In October 17, 2013 Edition of @Miami
Alumni John F. Lisk, B.B.A. '74, J.D. '77, and Ann Whitten Lisk, B.S.C '76, have been working in animal welfare for over 16 years. Ann was on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Greater Miami and a volunteer at the South Florida SPCA, a horse rescue group, and the Horse Protection Association of Florida. John was the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami and both helped found the Ashe County Humane Society in Ashe County, North Carolina. That experience has translated into Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary, where they provide a resource /solution for animal control functions, veterinarians and other horse enterprises. These Hurricane's roots run deep. John is a former UM Trustee and two term President of the National Alumni Association and Ann was Director of Development at UM's School of Nursing. Ann's father was Norman A. (Chink) Whitten, for whom the Whitten University Center is named.
Named using the starting lyrics of the UM alma mater, Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the North Carolina High Country and faces the southern sun. The property is adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway and located at 3500 feet. The purpose of Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary is to provide a safe, secure place for abandoned, abused, neglected or retired animals.
Victoria Mendez, A.B. '96, M.P.A. '99, J.D. '99, has been recently appointed the new City Attorney for the City of Miami. Mendez's job will entail being the chief legal counsel for the largest municipality in Miami-Dade County with over 440,000 residents. She will provide legal advice to the Mayor and City Commission and run an office of over 20 attorneys and nearly 40 staff. She will also oversee the review of contracts, drafting of legislation, and law suits filed against and on behalf of the City of Miami.
News and announcements from fellow University of Miami Alumni
The University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank will receive up to $8 million from a National Institutes of Health contract to centralize this research resource and advance studies of brain diseases in the United States.
The award, lasting up to eight years, underscores the growing importance of studying neurological and psychiatric disorders and the significant national standing of the Miller School program, led by Deborah C. Mash, Ph.D., professor of neurology and molecular and cellular pharmacology.
The new initiative, a joint effort of the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, aims to improve the support of brain banks, facilitate access to tissue by researchers and better educate the public about the need for donated tissue for research.
Donors, trustees, coaches, administrators, and guests gathered on October 4 to dedicate the new Theodore G. Schwartz and Todd G. Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence—a facility that will serve the University of Miami's more than 400 student-athletes with resources such as a new academic center and expanded training facilities.
University of Miami student-athletes not only excelled in competition during the 2013 spring semester but also shined in the classroom, posting a 3.01 semester and 2.98 cumulative grade point averages—the highest marks in the athletic department's history.
UM Psychology Website Helps Solve Your Marriage Problems
Approximately half of marriages end in divorce and many others are unhappy. To combat this problem, Dr. Brian Doss, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, is offering free, online marriage or relationship help through www.OurRelationship.com.
Joshua Hare Wins Grant to Take Cardiac Stem Cell Experiments to Space
Through his groundbreaking research that showed stem cell therapies repair damaged hearts, the Miller School's Chief Science Officer Joshua Hare, M.D., already shattered the earthly view that heart muscle cannot rejuvenate. Now, armed with a new grant from the organization that manages research aboard the International Space Station, Hare is ready to expand his stem cell therapy research to the final frontier – outer space.