Miami Magazine | Spring 2019

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Draw ing Inspiration  |  State of the U  |  Toxic Stew


“My Dream Job” Defensive coordinator for his hometown Hurricanes since 2016, Manny Diaz takes the helm as head football coach.

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State of the U


Drawing Inspiration

Beginning with a centuries-old synagogue in Curaçao, School of Architecture students have launched an endeavor to trace the history of Jewish life in the Caribbean.

President Julio Frenk unveils the Roadmap to Our New Century— the comprehensive strategic plan to achieve an ambitious set of aspirations by the University’s 2025 centennial.


Toxic Stew

University researchers are working to turn the tide on the human and environmental impacts of harmful algal blooms.



Miami Born and Bred

Lifelong Hurricanes fan Manny Diaz spent the past three years elevating the football team’s defense to national prominence. Now he takes the reins as the storied program’s 25th head coach.

Culture of Caring

Recognized nationally for its superb patient experiences, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center is delivering high-quality health care with a highly personal touch.


The University of Miami Magazine President

Julio Frenk Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff to the President

Rudy Fernandez, M.B.A. ’10

Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Joshua M. Friedman

Vice President for University Communications

Jacqueline R. Menendez, A.B. ’83 Associate Vice President, Communications

Matthew McDonald

Assistant Vice President, Communications and Public Relations

Peter E. Howard

Executive Director, Communications

Meredith Camel, M.F.A. ’12 Art Director

Tina Talavera

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Angie Villanueva, A.B. ’12, M.B.A. ’18 Nicole Andujar Maya Bell Julia Berg Kevin Corrales, B.F.A. ’05 Evan Garcia Barbara Gutierrez Katy Hennig Robert C. Jones Jr. Lisa Kuehnle TJ Lievonen Michael R. Malone Michael Montero, B.G.S. ’18 Jennifer Palma Sanchez Amanda Perez Mike Piacentino, B.S.C. ’14, M.A. ’18 Barbara Pierce, M.A. ’10 Kristian Rodriguez, B.S.C. ’04, M.F.A. ’18 Aaliyah Weathers, ’19

Eye on Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

13 Student Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Alumni Digest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Alumni Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Big Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Faculty Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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News, People, Culture, and Research from Campus and Beyond

Transforming Student Housing Across the Coral Gables Campus


Lakeside Village and Centennial Village will replace Stanford and Hecht Residential Colleges and reimagine residential life

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square feet Students at the University of Miami will soon have new, more modern housing options to choose from. Set to open for the fall 2020 semester, upperclassmen interested in living on campus will be able to move into the 1,115-bed Lakeside Village. During the same time, the University is also planning to break ground on the next phase of its plan to transform campus housing. Totaling 522,000 square feet, Centennial Village will be located along the southwestern edge of Lake Osceola and feature more than 1,700 beds for first-year students, as well as indoor and outdoor spaces for academic and extracurricular activities, a learning hub, meditation room, and apartments for faculty and staff.

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The new housing projects all fit into a larger plan to upgrade the Coral Gables campus housing options into more sustainable facilities that will enhance the student living and academic experience. “The University will be providing the next generation of ’Canes a unique residential experience that will enhance and contribute more to their college success,” says Patricia A. Whitely, Ed.D. ’94, vice president for student affairs and onetime residential staff member in Stanford Residential College. Centennial Village will feature four residential colleges and be built in two stages. It will replace the current Stanford and Hecht Residential Colleges and will reimagine the landscape surrounding Lake Osceola.



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“The University will be providing the next generation of ’Canes a unique residential experience that will enhance and contribute more to their college success.”

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The first stage of Centennial Village will replace Stanford Residential College and is planned to open in the fall of 2022. The second stage, which will replace Hecht Residential College, is slated to open in fall 2024. In addition, Eaton Residential College will be renovated and incorporated into Centennial Village upon its completion in fall 2025. The total project cost is estimated at $260 million. Much like the Lakeside Village, Centennial Village will provide resident students with a living and learning environment that enriches campus life. Like other new construction on the University’s campuses, Centennial Village will incorporate facility design and innovative building systems in order to achieve LEED Gold certification.

“When presented with the opportunity to re-envision our first-year housing, we took an in-depth look at the firstyear experience of our resident students,” says Jim Smart, M.S.Ed. ’96, executive director for housing and residential life. “Centennial Village will provide students with a blend of individual, group, and community-wide spaces to aid in their transition into University life.”

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New Space for Place-Making Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building cross-fertilizes creativity Not long ago, all design studios in the University’s School of Architecture were held in the school’s cluster of Marion Manley-designed buildings. Originally built as housing for returning World War II veterans, the classrooms were separated by massive walls, making it difficult for students to interact with their peers and work in large groups. The new 20,000-square-foot Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building changes all that. Replete with state-of-the-art features, including a fabrication lab with 3D printers, a computer lab, and modern work stations for advanced digital production, the building itself also serves as a teaching tool. Its exposed mechanical systems, for instance, allow students to understand what makes the facility work. But the facility’s most salient attribute is what you don’t see— barriers. It is essentially a massive open-space classroom, fostering a dynamic, immersive working

environment in which some 130 students can work—and collaborate —on mixed-use developments, homes, office buildings, and other projects. And that, says architecture dean Rodolph el-Khoury, is a perfect fit for the school’s emphasis on projects that employ real-world, comprehensive problem-solving with stakeholders, institutions, and communities. “Almost everything we do is immersive,” he says. The Murphy Design Studio Building was made possible by Thomas P. Murphy Jr., founder, chairman, and CEO of Miami-based Coastal Construction. Its name honors the memory of his father, a paratrooper during World War II and an early consultant to the company. “My dad and I were best friends,” says Murphy, who attended the University in the late 1960s and has been a supporter of multiple areas across the University in the decades since.

World-renowned Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica designed the building, which is built to LEEDcertification standards and was recently named the 2018 building of the year by World-Architects. Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founding principal of Arquitectonica, convinced Murphy of the need for the building to expand learning experiences and collaborative opportunities for architecture students. Noting the global reach of several School of Architecture initiatives, focusing on locales ranging from Haiti to Japan, President Julio Frenk says the new studio will further the school’s reputation as one “for which the world is a classroom.”

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A Magic Leap Forward New partnership opens the door to academic leadership in mixed-reality computing Imagine a world that allows you to step into a reality somewhere between your actual location and where you want to be. An immersive video game. A real-life sporting event. A three-dimensional image of a brain. A coffee shop where you can collaborate in real time with colleagues on the other side of the world. Bringing this type of “mixed reality” world to life through a technology known as spatial computing is the primary goal of Magic Leap, founded by Rony Abovitz, B.S.M.E. ’94, M.S.B.E. ’98. Embedded in sophisticated headsets, the computational wizardry blends digital content with the physical environment to create what Abovitz calls an augmented “Magicverse” that exists somewhere between the two. Now, thanks to an alliance between the University and Magic Leap, mixed reality is transforming learning at the University.

Dubbed Project Alexandria after the strategically located legendary center of learning of the ancient world, the collaboration offers the potential “to reconnect the STEM disciplines with social sciences, the humanities, and artistic creation,” says President Julio Frenk. “UM students will relive battles of the Civil War, follow in the footsteps of ancient explorers, and swim among blue whales,” says Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. “They will experience firsthand the computational cognitive revolution that is about to transform daily life.” In the University’s first course to explore the Magicverse’s potential, School of Architecture students envisioned how spatial computing will change both the campus and their careers. “We already function in 3D,

but on the computer we’re limited to 2D designs,” says fifth-year student Alex Underwood. “Now if I want to design a convention center, I can pull up the ballroom in a 1-to-1 scale and walk around it.” “This will push the institution forward to other partnerships with a continuing goal to advance technology,” adds Michael Warrell, a junior majoring in industrial engineering. Abovitz relishes the prospect of his alma mater becoming the global dominant academic player in the Magicverse space. “We want to put the tools in the hands of students and faculty so they can put their thoughts into action,” he says. “This is not something you need to ponder for years. Students can band together and create something in weeks or even days. “Over the course of a decade, I can’t even imagine what will happen.”

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Island Explorations Director of the Cuban Heritage Collection plans to expand the renowned


collection’s reach and impact

Highly respected curator, academic, and art historian Elizabeth Cerejido, M.A. ’09, was named last fall the Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) at University of Miami Libraries. The position honors the collection’s founding director, who retired in 2013. Born in Cuba, Cerejido grew up in Miami. Over the past two decades, she has devoted her academic and professional focus to the study of the island and the Cuban diaspora through its visual arts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history at Florida International University and a master’s in Latin American studies at the University of Miami. After receiving a CHC research grant in 2014, Cerejido was awarded a prestigious Goizueta Research Fellowship. She is currently completing 6 MIAMI   Spring 2019

a doctorate in art history at the University of Florida. “In the past months, I have witnessed the ways in which our collections spark conversation, invite creative and critical thinking, and connect patrons, researchers, and visitors to their personal histories,” Cerejido wrote in her first letter as director of the CHC, which she describes as “the crown jewel” of the library and of the Cuban exile community. “We are a platform for rigorous academic research and the production of new knowledge,” she noted, “but also a space where people, history, and materials connect—a forum for sharing and creating new understandings and insights into the world in Cuba and Cuba in the world.”

Above works are part of the Lydia Cabrera Papers, a collection of writings, drawings, photographs, and interviews compiled by one of the 20th century’s leading writers on Cuban folklore and Afro-Cuban culture.

Toward that end, Cerejido is already spearheading several initiatives and programs. Many of the CHC’s holdings of the documents of Cuban ethnographer Lydia Cabrera were recently featured in an Americas Society and Council of the Americas exhibition in New York City. On display at the CHC through summer 2019 is “Illuminating Women,” an exploration of gender by the Cuban artist book collective Ediciones Vigía.

Maestro on a Mission Triple Grammy-winning album makes a statement as well as a splash When the Trump administration announced that it was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, some 800,000 “dreamers” brought to the U.S. by parents who entered or remained in the country illegally were suddenly faced with the prospect of deportation to familial homelands they never even knew.

More than 50 of these dreamers are featured on “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom,” an album of nine songs in new arrangements spearheaded by the Frost School of Music’s John Daversa. Inspired by the heart-wrenching stories of young people whose lives and plans for the future were upended by the DACA termination, Daversa

scored “American Dreamers” in just six weeks and recorded much of it at the Frost School with professional members of his big band, Frost colleagues, and students. He and his co-producers then sought out dreamers from across the nation to lend their voices and instrumental talents to the effort. “American Dreamers” garnered three 2019 Grammy Awards for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, Best Instrumental Arrangement, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo—for Daversa’s reimagining of the song “Don’t Fence Me In.” “I’m not a politician,” says Daversa, chair of Studio Music and Jazz at Frost and himself the grandson of Italian immigrants. “I’m a musician, and music can and should be used as a potent vehicle for social change. The message is about treating human beings like human beings.” Other Frost School faculty who are 2019 Grammy winners: assistant professor of practice Dafnis Prieto (Best Latin Jazz Album) and professor of composition Lansing McLoskey (Best Choral Perfomance).

Sharing Unique Political Savvy Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen named Distinguished Presidential Fellow After 29 years as U.S. representative for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is continuing her service to South Florida as a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at the University of Miami. “I’m excited to be back home at the U, where I have the opportunity to exchange ideas with today’s bright minds and future leaders on the vexing foreign policy issues confronting our nation,” says Ros-Lehtinen, Ed.D. ’04. Born in Havana, Cuba, Ros-Lehtinen saw her own life profoundly shaped by political turmoil when her family fled the communist regime of Fidel Castro

for Miami. She was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives in 1982, the Florida Senate in 1986, and the U.S. House of Representatives, where she chaired the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in 1989. Ros-Lehtinen’s multiyear engagement at the University begins with the course Congress and American Foreign Policy, which she is co-teaching with her husband, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida Dexter Lehtinen, A.B. ’68, a lecturer at the Miami School of Law. The class, says professor Jonathan West, chair of the Department of Political Science and chair of the Master

in Public Administration program in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers students “a unique and enriching opportunity to gain insights about the realities of the legislative process and the challenge of formulating American foreign and domestic policy.”      SPRING 2019  MIAMI 7

University Journal

Studying Havana Syndrome A Miller School of Medicine team evaluated U.S. Embassy personnel in Havana who were stricken with strange symptoms


In February 2017, Michael E. Hoffer, a professor of otolaryngology and neurological surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, received an unusual call. “This is the State Department,” the voice on the other end said. “We have a problem.” Hoffer, who has special expertise in blast trauma, spent 20 years in the military and still holds a government security clearance. The caller described a staff member of the United States Embassy in Havana, Cuba, who was not feeling well. After hearing a mysterious high-frequency noise, the embassy employee experienced intense ear pain and tinnitus. The next morning, he was dizzy and disoriented. It was far from an isolated incident. A number of U.S. diplomatic personnel and their family members stationed in Havana had reported similar experiences. Over the next few months, Hoffer studied the phenomenon with Miller School colleagues Hillary Snapp, Ph.D. ’17, associate professor of otolaryngology and chief of audiology; Bonnie E. Levin, 8 MIAMI   Spring 2019

professor of neurology and director of neuropsychology; and James Buskirk, research associate in the concussion program. The group later consulted with Carey D. Balaban, professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A multidisciplinary team of more than 15 specialists used advanced vestibular testing technology to evaluate 25 embassy personnel who had experienced symptoms such as hearing loss, dizziness, and confusion after the mysterious sound, as well as 105 others who had not been affected. All of the affected individuals, who were tested between four and 60 days after the onset of symptoms, displayed balance abnormalities and evidence of cognitive dysfunction. The study, “Acute Findings in an Acquired Neurosensory Dysfunction,” was published in the December 2018 edition of the peer-reviewed journal “Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology.”

The investigators noted that intense ultrasonic radiation can produce symptoms such as nausea, headache, tinnitus, pain, dizziness, cognitive issues, moodiness, and fatigue.

The lead investigators explained their findings in a press conference that was attended by about 50 members of the media. Noting that the research was completed within an unusually compressed time frame and not influenced by external variables, Hoffer, the paper’s lead author, called it “an important contribution to this field.” “This is a perfect example of how academic medicine brings together expertise and collaboration in the name of discovery and science,” said Henri R. Ford, dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School of Medicine. After the evaluations, a number of study subjects received consultations for physical, mental, and emotional issues. The investigators noted that intense ultrasonic radiation can produce symptoms such as nausea, headache, tinnitus, pain, dizziness, cognitive issues, moodiness, and fatigue. They did not, however, attempt to identify the cause of what has now been dubbed Havana Syndrome. It remains unknown.

R+ D Update Exam by Xbox Video game technology is being used by School of Education and Human Development faculty researchers to help evaluate patients with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects mobility and control of movement. The investigators, Moataz Eltoukhy, Ph.D. ’11, and Joseph Signorile, say that the Microsoft Xbox Kinect can help physicians measure a patient’s motor functions and quality of life more accurately than subjective evaluation and more easily and inexpensively than with cumbersome professional movement analysis equipment. The study is supported by the Office of the Provost and a Parkinson’s Foundation grant. Signorile sees the Xbox Kinect as a valuable tool for physicians to use with all kinds of patients, such as people recovering from a hip or knee replacement. “In the future,” he says, “it could even be set up in a patient’s home,” allowing physicians to monitor patients’ progress remotely.

Precision Medicine for All The Miller School of Medicine is playing an integral role in the largest, most inclusive study ever undertaken by the National Institutes of Health. As lead partner in the SouthEast Enrollment Center (SEEC), the University seeks to enroll about 100,000 people in the NIH’s $1.5 billion, five-year, All of Us Research Program. “Right now, medicine is practiced in very broad strokes,” says Stephan Züchner, chair of the University’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, co-director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, and the SEEC’s lead principal investigator. “Study data will enable us to begin fine-tuning therapies for specific health issues and specific populations.” Achieving this goal depends on the participation of diverse populations, notes Margaret Pericak-Vance, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genetics, director of the Hussman Institute,

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and executive vice chair of the Department of Human Genetics. Anyone over 18 and able to give informed consent is eligible to join the study. After enrolling online at, prospective participants will be invited to a physical evaluation. If selected, they will have the option of receiving certain information from the study.

