She has a master’s degree in sustainable solutions from Arizona State University and lives in Bogotá, Colombia. Miranda Mulligan, B.S.C. ’02, is creative director of National Geographic Digital group. Mark D. Anderson, B.S.B.E. ’03/ M.S.B.E. ’03, is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He specializes in neurooncology and has published several peer-reviewed articles. Joshua Rader, B.S.C. ’03, director of assurance and advisory services for Appelrouth, Farah & Co., P.A., is serving as president of the Alper Jewish Community Center Board of Directors in Kendall, Florida. Omar Esposito, B.B.A. ’04, senior relationship manager for Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, is an associate member representative on the Georgia Bankers Association Board of Directors. Carmen Chloé Harris, B.S.C. ’04, has her first book, Single, Sexy and Crazy as Hell: A Guide to Making Better Decisions in Life & Love, available online. Jessica Hixon, B.S.B.E. ’04, and Brent Fedor, B.H.S. ’03, M.B.A. ’05, reconnected more than 12 years after meeting at the U. They were married last May at St. Bede Chapel at UM and held their reception at the Shalala Student Center, with a view of Hecht Residential College, where they first met.

Sean Klitzner, B.S.C. ’04, is a regular contributor discussing trending topics for Dr. Drew on Call on HLN. Nicole Laing, B.F.A. ’04, is the director of marketing, advertising, and public relations at Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth, Florida. Chris Myers, A.B. ’04, accepted a position with Sports Radio 610 in Texas after seven years as a center with the Houston Texans. Jessica Cohen, B.S.C. ’05, was promoted to executive vice president of Aria Marketing in Boston. Samuel Neal Lockhart, B.S. ’05, completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Berkeley, where he is researching neuroimaging biomarkers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Robert B. Newman, M.B.A. ’05, managing partner of National Planning Corporation, received GAMA International’s Brian H. Early Frontline Excellence Award. Claire L. Winnard, B.M. ’05, joined the Chicago office of the law firm Quarles & Brady LLP. Diego Arredondo, B.B.A. ’06, is an associate with Roig Lawyers in Miami. Erin Lewis, A.B. ’06, J.D. ’13, and Rob Collins, J.D. ’11, celebrated the birth of their first child, Teya Lewis-Collins, on January 4, 2015. Natalie P. Mikolich, B.S.C. ’06, founder of NPM PR in Boca Raton, Florida, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America Entertainment and Sports Executive Committee. Allison Williams, B.S.C. ’06, is an ESPN college sports reporter who recently made her Major League Soccer sideline reporter debut. Victor Petrescu, A.B. ’07, J.D. ’10, joined the law firm of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman LLP as an associate. Jennifer Urs, A.B. ’07, married Patrick Sullivan, J.D. ’10, last summer. She was walked down the aisle by University of Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis, who was wearing a jersey with her

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late father’s nickname on the back. Spencer Weinkle, B.S.C. ’07, and Genevieve (Switlyk) Weinkle, A.B. ’07, gave birth to a son, Leo, in October 2014. Alix Paige Hyman, B.F.A. ’08, was married last May to Ilia Dodd Loomis in Jupiter, Florida. She is an actress, singer, and model. Matthew Marshall, M.M. ’08, a French horn member of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City with the Madison Scouts, a drum and bugle corps he was a member of as a Boy Scout. Sam Rega, B.S. ’08, is a producer and video editor for Business Insider in Manhattan. Josh Rubens, J.D. ’08, and Richard Segal, J.D. ’08, were named partners at the Miamibased litigation firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. Amy Salmanson, B.S.C. ’08, is a producer for CBS Sports’ firstever all-female national weekly sports show, We Need to Talk. Mike Simmons, B.B.A. ’08, moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and started a marketing and business development consulting firm called WIMS Consulting, Inc. He will continue to maintain a base in Miami as well. Timothy Compton, M.F.A. ’09, and Sean P. Malone, M.F.A. ’09, of Waterfoot Films, created the Web series The Invisible Man, based on the H.G. Wells novel. Leigh-Ann Buchanan, J.D. ’09, was installed as president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, the oldest and largest association of black attorneys in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Kristopher Kimball, B.B.A. ’09, and Jason Spiegel, B.B.A. ’09, created the Miami-based company Freebee, which uses electric open-air vehicles to give free rides in popular, high-traffic areas of Miami-Dade County, Florida. John S. Leinicke, J.D. ’09, is a senior associate with Roig Lawyers

