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Seated, from left, are Claes R. Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., Silvina Levis, M.D., Jennifer B. Marks, M.D., Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., and Jianhua Wang, M.D., Ph.D. Standing, from left, are Raymond J. Leveillee, M.D., Amir K. Jaffer, M.D., Amjad Farooq, Ph.D., Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Margaret M. Byrne, Ph.D., Carol L. Karp, M.D., and Fulvia Verde, Ph.D.

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Seated, from left, are Claes R. Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., Silvina Levis, M.D., Jennifer B. Marks, M.D., Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., and Jianhua Wang, M.D., Ph.D. Standing, from left, are Raymond J. Leveillee, M.D., Amir K. Jaffer, M.D., Amjad Farooq, Ph.D., Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Margaret M. Byrne, Ph.D., Carol L. Karp, M.D., and Fulvia Verde, Ph.D.

Women Outpace Men in Tenure Race

This year could be known as the Year for Women, both around the world and right here at the Miller School. For the first time in history, more women athletes than men represented the U.S. at the Olympics, and for the first time at the Miller School, more women faculty than men have been awarded tenure, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty for scholarly academic accomplishments.

“It didn’t come with any medal, but it comes with the same pride,” said Silvina Levis, M.D., professor of medicine and a national authority on osteoporosis who was surprised to learn that a slim majority – 8 of the 15 faculty members – awarded tenure this year are women. “That is wonderful. We should keep encouraging women to seek tenure.”

Like several of her newly tenured peers, Levis, who founded the Osteoporosis Center with the University of Miami and Miami VA nearly two decades ago, was on the clinical track and never gave tenure much thought – until she was encouraged to apply for a track transfer and award of tenure, an option available to some associate and full professors with exceptional accomplishments.

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated as Center of Excellence

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation for its research, diagnosis and treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow failure syndrome that can result in acute leukemia.

Now, under the leadership of Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester and chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, the cancer center is making strides to advance worldwide research on MDS and provide excellence in diagnosis, treatment, education and supportive care for MDS patients.

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Research associate Angela Dajnoki checks a tandem mass spectrometer at the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, where students can now pursue a master's in genomic medicine.

Research associate Angela Dajnoki checks a tandem mass spectrometer at the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, where students can now pursue a master's in genomic medicine.

Miller School Launches First-of-Its Kind Genomic Medicine Master’s Program

First-year medical students at the Miller School now have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Genomic Medicine along with their medical degree, a program unique to the University of Miami.

“This is the first program of its kind in the country,” said William K. Scott, Ph.D., vice chair of education in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. Scott will direct the program, which will be coordinated by Kayla Czape, M.S., C.G.C., a genetic counselor.

Initial support for the program was provided by a $100,000 gift from the John T. and Winifred Hayward Foundation of Clearwater, Florida.

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Miller School and Jackson Health System Approve Annual Operating Agreement

A day after Jackson Health System’s Financial Recovery Board unanimously approved its new Annual Operating Agreement with the Miller School of Medicine, Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya, left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., who is also Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of UHealth, added their signatures to the 53-page document, making it official. Steven Falcone, M.D., Chief Executive of the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital, said in an August 17 statement to news media that the University was pleased and honored to strengthen its longstanding relationship with Jackson, which makes possible the delivery of the highest standard of care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Miller School Staff Member Celebrates 39 Years of Service

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, congratulates Cristina Sanchez, senior patient access representative, for her 39 years of “awesome service at UM” after an August 9 luncheon honoring employees in the UHealthConnect Physician Referral Office in Medley.

Sanchez, who started as a receptionist on the medical campus in 1973, officially marked her 39th year of service on July 13.

Wendy Epley, ECoP

Wendy Epley, ECoP

Export Compliance Made Easy? Not Quite, but Export Compliance Officer Wendy Epley Offers Training

Navigating complex compliance regulations can be daunting, and understanding the rules that govern activities subject to export controls are no exception.

Enter Wendy Epley, ECoP, export compliance officer, who is offering monthly training sessions on the basics of export compliance because she knows how difficult they can be. “What may seem like a simple and direct path will often lead to a detour,” she said.

The Export Compliance program was established by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to ensure faculty and staff legally transfer equipment, technology, research, data or any kind of protected information to foreign nationals either here or abroad — a process the U.S. government scrutinizes at universities and research institutions.

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Buy your season tickets now and join Hurricanes Coach Al Golden for an exciting football season.

Buy your season tickets now and join Hurricanes Coach Al Golden for an exciting football season.

UM Employee Football Season Tickets on Sale

The Miami Hurricanes 2012 football season begins September 1, and both full-time and part-time UM employees can save 20 percent off the price of home-game tickets. To ensure that you get a great seat, you should act now to take advantage of your employee discount on season tickets and season parking. The team’s home schedule features a great rivalry game against the Florida State Seminoles, four games against reigning Football Bowl Subdivision teams, a special Thursday night game, and a top-10 ranked freshman class to go along with award-winning upperclassmen.

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