Dr. Carlos Abril is Professor of Music Education and Director of Undergraduate Music Education at the Frost School of Music. He teaches courses in philosophy of music education, music in childhood, culture and music education, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Abril has conducted extensive research focusing on sociocultural issues in the areas of music education, music education policy, and music perception. He has contributed to 14 chapters that can be found in several books, and 30 articles that have appeared in numerous professional journals. He co-edited the books Teaching General Music: Approaches, Issues, and Viewpoints (Oxford) and Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make (Rowman & Littlefield). In addition, Dr. Abril has served on over ten editorial boards in North America, South America, and Europe, including Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Revista Complutense Investigación en Educación Musical.
As an educator at the Frost School, I strive to empower my students by having them construct knowledge and make broad connections that are meaningful to their unique professional goals and intellectual curiosities. I seek to facilitate a personal change or expansion in thinking about music, education, community, and life, that is relevant in contexts beyond the university classroom. - Carlos Abril
Lili Levi, Professor of Law, Dean's Distinguished Scholar, and Vice Dean for Intellectual Life, earned an A.B. summa cum laude in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in 1977 and a J.D. cum laude in 1981 from Harvard Law School. She then worked as a litigation associate with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and as Broadcast Counsel with CBS, Inc., before joining the faculty in 1987. Her scholarship focuses primarily on communications and media law. She is a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Levi currently teaches Business Associations, Copyright Law, and Media Law. She has previously taught International Copyright Law and Defamation and Privacy Law.
“What I’m interested in intellectually is media and information policy, which are always changing. But what that means is that I too have to change. My ideas have to change. I have to be culturally and legally aware. So all the stuff that my students are bringing into class is grist for my mill, too. It’s not just that I’m teaching them, but they’re teaching me also, every day, about the cultural and technological contexts I need to understand.” - Lili Levi
Three interdisciplinary teams have been awarded Phase II grants from the University of Miami Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge (U-LINK) for research projects that relate to two grave challenges—climate change and domestic terrorism.
Given U-LINK’s mission of forging interdisciplinary collaborations to solve complex problems, the awards advancing projects that aim to counter extremist conspiracy theories, promote “hyper-local” climate adaptation strategies, and design the next-generation of coastal protections aren’t surprising. But it wasn’t easy for the U-LINK Action Team to choose which three of the seven teams awarded Phase I funding last year would advance to Phase II.
During this award cycle, the Action Team also renewed Phase II funding for two teams awarded U-LINK’s inaugural Phase II grants. They are the HURAKAN team, which is working to improve the graphic products that the National Hurricane Center uses to convey the risks and uncertainties of approaching storms, and the coastal resilience team, which is testing the effectiveness of innovative wave mitigation strategies, such as heat-resistant corals and cement/coral hybrids, to protect coastlines that are increasingly vulnerable to storm surges and wave-driven flooding.
The winning proposals and teams for U-LINK’s newest round of Phase II grants are:
CONNECT: Countering Online Networked Extremist Conspiracy Theories
The team’s goal is to develop a model that captures the causes and dynamics of the dissemination process as well as countermeasures that social media outlets and law enforcement authorities can use to halt the spread of the misinformation that breeds extremist conspiracy theories.
Team members include Manohar Murthi, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Joseph Uscinski, Professor of Political Science; Casey Klofstad, Associate Professor of Political Science; John Funchion, Associate Professor of English; Michelle Seelig, Associate Professor of Cinema and Interactive Media; Kamal Premaratne, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Stefan Wuchty, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Caleb Everett, Professor and Chair of Anthropology; Lisa Baker, Head of Richter Library’s Learning and Research Services.
Hyper-localism: Transforming the Paradigm for Climate Adaptation
Their goal is to move the conversation about climate change to a “people-first perspective” and, to that end, members are developing an Integrated Climate Risk Assessment protocol with community partners, including the CLEO Institute, Catalyst Miami, and The Nature Conservancy, to close the gap between top-down policies and neighborhood interests.