who has served as president of the Dade County Defense Bar Association since 2014. Alexander Strassman, A.B. ’09, J.D. ’14, is an associate in the Miami office of GrayRobinson, P.A.


Julia Rega, B.F.A. ’10, is a senior graphic designer at the Jewish Federations of North America in New York City. She continues to work on her own art and had her first solo exhibition of botanical illustrations at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida. Daniel Andai, D.M.A. ’11, an award-winning violinist and concertmaster, is dean of music at Miami’s New World School of the Arts, where he earned his high school diploma and was a violin professor. As the Music Division’s chief academic and artistic officer, he oversees both the high school and college programs. He serves as artistic director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Amanda Dubin, B.S.N. ’11, and Kelly Meyer, B.S.N. ’11, neonatal ICU nurses, founded Luc & Lou infant apparel company inspired by seven babies they cared for in the NICU. They incorporated the babies’ footprints in their designs and donate a onesie to a baby in need for every onesie purchased. Kyle Plesa, M.S.Ed. ’12, handles hospitality and social media marketing at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino. Tatiana Daniel, A.B. ’13, works in Washington, D.C., as an account coordinator for the national public relations and marketing communications firm Griffin & Company. Arianne Alcorta, B.S.C. ’14, is a news reporter for Telemundo in Boston. Venezuela Fights for Freedom, her short documentary about uprisings in her native country, has more than 495,000 hits on YouTube.

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In Memoriam* Inga J. Roberts, A.B. ’38 James A. Bartlett, B.B.A. ’41 Thomas Hilbish, B.M. ’41 Thelma A. Hall, B.M. ’43 Paul Whissell, B.B.A. ’45 William R. Cromer, A.B. ’46 Thomas W. McDonald, B.Ed. ’47 Mervyn L. Ames, J.D. ’48 Eilleen P. Joselow, A.B. ’48 George E. Moore, B.M. ’48 Sonny Southerland, A.B. ’48 Robert L. Towles, B.B.A. ’48 Bernard K. Block, A.B. ’49 Benjamin Delson, B.S.M.E. ’49 James C. Dougherty, J.D. ’49 Joan W. Lutz, A.B. ’49 Hugh F. Reynolds, B.S.I.E. ’49 John K. Schanze, B.S. ’49 Richard J. Thornton, J.D. ’49 G. V. Tutan, B.B.A. ’49, J.D. ’53 Marshall H. Ader, J.D. ’50 Irwin J. Block, J.D. ’50 Melvin Brewer, B.S. ’50 Robert H. Bush, A.B. ’50 Frederick P. Gianesello, A.B. ’50 Nick S. Rossin, B.B.A. ’50 Nancy T. Slepow, B.S. ’50 Alton D. Snyder, B.S.E.E. ’50 Nathan De Leon, B.B.A. ’51 Aileen Dekle, B.Ed. ’51 Robert L. Klein, A.B. ’51 Joseph W. Kugel, B.B.A. ’51 H. S. McDonald, B.B.A. ’51 George E. Morrissey, B.B.A. ’51 David Charles Relly, B.B.A. ’51 George A. Schaffer, B.B.A. ’51 William F. Schreck, M.Ed. ’51 Richard P. Sprigle, A.B. ’51 Aaron A. Foosaner, J.D. ’52 William M. Holmberg, B.S.C.E. ’52 Howard R. Lambert, B.S.E.S. ’52 Jack D. Lauderback, B.B.A. ’52 Robert B. Little, B.Ed. ’52, M.Ed. ’61 John J. Merrigan, A.B. ’52 Eric W. Pappas, J.D. ’52 Addison Van Wagner, B.B.A. ’52 M. L. Walton, B.S.M.E. ’52 John A. Wright, J.D. ’52 David L. Ackerman, A.B. ’53 Joseph Book, J.D. ’53 Arthur D. Deckelman, J.D. ’53, B.B.A. ’57

