Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.97
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date March 13, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Miami
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The College of Engineering encourage students to take part in research within the 3 research thrust areas of the college. These areas include Sustainability. We host a yearly seminar to spotlight College research and then provide guidance to students with respect to getting involved.
All students in the College of Engineering who are interested in conducting sustainability research are placed in research labs.

Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering encourage faculty to conduct research within one of the three research thrust areas of the College. For example, the college hosts Collaborative Research Exchange Forums (CREFS) on a roughly yearly basis. One of the forums focused specifically on Environmental Sensing. We also host broader CREFS, e.g., nanotechnology, and some of the projects focused on energy harvesting which is consistent with the College's research thrust in Sustainability. The sustainability research in the college of engineering is referred to as Sustainable and Smart Systems. We have various research projects on energy efficiency, materials, and water reuse.

Groundbreaking Research at Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science:

The University of Miami’s Marine Technology & Life Sciences Seawater Complex was inaugurated in 2014 at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. The new complex provides research and teaching laboratories in two critical areas: air-sea interactions and biology of living marine organisms, including a wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating Category 5 hurricane-force winds in a three-dimensional test environment.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Interdisciplinary Inquiry, one of the transformative initiatives of the University of Miami’s Roadmap to Our New Century, support teams of scholars from multiple disciplines in collaborative, problem-based inquiry to address the complex challenges of society through two pillars: geography and problems. U-LINK (University of Miami Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge) addresses the “problems” pillar.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The UM Libraries supports sustainability research and learning by providing:
- Access to (through licensing and purchasing) scholarly resources in the many disciplines involved in sustainability research, including ecosystem science and policy, engineering, economics, biology, marine and atmospheric sciences, and architecture.
- Online research guides on interdisciplinary and disciplinary topics related to sustainability, such as: Ecosystem Science and Policy http://sp.library.miami.edu/subjects/ecoscience
- Research consultations and instructional sessions on such topics as sustainable development, clean water, recycling, and forestry.
- Consultations on GIS (Geographic Information Systems), data management, and other related information needs of sustainability researchers

In the last three years, the UM Libraries have added two GIS positions (a GIS Librarian and Technician) which are utilized by researchers in a range of areas, including sustainability, and a Post Doctoral Fellow in Research Data Management. We are beginning the process of hiring a Data Services Librarian who will provide support for access and analysis to data sets in a range of areas, including sustainability. We continue to assess our collection policies and related purchasing plans to ensure that we are providing the appropriate collection support for researchers.

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