Mean Streets A study published in Nature Human Behavior by Ph.D. candidate William H.B. McAuliffe, A.B. ’13, M.S. ’17, and Michael E. McCullough, professor of psychology, supports the theory that humans’ ingrained cooperative spirit is a remnant of our evolutionary past, when we lived in small, self-contained groups. “We are walking around with Stone Age minds, thinking the way we treat everyone we meet could have consequences,” says McCullough. It’s a

phenomenon he dubs “natural karma.” But the “cognitive shortcut” of kindness can be quickly switched off in the absence of personal feedback. The researchers in the University’s Evolution and Human Behavior Laboratory exposed 200 volunteers to a social environment devoid of any incentive or punishment for how they treated each other in two separate lab visits about a month apart. By the second visit, the participants were about 20 percent less generous with their fellow study subjects. McCullough says the study could explain why big-city dwellers have a reputation for being less friendly than small-town residents. “We evolved in a world where there really weren’t strangers,” he notes. “In cities with millions of people, you can encounter a stranger whom you know you’ll never see again and get away with treating them poorly.”    Spring 2019  MIAMI 9

University Journal

And Justice for All Acclaimed public interest attorney receives honorary degree Bryan Stevenson was a Harvard law student sent to counsel a condemned man in a Georgia state penitentiary when the prisoner began to sing a hymn as he was led back to his cell, the rhythmic clanking of the chains on his body punctuating the spiritual’s soaring lyrics. “That was the moment I knew I wanted to help condemned people get to higher ground,” recalled Stevenson, who grew up poor in segregated Delaware and went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor from its School of Law. He is now one of the nation’s most renowned litigators, scholars, and advocates for victims of injustice and discrimination.

Stevenson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Miami on Feb. 4. Stevenson has spent most of the past 30 years representing poor people denied effective representation, juvenile offenders, and others affected by racial bias. He has won victories in the U.S. Supreme Court, helped free more than 125 wrongly condemned prisoners, and received recognitions including 34 honorary degrees, the ACLU National Medal of Liberty, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Stevenson was just turning 30 when he founded the Montgomery, Alabamabased Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), today a powerful force in criminal justice reform. The EJI’s recently opened National Memorial for Peace

Giving the Past a Future The Otto G. Richter Library’s Conservation Lab gives fragile archival materials a new lease on life Amid these tech-driven times, archival documents continue to have profound value. But if they are aged and fragile, with worn pages and frayed edges, they cannot be safely handled—even to be preserved through digitization. That’s where the discipline of conservation comes in. Deploying an array of skills in art, science, craft, and technology, conservators sustain the physical structure of historical materials in their original format. An old map’s frayed pieces, for example, may need to be gradually humidified, gently washed and cleansed of acid, assembled and mounted on a new 10 MIAMI   Spring 2019

backing, then weighted and slowly dried over a period of days. Such comprehensive conservation capabilities are rare—but you can find them within the new Kislak Center at the University of Miami Otto G. Richter Library. The Richter’s team of conservators rehabilitates documents that may date back hundreds of years, like a 1718 copy of the Maronis Opera by the famous Roman poet Virgil. Over the centuries, the book’s iron-gall ink calligraphy had eaten through the paper. Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Fellow Laura Fedynyszyn spent several weeks going through the volume page by page, carefully

and Justice, also in Montgomery, honors the thousands of victims of lynchings— and spurs critical conversations about America’s history of racial injustice. Stevenson exhorted a rapt audience of students, faculty, and staff at the Shalala Student Center to do their part to address injustice. “We are burdened by a history of racial inequality that’s created a kind of smog in the air,” he said. “It’s up to us to clean the air.”

repairing each one’s borders. The Conservation Lab opened its doors in 2010 inside the Richter Library. The facilty, says dean of UM Libraries Charles Eckman, “is a distinctive trait of our library that ensures that we’re able to preserve the content we receive.” Martha Horan, head of preservation strategies at Richter, notes that the library’s state-of-the-art paper and book lab is one of only two in the state. “Having a lab like this,” she says, “requires a very specific skill set and specialized equipment.” “Every day you see something different,” says conservator Duvy Argandona, who has been with the lab since its opening and who recently used an ultrasonic welder to encapsulate a Miami tourist pamphlet from the 1920s—protecting its invitation to visit “The Wonder City of America.” Like that tantalizing vision of South Florida a century ago, the Conservation Lab sees a future of dynamic growth. “We would like to see the lab expand its treatment options,” Eckman says. “We’re also looking at ways to make it a regional resource for preservation services.”

Eye on Athletics

Few people can say that they played for and became the head coach of their favorite baseball team. But Gino DiMare, B.L.A. ’99, is one of the lucky ones. Growing up in South Florida, he cheered for the Miami Hurricanes baseball squad, attending games at Mark Light Field and experiencing the euphoria that surrounded the program when it won the first of its four College World Series titles in 1982. After a stellar high school baseball career at Miami Westminster Christian, DiMare starred for the ’Canes from 1989 to 1992, compiling a batting average of .290 and stealing 93 bases over a 243-game collegiate career. Now, DiMare is the new skipper at the helm—the 10th head coach in the program’s storied history. He succeeds Jim Morris,

who retired last season after leading Miami to 13 College World Series appearances and two national titles. “It was a dream of mine to play here,” DiMare says. “Never in my wildest dreams as a kid did I think I was going to be a coach here. I understand the significance of this program as well as anybody. Nobody wants this program to succeed more than I do.” All told, DiMare has more than 20 years of experience under his belt with Miami baseball, having played for legendary coach Ron Fraser and been an assistant on Morris’ staff for 19 seasons, including the 1999 and 2001 national championship squads. Prior to being named head coach, DiMare had served since 2011 as


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associate head coach and recruiting coordinator—a role in which he helped bring in and coach such players as Yonder Alonso, Jon Jay, Danny Valencia, and Jemile Weeks, all of whom went on to play in the major leagues. Since DiMare joined the Hurricanes staff in 1997, more than 130 Hurricanes have been selected in the MLB Draft, with 24 of those players reaching the majors. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” says DiMare, who signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox and played the 1992-93

seasons in that franchise’s minor league system in Winter Haven and Fort Lauderdale. “Who gets to grow up playing at their dream school? I graduated from here. I come back and coach here, and now I get to take over the program. I’m a Miami guy, a hometown guy who never really had any aspirations of leaving.” With his coaching staff now in place and a new season underway, DiMare is determined to enhance the program’s relevance. Says DiMare, “We have to create our own history now.”

In Celebration of Women Miami athletics hosted its fifth annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics event on Feb. 3 at the Watsco Center, honoring current student-athletes from each of the University’s nine women’s programs for excellence on the playing field as well as in the classroom and community. This year’s event, which featured ESPN reporter Allison Williams, B.S.C. ’06, as emcee, supported the Building Women Champions campaign, designed to help develop leaders and prepare women to be successful in life beyond athletic competition. “The lessons and values learned through playing sports extend well beyond our student-athletes’ time at UM,” says Jennifer Strawley, deputy director of athletics, chief operating officer, and senior woman administrator. “Through our investment in our female student-athletes, Miami athletics is preparing the next generation of female leaders.”

ESPN reporter and UM alumna Allison Williams. TO COME    Spring 2019  MIAMI 11

University Journal

Culture, Curiosity, Community The new dean of the School of Education and Human Development pursues innovative solutions to societal issues

“Research in community psychology helps us think more broadly and ecologically about issues.” Growing up in a multiethnic family in the diverse, progressive city of Seattle, Laura Kohn-Wood always had a natural curiosity about people. But it wasn’t until she began attending Howard University, one of the nation’s leading historically black universities, that she realized she could turn her inquisitiveness into a career. “I suddenly saw professors who reflected my identity as a black woman, and I started to see opportunities and possibilities for myself in a way that didn’t previously seem available,” Kohn-Wood recalls. Later, as a graduate student conducting field research in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, Kohn-Wood gravitated toward community psychology. Research in this discipline, she says, “is not for the sake of knowledge alone but to inform 12 MIAMI   Spring 2019

interventions and actions—and to think more broadly and ecologically about issues.” Kohn-Wood, named dean of the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development last July, joined the University faculty in 2009 as an associate professor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies. She is co-founder of the University’s master’s program in community and social change, which applies the principles of community psychology to practical work in the nonprofit sector. Kohn-Woods’ RECAPS (Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Promotion of Strength) research program seeks to identify culturally based coping methods used by minority communities to protect against depression and other mental health disorders. To provide

additional opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn from divergent perspectives and advance social justice, she recently launched, with Miriam Lipsky, M.S.Ed. ’05, Ph.D. ’11, in the Office of Institutional Culture, the University-wide Intergroup Dialogue program. The program, which supports the University’s Culture of Belonging initiative, fosters conversations among faculty, students, and staff. “A culture of belonging,” Kohn-Wood explains, “is razor focused on how people can add value and feel valued.” Kohn-Wood looks forward to collaborating with colleagues across the University as a way “to address relevant problems and questions that require multiple perspectives—not only in academic disciplines, but through multiple lived experiences and social identities.”

Faculty Files Pursuing Big Breakthroughs on the Nanoscale

As a little girl growing up in Barcelona, Spain, Sylvia Daunert sought to unleash the healing power of nature. “I would take leaves and flowers and grind them to make magic potions and perfumes,” she recalls. “I was always mixing up ‘cures’ for my dolls.” She also cherished the sci-fi adventure movie “Fantastic Voyage,” not as a fantasy but as the stuff of the future—including, it turned out, her own. Recently named director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM), Daunert is a pioneer in the design of infinitesimal diagnostic tools and biosensors through genetic modification of proteins and cells. A pharmacist and medicinal and bioanalytical chemist with more than 40 patents to her name, she is the Lucille P. Markey Chair in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. BioNIUM was launched in 2015 with a $7.5 million grant from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation and support from the Miller School, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering. Daunert and her leadership team are now marshalling the initiative’s 32 faculty members, who represent 12 disciplines and have cumulatively secured more than $94 million in research funding, into a

bio-nano powerhouse. Within BioNIUM’s state-of-the-art clean rooms, scientific teams are working on a mind-boggling array of nanotechnology innovations, from biodegradable microneedles that deliver medicine to the inner ear to sensors that detect carcinogens firefighters are exposed to on the job to microscopic “nanocarriers” that deliver stem cells or drugs exactly where they need to go— just like the miniaturized actors who traveled to the afflicted scientist’s brain in “Fantastic Voyage.” After earning a doctorate in pharmacy, then a Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from the University of Barcelona, Daunert discovered nanotechnology while a Fulbright scholar at the University of Michigan. There, she earned her M.S. in medicinal chemistry and met her husband, Leonidas G. Bachas, now the dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. While Daunert jokes that she can juggle so many disparate goals because she has “scientific ADHD,” her high-energy whirl of activity consistently reflects her passionate commitment to solving problems, scientific collaboration, and advancing human health and societal well-being. “You’ll never advance science if you focus on one area,” Daunert says. “You can’t have a big ego. You have to be humble enough to recognize what other people know that you don’t know and learn from them.”    Spring 2019  MIAMI 13

University Journal

Inspiring Innovators and Explorers “Working together, we will achieve a planet in balance.”


NatGeo’s first-ever campus event showcases top storytellers and scientists

Professor Kenny Broad serves as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Primatologist and anthropologist Mireya Mayor grew up in a family so protective of her safety that she wasn’t allowed to join the Girl Scouts. But when Mayor, A.B. ’97, enrolled in an anthropology course to meet a science requirement at the University of Miami, her life’s adventure quotient went through the roof. She went on to become National Geographic’s first female wildlife correspondent and has since discovered a new species of mouse lemur in Madagascar (see “The Female Indiana Jones,” page 37). Mayor’s story was one of many shared with more than 1,000 University of Miami students, faculty, and staff by National Geographic’s worldwide community of explorers, scientists, journalists, and educators at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center during the

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first-ever National Geographic On Campus event last November. With two packed days of keynote lectures and panel discussions, the eclectic, highenergy symposium also included several off-site hands-on workshops. “As our turbulent times have shown us, the truth matters,” President Julio Frenk noted in his welcoming remarks. “National Geographic is the ultimate translator of complex scientific findings into eyeopening and often joyful storytelling.” Kenny Broad, M.A. ’92, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science professor, director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year, served as the event’s master of ceremonies. The renowned global exploration, media, and education company is working, Broad said, “to address human rights, gender-related issues, environmental justice, and a host of human environmental challenges— and to involve the next generation of storytellers and scientists.” Toward that end, National Geographic contributors reflected on their professional journeys and passionate engagement in issues ranging from ecosystems and traditional cultures threatened by development, climate change, and political uncertainty to wildlife trafficking and child migration. All expressed a sense of responsibility to help create a more just and healthy

world through scientific understanding and vibrant storytelling. A series of presentations focused specifically on Florida and its possible future. “Ecosystems evolve and change,” said Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D. ’12, executive director for Miami Waterkeeper. “It’s up to all of us to make sure the future is bright and Florida is the place to be in 2100.” Michael L. Ulica, NatGeo’s executive vice president, provided insights about some little-known links between the two institutions, including the fact that legendary NatGeo president Gilbert H. Grosvenor was a trustee of the University. He also announced three $5,000 scholarships to three University of Miami students for science, storytelling, and education—the society’s first college-specific awards. “We want you to be both innovators and explorers, no matter what field you pursue,” he said. “Working together, we will achieve a planet in balance.” The hundreds of students who attended the event were dazzled. As first-year student Will Huggins put it, “I’m passionate about science and the natural world, and being among like-minded people who are making a difference inspires you to go do the same thing. It’s infectious.”

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Student Spotlight

He Knows Beans Coffee aficionado blends artistry and activism Rather than make a Starbucks run before class like many of his classmates, Ezra Remer starts his mornings with a hands-on ritual. Grinding fair-trade coffee beans, he makes his own cup of specialty coffee from scratch. Remer, a Stamps scholar and junior communications major with a focus on documentary production, has had a long-brewing love affair with coffee, dating back to his first blissful sips of his mother’s café mocha as a child. But the grounds for Remer’s interest go beyond the beverage itself to the disparities of wealth and power that swirl beneath the surface of the world’s second most heavily traded commodity. “Some of the world’s most unstable regions are where the best coffee grows,” says Remer, who manages the School of Architecture’s Billy Goat Coffee Kiosk. “Farmers get paid about 99 cents for a pound of coffee that would cost $15 in the U.S.” When Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica—where coffee is central to the culture and economy— Remer, a native of New Orleans, knew how difficult the recovery would be. “My family was the beneficiary of so much help and love,” he recalls of the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina.

“So who am I to not pay that forward?” That impulse seeded Remer’s Dominica Coffee Revitalization Initiative. To help strengthen and sustain a 300-year-old coffee industry that has struggled with challenges ranging from international marketing to the deadly “coffee rust” blight, the project seeks to provide Dominica coffee farmers with the technology and human capital to master modern techniques of planting and harvesting specialty beans. Though the goal is ambitious, Remer is determined to work from the grassroots up. “It’s a very locally focused approach,” he says. “We’re just serving as a third-party resource that has access to the necessary tools.”

Remer’s project won an Atlantic Coast ConferenceInternational Academic Collaborative Fellows Program in Creativity and Innovation fellowship run by the University’s Office of Academic Enhancement. The grant, combined with Stamps enrichment funds, allowed Remer to visit Dominica for 11 days. He surveyed farmland,

talked to farmers, and met with government officials to obtain approvals for bringing in plants, machinery, and experts to help the coffee farmers. Remer completed a 15-minute documentary about the people and places of the Dominica coffee industry. Clearly, combining art and social activism to benefit communities is very much to his taste. “Film has a very profound social impact if you do it right,” Remer says. “I’d love to go back to New Orleans and use it for good there as well.”    Spring 2019  MIAMI 15

Drawing Inspiration A r c h i t e c t u r e s t u d e n t s k i c k o f f a c o l l a b o ra t ive e f f o r t t o d o c u m e n t Je w i s h h o u s e s o f wo r s h i p in the Caribbean with classic techniques, h i g h - t e c h t o o l s , a n d p l e n t y o f e l b ow g r e a s e .

The floors of the sanctuary and mezzanine are covered with sand.

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THE ISLAND OF C U R AÇ AO I S FA M E D F O R I T S B E AU T I F U L B E AC H E S , Q UA I N T DUTCH ARCHITECTURE, A N D A H I S T O RY O F EUROPEAN JEWISH S E T T L E M E N T T H AT G O E S BAC K C E N T U R I E S . At the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue in Curaçao’s capital city of Willemstad, all of these iconic facets of the island come together— even the beaches. The floors of the venerable structure’s sanctuary and mezzanine are covered with sand.      Spring 2019 MIAMI 17

“We want to document these structures one by one, and Curaçao was a perfect place to start.”