Manson Prosecutor, True-Crime Writer Los Angeles attorney Vincent Bugliosi, B.B.A. ’56, who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and four others accused of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, died June 6 at 80. Bugliosi, who entered private practice in 1972, co-wrote a book about the trial, Helter Skelter, which remains the biggest-selling true-crime book in publishing history. In addition to Helter Skelter, several of Bugliosi’s subsequent books were made into movies, such as Parkland and The Prosecution of an American President. Bugliosi is the only American true-crime writer who’s had more than one book—And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage—hit #1 on The New York Times hardcover best-seller list. Leona S. Doyal, B.Ed. ’53 J. Leo Glynn, B.B.A. ’53 Donald G. Hubbard, B.S.M.E. ’53 Harry W. Birt, A.B. ’54, J.D. ’57 Allene M. Cash, B.B.A. ’54 Aly S. Dadras, B.S.A.E. ’54 Donald E. Johns, B.Ed. ’54 Douglass D. King, B.B.A. ’54 Allen Lockshin, B.B.A. ’54 Vincent L. Pagley, B.B.A. ’54 Richard H. Peeples, B.B.A. ’54 John N. Phillips, J.D. ’54 Donald Plotkin, B.B.A. ’54, B.S.E.E. ’69 Herman A. Rosenthal, B.S. ’54, M.S. ’58 Robert R. Arnau, B.S.C.E. ’55 Harry Catsos, B.S.I.E. ’55 Kalman K. Gold, B.B.A. ’55 Thomas J. Madden, B.Ed. ’55, M.Ed. ’59 Roberta L. Avick, B.Ed. ’56 William A. Fleming, B.B.A. ’56 Melvyn J. Katzen, B.S. ’56, M.D. ’60 Alan M. Limburg, B.B.A. ’56 Robert F. Passin, B.B.A. ’56, J.D. ’60 Maurice R. Peters, J.D. ’56 Lawrence F. Brill, B.S.C.E. ’57 Mickey M. Demos, M.D. ’57, A.B. ’82/B.S. ’82, J.D. ’86 Kevin F. Doyle, B.B.A. ’57 Jack A. Lasry, B.Ed. ’57 John A. Mautino, B.M. ’57 Marilyn Zeiger, B.Ed. ’57, M.Ed. ’73 Marion J. Brust, A.B. ’58 Anthony G. Conti, B.B.A. ’58 Bruce K. Dicken, A.B. ’58

Roy S. Giles, M.D. ’58 James T. Gwinn, B.S.E.E. ’58 Joel G. Kent, B.S.I.E. ’58 Ronald E. Magnes, J.D. ’58 James F. McKenna, M.Ed. ’58 Louis J. Presti, A.B. ’58 Alphonse M. Schwitalla, J.D. ’58 Albert R. Wilber, A.B. ’58 David B. Ansted, B.B.A. ’59 Charles R. Fitzpatrick, B.S. ’59, M.S. ’61 Jeanette M. Grice, B.Ed. ’59 Roger H. Jennings, B.B.A. ’59 Jared C. Burnett, B.S.E.E. ’60 Robert H. Burns, A.B. ’60, J.D. ’64 Gladys S. Kashdin, A.B. ’60 Alan C. Sanford, B.S.M.E. ’60 Rachel Skop, B.Ed. ’60 Phillip A. Wood, B.S.C.E. ’60 Ronald M. Gould, B.Ed. ’61 David S. Jordan, B.B.A. ’61 George H. Khoury, B.S.A.E. ’61, B.S.C.E. ’64, B.Arch. ’65 Edward A. Moss, J.D. ’61 Donald D. Stratton, B.Ed. ’62 June G. Thomas, J.D. ’62 Kenneth D. Keusch, M.D. ’63 Gary M. Callahan, B.S.M.E. ’64, M.S. ’66 Beatrice D. Campbell, B.Ed. ’64 George W. Dauth, A.B. ’64, M.S. ’70, Ph.D. ’71 Helen M. Filocco, A.B. ’64 Alfred O. Hegner, B.S. ’64 Stanley M. Newmark, J.D. ’64 Dale W. Ferdinandsen, B.B.A. ’66 Jonathan Houghton, B.Ed. ’66 Mildred C. Poaster, B.S.N. ’66 Dorleau G. Roth, B.Ed. ’66

