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April 16, 2012 | Monday 
With Cures on the Horizon, Miller School Dedicates Schiff Center for Liver Diseases
Focused on clinical research for liver and biliary tract diseases, the recently dedicated Schiff Center for Liver Diseases brings together under one roof a cadre of specialists who are conducting clinical trials for, among other therapies, a new generation of interferon-free antiviral drugs that hold the promise of an easier-to-tolerate and more effective cure for viral hepatitis C. | more

Adaptive Capacity of Reef Corals to Climate Change May Be Widespread
A new study by scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science suggests that many species of reef-building corals may be able to adapt to warming waters by relying on their closest aquatic partners—algae. The corals’ ability to host a variety of algal types, each with different sensitivities to environmental stress, could offer a much-needed lifeline in the face of global climate change. | more

Flexible Summer Workweek Begins June 1; Program Extended
The University of Miami will again offer its annual Flexible Summer Workweek Program this summer. This year the program has been extended by two weeks and will run from June 1 through August 9. During that time, Coral Gables and Rosenstiel campus employees may work a modified schedule—the same number of hours each week over fewer days. | more

American Heart Association Recognizes UM as a Fit-Friendly Company
For the third consecutive year the University of Miami has received Gold Level recognition in the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies program. UM is being recognized for its commitment to providing physical activity and wellness opportunities for its employees. | more
Student Government Names Award after Pat Whitely
University of Miami Student Government has named an award in honor of UM’s Vice President for Student Affairs. The Patricia A. Whitely Unsung Hero Award will go to a member of Student Government who goes above and beyond the call of service. | more
Robots Coming to Miami Law
Does sex with robots need consent? Is the automation of law enforcement eroding individual privacy and due process rights? Who shoulders the criminal responsibility when machines kill? Such social and legal issues in the rapidly evolving world of robotics will be the subject of an upcoming conference at the University of Miami School of Law, “We Robot 2012: Setting the Agenda,” on April 21 and 22. | more
Women’s Hoops Signs Stellar 2012 Class
A defensive specialist ranked the seventh-best center in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz, a four-star guard who led her high school squad to a state championship final, and a versatile forward with an effective outside and inside offensive game are among the standout 2012 recruits who have signed with the University of Miami women’s basketball team. | more
  • Marvin Dawkins Named New Faculty Athletic Representative to the ACC and NCAA | more
  • Volunteer, Social Justice, and Earth Week Events to Take Place at UM | more
  • Teaching and Learning Community Forum Addresses Standardized Testing | more
  • Study Supports Importance of Structural Variation in Autism Spectrum Disorders | more
  • Jay Weiss Center's Community Wellness Coalition Brings Hope to Overtown | more
  • Spring Course Evaluations Online | more
  • Get Tickets and Make Travel Plans for Big UM vs. Notre Dame Game | more
  • Men’s Club Lacrosse Team to Play Season Finale at Cobb Stadium | more
  • Policy Information for Camp Organizers | more
  • Enrollment Open for Business School’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program | more
  • SPEAK Test to be Administered | more
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day | more
  • CLAS to Host ‘Asia and Latin America in the 21st Century’ | more
    Creating Eco-Friendly Digs for the Everglades
    After an extensive design phase, architecture students in Professor Rocco Ceo’s Design/Build Studio are constructing a 200-square-foot sustainable eco-tent that will serve as the prototype for 40 other such structures at Everglades National Park.
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    SEEDS of Opportunity
    Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success (SEEDS) hosted its third annual Networking Dinner with the President on April 3, providing attendees with an update on its endeavors and treating them to a new interactive theatre sketch that addressed issues of diversity and inclusion. Above, SEEDS Steering Committee member Mary Lou King, a professor in the Department of Cell Biology, talks about the institutionalization of grantsmanship programs on the medical campus. | more

    Oscar-Winning Producer Jon Landau Shares Special-Effects Secrets
    Academy Award-winning film producer Jon Landau (center, wearing gray and black shirt) shared behind-the-scenes secrets from the making of his hit movies Titanic and Avatar, as well as the just-released Titanic 3D, with School of Communication students on April 9. Landau surprised students by taking out his Oscar from his backpack and inviting them to take photos with it. | more

    First-Time Homebuyer Resources
    This seminar, sponsored by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, provides participants with an overview of the Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Programs available to first-time homebuyers. Learn about qualifying and shopping for mortgages, county homebuyer educational resources, credit counseling assistance programs, and more. | more

    • Conflict-of-Interest Seminars and Training | more
    • Debbie School’s Creative Arts Camp Returns | more
    • Instructional Advancement Center Offers Blackboard Training Classes | more
    • Professional Development and Training April Courses | more
    • Stress Management Open Forum | more

    Incandescent: Smoke and Mirrors
    UM presents a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Clark F. DeCapite Jr. On view through April 27 at Wynwood Project Space in Miami, Incandescent: Smoke and Mirrors is an exhibition that makes reference to understandings of the self by tracing its origins to our daily experiences. Through the use of utilitarian artifacts such as lightbulbs, mirrors, and crates, self-states are metaphorically mapped out. | more

    Chaplin’s ‘The Gold Rush’ to Screen with Live Music by UM Students
    Enjoy Charlie Chaplin’s iconic silent film, The Gold Rush, like never before – with live music. The Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami presents a special premiere event, The Gold Rush, featuring an original score conducted and performed by students from the Frost School of Music, on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. | more

    Monday, April 16: EU Center Lecture: European Identity: EU Integration and External Consequences | more
    Tuesday, April 17: ICCAS to Host Lessons of the Bay of Pigs | more
    Tuesday, April 17: School of Law Panel: When Diplomacy Fails: The Syria Dilemma | more
    Tuesday, April 17: Department of Philosophy Lecture: Smithian Constructivism | more
    Tuesday, April 17: Division of Biostatistics Seminar: Optimal Estimation of the Intensity Function of a Spatial Point Process | more
    Wednesday, April 18: Faculty Senate Meeting | more
    Thursday, April 19: USpeak: Open Verse and Story Performance to Feature ‘Mangrove’ Magazine | more
    Thursday, April 19: Biology Departmental Seminar: A Clade’s Eye View of Plant Ecological Adaptation | more
    Thursday, April 19: Frontiers in Vision Science Lecture Series: NEI 2012 | more
    Thursday, April 19: College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Deborah J. Nightingale | more
    Friday, April 20: Biology Departmental Seminar: Will There Be 10 Million Model Organisms? | more
    Saturday, April 21: DOCS to Host First Dean’s Walk/Run | more
    Sunday, April 22: Gables Earth Fest | more
    Monday, April 23: Biology Departmental Seminar: Genomics without a Reference: Dealing with Sequence Data from Ecologically and Evolutionarily Interesting Organisms | more
    Tuesday, April 24: Eureka! How Using Special Collections Can Enhance Your Writing, Publishing, and Research Skills | more
    Thursday, April 26: Save the Date: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day | more
    Friday, April 27: Save the Date: SEEDS to Host Academic Skills Workshop | more
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