History of SEEDS

The National Academies report Beyond Bias and Barriers, chaired by President Donna E. Shalala, documented that, despite advances in the proportion of women and other underrepresented minorities in science and engineering graduate programs, relatively few become successful faculty. Accordingly, the University of Miami Provost Tom LeBlanc established a University-level SEEDS office as a focus for diversity programs across all three UM campuses. SEEDS orchestrates grass-roots efforts to study and improve climate and policies and has an NSF ADVANCE award for programs designed to increase opportunities for ALL scientists and engineers at UM.

SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards

The next applications are due September 22, 2014. 
SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award 2014-2015
Click here for a representative NSF-style CV.

About the award: The SEEDS "You Choose" program makes several annual awards of $2,500 each.  The type of activity is not pre-specified: For instance you may propose to mount a career skills event, develop a seminar series, take advantage of a leadership opportunity, visit another lab to establish collaborations, bring in a speaker or collaborator, or fund personal research or publication, course buy-out, etc. The activity is up to you: You Choose!

Eligibility: These awards originally targeted scientists and engineers through the SEEDS program  (“Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success” ) which has now been institutionalized by UM as “a SEED for Success” Program within the Academic Affairs office, headed by Vice Provost Brian Blake.  These awards are beginning an expansion beyond the STEM disciplines, and this year also elicit applications from all disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences.

 This program targets pre-tenure and tenured faculty.   Those faculty with other appointments (e.g., lecturers) are encouraged to apply in partnership with tenure track faculty.  Applications may be submitted by an individual or by a group.  Applications are eligible from all units in the Rosenstiel School, the College of Engineering, the Medical School and the College of Arts and Sciences.  

Featured Events

SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award Presents: The Demise of Queer Space? The Role of Planning in Atlanta's LGBT Spaces

Presented by Dr. Petra Doan, Professor, Florida State University
Friday, October 24, 2014
Otto Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Register here by October 14, 2014 to reserve your seat

Petra Doan, professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University, will present "The Demise of Queer Space? The Role of Planning in Atlanta's LGBT Spaces," on Friday, October 24, in the Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, from 3 to 4 p.m. The talk explores the evolution of LGBTQ spaces in Atlanta with a special focus on the Midtown area that since the 1970s has been the most prominent gay neighborhood in Georgia and possibly the Southeast. This area has experienced strong gentrification pressures over the past 20 years and urban planners and city officials have been complicit in enabling that redevelopment process in order to make the Peachtree Street corridor "safe" for families. As a result municipal officials pressured gay bars to close, the police and a neighborhood security organization have hassled non-normative street people, and most recently the Atlanta City Council tried to re-zone Cheshire Bridge Road, the remaining "commercial strip" with gay clubs and adult businesses some of which catered to the LGBT community. This talk will explore the consequences of these actions for LGBTQ spaces in the Atlanta area and elsewhere.

This event is sponsored by a SEEDS-CAS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. J. Miguel Kanai; Department of Geography and Regional Studies; Center for Humanities; Urban Studies, American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies.

For more information, please visit www.as.miami.edu/SEEDS or contact Marisa Hightower, mhightower@miami.edu.

 

SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award Presents: Theorizing the Rise of Brazil: Realism under Hegemony

Presented by Dr. Kurt G. Weyland, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Friday, October 24, 2014
Dooley Memorial Classroom Building, MM125K
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Register here by October 14, 2014 to reserve your seat.

Dr. Kurt G. Weyland, Professor of Government and Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Politics at the University of Texas at Austin, will present a lecture entitled, "Theorizing the Rise of Brazil: Realism under Hegemony," on Friday, October 24, 2014 in the Dooley Memorial Classroom, MM125K from 12:30-1:30pm. International Relations theory has largely neglected the global South. But several developing countries are ascending to regional leadership and global clout. From a theoretical and comparative perspective, this article examine Brazil's rise. It argues that Realism provides the best account of Brazil's foreign policy strategy: Regardless of government and political regime, the country has persistently pursued national power and international influence. But because emerging countries face established hegemons that command enormous power and economic resources, they cannot employ conventionally Realist instruments and tactics. Their subordinate position in the international power constellation forces rising countries to forego political and military confrontation and instead engage in economic cooperation, both with the hegemon and their weaker neighbors. Through this collaboration, emerging powers hope to derive disproportionate benefits that will enhance their relative power over time. By analyzing these complex calculations, the paper elucidates the Realist strategy pursued by ambitious nations such as Brazil – and designs a version of Realism that captures the recent power dynamics in the international system. This lecture is sponsored by a SEEDS-CAS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Olivella Santiago, Assistant Professor, and the Department of Political Science.

For more information, please visit www.as.miami.edu/SEEDS or contact Marisa Hightower, mhightower@miami.edu.

 

SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award Presents: Team Science Seminar Series: The Team Science Toolkit

Presented by Amanda Vogel, Ph.D. National Institute of Health

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Abess Seminar Room, Ungar 230
11:30AM - 1:00PM

Register here by December 2, 2014 to reserve your seat.

In the final seminar of this four-part series, Dr. Amanda Vogel will discuss the Team Science Toolkit and the role it fills in building the Science of Team Science Knowledge base.  She will discuss the key benchmarks of success in team science and related resources in the Toolkit.  Following the discussion will be a networking break in which participants are encouraged to meet the speaker and discuss Team Science with colleagues.  Sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Sawsan Khuri, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and the College of Arts & Sciences. 

For more information please contact Marisa Hightower, SEEDS Program Manager, at 305-284-2971 or mhightower@bio.miami.edu.

 

SEEDS Distinguished Lecturer: Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, will visit the University of Miami as the SEEDS Distinguished lecturer on Friday, December 12, 2014.  Zippel received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She was a post-doctoral associate in the European Union Center of New York at Columbia University.  Zippel held a Humboldt Research Fellowshop at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and at the Ludwig-Maximillians-University in Munich.  She, also, was a guest researcher at the University of Athens and the European University Institute in Florence.  

In this talk, Zippel will discuss the subject of her manuscript entitled, "Climbing Glass Fences: Women in Global Science."  This talk will explore global science as the new frontier for women scientists and discusses what happens to women scientists when scientific work is globalized.  This subject may help female sceintists on how to "internationalize" their research collaboration and discusses how being seen as "American" rather than "female" can help women researchers gain access to global professional networks.  Hosted by Dr. Louis Davidson-Schmich, Associate Professor, Political Science and Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, this lecture is co-sponsored the the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

For more information please contact Marisa Hightower, SEEDS Program Manager, at 305-284-2971 or mhightower@bio.miami.edu.