Robert M. Blumenkranz, B.S.E.E. ’67 Laura S. Burgess, B.Ed. ’67, M.Ed. ’73 Tracy E. Nemec, B.B.A. ’67 Ellinwood E. Brown, A.B. ’68 Joe W. Heller, B.S. ’68 Carolyn R. North, B.S.N. ’68 William S. Rubenstein, B.B.A. ’68, J.D. ’72 Sara Sue P. Worthen, M.Ed. ’68 Lloyd A. Dearden, B.B.A. ’69 Grad L. Flick, Ph.D. ’69 Howard N. Gundee, B.B.A. ’69 Charles W. Herbst, A.B. ’69 Gerald B. Jaski, J.D. ’69 Vicente R. Llopis, B.B.A. ’69 David A. Masters, M.Ed. ’69 Josephine T. Powers, A.B. ’69 Walter M. Soha, A.B. ’69, M.Ed. ’70 Neale H. Lewis, A.B. ’70 Gregory H. Schupp, A.B. ’70 William C. Shuffield LL.M.T. ’70 John H. Calfee, B.B.A. ’71, M.B.A. ’73 Barbara Y. Reiland, M.Ed. ’71 Maxine B. Segal, A.B. ’71 Richard B. Duchossois, A.B. ’72 Eric G. Layton, B.G.S. ’72 Heidi L. Murphy, A.B. ’72 Donald E. Spurlock, B.B.A. ’72 Kathleen B. Gordon, A.B. ’73, M.A. ’83 Margo R. Kandel, A.B. ’73 Linda A. Moreau, M.Ed. ’73 Richard F. Roe, B.B.A. ’73 Arthur J. Berger, J.D. ’74 Janice E. Berryman, M.Ed. ’74 Susan A. Kottner, B.B.A. ’74 Steven E. Machat, B.B.A. ’74      Fall 2015  MIAMI 45

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Three Wimbledon Wins in One Day Doris Hart, ’48, overcame permanent impairment from a childhood infection so serious doctors considered amputating her right leg, to become the first tennis player ever to win championships in every title possible at all four Grand Slam events, a feat accomplished by only two other players since. Hart, who died at 89 at her Coral Gables home on May 29, was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1951, the year she won singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon—all on the same day. For 10 years straight, 194655, Hart placed in the world Top 10, retiring in 1955 with 35 major championships and 325 titles. Author of the autobiography Tennis with Hart, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1969 and worked as a pro teacher until 1993. Racquets from her Wimbledon and U.S. Nationals victories are on display at the UM Sports Hall of Fame, of which she is an inaugural member. William H. Benton, J.D. ’75 Lewis A. Bixon, B.Ed. ’75, M.Ed. ’76 Carol W. Hernet, B.Ed. ’75 Surry T. Latham, M.Ed. ’75 Richard P. Lebovitz, B.B.A. ’75 Howard D. Maccabee, M.D. ’75/ Ph.D. ’75 A Jerry Ross, M.A. ’75 Donna M. Sintz, M.Ed. ’75 Lois H. Smith, M.Ed. ’75

Monte W. Bernstein, M.D. ’76 Gordon C. Nyquist, A.B. ’77 Gary J. Rotella, J.D. ’77 Harold M. Sliger, LL.M.O. ’77 Robert L. Levinson, A.B. ’79 Edward J. Reilly, M.B.A. ’79 Bruce G. Witkind, M.D. ’79 Carlos J. Arboleya, B.B.A. ’80, M.B.A. ’82, J.D. ’87 Richard M. Talley, B.B.A. ’80 Betty R. Battle, A.B. ’81