Those shallow but constantly shifting dunes posed a challenge for eight University of Miami School of Architecture students who traveled to Curaçao last August to document every cornice and crevice of the triple-vaulted building. “We were on hands and knees measuring and doublechecking every dimension,” recalls student Olivia Kramer. “We would leave the synagogue soaked in sweat and with sand in our shoes.’’ Kramer and the other students who spent the first week of the fall semester on this Dutch island in the Caribbean, just north of Venezuela, may not have known exactly what they were in for when they signed up for professor Jorge L. Hernández’s elective design studio in historic preservation. But the exacting process of creating the most comprehensive and accurate architectural drawings of the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas turned out to be a uniquely rewarding learning experience—and laid the groundwork for an even more ambitious endeavor to create an architectural and historical record of all the Jewish synagogues and temples in the Caribbean.


The University’s first lady, Felicia Marie Knaul, came up with the idea when she and her husband, President Julio Frenk, visited Curaçao in 2015 to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. The two have explored synagogues around the world and were warmly welcomed by the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel congregation, which includes some University of Miami alumni and parents. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and director of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study

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of the Americas (U-MIA), Knaul is keenly aware of the need to preserve the history of Jews around the world, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. “The Nazis destroyed many of the synagogues in Europe,” she says. “We don’t want time or neglect to destroy the places in our hemisphere where Jews found refuge and prospered for centuries.” Known affectionately as the Snoa, the lovingly caredfor Mikvé Israel-Emanuel has retained the liturgy, rituals, and customs of the Sephardi Jews who arrived in Curaçao from Spain and Portugal in 1651. Modeled after the main synagogue in Amsterdam and erected by Dutch Jews whose ancestors fled the Spanish Inquisition, the Snoa first opened its mahogany doors to congregants in 1732. “At the time, there were a few thousand Sephardi Jews on the island—half the population of Curaçao and more Jews than in all of North America,” says Avery Tracht, the hazzan, or cantor, who serves as the congregation’s spiritual leader. Today only about 300 Jews remain in Curaçao; half of them belong to the Snoa. The effort to create an archive of the Caribbean’s Jewish heritage is a collaborative venture between U-MIA, the School of Architecture, Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, Center for Computational Science, and College of Arts and Sciences. “What is so unusual about UM,” notes Knaul, “is that we have all the pieces, all the experts, to do this.” “We want to document these structures one by one, and Curaçao was a perfect place to start,” says Haim Shaked, director of the Miller Center. “Mikvé IsraelEmanuel is a unique building with a unique history, and you feel that history when you walk in.”

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Working in two groups—a floor plan team and a longitudinal sections team—the students spent six long, hot days in the Snoa, measuring and sketching. Though the space lacks air conditioning, Caribbean breezes blow through dozens of louvered windows crowned by blue half-moon stained-glass insets that splash the interior with a cool cobalt-colored glow. A symbol of Jewish resilience in the face of relentless persecution, the sound-dampening sand is variously said to honor the Spanish Jews who muffled their footsteps when praying in secret during the Inquisition, or to evoke the desert terrain through which Moses wandered after leading his people out of slavery in Egypt. It did not, however, make things easy for the students who were responsible for establishing a datum line, the vertical reference point that anchors all architectural drawings. “In a place where the floor is sand,” explains Hernández, B.Arch. ’80, “the datum line is even more important, because the floor is so irregular.” Ricardo Lopez, B.Arch. ’00, M.A.S.T. ’07, assistant director of the School of Architecture’s Center for Urban and Community Design, teaches a class on standards for surveying historic American buildings. In Curaçao, he guided students in the use of lasers, levels, plumb lines, tape measures, string, and even a translucent, flexible tube filled with water to set the perfect datum line. “In ancient times,” says Lopez, “they probably used a piece of an animal intestine to do the same thing.” A triumphant yell punctuated Mikvé Israel-Emanuel’s hushed tranquility when the students finally established the datum line, painstakingly marked with dots on masking tape about five feet above the shifting sands on both floors. Outside, a drone operated by the Center for Computational Science’s Chris Mader, director of software engineering, and Amin Sarafraz, a computer vision expert, took thousands of photos of the building’s north wall. The images were then

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melded into the bird’s-eye views that architects have used since antiquity to convey their plans. While the concepts of architectural drafting have barely changed over the centuries, says Hernández, who directs the School of Architecture’s historic preservation certificate program, the pencil “keeps changing. The drone is like another pencil—it just so happens it’s a very fast pencil.”



Back on campus, students refined and combined the dozens of individual drawings they made of the synagogue’s lofty interior spaces, as well as many of its intricate details and monumental furnishings: the ark on the bimah that holds 18 precious torahs, the reading platform where the spiritual leader conducts services, the towering brass candle chandeliers, the majestic columns, the Dutch gables and semi-circular vaulted ceilings, the impressive 19th-century organ, and the latticework of timbers forming the attics. During the second part of the semester, the students proposed additions to the auxiliary spaces in the Snoa’s courtyard that, perhaps, would draw more people to the historic treasure while honoring its rich heritage. “There is a wisdom embedded in a culture’s built environment that goes back generations,” Hernández says. “The structures are like textbooks. We can learn from them and adapt them for contemporary use.” For the students, the unique learning experience offered by their intimate interaction with the synagogue and its history was deeply moving. “I lost track of time,” recalls student Hector Valdivia Arreta. “The air was different, and I’m not only talking about the dust. You could feel the energy of the place and the intentions of the design. When the work was tedious, you could rest your mind in a place filled with inspiration—simply by lying down on the sand floor and looking up.”


“There is a wisdom embedded in a culture’s built environment that goes back generations”

“The structures are like textbooks. We can learn from them and adapt them for contemporary use.”      Spring 2019 MIAMI 21

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State of the U

President Frenk shares the University’s recent achievements and ambitious vision.

BY ANY MEASURE, THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI’S ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS HAVE BEEN REMARKABLE. Yet, says President Julio Frenk, they are dwarfed by the University’s extraordinary, still unrealized potential. “We have an unprecedented opportunity to become a university not just of Miami, not just of this country, but also of the world,” Frenk said in his State of the U address last fall. He urged the University community to pursue this vision with “determination and collaboration” as well as “action and intention.”

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As the University’s 2025 centennial draws into view, Frenk noted some of the specific goals that will serve as milestones along the University's Roadmap to Our New Century. They include: Discovery: Seeking to become a leading institution in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the University has broken ground on a science quad intended to serve as a research hub for the Americas. Also underway: U-LINK (the University of Miami Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge), designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and the 100 Talents initiative to recruit and retain talented faculty members.

Health Care: Already home to a number of outstanding clinical specialty programs and renowned research institutes, UHealth — University of Miami Health System, will lead the transformation taking place in health care by providing more “destination programs” to attract patients from around the region, the nation, and the hemisphere.

Leading-Edge Learning: The University,

says Frenk, must equip graduates with the skills not only to land rewarding jobs, but to become “constructive members of their communities.” Simulation technologies, innovative educational initiatives, expanded resources for alumni, the recently launched Hemispheric University Consortium, and redesigned physical spaces all support a vibrant learning environment that encourages engagement and innovation. Frenk challenged the University community to help steward our fragile environment through novel solutions that enhance sustainability and conserve resources.

To help achieve these goals, Frenk has pledged University investments in infrastructure and people to improve efficiency and strengthen financial sustainability. By the University’s centennial in 2025, its endowment is projected to increase by 50 percent. Frenk hailed the University for its diversity and inclusion programs, “creating an environment that fosters bridging, nurtures respect, and provides the space and support for difficult conversations.” He also noted the importance of the University to the economic vitality of South Florida as the region’s second largest nonprofit employer, as a magnet for talented faculty and students from all over the world, and through the beneficial community impacts that are the focus of so much of the University’s scholarly activity. Frenk acknowledged that, at this point in the University’s own history, and amid the profound changes taking place in higher education, the U’s goals are challenging—and the stakes are high. “But,” he emphasized, “our history, our drive, and our vision have prepared us for this moment.” The University’s Roadmap to Our New Century will, he concluded, “ultimately make our world better and leave a lasting impact that will endure long after we are gone.”

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U n ive r s i t y o f M i a m i s c i e n t i s t s a r e s t u dy i n g a p a r t i c u l a rly i n s i d i o u s way i n wh i c h t o x i c a l g a l b l o o m s m ay h a r m h u m a n h e a l t h t h r o u g h t h e ve r y a i r we b r e a t h e .

Toxic Stew MANY SOUTH FLORIDIANS GRIPE WITH GOOD REASON ABOUT THEIR STRESSFUL, TIME-CONSUMING WORK COMMUTES. But few can match the one made by Larry Brand, professor of marine biology and ecology in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, multiple times last year.  It wasn’t just the distance—a drive of two and a half hours or more from his South Miami home—but what awaited the phytoplankton ecologist when he arrived at his destination: foul hotspots of the toxic algae bloom outbreak that afflicted Florida for more than 10 months.  Beginning a typical day at the Caloosahatchee River, just outside the city of Fort Myers, Brand would submerge a one-liter bottle attached to a makeshift PVC pole to draw a sample of the turbid water.  Capping the bottle, he would move on to several other affected bodies of water from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, repeating the ritual at each site before heading home as the sun sank in the west. >

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Toxic algae Karenia brevis caused the worst red tide along Florida’s southwest coast in more than a decade.      Spring 2019 MIAMI 25

Back in his Rosenstiel School lab on Virginia Key, Brand and his colleagues would culture and measure the water samples for levels of harmful algae. And then, for months on end, it was rinse and repeat. Throughout the year, the toxic algae Karenia brevis caused the worst red tide along Florida’s southwest coast in more than a decade, darkening Gulf of Mexico waters, killing marine life, and triggering respiratory distress and other ailments in locals and tourists. Karenia brevis can cause gastrointestinal and neurological disorders that develop within minutes, hours, or days after exposure. Meanwhile, freshwater blue-green

cyanobacteria algae coated the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and other freshwater canals.

“Many, many Floridians live near canals,” Brand says, “and a lot of the blue- green algae gets blown by the wind into these dead end waterways.” >

What that means for the residents’ long-term health remains unclear. But Brand is among a group of University of Miami scientists who are pooling their perspectives to find out. The multidisciplinary team of biomedical researchers, ocean and atmospheric scientists, and engineers received Phase II funding for their Integrating Oceans and Human Health Sciences project via U-LINK (the University of Miami Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge) initiative. “With the exception of brevetoxin (produced by the Florida red tide), little is known about the health effects of breathing aerosols with other algal toxins in them,” the team noted in its U-LINK proposal. “Our findings will be used to help devise strategies to lower risks.”

TOXIC IMBALANCE Despite their often disastrous effects on the environment, algae are, in one sense, “the good guys,” Brand notes. “If you didn’t have any algae at all in the ocean, you wouldn’t have any other life, because it’s the basis of the food chain. “But sometimes the algae get out of control,” he explains. “Red tide toxins get into the air and into seafood. The effects are immediate, and that’s what most of

the research has concentrated on. “We’re now looking at the longterm effects that the toxins in bluegreen algae may have. The big question is, are they getting into the air?” To answer that question, Cassandra Gaston, an assistant professor of atmospheric sciences, and Kimberly Popendorf, an assistant professor of ocean sciences, spent much of the past year, like Brand, roaming affected waterways throughout the region. By testing air samples collected near the same rivers, lakes, and streams for toxins through a chemical extraction process, says Gaston, “we’re trying to find out whether some of the harmful algal blooms that we get in Florida other than red tide, specifically cyanobacteria, can become aerosolized.” Another experiment will place blue-green algae water samples provided by Brand into the smaller of two windwave tanks at the Alfred C. Glassell Jr., SUSTAIN laboratory, subject the samples to different wind speeds, and measure the concentration of toxins that get transferred from water to air. It will be the first such usage of the tank, according to Brian Haus, professor of ocean sciences and director of the SUSTAIN lab.

DANGER IN THE AIR The SUSTAIN wind-wave tank is also serving as the test bed for Miller School of Medicine researcher Grace Zhai’s study on the health effects of exposure to harmful algal blooms. An associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, Zhai works with fruit flies as models for neurological diseases. She is exposing fruit flies to aerosolized blue-green algae within the tank, then evaluating any resulting health effects. Zhai was an investigator on a study that identified a correlation between an algal toxin in the Western Pacific and a high incidence of a severe neurodegenerative disorder affecting males on the island of Guam. “Toxic algae is in our environment, and it’s getting concentrated,” she says. “No one has come close to showing toxicity from aerosolized particles, and no other animal model allows us to study this aspect of it.”

“People are very angry. It’s affecting their lives.”

To measure anglers’ exposure levels to harmful algal blooms, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, B.S. ’01, an assistant professor in the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, plans to use silicon-based wristbands like those that have been experimentally used to measure Florida firefighters’ exposure to hydrocarbons. Brand, who has spoken at standing-room-only meetings of county commissions, city councils, and environmental and citizens groups in Southwest Florida, says the health effects of harmful algal blooms clearly concern people the most. “We hope that our work will inform and inspire policymakers to come up with some way of reducing the nutrient sources that are leading to these algal blooms,” Brand says. 26 MIAMI Spring 2019


Heeding Nature’s Sentinels

The unusually long red tide event that devastated Florida’s west coast for more than 10 months took a tragic toll on the state’s marine life. Hundreds of thousands

Brand and his colleagues culture and measure the water samples for levels of harmful algae.

of fish; hundreds of manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins; and even a 21-foot whale shark were among the casualties, many of them washing up dead on Florida beaches. “Acute exposure likely causes a very painful death,” explains Jill Richardson, Ph.D. ’04, program director and senior lecturer in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society at the Rosenstiel School. “Chronic exposure to biotoxins is also believed to compromise the marine mammal immune system, making them more susceptible to other diseases”— which could, in turn, lead to the extinction or near-extinction of entire populations. Marine mammals are considered “sentinels of the sea” that provide important clues about the health of our ocean ecosystems, including the public health impacts of harmful algal blooms. So when large numbers of marine mammals start dying, says Richardson, it’s a sign that ocean health is declining. The situation “will only be exacerbated as our planet warms and coastal development continues,” she says. “We need to start productive conversations about what can be done to preserve these increasingly degraded coastal ecosystems—and to rethink how we utilize and interact with the ocean— before it’s too late.”


Hundreds of thousands of fish; hundreds of manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins; and even a 21-foot whale shark were among the casualties.


Algae on Lake Okeechobee, in Florida

Using a wind-wave tank, researchers expose bluegreen algae to different wind speeds, recording the concentration of toxins that get transferred from water to air.

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born bred Miami Hurricanes

20 19 Manny Diaz, a sports lover at heart since childhood, takes the reins as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes football team.

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BY RO B E RT C . J O N ES J R . ELISA DIAZ HAD PREPARED ONE OF HER GRANDSON’S FAVORITE BREAKFAST MEALS AND PLACED THE DISH ON THE DINING ROOM TABLE, URGING THE YOUNG BOY TO EAT WHILE THE FOOD WAS STILL HOT. But 7-year-old Manny, clutching the sports section of the Miami Herald’s morning edition, had other plans: the results and box scores from yesterday’s late-starting games would take precedence over pancakes. It was a routine Elisa was quite familiar with. The Cuban grandmother would cook Manny’s breakfast every day, only to watch him read the sports page at length as his food sat on the table. “He’s always loved sports,” she recalls. Today, Manuel Alberto (Manny) Diaz II is a 45-year-old man with a wife and three sons. His grandmother no longer cooks his breakfast, only an occasional pot of his favorite meal—red bean stew. But what hasn’t changed is his love of sports. It is a passion that persisted throughout his years as a studentathlete at Miami Country Day High School—where he competed in football, basketball, and baseball—and as an assistant coach at collegiate football programs across the nation. Now, that passion is as powerful as ever as Diaz takes the head coaching reins of the Miami Hurricanes’ storied football program. Miami born and bred, Diaz, who had served as the University’s defensive coordinator since 2016, calls it his “dream job.” He grew up cheering for the Hurricanes, attending games at the Orange Bowl in Little Havana with his father, former Miami Mayor Manuel “Manny” Diaz, a School of Law alumnus who left Cuba in 1961. He was just 9 years old when the Hurricanes defeated a powerful Nebraska team 31-30 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2, 1984, to win its first national championship, and the press conference where he was introduced as Miami’s 25th head football coach fell exactly 35 years later to the day that Miami won that title. “For the 9-year-old kid who was up past his bedtime watching Kenny Calhoun bat that ball down, and watching the ’Canes storm the field—the fact that I’m here, standing in front of you now as head coach of the University of Miami— if you need more evidence that this is a God story, then that’s it,” says Diaz. The Hurricanes faithful, who have yearned for a sixth national championship ever since Miami won its last some 18 years ago, are hoping Diaz will help write more Miami football history.

