Current Status of 3D Printing on Campus 


Prannoy Suraneni, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

Diana Arboleda, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

Type: 2-Day Workshop

Date: February 20 - 21, 2019


The purpose of the event was to bring together the various disparate groups that have been working on 3D printing activities on campus based on the hypothesis that a significant amount of active research and utilization in the teaching of 3D printing is occurring in UM, but this work has been extremely segmented. The main objective of this event was to increase the disciplinary diversity of 3D printing activities on Campus. A secondary objective was to increase the general awareness of 3D printing technologies and facilities available on campus. Both Suraneni and Arboleda stated in their proposal that their individual goals for this proposal were to increase their knowledge of 3D printing activities and to enhance their collaborative work on the same topic. 

Activity Goals:

The main finding from the event, based on the talks, lab tours, and extensive discussions between the participants is that there are significant 3D printing facilities available on campus, their details (the kind of equipment available, the materials that can be printed, 3D printing policies, etc.) are unclear and not generally known to others in different schools (validating the original hypothesis behind the event). Some amount of interdisciplinary work using 3D printing is certainly occurring on campus; however, this extent seems to be limited, because there is a lack of interdisciplinary awareness. In order to ensure strong, interdisciplinary 3D printing collaborations, the following may be considered: centralization, education, documentation, and conferences/workshops.

Building Relationships That Thrive: Mentoring Actively


Amy Clement, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science - RSMAS

Lisa Beal, Ph.D
Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences - RSMAS


Merlin Walberg
Phoenix Consultancy

Type: Workshop

Date: February 22, 2019


The workshop was designed to identify common issues from the perspective of both graduate and faculty and then provide powerful strategies for improving mentor-mentee relationships. It focused on how building robust mentoring relationships advance the culture of the school. This workshop helped achieve the goals of understanding mentoring as a proactive and interpersonal relationship; identify connections between mentoring relationships and the transformation of culture; to provide practical skills and tools for mentoring, and to identify ways to continue the momentum for further improvement of the RSMAS culture. 

Activity Outcomes:

The students engaged in exercises during the workshop, which gave them practical skills, and addressed how these skills could lead to better relationships. They presented their findings to the faculty at the end of the workshop. After the workshop, the participants developed a high-level matrix for 'Building a positive mentor/mentee relationship' and also identified some key issues to address next year. This will be presented to broader RSMAS faculty through the CAS and faculty meetings, and planning for next year's workshop is already underway. 

Women in Academic Medicine Professional Development


RoseMaria Van Zuilen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Director of Pediatrics and Palliative Medicine Clerkship, Director of Longitudinal Curriculum in Geriatrics, Pain Management, and Palliative Care

Holly Neville, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Surgery, Director of Pediatric Surgeon & Clerkship

Janet Bringuez-Sanchez, M.Ed. 
Assistant Director of Programs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Type: Symposium

Date: April 18, 2019


The Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM) group strives to coordinate programs to support women medical faculty and celebrate their achievements. The mission of WIAM is to develop programming to aid in the recruitment, retention, and leadership advancement of women faculty at the medical school. The overall goal of the professional development proposal is to support the advancement of women through education and resources.

Activity Objectives:

Three objectives are expected from the event:

  • Assist WIAM group in their mission to assist in the advancement of the leadership of women in academic medicine.
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges for women in advancing their academic careers in medicine. Assist women faculty in identifying personal skillsets in need of further career and leadership development. 
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities. WIAM members seek networking opportunities to meet others who can serve as mentors in their fields.  

Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for Resource-Scarce Literatures


Susanna Allés Torrent, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Literature

Type: 2-Day Symposium

Date: April 24 - 25, 2019


"Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for Resource-Scare Literature" is a two-day symposium that brings to the UM scholarly community, researchers, and others working with computational approaches to texts. The main goals of this initiative are first to expose UM population to different methods for analyzing, exploring, processing and visualizing texts; second, to showcase the challenges of these methodologies when dealing with historical languages, and present real case studies; third, to make evident to the digital humanities international community of the necessity of the necessity to create and adapt digital tools for underrepresented languages in order to minimize the digital divide compared to the other languages, such as contemporary English; and fourth, to offer students new paths of digital labor, and offer faculty new methods to apply and teach in class. 

Activity Purpose:

The event is structured in two parts: during the first day, we offer two workshops: the first being "Modeling Hogwarts - A Speed Introduction to Digital Text Analysis", which focuses on different approaches in digital literary studies, namely network analysis and stylometry, and uses case studies taken from the universe of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling; the second being "Lexo for Analyzing Historical Literature in the Classroom" presents software to explore, analyze, and process ancient languages, such as Latin or Medieval English. The second day is packed with international scholars. The events serves to consolidates intellectual and collaborative bridges among different school and departments at UM.