Team members include Amy Clement, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences; Joanna Lombard, Professor of Architecture and Public Health Sciences; Tyler Harrison, Professor of Communication Studies; Sam Purkis, Professor and Chair of Marine Geosciences; Gina Maranto, Director in the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy; and Angela Clark-Hughes, Head of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library.
Next generation of coastal structures: Feasibility, quantification, and optimization
During Phase II, members plan to refine, test, and optimize their preliminary prototypes for protective coastal structures, which included artificial barrier islands made from discarded shipping containers, floating wetland mats, and lacy biophilic concrete structures that could attract a range of sea life.
Team members include Prannoy Suraneni, Assistant Professor, and Esber Andiroglu, Associate Professor of Practice of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering; Kathleen Sealey, Associate Professor of Biology; Billie Lynn, Associate Professor of Sculpture; Joel Lamere, Assistant Professor of Architecture; David Kelly, Professor of Economics; Renato Molina, Assistant Professor of Marine Ecosystems and Society; and James Sobczak, STEM Librarian Assistant Professor for Learning and Research Services.
Did you know that only about 10% of OpEds are written by people who are not white and male? The new Public Voices fellowship offered through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will provide faculty members who are women or from underrepresented minority groups the opportunity to work with mentors and members of the media to learn how to increase the public impact of their knowledge. The goal is to dramatically increase the public impact of UM's thought leaders who are women and/or underrepresented minorities, to ensure that their ideas help to shape important contemporary conversations. The Public Voices fellowship will run during the 2020 calendar year. To learn more, visit https://www.theopedproject.org/public-voices-fellowship.
Report on Research Climate Survey
Last spring, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research conducted a research climate survey, which assessed faculty perceptions of the resources and support UM provides for research and scholarly activities. Participants indicated highest satisfaction with their research / creative space and lowest satisfaction with research resources and post-award services. They also indicated that practical barriers (e.g., spending time on other high-priority tasks) were more likely to impede grant writing than were knowledge barriers [e.g., “I don’t know how to write a grant proposal”]). In terms of interdisciplinary inquiry, participants tended to show a high willingness to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects but expressed concern over how interdisciplinary research is rewarded in tenure and promotion.
In response to the open-ended questions, participants made calls for improving wait times, customer-service orientation, and responsiveness from administrative bodies like ORA. Issues with Workday (especially Workday Finance) were mentioned frequently. There was also a consensus that more attention needs to be paid to core resources and that greater support services for applying for grant funding, including help with writing and editing, as well as dedicated support for more complicated grants be provided. Finally, participants requested that research resources be offered on one centralized website.
In light of the findings, which will be made available to the university community, we are taking several actions to address concerns expressed by faculty (see pages 44-47). You can find a list of those actions, along with detailed discussions of the closed-ended and open-ended sections, in the final full report:
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Internal Grant Funding Opportunities:
Provost's Research Awards (PRA) Tips
Increase your chances of funding
The Provost’s Research Awards are designed to provide seed funding for projects that have promise for external funding or to enhance UM’s scholars’ reputations, both of which help to increase UM’s reputation for scholarly excellence. Members of UM’s Research Council review proposals forwarded by each eligible School and make recommendations to the OVPR about which proposals should receive funding. On August 21, 2019, we hosted a Q&A session that provided tips on enhancing applicants’ chances for funding. If you weren’t able to make it, here is a recap:
- Avoid jargon and provide clear, discipline-neutral explanations of your procedures. The Review Council is comprised of active, accomplished scholars from a wide variety of fields. Everyone needs to be able to appreciate the importance of your work.
- Have someone review your application before you submit it through InfoReady. If you are in a smaller School, your research dean may be able to do this. In larger Schools, though, it makes more sense to have a senior colleague provide feedback. This person does not need to be in your field. In fact, it may even be better for someone unfamiliar with the methods and theories in your field review your proposal so they can catch any jargon that requires explanation.
- Have the Writing Center edit your proposal. Staff at the Writing Center (headed by Dr. Joanna Johnson) are available to edit all types of grant proposals and manuscripts.