Diaz took a different route to the coaching profession. After high school, he wanted to remain close to football, but he knew it just wouldn’t be as a player. So he studied sports journalism at Florida State University. He didn’t catch the coaching bug until he started working as a production assistant at ESPN, where he got to know NFL analyst and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe. “We’d do the Monday Night Countdown show and go out to dinner,” Diaz recalls. “Sterling would always joke that he was going to get the South Carolina head coaching job, and he said he was going to take me with him. That kind of set the bug in me, made me realize that [coaching] could be something that I could do.” He had been at ESPN for two years. “It was stick or stay,” says Diaz. His wife, Stephanie, who was pregnant with their first child at the time, encouraged him to “roll the dice.” So, along with his wife, he returned to Tallahassee, where Chuck Amato, the then-defensive coordinator at FSU, helped him get a part-time job stuffing envelopes in the school’s recruiting office. Though the work was humbling, it helped kindle a coaching career that would see Diaz follow Amato to North Carolina State as a graduate assistant and then full-time linebackers coach. Defensive coordinator jobs at Middle Tennessee State (2006-2009), Mississippi State (2010 and 2015), Texas (2011-2013), and Louisiana Tech (2014) would follow before Diaz landed with former head coach Mark Richt at the University of Miami in 2016. Just before the 2018 season had ended, Diaz accepted the head-coaching job at Temple University but still coached Miami’s defense in its bowl game against Wisconsin two days after Christmas. When he awoke on the morning of Dec. 30, 2018, Diaz busied himself by identifying potential assistants he could hire to lead his staff at Temple. Then, later that day, came the news that jolted not only him and the ’Canes community of players and fans, but the rest of the college football world as well: Richt, who had restored the Miami program to relevance, going 26-13 in a three-year stint, announced his retirement. A whirlwind series of events would follow, and before day’s end, Diaz was named Miami’s new head coach. He was staying put, having never really left. “I’m excited about what’s next.”      Spring 2019 MIAMI 29


Culture of Caring The Lennar Foundation Medical Center wins glowing patient reviews for care that’s as high-touch as it is high-tech.


not often that the words pleasant and colonoscopy crop up in the same sentence. But such unusual phrasings often find their way into patients’ evaluations of the care they received at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, part of UHealth–University of Miami Health System.

Hundreds of responses to a postvisit Press Ganey survey of patients at the ambulatory care center on the University’s Coral Gables campus overflow with superlatives: Awesome. Superb. Magnificent. Perfect. Such kudos have helped to earn Lennar, now entering its third year of operation, a prestigious Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Experience from Press Ganey, a national leader in health care performance improvement. Many of the survey respondents went so far as to add notes thanking every member of their Lennar team.

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“Everything was amazing, from the care at the front desk to the moment I was helped into my car,” wrote one. “Congratulations,” wrote another, “for creating a unique culture of personalized patient-centered care throughout the facility.”

Continuous Quality Improvement Creating that patient-focused culture of caring has long been Lennar’s primary goal. From its spa-like ambiance to its stainless steel operating suites, every feature of the five-story, 200,000-

square-foot center was meticulously designed to provide a setting that both supports state-of-the-art care and soothes patients and families. Says Ben Riestra, B.S. ’96, M.B.A. ’98, Lennar’s chief administrative officer, “We are revolutionizing how we deliver personalized health care.” Despite the clear success of such efforts thus far, no one is resting on any laurels. Exemplifying the Lennar team’s commitment to continuous quality improvement, Riestra leads daily morning huddles with all of the center’s clinical units. Cordial, concise, and crucial to Lennar’s operational model, the gatherings empower employees with information, engage them as stewards of their workplace, and inspire them to provide the best patient care. “As our processes improve, as our

“Everything was amazing, from the care at the front desk to the moment I was helped into my car.”

environment of care improves, it makes our team happy and, in turn, provides for a better patient experience,” Riestra explains. “There is continuous communication and input from everybody—top to bottom, back to front,” says David Arnold, chief of surgery. “The goal is to do things better tomorrow than we did today.” It’s a quest that informs every aspect of the patient experience.

A Place Where Everyone Pitches In Nurse Shelby Head’s team of pre-operative and recovery nurses is so committed to optimizing their patients’ care that they will postpone lunch breaks to make sure that care and discharge procedures go smoothly. Across the medical center, nurses are cross-trained so that each can fill in

almost anywhere. That way, says Lee Weirich, nurse manager for pre-operative and recovery services, “If one area is especially busy, and another is not, someone can come over and help out.” These days, those not-so-busy moments are few and far between. Currently welcoming nearly 1,000 patients each day, Lennar has added equipment and expanded staff to more than 400 employees. Certain areas, such as the core lab, now operate around the clock. The center’s rapid growth is “a testament to the excellent efforts of all concerned,” says Edward Abraham, executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth. “Lennar’s focus on making sure that the care is superb and the patient experience is wonderful

truly reflects the five pillars— people, service, quality, growth, and finance—of UHealth’s 5 to Thrive initiative.” “We want to make sure that the people walking into this building for work like coming here,” Riestra says. “The better we make the work experience for the staff and the providers, the better it will be for everybody else.” The positive impact of this pervasive emphasis on teamwork can be seen across the board, from the topflight, deeply collaborative clinical care to the myriad behaviors and choices that, each day, create an inviting, patient-friendly environment. “There are four words you’ll never hear from this team: ‘It’s not my job,’” says Chris Loulan, executive director of perioperative services.      Spring 2019 MIAMI 31

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Come On and Take a Free Ride Alumni-led company puts new spin on urban transit

University of Miami alumni Jason Spiegel, Kris Kimball, Matt Friedmann, Chris Walker, and Bryan Jobe have changed the way to get around town.

With a growing number of city-dwellers gravitating toward lifestyles that don’t rely on a personal vehicle, the way many of us get around town is changing. But when your journey is a bit too far to walk or you’re using public transit, how do you get to your actual destination? Freebee, a company founded and led by Miami Business School alumni Bryan Jobe, Matt Friedmann, Kris Kimball, Jason Spiegel, and Chris Walker, has the answer: short-range,

door-to-door transportation in custom electric vehicles. Freebee rides can be summoned through the Ride Freebee mobile app; users can also flag down any passing Freebee vehicle. Freebee drivers recommend local attractions and offer product samples from advertisers such as Bacardi, Pepsi, and Anheuser-Busch, which subsidize the free service. Currently, Freebee operates a fleet of more than 50 battery-powered,

eco-friendly vehicles serving Miami neighborhoods including Brickell, Wynwood, Midtown, the Design District, Miami Beach, and Hallandale. The company also has contracts with Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Miami Lakes, and Islamorada; more South Florida cities are slated to come online soon. Freebee recently received a $175,000 economic grant from Miami-Dade County and was honored with “Key to the City” and “Key to the County” awards. Freebee’s founders, all from the Philadelphia area, met as University of Miami students. After their 2009 graduation, they kept in close touch, brainstorming ways to build their own company, which rolled out in 2012. “What we learned at UM gave us the confidence to get out there and schedule our first meeting,” Kimball says. “From there, we were off and running.” The group’s business administration degrees, says Friedmann, “have been very useful when it comes to negotiating city contracts, putting a business plan in place, understanding the power of marketing, and connecting with consumers. “The U’s entrepreneurial atmosphere motivated us not only to launch our company but to keep moving forward through all the ups and downs.”

Meet the CEO Alumni events to feature candid conversations with high-achieving ’Canes It’s no secret that University of Miami alumni include some of the most talented, ambitious, and successful leaders in a vast array of fields. ’Canes who would like to find out more about some of these distinguished fellow alumni will soon be able to do so through a new interview series, Meet the CEO. Each Meet the CEO event will feature an outstanding graduate in conversation with another graduate in his or her

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city. These exchanges will provide insights into how each person’s experiences at the U inspired and influenced their life choices and careers, as well as how their entrepreneurial and leadership skills have not only led to great personal success, but advanced and transformed their industries. An audience Q&A will be followed by a networking reception. The first three Meet the CEO events take place in May 2019.

Avenues of Engagement New initiatives offer meaningful ways for alumni to connect From introducing an award-winning app to initiating events destined to become traditions, the University of Miami Alumni Association continues to unveil new strategies for deepening relationships with alumni and friends. Launched last year, the University of Miami Alumni App earned a Special Merit Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its centralized, user-friendly platform where alumni can access benefits and resources on the go. Through the app, you can join affinity groups, read the online alumni newsletter, find discounts, search the alumni directory, and find out about events on campus and in your local community. Once you download the app, you can sign in using your unique University of Miami C number. Through the ’Canes Communities portal on the Alumni App, you can join a group of ’Canes who meet regularly in your city. In February, 13 of these ’Canes Communities orchestrated the firstever ’Canes Communities Scholarship Challenge, a monthlong fundraising effort to generate scholarships for deserving students from these participating regions. On Apr. 8, ’Canes pride swept the nation for the University’s first Giving Day. This 24-hour digital and IRL (in real life) celebration and fundraising event commemorated the anniversary of the University’s incorporation on

In New York, on May 13, Lyor Cohen, B.B.A. ’81, YouTube’s Global Head of Music, recalls his career path in the American music industry. In San Francisco on May 20, Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, M.B.A. ’84, president and CEO of Grupo La Rioja Alta, S.A., shares his family’s history of winemaking that led to a No. 4 spot on Wine Spectator’s 2018 Top 100 wines list. In Washington, D.C., on May 29,

The University’s first Giving Day brought together alumni, students, parents, and friends.

Joining the on-campus festivities of the University’s first Giving Day are, left to right, Josh Friedman, senior vice president for development and alumni relations; Provost Jeffrey Duerk; and Lissette Gonzalez, B.A.M. ’01, CBS4 News meteorologist.

Apr. 8, 1925, and brought together alumni, students, parents, and friends far and wide to show their collective support for the University’s mission. More than 2,400 ’Canes donated $1.5 million on this single day. Another recent first was the inaugural ’Canes Day of Service, held on Apr. 13. Alumni, friends, and families gathered

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., B.S.C. ’89, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, traces his career as an attorney, author, and public speaker and his close relationship with the University of Miami, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Additional Meet the CEO events are being planned for fall 2019 and spring 2020. Alumni, donors, parents, and friends are invited to attend.

in their communities to participate in a coordinated local service project. Whether providing food for the needy, cleaning up beaches and neighborhoods, or reading to children, the civic spirit of our U family was on display.

Through the ’Canes Communities portal on the Alumni App, you can join a group of ’Canes who meet regularly in your city. For additional details on any of these initiatives, visit or check out the calendar of events on the Alumni App.

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Linking to Success Digital resources help ’Canes launch and advance careers

“Networking takes a little risk, but you don’t know what is possible until you try.” The University of Miami’s commitment to each student’s career success does not end at graduation. For recent graduates and experienced professionals alike, the Alumni Association provides a range of career-building services, including monthly virtual events, coaching services, volunteer opportunities, and networking tools. “UM’s career services hold a special place in my professional life,” says

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Valentina Agudo Matthies, B.B.A. ’97. “It’s where I got my first job after college, and after a layoff, it helped me get back in the job search.” A recent alumni virtual networking event connected Agudo Matthies with an expert in her field who provided guidance and the names of several important recruiters in her industry. “Fellow alumni are always willing to help,” she says. “Networking takes a little risk, but you don’t know what is possible until you try,” says Joshua Cohen, A.B. ’96, who volunteers as an alumni mentor because it helps him grow his network and gain valuable insight into different industries. “Today’s market is very different than it has been in the past. It is a very different place and time than when I graduated, when resources like this didn’t exist.” As technology and the job market continue to evolve, so do hiring

techniques. Today, employers pinpoint the best candidates by using software to scan applications for desired keywords in terms of qualifications, skills, and experience. To truly stand out, applicants need to highlight what is most relevant to the job description. Barbara Ashley, B.S.C. ’97, shared how learning to tailor her job search made a world of difference. “My experience [with Alumni Career Services] was a thousand times better than expected,” she said. “It took away the nervousness the process was causing. My target became clear, and I was able to go after specific roles. I was pointed toward job boards and was walked through every step, from résumé writing to available jobs to how to interview.” Find more information about career resources for ’Canes at

Business leaders and University of Miami Board of Trustees members Johnny C. Taylor Jr. and Richard D. Fain shared some of their most valuable career takeaways with 1,000 of the University’s newest alumni at two fall commencement ceremonies. “God gave each of us an amazing set of strengths,” said Taylor, B.S.C. ’89, who attended the University as an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar, earning his degree in three years and then earning joint law and master’s in communications degrees from Drake University. He went on to spend more than two decades as a human resources executive and CEO at several nonprofit and private entities, including the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Taylor, who is now president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, spoke to undergraduates at the first of two ceremonies held Dec. 13 at the Watsco Center on the Coral Gables campus. A graduate

degree ceremony followed, featuring an address by Fain, immediate past chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Fain spoke about seizing the chance to shine as a young professional. When he was given an unwanted promotion early in his career at a shipping company, Fain worried because the job was tough and a wrong decision could ruin his career. But when an upheaval in the oil markets occurred, the company’s fortune changed. “It turned out that this new job positioned me absolutely squarely in the center of what our company needed to do for its future,” Fain said. Also during the graduate ceremony, the University awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree to François Baron Englert, who earned the 2013 Nobel prize in physics for his codiscovery of the mechanism by which subatomic particles gather mass—and thus hold the universe together.

Love and Legacy at the U The Shelley family shares their story of four generations at the University of Miami

“It means a lot that I’m able to carry on the legacy,” Madelyn Robinson says.

It was rush week at the University of Miami in 1965 when Susan Goldsmith and Robert Shelley crossed paths. Little did the two know, it would be the start of a love story and a continuation of an everlasting University of Miami legacy. “As a pledge for Kappa Kappa Gamma, I was tasked with photographing myself, along with others, on top of a fraternity house. I climbed up the Phi Delta Theta house and yelled for someone to snap a photo through my Polaroid camera sitting on the hood of my car. That’s when Robert came in and snapped the picture of us,” recalls Susan Goldsmith, now Susan Shelley, B.B.A ’68. Robert, B.S. ’67, M.B.A. ’78, says the rest was history. The couple got married shortly after they both graduated, and they have been happily married for 51 years and counting.

“I’ve been doing everything she has ever wanted me to do ever since that first encounter,” says Robert. He did not have to look too far to comprehend what a University of Miami match looked like. His mother and father met while attending the University in the 1930s. It was a love story very similar to their own—his mother, Rebekah Parham, A.B. ’41, was also involved in the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, and his father served in the military. “I grew up as a UM football fan,” Robert says. “My first remembrance of UM was attending the football games way back in the early 1950s when I was about 4 or 5 years old. The U was ingrained in my DNA.” Robert Shelley was not the only one who followed in his parents’ footsteps. Both of his siblings also attended the University. Later in life, the Shelleys’ daughter, Jennifer Robinson, A.B. ’90, M.B.A. ’92, became a third-generation ’Cane who met her spouse at the U, just like her parents and grandparents.