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Arleen Colvin, J.D. ’81 Robin S. McManus, M.S.Ed. ’82 Teri L. Ross, A.B. ’83 Camilo G. Blanco, M.B.A. ’84 Roberto U. Castillo, M.B.A. ’84 Ann P. Roberts, B.B.A. ’84, M.P.A. ’95 Sonia de Cruz, J.D. ’87 Robert D. Ratner, M.A. ’87 Silvia M. Bode, A.B. ’88 Robert K. Bellemans, B.M. ’90

David J. Russin, M.B.A. ’90 Teresa M. McShane, J.D. ’91 Jorinda K. Kiser Hatfield, M.M. ’93 Ronald C. Sott, A.B. ’93 John F. Barmon, J.D. ’94 Michael D. Fetter, M.S. ’94, Ph.D. ’96 Olga T. Mootoo, M.A.L.S. ’95 Alejandro J. Rendon, A.B. ’98 Christopher E. Cowan, M.F.A. ’99 Florence Greenhaus, B.S.Ed. ’99, M.S.Ed. ’04 Venetta Thomas, Ph.D. ’99 William J. Aase, J.D. ’00 Charles B. Bloom, M.B.A. ’00 Irwin Perlmutter, M.D. ’00 Christian W. Tolles, A.B. ’03 Gary M. Reddick, M.B.A. ’04 Andrea L. Tanner, A.B. ’05 Gennelly M. Wall, B.S.C. ’05 *Names recorded as of April 22, 2015 We diligently research each name in the “In Memoriam” section. If you see an error, please contact alumni@ or call 305-284-2872.

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Board of Directors Executive Committee

Brenda Yester Baty, B.B.A. ’90, President

John Calles, A.B. ’89, J.D. ’92, Immediate Past President

Alumni Trustees

Doyle Beneby, M.B.A. ’97 Susan Lytle Lipton, A.B. ’67, J.D. ’70 Michael “Pete” Piechoski, B.B.A. ’76

Frank Jimenez, B.S. ’87, President-Elect

Devang B. Desai, A.B. ’97, J.D. ’03, Vice President

Young Alumni Leadership Council Representative Vance Aloupis, B.B.A. ’05, J.D. ’08

’Canes Communities

Regional Directors

Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, M.B.A. ’84 Robert J. Munch, A.B. ’73 Doug Weiser, A.B. ’78, J.D. ’82


Taghreed Al-Saraj, B.F.A. ’99, M.S.Ed. ’01 Suzanne M. Block, A.B. ’81 Cristie A. Carter, B.S.C. ’95 Victoria A. Colon, M.B.A. ’98 Santiago Corrada, A.B. 86, M.S.Ed. ’91 Jose “Pepi” Felix Diaz, A.B. ’02 Jorge Duyos, B.S.I.E. ’85, M.S.I.E. ’88 Carlota Espinosa, B.S.C. ’90 Bill J. Fisse, B.B.A. ’75, M.B.A. ’77 Martin J. Ganderson, B.B.A. ’73 Cynthia Hudson, A.B. ’84, M.A. ’97 Brian L. Itzkowitz, B.B.A. ’90 Noelia Moreno, B.B.A. ’86, J.D. ’89 Kourtney Ratliff, B.B.A. ’03

Faculty Representatives

Manuel A. Huerta, M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ’70 Shawn Post, B.Ed. ’73, M.Ed. ’74, Ph.D. ’78, Delegate, Faculty Senate

Student Representatives Brianna Hathaway, Student Government Casey Rea, Student Alumni Ambassadors

