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February 27, 2012 | Monday 

Neurotoxins in Shark Fins Linked to Degenerative Brain Diseases
A new study has found that shark fins contain high concentrations of BMAA, a neurotoxin linked to neurodegenerative diseases in humans including Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. The study raises the possibility that consumption of shark fin soup and cartilage pills may pose a significant health risk for degenerative brain diseases. | more

Industry Titan Sam Zell Headlines Real Estate Impact Conference
The Schools of Business Administration and Architecture hosted the University's inaugural Real Estate Impact Conference on February 10, inviting industry leaders to explore key trends in Miami and abroad. | more
Study Suggests Criteria for Defibrillators in Children
Underscoring the fact that children should not be treated as small adults, a study led by Steven E. Lipshultz, professor and chair of pediatrics and executive associate dean for child health, found that fewer than 3 percent of children diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy die suddenly and unexpectedly. The finding suggests that relatively few pediatric patients with weakened and enlarged hearts may benefit from cardioverter-defibrillators, the battery-powered devices that, based on recommendations for adults, are routinely implanted in some of these children to prevent sudden cardiac death. | more

Conference Marks 500th Anniversary of Ponce de León’s Florida Landing
In a conference that marked the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León’s landing on the shores of Florida, the University of Miami Center for Humanities hosted “Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts, and Exchanges.” Twenty-seven distinguished experts from Florida, around the United States, and Spain offered thought-provoking dialogue during the three-day forum. | more

Lane Carico Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Senior Lane Carico, the University of Miami volleyball program’s all-time leader in points, has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the first time in program history that a Hurricanes player has received the prestigious award. Three of her teammates—Ali Becker, Alexandria Johnson, and Emani Sims—also were named to the 2011-12 ACC All-Academic Volleyball Team. | more

  • Business Development Program Provides Developmental Outreach to Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses | more
  • Shared Resources Fair, Drug Discovery Forum Held at Miller School | more
  • Latest Edition of ‘IT News’ Provides Updates on Information Technology Division | more
  • Prospero’s Research Featured in ‘Scientific American’ | more
  • Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology Accepting Pilot Study Applications | more
  • Cosford Cinema Hosts Rendezvous with French Cinema Series | more
  • Online Registration Now Open for Corporate Run/Walk | more
  • School of Business Administration Certificate Program – Tuition Remission Available | more
  • Applications Being Accepted for PEER Project | more
  • Nominations Being Accepted for Student Employee of the Year | more
  • Twinkle-Toed Lineup of UM Figures to Compete at Dancing with the UMiami Stars | more
  • Judges Needed for Undergraduate Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum | more
  • Rosenstiel School Accepting Entries for Popular Underwater Photography Contest | more
  • Time for Faculty to Order Regalia for Spring 2012 Commencement | more
  • Applications Being Accepted for Genetic Analysis of Complex Human Diseases Course | more
  • UM Celebrates Black Awareness Month | more
  • Conflict of Interest Seminars and Training Being Offered | more
  • UM to Mark 50th Anniversary of Its Desegregation | more
  • Call for Applications: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Pilot Project Grant | more
    President Obama Touts Energy Policy During UM Visit
    With another spike in gasoline prices now causing consumers to pay more at the pump, President Barack Obama visited the University of Miami last Thursday to tout his energy policies. The president first toured a government-supported center at UM’s College of Engineering that helps local companies become more energy-efficient, then delivered his message of sound energy practices to more than 1,400 attendees, including many students, at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse.
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    A Presidents’ Day to Remember: Bill Clinton a Surprise Lecturer at Shalala’s Class
    On a Presidents’ Day students will never forget, President Bill Clinton—whose administration was responsible for a number of health care achievements, from the Family and Medical Leave Act to dramatic improvements in public health—replaced UM President Donna E. Shalala as teacher for a day, lecturing to her class titled U.S. Health Care Crisis: The Politics of Health Care Reform. | more

    Cornel West Delivers Rousing Speech at Spring Convocation
    Sandwiched between the visits of two U.S. presidents, Spring Convocation speaker Cornel West—Princeton University professor, civil rights activist, media commentator, bestselling author, poet, musician, and cultural icon—offered hundreds of students a rousing hour-and-a-half-long rumination on the body politic as it relates to race, class, democracy, and UM’s own place in civil rights-era history. Last Tuesday night’s event was part of the Unity in Diversity initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of desegregation at UM. The Center for the Humanities, United Black Students, and the Program in Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences were involved in presenting the event. | more

    Milk: Nature’s Perfect Food for Baby Cows, not Adult Humans
    This seminar will provide a frank look at the problems associated with consuming cow’s milk. Forget thinking that dairy-industry advertising is based on legitimate science. Rather, consider that a multitude of studies suggests that not only is cow’s milk needless for health but it also has components that are detrimental to your health. | more

    • Customer Service for the Professional | more
    • Dependent Tuition Remission Requirements | more
    • Working in a Team Environment | more
    • Workshop on Bad Practices in Technology-Enhanced Learning | more

    Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich to Give Free Lecture
    The Frost School of Music presents composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich as part of the 2011-2012 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Zwilich will conduct a free lecture followed by a question-and-answer session on Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall. | more

    Monday, February 27: Department of History Speakers Series: Race, Gender, and Regional Conflict in Brazil: The War of São Paulo, 1932 | more
    Monday, February 27: Dialogues in Research Ethics Series: Is It Ethical to Choose for Patients? ‘Nudges’ in Research and Practice | more
    Monday, February 27: Miller Center Lecture: Israel, the Mediterranean, and the EU | more
    Monday, February 27: Biology Departmental Lecture: ‘Crows in the City’ | more
    Tuesday, February 28: Urban Studies Lecture: The Challenge of Sustainable Urbanism in the 21st–Century City: Urban Mobility and Urban Access | more
    Wednesday, February 29: Faculty Senate Meets | more
    Wednesday, February 29: 'Judge Alex' Visits Miami Law | more
    Wednesday, February 29: Biology Departmental Seminar: From Population Dynamics to Evolutionary Theory: Pathogen Systems as Case Studies | more
    Wednesday, February 29: Miami Clinical and Translational Science Seminar Series | more
    Wednesday, February 29: Cineforum – Italian Film Series: ‘Una Vita Tranquilla’ | more
    Thursday, March 1: Changes in the Arab World: Implications for Israel and Western Security | more
    Friday, March 2: Former Child Soldier to Speak at National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review Symposium | more
    Friday, March 2: First Fridays Talks on Autism: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Treatments | more
    Friday, March 2: Department of Philosophy Lecture: The Ethical Pluralist Challenge to Human Rights | more
    Friday, March 2: iPad Exploration Class | more
    Friday through Sunday, March 2-4: Cosford Screenings: Bullhead | Moon Child | Pater | 17 Girls
    Sunday, March 4: Architecture of Havana's Art Schools | more
    Monday, March 5: Noted Architect and Urban Planner Andres Duany to Lecture at School of Architecture | more
    Monday, March 5: Save the Date: College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: On the Impact of Graphene | more
    Tuesday, March 6: School of Education to Screen ‘Race to Nowhere’ | more
    Tuesday, March 6: Research Programs to Host Q&A Session | more
    Wednesday, March 28: Save the Date: Women’s Commission Annual Awards Breakfast | more
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