The Shelley legacy is still going strong. A fourth-generation ’Cane is currently enrolled at the University. First-year student Madelyn Robinson, the daughter of Jennifer and Michael Robinson, is studying health sciences at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. She hopes to one day become a dentist like her father. “It means a lot that I’m able to carry on the legacy,” Madelyn Robinson says. “My family is very excited that I’m going to be able to share similar experiences with them. It’s always nice to know I always have my family to go to if I ever need advice, as well.” More than just a school for the Shelley family, the University has shaped every part of their lives. Their unforgettable experiences here have inspired them to give back to both the University and community that helped them grow into the people they are today. Among the many philanthropic causes they support, Robert and Susan Shelley are proud donors to the Golden ’Cane Society, which helps studentathletes receive the opportunity to earn their degrees. “We’ve been giving back for over 20 years and we love it,” says Robert. “We find philanthropy a way to be more connected with the community. It gives us a great feeling to be able to contribute to a special place. It’s a very rewarding experience.” They both say they have enjoyed watching the University grow and flourish. “It’s incredible how UM is expanding and evolving. When I started studying at the business school there were hardly any women in the program,” Susan says. “That has since changed significantly. The level of education has gone up exponentially.” Miami and the University will always be their hub and a place the family calls home. Throughout the years the family has donated several bricks around campus to show their appreciation. “The bricks represent the love and dedication we have for the University of Miami and for each other,” Susan says.      Spring 2019  MIAMI 35

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Citizen ’Canes The Right Stuff It was a challenge that was literally out of this world—and all in a day’s work for NASA project manager David “Dave” Cox, B.S.M.E. ’90. A research project focusing on how to grow vegetables and refresh cabin air during extended flights on the International Space Station (ISS) had gone off without a hitch—on Earth. But in the zero-gravity environment of space, the temperature within a small chamber containing plant life onboard the ISS suddenly skyrocketed. From Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, Cox instructed the ISS astronauts to power down the grow lights and transfer the plant specimens into a clear bag, where they would absorb natural light from the space station. The plants survived. Cox and his team quickly zeroed in on the problem—a blown fuse in one of the coolant pumps—and arranged for a new fuse to be delivered via a space shuttle orbiter.

“Challenging, inspirational, and rewarding” is how Cox describes his 28-year career at NASA, where he served in varied roles on countless missions: fine-tuning the environmental control systems and payloads for the space shuttle program, running engineering tests for the ISS, managing KSC life science flight experiments. “The can-do attitude of NASA is second to none,” Cox says. “I have never seen such tremendous professionalism anywhere else. “That’s what NASA is really good at—looking at things without the cloud of emotion.” At times, however, emotion could not be denied—as when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003. “As the project manager who helped train those astronauts,” says Cox, “it was personal.” Cox led the development, launch, and operation of the first permanent biological research system on the

ISS, and was named KSC Engineer/ Scientist of the Year in 2010 for his contributions. His NASA career later included a stint helping develop KSC partnerships with commercial space companies. When NASA mothballed its space shuttle fleet in 2011, it was the end of an era—but, Cox says, the right thing to do. “It was like your dad’s car with 400,000 miles on it,” he says. “It was time to send the space shuttles to their retirement homes.” Now retired himself—but still active—Cox and his wife, Vicki, plan to dedicate one of their Cocoa Beach rental properties to the commercial space industry. “My passion is still for human space travel,” he said. Cox’s love for the U also still burns strong. “My years at UM were some of the best of my life,” he says. “The friends I made, the education that would launch my career with NASA —I am who I am because of the University of Miami.”

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She dodged a charging silverback gorilla and climbed a tree to evade a stampeding elephant— on the same day. The Female Indiana Jones She survived poisonous insect bites, close encounters with aggressive sharks, and a plane crash in the Congo. She dodged a charging silverback gorilla and climbed a tree to evade a stampeding elephant—on the same day. She trekked 1,000 miles with the Maasai warrior tribe, subsisting on cow blood and termites. She discovered five new species of frogs on a 9,000foot ascent to the flattop summit of South America’s iconic Mount Roraima, a mission so arduous that several explorers before her had failed to complete it. “I was terrified of heights,” admits anthropologist, primatologist, author, and television personality Mireya Mayor, A.B. ’97. But, she explains, in words that could also summarize the drive that has fueled her life’s work, “The potential for discovery was just too great.”

Prodigiously energetic and endlessly curious, Mayor—National Geographic’s first female wildlife correspondent—has hosted and appeared in dozens of Nat Geo documentaries and series. Amid a dazzling variety of adventures and achievements around the world, she especially treasures her discovery of the mouse lemur during a National Geographic expedition in Madagascar. Mayor’s work with the rare creature—the world’s tiniest primate—inspired the island nation’s prime minister to establish a national park to help protect the species. The daughter of a Cuban immigrant mother, Mayor was raised in Miami’s Little Havana and enrolled at the University of Miami as a pre-law student. On Sunday afternoons, Mayor rooted for the Miami Dolphins as an official team cheerleader. Then an anthropology course she took to satisfy a science requirement opened her eyes “to a world I didn’t know existed,” Mayor recalls. “What really captivated my interest was the section on primates—those that haven’t been studied and those on the verge of extinction.” Mayor went on to earn degrees in anthropology and philosophy at the University of Miami, became a Fulbright scholar, and completed her doctorate at Stony Brook University in New York. Throughout her career, Mayor has been a passionate champion for wildlife populations endangered by manmade factors such as deforestation and climate change. “It isn’t possible to bring enough attention to the crisis we’re facing,” she says. “Each of us can make a difference, even if it’s just by becoming aware and educated about the steps we can take to protect the environment.” Thanks to her intrepid way around the wilderness, Mayor is sometimes called the female Indiana Jones. She’s fine with it: “Anything that helps people understand, connect, and identify with what I do is okay.” Mayor recently got the chance to meet the other Indiana Jones, actor Harrison Ford, at a conservation event. “I told him that for almost 20 years, I’ve been called the female Indiana Jones—but, tonight, he was the male Mireya Mayor.”

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From WVUM to CNN The distance between the University of Miami’s studentrun radio station, WVUM, and broadcasting powerhouse CNN may seem vast. But Brian Todd, A.B. ’83, traveled it—and treasures every step along the way. As a CNN correspondent and senior producer based in Washington, Todd juggles an array of responsibilities that includes providing reports for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Over the course of his 30-year career at the network, he’s also served as a copywriter for morning programming, an anchor and reporter for “CNN Newsroom,” a producer on “Larry King Live,” and an on-air correspondent for “The Situation Room.” “I have the best job in the world,” Todd says. “I work exceptionally hard. A lot of the drive that got me into CNN came from my experience at the University of Miami.” The Arlington, Virginia, native first arrived on campus as an international politics major. While pitching in as a reporter for WVUM, “I got the bug,” he recalls. “I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Todd changed his major to communications and soon landed a sports reporting internship at CBS4 News. With the notoriety of the Hurricanes football program spiking, it was, he says, “an exciting time for a guy who wanted to get into sports journalism.” The University’s diversity, highly unusual at the time, also helped prime him for success: “The U was a cultural learning experience unlike any I would have had anywhere else.” His three decades at CNN have seen Todd cover events ranging from national elections to the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and Pulse Nightclub in Orlando to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. These often devastating experiences have strengthened his commitment to high-quality journalism, especially in these fractious times. “The false accusations of ‘fake news’ actually make me double down to make sure that everything I do is accurate and fair,” Todd says. “My goal is to help the country be as clear-eyed as possible.” Asked to identify the one trait most responsible for his success, Todd responds without hesitation: persistence. “I could wallpaper my entire house with the rejection letters I’ve received,” he says. “If you really want to be in this business, do not be deterred by setbacks and rejections. Keep striving.”

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Digital Storytelling Dynamo It’s fitting that Chelsea Matiash, B.S.C. ’10, found her career focus at the The Miami Hurricane. The magna cum laude honors graduate with a double major in art history and visual journalism has since taken the publishing world by storm. Matiash is senior editor of digital storytelling at The New York Times, where she also serves as a member of the digital transition team, helping to optimize the newsroom’s use of digital tools. The seeds of Matiash’s rapid rise in the New York media world were sown at the University’s student newspaper, where she began as photo editor and became editor-in-chief in her senior year. The experience, she says, “taught me how to take ownership of a news product.” It also kindled a passion that would shape the rest of her life. “There was nothing more thrilling than winning award competitions and even beating the Miami Herald on breaking local news,” Matiash recalls. “From having great supervisors at the Hurricane to professors who pushed me to where I needed to be, I don’t think I would have succeeded as quickly without the path I took at Miami.” After graduating, Matiash completed some graduate coursework in multimedia at the University, then worked as a photographer, videographer, and editor at the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. She moved to New York to begin work as a photo editor for The Associated Press, where she covered everything from the 2012 Olympics to New York Fashion Week. Matiash’s resume also includes stints as deputy multimedia editor at TIME magazine and as a photo editor at The Wall Street Journal. Now based in Brooklyn and recently married to a Times colleague, Matiash has some straightforward advice for students who want to pursue a career in news. Don’t be afraid to try: “You can’t get an opportunity that you don’t go for”—and don’t procrastinate: “If you aren’t going to do it now, then when?”

Class Notes 1940s Beatrice Cayzer, A.B. ’46, is

the author of a novel, “Kennedy in Love.” It is available on Amazon.

1960s Arnold Staloff, B.B.A. ’67, received

the Marquis Who’s Who in America Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors demonstrated leadership, excellence, and longevity within the honoree’s industry and profession; the other 2018 recipient was former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

1970s Barbara Giesser, B.S. ’72, a professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, received the 2018 Frank Rubino Award for excellence in clinical neurology teaching from the American Academy of Neurology. Bernard Siegel, A.B. ’72, J.D. ’75,

executive director of the nonprofit Regenerative Medicine Foundation and founder of the World Stem Cell Summit, was a featured speaker at Unite to Cure: The Fourth International Vatican Conference: How Science, Technology and 21st Century Medicine Will Impact Culture and Society. Siegel spoke about patient advocacy and bone marrow donation in the age of cell therapy at the conference, held at the Vatican in April 2018.

William Bader, A.B. ’74, has been named senior executive officer at Transamerica/Aegon Network of Arizona. Randolph Newman, J.D. ’74, a

partner in the Clifton, New Jersey, law firm of Newman & Andriuzzi, has

been selected for membership in the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in the category of 10 Best High Verdict and Settlement winners for the State of New Jersey. A member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Newman is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Florida, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Alan Bell, B.B.A. ’76, J.D. ’79,

published a book, “Poisoned,” detailing how a devastating illness linked to environmental toxins in the office building where he worked nearly cost him his livelihood and his life. Bell’s story was featured in the November 2018 edition of the ABA Journal, the magazine of the American Bar Association.

Alexandra Villoch, A.B. ’77, M.B.A.

’79, former president and publisher of the Miami Herald, was appointed by United Way of Miami-Dade as co-chair of the United Way Tocqueville Society. In this role, she spearheads a cabinet of influential business leaders and philanthropists who donate at the highest levels and encourage others to do the same. Villoch also serves as a director of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and on the executive committee of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council.

1980s John Fenton, B.B.A. ’80, M.B.A. ’81,

is the author of “Five-Minute Mastery: The Surprising Secrets for Transforming Your Stress to Success and Mastering What’s Important.” Available on Amazon, the book is a practical guide for readers seeking to execute their strategies for success with greater confidence and live their lives with intention, focus, and clarity.

Michael Ball, A.B. ’81, a partner in the Fresno, California, office of McCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte and Carruth LLP, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the nation’s premier legal associations, at the ACTL’s 2018 annual meeting. Bruce Blitman, J.D. ’81, was elected

to the Dr. Nan S. Hutchinson Broward Senior Hall of Fame. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County coordinates the annual installation ceremony, which honors elder excellence in the volunteer sector of Broward County. Bruce has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit and County Court Mediator since 1989 and a family mediator since 1990. In 2017 he and his wife, Shari, A.B. ’83, moved to Palm Beach Gardens, where

Bruce is continuing his mediation practice and the couple is active in various community service projects.

Trinidad Callava, A.B. ’81, M.S. ’84,

is the author of “Silk Through the Ages: The Textile That Conquered Luxury.” The book tells the story of how silk came to exemplify luxury and prestige through the ages. Callava currently lectures at the University of Miami Business School, where she uses the book for her course on luxury marketing.

Kimberly Kolback, J.D. ’81, who

has her own law practice in Miami, Florida, moderated the webcasts “All You Need to Know About Calculating Music Royalties” and “Social Media, Corporate Communications, and the Legal Ethics of Both” on behalf of the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. She moderated Global Issues in Trademark, Branding and Intellectual Property during the 30th Annual North American Law Summit on Entertainment and Sports, for which she also served as executive counsel.

Denslow Trumbull, III, M.D. ’81, a practicing physician for more than 30 years, published “Loving by Leading: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy and Responsible Children,” available on Amazon. Marta Alfonso, B.B.A. ’83, J.D.’98,

principal, MBAF, was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida, 2018.

Ana Aeco, B.B.A. ’85, senior vice

president and commercial banking director, Florida Community Bank, was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida, 2018.

Paul Frishman, A.B. ’85, M.S.Ed. ’90,

CEO of the Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC, was recently honored by J-Pro as the Jewish Communal Professional of Excellence of the Year. He has participated in several training programs and served on the Continental Governing Body of the HCC Maccabi Games. In his spare time, Frishman enjoys fitness, tennis, road cycling, playing guitar, movies, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife, Caryn, have three children.

Robert Becerra, B.B.A. ’86, J.D. ’90, was elected secretary of the Florida Bar’s International Section at the section’s annual retreat in Bonita Springs.

Xavier Cortada, A.B. ’86, M.P.A. ’91, J.D. ’91, professor of practice at the University of Miami, has been elected

chairman of the Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council. Cortada, a professional artist whose work focuses on social engagement and the environment, will lead efforts by the 15-member volunteer advisory board to develop cultural excellence, diversity, and participation in the arts throughout Miami-Dade County. He also was selected by the Miami Herald as one of 50 Florida Influencers.

Jose Fernandez, B.S.C. ’86, J.D. ’89, was reelected without opposition for another six-year term as Circuit Court judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County. He presides over career criminal cases in the Repeat Offender Court.

Ralph Hays, B.M. ’86, J.D. ’91, was

selected co-principal alto saxophone of the 2018 World Adult Wind Orchestra, performing at the Mid Europe Music Festival in Schladming, Austria. Inducted into the Band of the Hour Hall of Fame in 2017, Hays has more than 200 works published by Sheet Music Plus. He recently conducted the premier of his commissioned “Canticle for Young Band” with the Niscayuna (NY) Sixth-Grade Band.

Dennis Lamm, B.S.E.E. ’87, has been promoted to senior vice president, Fidelity Investments, where his responsibilities include cybersecurity and customer protection for Fidelity corporate clients. He is a founding member of the SPARK Data Security Oversight Board and co-chairs the FS-ISAC Broker Dealer Council. Laird Lile, L.L.M.E. ’87, was named a

Top 10 Florida Super Lawyer for 2018 (his eighth consecutive year among the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers) and one of Florida Trend’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders. He is serving his seventh consecutive term on the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.

Christopher Ackerman, B.M. ’88, saxophonist, research associate at the Center for Tobacco Studies at Rutgers School of Public Health, and an amateur chef, is making a nutritional impact in one of the nation’s largest urban “food deserts.” Ackerman has teamed with a Puerto Rican frog puppet named Coqui the Chef to teach children in the South Bronx how to prepare easy, healthy meals from food found in their corner markets. Roy Weinfeld, A.B. ’89, J.D. ’95, an attorney with Fortune International Realty, presented to the Miami Association of Realtors on “Residential Evictions and Pitfalls in the Law.” In addition to his legal career, Weinfeld has closed transactions resulting in      Spring 2019  MIAMI 39

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1990s Michael Canciglia, B.M. ’90,

published “Live Life to Your Highest and Greatest Good: Daily Guidance for Living a Life You Love and Living It Powerfully.“ The book features philosophical ideas and lessons for connecting with our true selves, discovering our life’s purpose, and living a life of peace, love, and joy.

C. Dean Furman Jr., A.B. ’90, was

elected president of the Louisville Bar Association, a 3,000-member voluntary local bar association. He practices commercial litigation, personal injury, whistleblower, and federal criminal health care defense. He and his wife, Christian Davis Furman, A.B. ’92, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2018.

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Gladys Giron-Newman, B.S. ’90,

M.D. ’95, a breast surgical oncologist at the Miami Cancer Institute, serves on a multidisciplinary team allied with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute. She and her colleagues plan the alliance’s annual women’s cancer symposium and serve on a high-risk task force to help promote breast cancer prevention and early detection. Giron-Newman is also a mentor of medical students and a voluntary and assistant clinical professor of surgery at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

James Vickaryous, A.B. ’90, who

runs his own personal injury law firm in Lake Mary, Florida, was elected to the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar to represent the 2,200 lawyers of Florida’s Brevard and Seminole counties. In 2018 Vickaryous was recognized in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite issue and by Super Lawyers magazine. He and his wife, Jennifer Ferguson, have three children.

