Some course and faculty evaluations transitioning to online process
The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences notified students via e-mail that many of the university’s programs will be conducting course and faculty evaluations online beginning April 14.
Students will receive e-mails from each participating school with instructions and a link to the site.
In the past, evaluations had always been provided in the classroom toward the end of each semester, rather than students having to log on to a Web site to complete them.
Last October, Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc told The Miami Hurricane that the plan would be more cost effective and save processing time. The plan would also complement Green U, the university’s environmentally friendly initiative, by conserving paper.
However, others thought the new system would be less convenient for students.
“In class you get the sheet so it’s right in front of you,” said sophomore Sam Anzel in an interview with The Hurricane last semester. “I don’t know if people will do [evaluations] as much if [they’re] online.”
– Chelsea Kate Isaacs
Rosenstiel professor to exhibit his underwater photography
At the 2008 Sea Secrets event, Michael Schmale, professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, will present underwater photography of his diving adventures around the globe.
The event is designed for the non-scientific community to help provide insight and information about oceanic life.
During his presentation, Schmale will reveal his discoveries about the significance of the colorful make-up of reef organisms, how they see color and the importance of light in their environment.
Schmale received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School. While in Miami, he originally began photographing marine life to aid his research in disease progression in reef fish.
His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for the last 23 years.
The event will take place on April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Rosenstiel School Auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Following Schmale’s lecture, the winners of this year’s Rosenstiel School Underwater Photography Contest will be announced.
– Chelsea Kate Isaacs
Legislators threaten hospital funding unless UM partners with Jackson
Miami-Dade Republicans are threatening to withhold $5.47 million for the university’s medical school unless the University of Miami partners with Jackson Memorial Hospital to offer the same quality of services.
The issue first arose when the university purchased Cedars Medical Center in November and planned to upgrade the facilities. House Speaker Marco Rubio and other Republicans raised concerns.
“If the UM doctors send all their insured and paying patients to Cedars, all Jackson is going to get is the uninsured,” Rubio said in an interview with The Miami Herald. “Our community cannot function without Jackson.”
Students are also concerned because they are already paying sufficient money in student loans with high interests and this budget cut could affect their already high tuition.
– Sunrise Peguero
Today at 6:30 p.m., CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will be the speaker at the Northern Trust Lecture Series 2008 Senior Convocation at the BankUnited Center. Signs, video and audio recorders, and cameras are not permitted. For the complete list of prohibited items, visit www.bankunitedcenter.com.