Archive for the ‘Hurricanes’ Category

Dr. Rosemary Hall

Expertise:  Providing after-storm care for the community after a hurricane

Dr. Hall teaches and conducts research at the School of Nursing and Health Studies and has “touched” many people within the Miami-Dade community. She has created and implemented health care delivery models that serve the very poor, the homeless, immigrants, African Americans and the elderly within the State of Florida. Former Florida governor Lawton Chiles recognized her work after Hurricane Andrew and her continued work with Hispanic elderly citizens with the “Public Health Service Award”.


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Dr. Helena Solo–Gabriele

Professor of Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering
Co-principal investigator of the NSF/NIEHS Center for Oceans and Human Health at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Expertise: Water Quality

Dr. Solo-Gabriele’s research covers microbes in ocean water, water flows within the Everglades watershed, and metals in pressure treated wood.  Post Hurricane Katrina, she and her team conducted extensive fieldwork on water quality in New Orleans.


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Dr. Lynn K. (Nick) Shay

Professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

Expertise: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

He studies hurricane intensity change and in particular rapid changes which usually occurs within 24 to 48 hours of landfall. Through the Upper Ocean Dynamics Laboratory at RSMAS, the focus of these efforts is on the impact of the upper ocean conditions, such as the Loop Current and the associated warm eddy field on heat transfer rates between the ocean and atmosphere. Through NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project and the Intensity Forecasting Experiments, this year (2012) a joint NOAA and NASA observing program will be conducted using a combination of aircraft expendable profilers (both ocean and atmosphere) deployed from NOAA Hurricane Hunter and NASA Global Hawk research aircraft and a BOEM Lagrangian float experiment in the eastern Gulf of Mexico as part of a long term study of the ocean circulation. These data will be cast within our satellite-based altimetry products of oceanic heat content that is being developed for use in the Statistical Hurricane Intensity Prediction Scheme used at the National Hurricane Center for forecasting intensity and structure change through NASA and NOAA support. These products will eventually assimilated into research and operational dynamical models at the National Centers. In January 2012, Dr. Shay is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.


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Dr. Sharan Majumdar

Associate Professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Expertise: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

His research focuses on improving analyses and predictions of hurricanes and typhoons, through ensemble forecasting and the intelligent use of satellite and aircraft observations in numerical weather prediction models.  Dr Majumdar is an expert on the state of hurricane forecasting and how researchers and their methods are helping to improve hurricane prediction.


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Dr. Hans C. Graber

Professor in the division of Applied Marine Physics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, as well as the Executive Director of the University’s Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS).

Expertise: Remote Sensing – Real-Time Observations and Forecasting

Dr. Graber operates an Atlantic hurricane monitoring program with numerous satellites. From the satellite radar data high-resolution wind and wave fields can be determined as well as more detail on the storm’s inner core and eye wall. He recently completed a large field program studying typhoons in the western Pacific. Dr. Graber’s research focuses on radar remote sensing of hurricanes/typhoons, understanding air-sea interactions and the generation of ocean waves and storm surge.


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Dr. Doris Noel Ugarriza

Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs (Undergraduate) at the School of Nursing and Health Studies

Expertise: Clinical Specialist, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, Postpartum Depression

Dr. Ugarriza is a clinical specialist, adult psychiatric mental health nurse. Dr. Ugarriza’s research focuses on mental health with a special emphasis on issues pertaining to the mental health of women. She won a Fulbright Scholar award for a teaching grant project in Cyprus during 2003-2004. Dr. Ugarriza teaches community psychiatric-mental health nursing, death and dying, health assessment, and theoretical bases of nursing.


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Dr. Ben Kirtman

Professor in the division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Expertise: Hurricanes and El Nino/La Nina

Dr. Kirtman uses state-of-the-art global climate prediction systems to exam the predictability of short term (weeks to several months) climate. This includes predictions of El Nino and how El Nino might influence the short-term climate around the globe and the South East US in particular. Currently, Dr. Kirtman is leading an effort for NOAA to make experimental real-time predictions using a suite of climate models.


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Dr. Martin Schiavenato

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies

Expertise: Pediatric Pain

Dr. Schiavenato’s research interests lie in the application of technology to assess pain in vulnerable groups such as premature infants and other pediatric and non-verbal patient populations such as geriatrics. Dr. Schiavenato’s laboratory applies novel tools to interpret physiologic and behavioral signals including facial expressions, in an attempt to decipher the presence and intensity of pain in humans who are unable to communicate it.

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Dr. Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies

Expertise: Relationship Stress after a Hurricane hits

Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN), from Johns Hopkins University with a Master in Nursing and Public Health (MPH), and from the University of Miami with an Interdepartmental Doctorate in Nursing, Epidemiology and Psychology (PhD). In the past she has worked on community health nursing projects, public health programs and research targeting African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other vulnerable populations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Her current research focuses on the intersection of substance abuse, intimate partner violence and risky sexual behaviors among Hispanics and the development of culturally tailored interventions to address these. She is the principal investigator of a community-based participatory research study aiming to develop a teen dating violence prevention program for Hispanic youth. Speaks Spanish.


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Dr. Rosina Cianelli

Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies

Her clinical specialty is midwifery and her expertise includes maternal and child health. She teaches and conducts research in women’s health, health disparities, and international health. Dr. Cianelli also studies HIV prevention and was the recipient of a Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research traineeship at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She speaks Spanish.


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