Manisha Singh, A.B. ’91, was

nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of State, leading the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State to advance American prosperity, entrepreneurship, and innovation worldwide. She is the first woman appointed to the role.

Scott Barnett, B.S.C. ’92, execu-

tive producer, director, and owner of Fuxion Media in South Florida, recently premiered “Kid Stew,” a new TV show for kids, for national public television. Author James Patterson created the program, which features humorous

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segments on books, music, arts, and science. Barnett and his wife, Johanna, accepted an Emmy at the 42nd Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Regional Awards for the program’s first season in the Children/Youth/Teens category.

Suzanne Amaducci-Adams,

J.D. ’93, practice group leader for real estate at Bilzin Sumberg, has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida, 2018.

Paige Stephens-Bressler,

B.B.A. ’91, M.B.A. ’93, has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree and has accepted a faculty position with the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Mayte Fernandez, M.S. ’94,

M.B.A. ’94, owner of Momentum Consulting, has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida, 2018.

Zach B. Shelomith, B.B.A. ’94,

a member of the bankruptcy law firm Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla, PLLC, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was named president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida for a

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one-year term beginning on July 1, 2018. Shelomith practices in the areas of business bankruptcy and consumer bankruptcy, representing debtors, creditors, and trustees.

James Robert Tootman III, B.B.A.

’94, is president of Tootman Ford Sales in Grafton, West Virginia. The company was listed in 2018 by Automotive News among the Top 100 Best Dealerships to work for in the United States.

annually to an “unsung hero” who consistently provides support and assistance to FPRA. Christian is a former broadcast journalist, director of public relations and multimedia productions for Marion County Public Schools in Ocala, Florida, and the music pastor at Wings of Faith Fellowship, also in Ocala.

Marilyn Hett, M.B.A. ’96, received

published the “Software Architect’s Handbook,” a comprehensive guide to the concepts and best practices of software architecture. Ingeno currently works as a software architect in South Florida.

the First Regional Impact Excellence Award from the Commercial Real Estate Women in Tampa Bay, Florida, and the James Felt Creative Counseling Award from The Counselors of Real Estate. Last year Hett also received an Outstanding Achievement recognition from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for her work administering the Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program, which has invested more than $7 million in more than 80 historic buildings, sites, and heritage tourism projects around the county.

Marc M. Camille, M.A.L.S. ’96,

Robert Lane, M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’98, is a

was installed as the 14th president of Albertus Magnus College on May 4, 2018. Camille is the college’s first new president in 36 years.

professor of philosophy at the University of West Georgia and the author of “Peirce on Realism and Idealism” (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Kevin Christian, M.A. ’96, a director

Taghreed Al-Saraj, B.F.A. ’99,

Christian Hasenoehrl, M.S. ’95,

M.B.A. ’95, is a senior client partner specializing in the consumer market at Korn Ferry’s Dallas office.

Joseph Ingeno, B.B.A. ’95, M.S. ’99,

of public relations and multimedia productions, received multiple awards from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), including a Golden Image and the Doris Fleischman Award, given

M.S.E.d. ’01, a master educator and motivational speaker, began her career as a research assistant at the University of Miami and is currently a director of the University of Miami

Alumni Association. She was the first Saudi to hold two positions as a researcher and as vice chair of the University of California, Berkeley Entrepreneurship Program. She is the author of “The Anxious Language Learner: A Saudi Woman’s Story,” an Amazon best-seller, also available in Arabic. Now back in Saudi Arabia, Al-Saraj works as an entrepreneurship and startup consultant.

Robert Leitner, M.S. ’99, M.B.A. ’99,

serves as CEO for The Jazoma Plan, LLC. The Jazoma Plan stores important family information during times of grief, stress, and uncertainty. The resource is available as an online subscription or a workbook at

2000s Patrick Del Vecchio, A.B. ’00, a member of the Florida Optometric Association and owner of Del Family Eye Care in Homestead, Florida, provides comprehensive eye examinations, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the eye. Del Vecchio was a member of the University of Miami football team from 1996 to 2000. Steven Gonzalez, A.B. ’00, construction litigation partner in the Miami, Florida, office of national trial firm Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn and Dial, was named as one of Super Lawyers Magazine’s Rising Stars— top Florida attorneys who have been practicing fewer than 10 years and are under 40 years old. Erica James, B.S. ’00, M.D. ’04, has been named to the 2019 Ohio Rising Stars list.

Karen Klein, B.S. ’00, an associate at Duane Morris LLP, has been promoted to the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Boca Raton office. Her area of expertise is intellectual property, trademark, patent, and copyright law. Klein has also authored and prosecuted patent applications for medical equipment, technology, and food products. David Mullings, B.S.C. ’00, M.B.A. ’03, is cofounder of the Miami, Floridabased tech venture RUNLive, which was chosen from more than 400 applicants for the 2018 cohort of the LeAD Sports Accelerator in Berlin, Germany. RUNLive, Inc. is one of just 10 startups—and the only one based in the U.S.—to be selected. One of the world’s first gamified social running platforms, the RUNLive app allows runners around the world to connect and run together in real time.

Kathleen “Katie” Phang, J.D. ’00,

partner, Berger Singerman LLP, was recognized in 2018 by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida.

Keith Washo, M.M. ’00, published his second book, “Good Things Come From Hard Times,” about overcoming adversity and becoming a stronger person. He is founder and CEO of Purebuds Earphones, which deliver high-fidelity audio quality and sound for music and phone call audio. Jose Felix Diaz, A.B. ’02, is an execu-

tive vice president at Ballard Partners in Miami and a government attorney who specializes in complex matters involving federal, state, and local government. A former Florida state representative, Diaz serves as a director of organizations including the National Recreation and Park Association and as an ambassador for various nonprofit groups.

Duane Pinnock, L.L.M.E. ’02, Florida Bar certified in wills, trusts and estates, is a partner at Boyes, Farina & Matwiczyk, P.A. Pinnock has been named a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star in Trusts and Estate Litigation and a Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Comer.

Adam Plantzer, B.S.C. ’02, is

cofounder of Zig, an app that compiles photos and stories from multiple sources across the Internet to reflect the way people, especially millennials, prefer to engage and consume the news. Backed by Live Nation, Graydon Carter, Ron Meyer, and Quincy Jones, Zig was profiled in the The New York Times and on CNBC.

Vladimir Portnoy, J.D. ’02, has

joined BeinLaw as a partner and head of its New York office. A member and an active participant in the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates sections of the New York State Bar Association, he is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and elder law with various companies, agencies and organizations, and financial planning firms. Portnoy lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, New York.

Ana Carr, B.S. ’03, a third-generation Hurricane, and her husband, Kelly Tenbrink, an emergency room physician, entrepreneur, and associate professor at the Miller School of Medicine, have created a new product: the Anniversary Clock. Jared Morgenstern, B.B.A. ’03, is a holistic advisor for Coastal Wealth, a member of the MassMutual Financial Group. He is proficient in all areas

of full financial planning, including investment, retirement, tax, and estate planning strategies.

Gil Acevedo, L.L.M.P. ’04, is a shareholder at Fowler White Burnet and member of the Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate and Tax Law Section. He published an article about the Foreign Investment in Real Estate Tax Act in the Florida Bar Journal. Sanna Gaspard, B.S.B.E. ’04, is CEO

of Rubitection, a health care startup featuring a new technology to improve the care of bedridden patients. The company was selected as a finalist for Innovation Competition hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Isis Pacheco Velasco, A.B. ’04, L.L.M.P. ’10, has been appointed an advisor for St. Thomas University School of Law. Keiana Desmore, A.B. ’05, recently became the first African-American woman to graduate with a doctorate of education from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). She serves as assistant dean in FGCU’s College of Education, where she is responsible for student service and graduate student advising. Nelson Dellis, B.S. ’06, M.S. ’10, has written “Remember It,” a user-friendly book that provides proven memory

techniques for use in everyday situations and helps readers improve their memory for often-forgotten things such as names and phone numbers. Dellis, a four-time USA Memory Champion and a Grandmaster of Memory, teaches computer science at the University of Miami. He has appeared in major television programs including Nightline and the Today Show.

Leah Del Percio, A.B. ’06, has

joined the trusts and estates practice of global law firm DLA Piper as an associate in the Baltimore office.

Joshua Henry, B.M. ’06, is the first

black actor to star as Billy Bigelow in the recent Broadway revival of Carousel. He notes that his infant son, Samson, offered special inspiration for “Soliloquy,” Billy’s iconic song to his unborn child. Henry earned his first Tony Nomination in “The Scottsboro Boys.” In addition to performing at myriad galas, benefits, and other special events, Henry contributed original music to the off-Broadway musical “Shafrika, The White Girl” at the Vineyard Theatre.

Randy Moreau, M.B.A. ’06,

M.Acc.’13, has joined Kelley Kronenberg as chief accounting officer, overseeing and developing long-term financial strategies for the firm’s ongoing growth in the Florida and national legal markets.

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Frank Olah, J.D. ’06, joined Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP as a partner in its Los Angeles Office. In December, he and his wife Kelley Olah, J.D. ’06, welcomed their second son, Luke, who enjoys trying to keep up with older brother Frank Jr.

Tyler Simmons, A.B. ’06, is the

owner of Cutting Edge Training in Chicago. The fitness training studio opened its doors in July 2014 and is still going strong. He recently got married.

Rebecca Brodsky, J.D. ’08, was

named to Super Lawyers Magazine’s Rising Stars list. As a real estate attorney at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP in East Meadow, New York, she represents clients in both commercial and residential transactions. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the Florida Bar.

Tyler Baram, B.B.A. ’11, was

honored with the Chairman’s Award by KPMG. In addition, he was accepted to join a prestigious trip sponsored by the Japanese government.

Victoria Burns, Ph.D. ’11,

received the honorable mention for the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching Award, sponsored by the Society of Psychology of Women, for her course focusing on prevention of campus sexual assault. The award recognizes junior faculty who have devised a creative approach to increasing diversity in courses that focus on the psychology of women and gender.

Alexander Litt, B.S.Ed. ’11, J.D. ’14, joined Farrell Fitz’s New York City office as Commercial Litigation Associates. He is admitted to the New York Bar and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Stacey Humphrey, B.B.A. ’09, M.B.A. ’17, and Cameron Lloyd, B.B.A. ’10, were married in July 2018 at the Andaz Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The couple met as freshmen at the University of Miami and currently live in New York City.

Alexander Nabhan, B.B.A. ’11, was named to the Forbes 2018 list of America’s Top Next-Generation Advisors for the second year in a row. Nabhan leads a 14-person wealth management team at Merrill Lynch in Boston, Massachusetts.


Felix Steinmeyer, B.B.A. ’11, is

Patrick Cunnane, B.S.C. ’10, has written a book: “Winging It: An Unpresidential Memoir,” the story of his dream job in the White House, working with President Obama. Cunnane’s stint in the West Wing is a story of proximity to history—and of behind-the-scenes highs and lows. Jonathan Raof, B.S. ’10, has been promoted to associate vice president of clinical informatics at Managed Care of North America.

CEO and co-founder of Mason Finance. The San Francisco-based startup provides a user-friendly online platform for senior citizens

who are interested in eliminating costly life insurance premiums and accessing the cash value of their life insurance policies.

Max Curnin, B.S. ’12, is involved in a startup called Parachute Health, which is reimagining health care by bringing various types of health care facilities into one digital hub. To ensure patients get the right service and equipment, Parachute has partnered with the health care software company Epic Systems Corporation.

Nate Dappen, Ph.D. ’12, is working on a documentary film called “The Passage.” The story about the journey into adulthood is told by a son joining his father on an epic, 40-year canoe traverse of the 1,000-mile Inside Passage.

Erin Evon, B.S.C. ’12, won seven

Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for her work on the well-known Tide ads that debuted during the 2018 Super Bowl. Evon’s team also won a Lion for a project it did with the National Down Syndrome Society. The week-long festival is among the most prominent in the advertising industry.

Catherine “Catie” Stazak, B.S.C.

’14, was awarded a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Chapter Scholarship. In addition to starting her own media company, Stazak renewed her contract with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League and is the only female

equestrian commentator in the North American League. A trailblazer and competitive equestrian, she has also worked on television and radio teams including FEI Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports Network, and CBS Sports Network.

Jennifer Hammond, LL.M. ’15, a

business attorney at Green Schoenfeld & Kyle LLP, has been appointed co-chair of the Lee County Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate, and Trust Practice Section. With nearly 20 years of business and legal experience, Hammond focuses on areas including estate planning, trust administration, taxation, probate, corporate, business and partnership law, and wealth preservation. She is a member of the Florida and Lee County Bar Associations as well as the American and Maryland Bar Associations.

Meredith Jennings, Ph.D. ’17, an

expert in climate resilience and Earth system science, has joined Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), a nonprofit research hub that provides independent analysis of energy, air, and water issues. Jennings will provide leadership in the crucial research areas of water resources and resilience.

Matthew Terzian, B.M. ’17, contin-

ues to release new music under the name Matt Taelor following his 2017 debut EP, After Midnight. You can check out his music at and listen online via most streaming and online platforms.

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Rachel Schreibman, B.S.C. ’10, is

the first UM recipient of the American Cinema Editors internship, which matches recent graduates with mentors who are industry leaders. As an assistant editor, Schreibman has contributed to notable films including “The Jungle Book,” “Transformers: The Last King,” and “Star Trek: Beyond.” She is also working on the live-action version of the Disney classic “The Lion King.”

Eric Stepansky, A.B. ’10, J.D. ’14, M.B.A. ’14, proposed to Sammiejo Fat, A.B. ’10, on the Moss Terrace at the Donna Shalala Student Center. He thanks Brandon Gross and Dean Steven Priepke for their help in organizing the proposal.

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In Memoriam

The Alumni Association notes the passing of the following graduates.