- Budget thoughtfully. Requesting funds for a 4-bedroom Airbnb for two months in southern France for research at an archive that is available online is unlikely to be received well by the Research Council. Similarly, if the budget requests funds to pay a student to collect data and summer salary is also requested to supervise the student’s work, this is also unlikely to be received well.
- Take a grant writing workshop. Two 5-week workshops are offered on the Coral Gables campus in the spring (one oriented toward NIH and the other toward NSF). The skills learned there will certainly enhance the likelihood of PRA funding.
Grant Writing Support Offered through One-on-One Consultations
Mary Lou King, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology
Grant writing consultations with Mary Lou King, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology, are available starting the week of October 7. University of Miami faculty researchers, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students with new or previous grant submissions (R, K and F-style grants) can receive personalized mentoring on specific aims, summary statements and approach sections, among other areas. Consultations can be in-person or virtual. To schedule an appointment, click here.
Joanna Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Writing College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty can also receive grant proposal editing support from Dr. Joanna Johnson, who heads UM’s writing center. Dr. Johnson can help improve the expression and organizational flow of your work. Appointments with Dr. Johnson can be made here.
Soyeon Ahn, Ph.D., Chair and Professor Director, Statistical Supporting Unit (STATS-U) of Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center
The Statistical Supporting Unit (STATS-U) is part of the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center (CEW) at the School of Education and Human Development (SEDH). STATS-U was founded to support research at the University by providing the following resources:
- Quantitative and qualitative research training
- Grant proposal development
- Consultation on quantitative and qualitative research methods
The CEW Help Desk also offers the following extended methodological support:
- Writing methodological components of grant applications
- Running analyses for funded projects
Dr. Soyeon Ahn, Director of the Statistical Supporting Unit (STATS-U) and other faculty from the STATS-U program want to help strengthen your methodological approach and analysis plans. Contact the STATS-U Help Desk for a free appointment.
Core Facilities & Shared Resources
The University of Miami recognizes the importance of maintaining a variety of specialized facilities and instrumentation to support the growing research and education enterprise. Core facilities and shared resources are created and directed by UM faculty and supported by the university to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. Most of these facilities operate as recharge centers and are accessible on a fee-for-service and availability basis.
Researchers outside of UM may also inquire about the availability of the facilities and services by contacting us directly. For general information, to add your facility to the list, or to create a new core, please contact Helene Valentine, Director of Research Support for the Executive Dean for Research, Research Education and Innovative Medicine.
To learn more about Core Facilities and Equipment Lists, please click on the link below.
New CTSI Collaborative Resource Supports Researchers Working with Aging Populations
Members of the University of Miami's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging (CNSA) team
The University of Miami CNSA focuses on understanding the aging brain and brain disorders through research, clinical care and education. Through a collaboration with the Miami CTSI, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging (CNSA) is now a valuable resource available to the greater research community. CNSA's consulting services offers advice about navigating the social-behavioral IRB, recruiting aging populations, elderly minority populations, cognition, cognitive decline and aging.
Transformation of Libraries/librarians in the research enterprise
The University of Miami Libraries are adapting to support you and your research goals. You might be particularly interested in resources that help researchers identify funding opportunities (Foundation Directory Online), find potential collaborators (Pivot), and develop skills (LinkedIn Learning). In addition to providing expert consultations and resources, we offer spaces to support collaboration and networking. In Richter Library, visit the Faculty Exploratory, where you can record videos in the One-Button Studio. Or stop by the Creative Studio and Magic Leap Lab, where you can engage with emerging technologies. To increase access to your research, deposit your publications in the Scholarly Repository. Also, take a peek at our plans to create a Faculty Research Commons in Richter Library. And, as always our librarians – subject librarians, digital scholarship librarians, and medical librarians – are available to consult with you on questions about everything from journal databases to data management plans. Search our integrated catalog, uSearch, for journals, books, and resources. To learn more about all we offer, see our Faculty Essentials webpage.
Data Workshop Series at the Libraries