Atlanta John Fenton, B.B.A. ’80, M.B.A. ’81, Austin Dayna Chettouh, A.B. ’78, M.B.A. ’80, Boston Michaela Hennessy, B.A.M.A. ’14, Brazil Ric Scheinkman, ’01, Broward County Daniel Markarian, B.S.Ed. ’86, M.S.Ed. ’89, Charlotte Jason Wilson, B.S.E. ’98, Chicago Brian Kidder, B.S.E.E. ’03, Cincinnati Marc Bouche, B.Arch. ’84, Colombia Gloria Duque, B.B.A. ’99, M.B.A. ’04, gpduque2001@yahoo. com Dallas Bryan Dolgin, B.S.C. ’97, Denver Alicia Montoya, A.B. ’05, Detroit Christina Hajj, A.B. ’08, Houston Edward Perry, B.M. ’07, Indianapolis Danielle Bruno, B.S.B.A. ’10, Jacksonville Catherine Lewis-Tubre, M.S. ’98,

Victoria Corrigan Fine, B.S. ’80, M.B.A. ’81, Vice President

Andrew Potter, M.B.A. ’04, Vice President

London Maria Newstrom, B.Arch. ’09, Los Angeles Emerson Davis, B.S.C. ’08, Louisville Clifford “Dean” Furman, A.B. ’90, Middle East Reyadh Al-Rabeah, B.S.I.E. ’87, Nashville Ben Bruno, B.M. ’07, New Jersey Jennifer Smith, B.B.A. ’94, New York Michael Gohari, B.B.A. ’11, Orlando Adrian Burrowes, M.D. ’00, Palm Beach County Jordan White, A.B. ’05, Philadelphia Annette R. Ponnock, A.B. ’07, annetteponnock@gmail. com Phoenix Jason Hutzler, J.D. ’10, Portland Jason Gershenson, A.B. ’07, Richmond Molly R. Manuse, B.S.C. ’08, San Diego Susan Mirkin, B.S.C. ’11, San Francisco Samantha Ku, B.B.A. ’10, Sarasota Sam Waldron, B.S. ’09, Savannah Eugene Bloom, M.D. ’60, Seattle Jordan Louie, ’07,

Oti Roberts, B.B.A. ’03, Vice President

Winston Warrior, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’96 Vice President

Southwest Florida Barbara Woodcock, A.B. ’08, canesgrl13@ Spain Jaime Escalante, B.B.A.’93, M.B.A. ’11, St. Louis Ethan Silverman, B.B.A. ’01, Tampa Stuart Bromfield, A.B. ’09, Washington, D.C. Shireen Lackey, A.B. ’00,

Special Interest Groups

Black Alumni Society Cynthia Cochran, B.B.A. ’01, M.P.A. ’06, Band of the Hour Debbie Baker Robinson, B.B.A. ’84, dbrstitch@ LGBTQ Judson Dry, B.B.A. ’07, Public Health Sciences Daniella Orihuela, B.S.B.E. ’11, M.P.H. ’14, UM Sports Hall of Fame Gerard Loisel, B.S. ’76, goldensounds@

School and College Groups

College of Engineering Tamara Ali, B.S.I.E. ’04, M.B.A. ’06, M.S.I.E. ’08, School of Law Edward Shohat, A.B. ’69, J.D. ’72, eshohat@joneswalker. com Miller School of Medicine Vicky Egusquiza, B.S. ’83, M.D. ’87,

Donna A. Arbide, M.B.A. ’95, Executive Director

School of Nursing and Health Studies Sonique Sailsman, B.S.N. ’00, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Peter Chaibongsai, A.B. ’00, M.A. ’07,

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The University of Miami Alumni Association supports ’Canes Communities – formerly known as Alumni Clubs, that provide your local connection to the UM Global Community. ’Canes Community programming is open to all University of Miami alumni, parents, students, and friends and is the perfect opportunity to connect with your local Miami Hurricanes family for networking, events and fun! For more information, please visit To get involved with the ’Canes Community in your area, please submit a UConnect form at      Fall 2015  MIAMI 47

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Don’t Try This at Home New students got a taste of the U spirit during Fall Orientation at the President’s Picnic on August 23. Everyone enjoyed food, music, games, and a speech by President Julio Frenk. But the real showstopper was a professional water show with this jetpack aerialist performing tricks high above Lake Osceola.

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