In Memoriam* 1930s

David D. Duncan, A.B. ’38


Joan (Ellis) Davies, A.B. ’40 Anne M. Roberts, B.Ed. ’40 Winona Wehle Unick, A.B. ’40 Dorothy (Lowe) Ross, A.B. ’42 Helen (Turetsky) Schulner, A.B. ’42 Elizabeth (Graham) Wells, A.B. ’44 Clare L. Schwartz, A.B. ’45 Mildred (Rayburn) Jones, A.B. ’46 Arthur D. Weiss, B.B.A. ’46 Thelma C. Altshuler, A.B. ’47, M.A. ’49 Elizabeth B. Ferencik, B.Ed. ’47 Betty R. Naster, A.B. ’47 Ruth W. Robinson, B.Ed. ’47 Victor K. Rubovsky, B.S. ’47, M.S. ’50 Roslyn W. Soltz, A.B. ’47 Robert H. Traurig, B.B.A. ’47, J.D. ’50 Barbara (Chaffee) Byrom, A.B. ’48 Jane (Etheridge) Hamlin, A.B. ’48 George M. Simon, B.B.A. ’48 June (McPherson) Yoxall, A.B. ’48 Earl F. Brosnahan, B.B.A. ’49 George M. Corrigan, B.B.A. ’49 Patsy Dinnocenzo, B.Ed. ’49 Irwin S. Futerfas, A.B. ’49, J.D. ’52 Sheldon Greene, B.B.A. ’49 Durand A. Holladay, J.D. ’49 John W. O’Neal, B.B.A. ’49 William F. Shaw, B.B.A. ’49 Doris Weinstein Sirkin, J.D. ’49 Nancy Sanders Starr, A.B. ’49 Miriam A. Taveniere, B.Ed. ’49 James S. Zoller, B.S.E.S. ’49


John A. Benson, B.B.A. ’50 Howard M. Bernbaum, B.B.A. ’50, B.S.M.E. ’55 Leslie J. Blumberg, B.M. ’50 Dorothy S. Bond, B.Ed. ’50 Eugene Fleischer, A.B. ’50 Donald E. Johnston, B.B.A. ’50, M.A. ’51 Charles S. Kinnear, B.B.A. ’50 Robert C. Kirkpatrick, B.B.A. ’50 Jeanne Konefsky, B.S. ’50 Daniel J. Kuchta, B.B.A. ’50 David V. Lococo, J.D. ’50 William J. Miller, B.B.A. ’50, J.D. ’59 Paul Nagel, A.B. ’50 John Pappalardo, B.S.M.E. ’50 John H. Peacock, B.B.A. ’50 Avron C. Rifkin, B.B.A. ’50, J.D. ’52 Janet E. Shrader, A.B. ’50 Bertram M. Sillman, B.S.M.E. ’50 Donald J. Southwick, B.B.A. ’50 W T. Spencer, A.B. ’50, J.D. ’56 William B. Tanner, B.S.E.S. ’50 Orin H. Todd, J.D. ’50 Dolly F. Waldman, B.Ed. ’50 Ivan G. Zahler, B.B.A. ’50 James M. Crawford, J.D. ’51 Richard B. Doyle, B.B.A. ’51, J.D. ’54 Reinhold J. Fegers, B.B.A. ’51, J.D. ’54 Carol Jane (Wolpert) Gottfried, A.B. ’51, M.A. ’87 Charlotte L. Gould, A.B. ’51 Jeannette F. Hausler, A.B. ’51, J.D. ’53 Carolyn Jenkins-Jaeger, A.B. ’51 Elizabeth S. Kiely, A.B. ’51

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Alfred D. Killian, J.D. ’51 William J. McCluskey, J.D. ’51 Robert P. McNeal, B.B.A. ’51 George A. Miller, B.B.A. ’51 H. J. Miller, J.D. ’51 Anne B. Patterson, B.B.A. ’51 Thespo George Portafekas, A.B.’51, M.Ed. ’67 E. G. Stocks, B.S.M.E. ’51 Albert G. Thornton, A.B. ’51 Barbara (Barclay) Thurber, A.B. ’51 Ralph L. Wilkins, B.B.A. ’51, M.Arch. ’52 James W. Willis, B.S.C.E. ’51 Ralph W. Woodmansee, A.B. ’51 Beverly M. Yelen, B.Ed. ’51, M.Ed. ’67 Robert E. Ziegler, B.B.A. ’51, J.D. ’53 Aaron H. Zimmerman, B.S. ’51, M.S. ’53, M.D. ’57 David Benjamin, B.B.A. ’52 Howard R. Biggers, B.B.A. ’52 John C. Crogan, B.B.A. ’52 Ann (Nichols) Doll, B.Ed. ’52 David J. Foulis, A.B. ’52, M.S. ’53 Gino G. Galli, J.D. ’52 Helen (Siel) Kansa, B.S.N. ’52 Herbert M. Klein, A.B. ’52, J.D. ’54 Edward H. Kotun, B.B.A. ’52 Russell M. Miller, B.S.C.E. ’52 Nicholas A. Mininni, A.B. ’52 Robert H. Moffitt, B.S. ’52 Edward H. Pearch, B.S.M.E. ’52 Harold W. Peterson, A.B. ’52, M.S. ’55 Shirley (Dunlop) Richter, B.Ed. ’52 Gene W. Seyler, B.Ed. ’52 Stanley J. Siegel, B.M. ’52 Michael J. Silverstein, B.B.A. ’52, J.D. ’53 Joseph E. Tashiro, B.S. ’52 Samuel Vardanian, B.B.A. ’52 John C. Brendla, B.S.C.E. ’53 John S. Geraci, B.B.A. ’53 Paul J. Hennings, B.B.A. ’53 James G. Maheras, B.S. ’53 Donna (Root) Meek, A.B. ’53 Clarence J. Keel, J.D. ’53 Cyrus L. LaPlant, B.B.A. ’53 Preston L. Prevatt, J.D. ’53 Nancy (Fernandez) Schild, B.S. ’53 Arno H. Schneiderbauer, A.B. ’53 Harry T. Sharp, B.S.C.E. ’53 Howard K. Smith, J.D. ’53 George E. Stocking, B.B.A. ’53, M.Ed. ’68, Ed.D. ’70 Frank G. Aymonin, B.S.C.E. ’54 Robert D. Baum, B.S. ’54, M.D. ’58 Anthony C. Constantino, B.Ed. ’54 James L. Dahill, B.B.A. ’54 Richard G. Frow, A.B. ’54

Herbert L. Gopman, B.S.A.E. ’54 William E. Hawkins, B.B.A. ’54 Robert Karsian, B.S. ’54 Thaddeus J. Lubas, B.B.A. ’54 Stanley L. Olin, B.B.A. ’54 John K. Schulte, A.B. ’54 Leo H. Strousberg, B.Ed. ’54, M.Ed. ’61 Royce A. Watson, B.S. ’54, B.B.A. ’67, M.B.A. ’68 Charles R. Albury, B.Ed. ’55 Robert J. Carr, B.B.A. ’55 Marvin J. Gerber, B.B.A. ’55 Alan R. Lupka, J.D. ’55 Saul Mitchel, A.B. ’55 William F. Nevitt, M.Ed. ’55 Leo J. O’Boyle, B.Ed. ’55 Robert S. Powell, B.B.A. ’55 Sherwood Ross, A.B. ’55 Joseph J. Schechter, B.B.A. ’55 Sheila (Bohrer) Shatkin, B.Ed. ’55 Barbara (McMullen) Ahringer, B.Ed. ’56 Richard G. Alper, M.D. ’56 Georgianne M. Bugdal, B.Ed. ’56 Leonard M. Cherdack, A.B. ’56 Lawrence B. Friedman, B.B.A. ’56, J.D. ’59 Carol B. Hartley, A.B. ’56 Catherine Ferentinos McCauley, B.Ed. ’56 Vernon E. Meyer, B.B.A. ’56 Barbara E. Patish, B.Ed. ’56, M.Ed. ’60 Jean R. Patten, B.B.A. ’56 Bernice S. Sir, B.Ed. ’56, M.Ed. ’74 Brian T. Sheehan, A.B. ’56 Sara-Lee M. Merlin Sterling, B.B.A. ’56 Robert R. Tinker, B.B.A. ’56 Barbara Walls, A.B. ’56 Maurice G. White, M.Ed. ’56 Don R. Cox, M.D. ’57 Houston Crosley, A.B. ’57 Charles R. DeVore, B.B.A. ’57 Barbara D. (Glassford) Gill, B.Ed. ’57 Alan Victor Glaser, B.B.A. ’57 Patsy J. King, B.Ed. ’57 William W. Latimer, B.B.A. ’57 Roger M. Lyda, B.S.A.E. ’57 Hugh M. McKean, B.B.A. ’57 Joseph W. Rares, B.B.A. ’57 Harold Reiz, B.B.A. ’57 Richard R. Ridolfi, B.S. ’57 Alan M. Schulberg, B.B.A. ’57 Donald W. Vickers, B.B.A. ’57 Charles A. Wainwright, A.B. ’57, M.B.A. ’68 Morton L. Weinberger, B.B.A. ’57 Wilhelmina Z. Wilson, B.B.A. ’57, M.B.A. ’60 Edward P. Ahrens, A.B. ’58, J.D. ’62 Elizabeth G. Alexander, M.S. ’58 Charles B. Baird, B.S.M.E. ’58 Robert C. Baker, B.Ed. ’58, M.Ed. ’62

Joan M. Bloom, B.Ed. ’58 Winifred L. Dickinson, A.B. ’58 Albert C. DiFonzo, B.Ed. ’58 John W. Dye, B.B.A. ’58 Nancy Leacy Hay, B.B.A. ’58 Herta D. Holly, A.B. ’58, J.D. ’61 Francis S. Hubbell, B.B.A. ’58 Michel C. Huntley, D.L. ’58 Joseph M. Kurtz, B.B.A. ’58 Jorge A. Lopez, B.B.A. ’58 Lanora L. Morgan, B.B.A. ’58, B.Ed. ’63 Robert L. Newman, B.B.A. ’58 Jacquelyn Warren O’Rourke, A.B. ’58 Barbara L. Petrecca, A.B. ’58 George M. Radell, B.B.A. ’58 Robert H. Roth, B.B.A. ’58 Alfred W. Slobusky, B.B.A. ’58 Alvin A. Snyder, A.B. ’58 Paula Roberson Steele, B.M. ’58, M.Ed. ’72 Lyle B. Thompson, B.B.A. ’58 Gordon K. VanLoo, B.S.E.E. ’58, B.S.M.E. ’58 Charles J. Willis, B.S.C.E. ’58 Harry E. Yallelus, B.B.A. ’58 Thomas V. Zinglo, B.B.A. ’58 Kenneth C. Deacon, B.B.A. ’59 Samuel Goldberg, A.B. ’59 Harvey J. Greenberg, A.B. ’59, B.S.I.E. ’62 Peter F. Hornik, B.B.A. ’59 Roy W. Johnston, B.B.A. ’59 William R. Keeling, B.B.A. ’59 Louis K. Lesperance, J.D. ’59 Edwin Odisho, B.B.A. ’59 Robert B. Peters, B.S.I.E. ’59 Laurence D. Schwartz, B.S. ’59 Henry Totah, B.S. ’59 John A. Wyatt, B.S.E.E. ’59 Richard E. Zalesky, B.S.M.E. ’59


Eugene C. Bloom, M.D. ’60 Charles L. Brame, M.D. ’60 Carl S. Brow, B.S.E.S. ’60, B.S.E.E. ’66 Howard A. Buhl, B.B.A. ’60 John L. Capell, B.B.A. ’60 Thomas T. Coon, B.B.A. ’60 Sheldon Dobkin, M.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’65 Sheldon L. Gerson, B.B.A. ’60 Gene W. Gignac, B.Ed. ’60 Harriet Botwinik Glick, M.Ed. ’60 Edward W. Godfrey, B.B.A. ’60 Sanford P. La Hue, B.S.C.E. ’60 Ronald J. Lando, B.B.A. ’60 Abner P. Lawton, B.B.A. ’60 Gabriel G. Read, B.Ed. ’60, M.Ed. ’61 Frank R. Thurber, B.Ed. ’60 Rudolf B. Wenleder, B.S.E.E. ’60, M.D. ’68 Carol K. Baker, B.Ed. ’61 George A. Cavrich, B.B.A. ’61 Eldon C. Currie, B.S.M.E. ’61

June T. Day, M.Ed. ’61 Joseph L. Glover, A.B. ’61 H. Dennis Jarvis, B.B.A. ’61 John W. Lamble, B.B.A. ’61 Norman A. Levin, B.B.A. ’61 Myrna S. Levy, B.Ed. ’61 Maria T. Luzarraga, B.B.A. ’61 Darrel J. Mase, M.D. ’61 John A. Miller, M.B.A. ’61 John A. Reed, B.B.A. ’61 Edward C. Rigg, B.B.A. ’61 Roma J. Sanders, M.D. ’61 Ronald J. Scheib, M.D. ’61 John J. Schnur, B.B.A. ’61 Robert W. Stieve, B.B.A. ’61 Kenneth L. Bauer, B.B.A. ’62 Robert J. Chernosky, B.S.E.E. ’62 Elaine (Fusia) Flanagan-Sherriff, A.B. ’62 Howard Gross, B.Ed. ’62, J.D. ’65 Harold N. Ivester, B.B.A. ’62 Patricia J. Janon, A.B. ’62 Keith H. Knubbe, B.S.E.E. ’62 Edward J. McSheehy, B.M. ’62 Louis E. Pitts, B.B.A. ’62 Joseph C. Richards, B.Ed. ’62, M.Ed. ’67 William C. Sant, B.Ed. ’62 James H. Sweeny, J.D. ’62 Frank D. Tuggle, M.Ed. ’62 Gene E. Allen, B.B.A. ’63 William H. Clark, B.B.A. ’63 Gilbert L. Johnson, M.Ed. ’63 Robert Katzin, B.M. ’63 Michael B. Lupfer, M.S. ’63, Ph.D. ’64 Michael A. Masin, J.D. ’63 Warren L. Mitchell, B.Ed. ’63 Jack B. Packar, B.B.A. ’63, J.D. ’66 Marion J. Pyecha, B.Ed. ’63 Marguerite (Bernarducci) Wilke, B.B.A. ’63, J.D. ’70 Clifford C. Willis, B.B.A. ’63 Bernard Wolfson, J.D. ’63 James R. Anthony, B.B.A. ’64 Donald A. Brungard, M.D. ’64 Donald M. Coon, B.S. ’64, J.D. ’67 Joann De Falco, B.Ed. ’64 Mark E. Frances, A.B. ’64 Edward Levine, B.B.A. ’64 Nadine A. McCabe, B.S.N. ’64 Mabel Fentress Miller, B.Ed. ’64 Stephen M. Reader, B.S.E.E. ’64 Roberta D. Shevin, A.B. ’64, M.A. ’69 Robert J. Smith, Ph.D. ’64 Robert M. Sprague, A.B. ’64 Edith L. Wilson, B.Ed. ’64 Mary L. Zakis, B.Ed. ’64 John N. Anderson, B.B.A. ’65 Leonard L. Booth, M.Ed. ’65 Lourdes A. Burgess, M.S. ’65 Betty (Woollen) Dunnuck, B.B.A. ’65 Clifford L. Fishback, M.S. ’65 Geraldine R. Grimes, M.Ed. ’65 Lynn W. Levy, A.B. ’65 Peter C. Luckenbach, B.B.A. ’65

Trustee Emerita

Trustee Emeritus

Barbara A. Weintraub, a philanthropist, community activist, and supporter of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami, passed away on September 23, 2018, at the age of 81. Weintraub’s husband, Michael, and his father, Joseph, were University trustees. Continuing the family tradition, she was named a trustee in 1997 and served for 21 years. During her tenure, Weintraub served as vice chair of the University Advancement Committee as well as on several standing committees and school visiting committees. She joined the Sylvester Board of Governors in December 1995 and served through October 2008. In 1995, she received Sylvester’s Caroline W. Halpern Award in recognition of her 25 years of leadership and philanthropy in cancer research.

Robert “Bob” C. Strauss, a health care executive, civic leader, and passionate supporter of the University of Miami, passed away at the age of 77 on December 9, 2018. As a trustee of the University, Strauss served on many of the board’s standing committees. An engineer by training, he chaired the visiting committee for the College of Engineering, where he and his wife, Camilla McKeen Cochrane, J.D. ’91, established the Robert C. Strauss and Camilla M. Cochrane Scholar in Engineering Endowed Scholarship. Strauss also served on the visiting committees of several other academic units. He is survived by his wife, Camilla; their daughter, Jennifer, Ph.D. ’01; son, Morgan; and numerous other family members.

