Laura Vander Meiden

Two-year project nears end
Academics, News, Science and Technology

Two-year project nears end

The end is in sight for a two-year long construction project at the University of Miami’s RSMAS campus as the project enters its final few months. The Marine Technology and Life Sciences building is expected to be completed by the end of spring 2014, and will be the first new building on the RSMAS campus…

Society studies, watches campus’ feathered friends
News, Student Organization

Society studies, watches campus’ feathered friends

Sebastian the Ibis is no longer the big bird on campus. With the creation of a university birdwatching club this semester, all of University of Miami’s feathered inhabitants are getting a share of the spotlight. The UM Amateur Ornithological Society traverses the university grounds twice a week, observing and identifying the many types of birds…

Ungar houses sustainable vertical garden
Environment, News

Ungar houses sustainable vertical garden

The Green Wall, a vertical garden planted last August inside the Ungar Building, was once green and flourishing. Over the course of the last semester, however, difficulties with lighting and irrigation led to many of the wall’s original 110 plants dying out. This semester’s Green Wall Stewards, a pair of student volunteers, are working to…

Professor, scientist reels in shark research
News, Profiles

Professor, scientist reels in shark research

A typical Bahamian vacation includes sunny beaches, fruity drinks and ultimate relaxation. But not for one University of Miami professor. Neil Hammerschlag, shark scientist, spends his time chasing the ocean’s toothier inhabitants that many beachgoers would prefer to avoid. On a recent three and a half day trip, Hammerschlag caught, tagged and released more than…

Ocean Awareness Week sheds light on the seven seas
Campus Life, News

Ocean Awareness Week sheds light on the seven seas

Senior Lee Qi, a marine science major, sampled lionfish at the Rock Monday afternoon. “It doesn’t taste very fishy,” he said. “It kind of tastes like hogfish, but better because you know you’re doing some good for the environment just by eating it.” The contest was one of several activities that kicked off University of…

Marine mentorships made possible through networking
News, Profiles

Marine mentorships made possible through networking

Senior Kat Ternus has been through it all. Over the course of her time at the University of Miami, Ternus has worked in three different labs, gone on five research cruises, and is currently in the middle of writing a thesis on whale acoustics. Doing research has opened a lot of doors for her. “I…

SCUBA members look into aiding disabled divers
News, Student Organization

SCUBA members look into aiding disabled divers

The University of Miami SCUBA Club may be gearing up to lend a helping hand to students with disabilities by training them and then volunteering as their dive buddies. Branson Rector is the manager of the Lockwood Memorial Dive Program, which helps people with disabilities become certified, and trains able-bodied divers for a buddy program. …

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