Isadore Newman, A.B. ’65 Marilyn R. Peterson, M.Ed. ’65 Ronald C. Ramaker, B.Ed. ’65 Helen L. (Woods) Alterman, A.B. ’66 Roland P. Amey, B.B.A. ’66 Frank W. Bell, B.B.A. ’66 Victoria F. Berns, B.M. ’66 Mary D. Jenkins, M.Ed. ’66, Ed.S. ’74 John E. Tengblad, B.B.A. ’66 Daniel L. Thornton, M.D. ’66 Bernard J. Yokel, M.S. ’66, Ph.D. ’83 James L. Hayden, B.B.A. ’67 Eric J. Merlin, B.B.A. ’67 Mona H. Parker, A.B. ’67 Paul N. Popovic, B.B.A. ’67 Barbara J. Singer, B.Ed. ’67 Betty J. Davis, M.Ed. ’68 David F. Dolar, A.B. ’68 Ofelia T. Fernandez, M.A. ’68 Francine F. Peterson, B.S.N. ’68 Tura L. Schnebly, B.Ed. ’68 Sylvia J. Schrier, B.Ed. ’68 Wickie B. Whalen, M.A. ’68, Ph.D. ’70 Roy B. Aerts, B.M. ’69, M.M. ’71 Robert N. Biletnikoff, B.B.A. ’69 William H. Chambless, B.S. ’69, Ph.D. ’74 Neils P. Christenson, B.B.A. ’69 Elmar B. Fetscher, M.A. ’69

Felix L. Herring, B.B.A. ’69 John M. Higgins, B.B.A. ’69 Lionel M. Katz, M.Ed. ’69, Ed.S. ’71 Michael A. Merlin, B.S.Ed. ’69 Joseph F. Novas, M.A. ’69 Stephanie (Clark) Rarick, B.Ed. ’69 George I. Sanchez, A.B. ’69 Jerome S. Taylor, B.B.A. ’69 Warren Wacher, B.S. ’69 John E. Vinsant, B.S. ’69, M.D. ’73

John E. Hedeen, M.B.A. ’71 Robert W. Pankoe, B.S.E.E. ’71 Thomas L. Pinder, B.B.A. ’71 Carlos Planas, B.B.A. ’71 James R. Zanconato, B.B.A. ’71 Rosemarie A. Ancona, M.Ed. ’72 Scott M. Bressler, B.B.A. ’72 Robert E. Callicott, B.S.E.E. ’72 Robert T. Godfrey, B.B.A. ’72 Janet M. Hoffman, A.B. ’72 Warren A. Jones, A.B. ’72 Gloria L. Lemmons, B.Ed. ’72 Irene L. Pines, M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’95 1970s Jose A. Ramos, B.Ed. ’72 Helen L. Bergovoy, B.Ed. ’70, Clarke J. Sagis, B.B.A. ’72 M.Ed. ’72, Ed.D. ’79 Lynda C. Schnurr, A.B. ’72 Philip H. Buchanan, B.B.A. ’70 Cecil R. Warren, A.B. ’72 Pamela Ciampi, A.B. ’70 Joseph P. Averill, J.D. ’73 Irene J. Cohen, M.Ed. ’70 Carroll D. Cameron, M.A. ’73 Ruth Gissin, B.Ed. ’70 Bernard S. Colson, B.S. ’73 Henry L. Haddon, M.Ed. ’70 Robert J. DeBoer, J.D. ’73 Robert A. Halvorsen, B.S. ’70, Howard R. Johnson, J.D. ’73 M.D. ’74 Bruce W. Kent, LL.M.T. ’73 Scott R. Hansen, A.B. ’70 Clinton F. O’Dell, B.Ed. ’73 John G. Haverly, M.D. ’70 Walter J. Postula, J.D. ’73 Kenneth W. Hilton, M.B.A. ’70 Larry C. Linder, M.S. ’70, J.D. ’74 Vernon R. Thompson, Ed.D. ’73 Sandra C. Wolfner, B.S. ’73 Vernet C. Pegues, M.Ed. ’70 Linda L. Bogle, M.Ed. ’74 Barbara E. Reid, B.Ed. ’70 John H. Byrne, LL.M.T. ’74 Alan S. Ross, A.B. ’70, J.D. ’76 Rita H. (Ross) Schoenberg, A.B. ’70 Lawrence C. Clyman, J.D. ’74 Bruce C. Campbell, B.B.A. ’71 Victoria I. Erickson, B.S.N. ’74 Bernabe A. Hernandez, B.S.C.E. ’74 Alan W. Epstein, J.D. ’71 Alan J. Hodin, J.D. ’74 Nelson Gilman, A.B. ’71

Robert W. Kleinert, B.S. ’74 Linda S. Much, A.B. ’74 Clinton J. Pitts, J.D. ’74 David W. Ryan, A.B. ’74 Stanley E. Rye, B.S. ’74 Paul A. Vitello, B.Ed. ’74 Susan U. Wilson, M.S. ’74 Jean T. Bradfisch, A.B. ’75 Robert D. Brugger, M.A. ’75 Harvey E. Cooper, B.B.A. ’75 Charles F. Dimon, B.B.A. ’75 Robert M. Healy, A.B. ’75, M.A. ’93, Ph.D. ’97 Carl F. Lehmann, A.B. ’75 Stephen T. Maher, J.D. ’75 Donald E. Mason, J.D. ’75 Loretta F. Neuharth, B.F.A. ’75 John A. Sector, B.S. ’75 Peter S. Tell, J.D. ’75, LL.M.T. ’82 Chris A. Clark, LL.M.T. ’76 Sandra D. Kohlenberg, M.Ed. ’76 Robert J. McFann, J.D. ’76 Martha G. Mitchell, B.Ed. ’76 Bonnie M. Reiss, B.B.A. ’76 Drade C. Stuart, A.B. ’76 William J. Butterfield, B.B.A. ’77 Jose L. Cachaldora, B.B.A. ’77 Jorge R. Exposito, A.B. ’77 John M. Hogan, J.D. ’77 Philip H. Iredale, B.B.A. ’77 Louis F. Petrillo, M.B.A. ’77 Fred A. Reali, A.B. ’77, M.B.A. ’79 Bonnye R. Stitt, B.S. ’77      Spring 2019  MIAMI 45


In Memoriam

Celebrated Lunar Scientist

Compassionate Trailblazer

Up until just a few years ago, the moon was thought to be bone dry. Then Erik Hauri, B.S. ’88, helped prove that the moon has ice on its poles and water deep within its mantle. Hauri passed away on September 5, 2018, at his home in Maryland at the age of 52. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1966, he earned a dual honors degree in geology and marine science with a minor in chemistry at the University of Miami. After completing a Ph.D. in oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hauri joined Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. Pushing a device that analyzes tiny geological samples to new levels of sensitivity, Hauri and his co-investigators discovered the presence of water in Apollo 17 lunar samples. The study was covered by major media around the world. Hauri is survived by his wife, Tracy (Spears) Hauri, and their three children; his father; and his sister and brother.

Jeannette Otis Fuller Hausler passed away on November 22, 2018. Hausler, A.B. ’51, J.D. ’53, earned a doctorate in civil law at the University of Havana, Cuba, and married her husband, law professor Richard A. Hausler, in Cuba in 1955. One of the region’s first teachers of English as a second language for Cuban refugees, Hausler also was a middle school guidance counselor and vice principal. In 1974, Hausler became the first dean of students at Miami Law, a role she served in for 35 years. A member of the University’s Iron Arrow Honor Society, Hausler received the University of Miami’s Alumni Association’s Alumna of Distinction Award in 2006. She is survived by siblings Frances Ruth and Frederick Fuller; children Jennie, Donald, and Philomena; and numerous other family members. The Richard, Jeannette and Ellen Hausler Endowment Scholarship Fund has been set up at the School of Law in the family’s memory.

Elyse Vinitsky, J.D. ’77 David Hertzig, J.D. ’78 John S. Holmes, B.B.A. ’78, M.B.A. ’84 Renee D. Rosenhouch, B.Ed. ’78 William F. Ader, A.B. ’79 Raymond O. Bodiford, A.B. ’79 Robert M. Gratz, J.D. ’79 Seth P. Joseph, J.D. ’79 Rosemary Lohlein, C.N.P. ’79 William T. McCreary, J.D. ’79 William J. Moncrief, A.B. ’79 Gail Dorff Serota, J.D. ’79


Tyrome S. Banks, B.B.A. ’80 Patrick J. Faherty, M.U.R.P. ’80 Janet Hertel Felberg, M.B.A. ’80 Neal D. Futerfas, A.B. ’80 Brian K. Gart, A.B. ’80, J.D. ’83 Janice McBeath Glynn, A.B. ’80, M.P.A. ’82, M.B.A. ’87 James T. Iannaccone, LL.M.T. ’80 Cyrus M. Jollivette, J.D. ’80 Wendy (Baron) Jones, B.S.Ed. ’80 Susan S. Levine, J.D. ’80 Nicholas Morabito III, B.B.A. ’80 Bohdan Neswiacheny, J.D. ’80 Charles J. Prescott, J.D. ’80 Robert R. Rojas, B.S. ’80 Joseph F. Schneider, M.A. ’80

Jeffrey S. Zemlock, B.B.A. ’80 Andrew S. Ackerman, J.D. ’81 Kevin C. Adams, M.B.A. ’81 John Motion, M.B.A. ’81 Linda M. Greenan, M.S.Ed. ’82 Alberto Gutman, B.B.A. ’82 Ivor Myers, B.S.M.E. ’82 Rosa M. Plasencia, A.B. ’82 Richard B. Allen, M.B.A. ’83 Constantine J. Klarides, A.B. ’83 David N. Krechel III, A.B. ’83 Robert K. Purser, M.D. ’83 Barritt L. Reagan, B.B.A. ’83 Stephen L. Sanders, M.D. ’83 Barbara A. Schaefer, B.S.N. ’83 Muthuswamy Subbuswamy, M.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’90 Jorge A. Casas, B.M. ’84 Kenneth E. Loveless, B.B.A. ’85 M.B.A. ’87 Karen S. Muth, B.S.N. ’85 Scott M. Greenfield, J.D. ’86 Franco J. Biscardi, J.D. ’87 Lawrence D. Goodman, J.D. ’87 Susan R. Kent, J.D. ’87 Yvonne V. Dandie, B.S.Ed. ’88 Erik H. Hauri, B.S. ’88 Joseph G. Bajorek, M.D. ’89 David R. Cohen, D.M.A. ’89 Robert M. Linnehan, A.B. ’89, J.D. ’92

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Ruth A. Orta, M.B.A. ’89 Matthew B. Waid, B.F.A. ’89

1990s Brenda J. Carter, J.D. ’90 Maria A. Friguls, M.S.Ed. ’90 Eloise S. Cooke, M.S.Ed. ’92 Christopher Manderfeld, M.B.A. ’92 Phenton O. Neymour, M.B.A. ’92 Andrea E. Orange, B.B.A. ’92, M.B.A. ’04 James A. Halbert, J.D. ’93 Lorenzo Jackson, J.D. ’93 Susan Lindeblad, M.S.Ed. ’93, Ph.D. ’98 Timothy R. Maher, LL.M.E. ’94 Joshua M. Glazov, J.D. ’95 Kenneth S. Pollock, J.D. ’95 Matthew C. Suberati, A.B. ’95 James E. Collins, B.S.C. ’96 Roy J. Nirschel, M.P.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’97 Harold L. Van Arnem, B.B.A. ’96 Michael E. Thompson, M.S. ’97 Dominick DiPaolo, M.B.A. ’98 Michael J. Luzzi, B.S.C. ’98 Jennifer D. Tipton Cavalcante, J.D. ’99 Terrance A. Dee, J.D. ’99


Arthur E. Morehead, LL.M.E. ’00 Scott M. Newman, J.D. ’01 Henry L. Martin, M.B.A. ’02 Darlene R. Hatcher, B.B.A. ’04 Michael W. McCormick, B.S.C. ’04 Aaron J. Terry, LL.M.E. ’06 Kristin E. Bialick, B.M. ’08 Hazel Nicholson, B.L.A. ’08

2010s Dennis Y. Ostern, M.M. ’11 Maya Yasur, A.B. ’12 William M. Minion, J.D. ’13, M.M. ’13 Amir M. Pelleg, J.D. ’13 Julia R. Cayuso, Ed.D. ’15 Michael G. Stepanski, B.S.B.A. ’15 Kenley G. Raney, M.D. ’18

*Names recorded as of February 28, 2019. We research each name in the “In Memoriam” section, but errors can occur. Please email any corrections or clarifications to or call 305-284-2872. In the summer 2018 issue of Miami magazine, we incorrectly included Lourdes (Alvina) Burgess, M.S. ’65, among the In Memoriam list. We apologize for this error.

’Canes Communities

Alumni Leadership Alumni Board of Directors

Alumni Trustees

Marilu Marshall, B.B.A. ’66, J.D. ’69 Marvin Shanken, B.B.A. ’65 Geisha Williams, B.S.I.E. ’83


Frank Jimenez, B.S. ’87, President

Brenda Baty, B.B.A. ’90, Immediate Past President

Kourtney Gibson, B.B.A. ’03, President-Elect

Cynthia Hudson, A.B. ’84, M.A. ’97 Vice President

Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, M.B.A. ’84, Vice President

Katie Phang, J.D. ’00, Vice President

Robert J. Munch, A.B. ’73, Vice President

Brian L. Itzkowitz, B.B.A. ’90, Vice President

Erica Arroyo, B.S.C. ’03, M.A.L.S. ’08, Executive Director

Taghreed Al-Saraj, B.F.A. ’99, M.S.Ed. ’01 Daniel Carvajal, B.B.A. ’08 Joshua Cohen, A.B. ’96 Victoria A. Colon, M.B.A. ’98 Xavier Cortada, A.B. ’86, M.P.A. ’91, J.D. ’91 Charlotte Dauphin, B.S.C. ’07 Jose Felix Diaz, A.B. ’02 Darren Dupriest, B.B.A. ’91 Jorge Duyos, B.S.I.E. ’85, M.S.I.E. ’88 Bill J. Fisse, B.B.A. ’75, M.B.A. ’77 Allison Gillespie, B.A.M. ’91, M.S.Ed. ’95, M.S. ’03 Lissette Gonzalez, B.A.M. ’01 Jose Antonio Hernandez-Solaun, M.B.A. ’05 Shannon K. High-Bassalik, B.S.C. ’88 Christopher Lomax, B.M. ’05, J.D. ’08 Nilesh Parikh, B.B.A. ’05 Marc Risser, B.B.A. ’93 Racquel S. Russell, B.S.C. ’00 Gulnar Vaswani, B.B.A ’91, M.B.A. ’93 Maribel Caridad Wadsworth, B.S.C. ’93 Spencer B. Weinkle, B.S.C. ’07 Doug Weiser, A.B. ’78, J.D. ’82

Young Alumni Leadership Council Representative

Vikesh Patel, B.S.B.E. ’17, M.S.F. ’18,

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Faculty Representatives

Christian Diez, B.S. ’00, M.D. ’04, M.B.A. ’12 Delegate, Faculty Senate Winston Warrior, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’96

Student Representatives

Emily Gossett, President, UM Student Government Kyle Kingma, President, UM Student Alumni Ambassadors

Atlanta Seth Furman, B.B.A ’15, Austin Kimberly Oren, B.A.M. ’00, Boston Kathryn Collins, B.S.C. ’15, Brazil Eduardo Medeiros Vieira, B.B.A. ’98, Broward County Ken Graff, B.B.A ’98, M.B.A. ’03, Charlotte Jason Wilson, B.S.C.E. ’98, Chicago Vickie Horn, B.S. ’82, Cincinnati Marc Bouche, B.Arch. ’84, Colombia Carlos Largacha-Martínez, Ph.D. ’06, Dallas Dylan Brooks, B.S.C. ’10, Denver Josh Josephson, B.B.A. ’07, Detroit Joshua Lopez, A.B. ’10, Houston Hashim Abdullah, M.B.A. ’17, Indianapolis David Bartoletti, B.B.A. ’10, Los Angeles Jaclyn Mullen, B.M. ’04, Louisville Brad Butler, B.B.A ’11, 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 Deborah Moskowitz, B.S.C. ’94, Palm Beach County Amy Kent, A.B. ’83, Philadelphia Stephen Bernstein, A.B. ’13, Phoenix Michael Langley, A.B. ’04, Raleigh-Durham Grant Smith, M.I.B.S. ’17, San Francisco Fawn Perazzo, B.S. ’98, Sarasota Chris Clayton, B.S.C. ’94, Seattle Jordan Louie, ’07,

Southwest Florida Meredith Budd, B.S.M.A.S. ’09, Spain Jaime Escalante, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’11, Tampa Giovanny Cardenas, A.B. ’04, Washington, D.C. Jennifer Del Toro, A.B. ’11,

Special Interest Groups Black Alumni Society Wendy Ann Dixon Dubois, A.B. ’06,; Patricia Dunac Morgan, B.S. ’06, Band of the Hour Rick Veingrad, B.B.A. ’81, LGBTQ ’Canes Roberto Bosch, B.S.M.S. ’07, Public Health Sciences Monica Bahamon, B.S. ’14, M.P.H. ’17,; Daphney Dorcius, M.P.H. ’15, UM Sports Hall of Fame Tracy Kerdyk, A.B. ’88,; Richard Horton, B.S.M.E. ’66, richardhorton@thegreen

School and College Groups College of Engineering A. Robert Weaver, B.S.M.E. ’08, J.D. ’11,; Randall Sookoo, B.S.C.P.E. ’03; School of Law Mark Raymond, J.D. ’83,; Jason Kairalla, J.D. ’02, Miller School of Medicine Robin Straus-Furlong, B.S. ’78, M.D. ’82,; Ana I. Gonzalez, B.S. ’81, M.D. ’85, School of Nursing and Health Studies Carmen Sierra, B.S.N. ’96,; Beverly Fray, B.S.N. ’03, M.S.N. ’06

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You Sank My Battleship

Part of the 34th annual SportsFest competition, contenders from Stanford and Hecht residential colleges face off in a game of battleship in the Herbert Wellness Center pool.

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The next treatment. The next CURE. For decades, we’ve fought for mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, and friends. Because no one is in this alone. Every day, we reach major milestones. But we won’t give up until we prevail. We are Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. In Pursuit of Your Cure.

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