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February 11, 2013 | Monday 

Musical Celebration Marks Groundbreaking for Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios
In a harmonious ceremony filled with melody, the University of Miami broke ground February 8 on its new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, a structure that will include some 82 chamber music and teaching studios. | more

Watkins Distinguished Chair Established at The Miami Project
The Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis recently announced the establishment of The John M. and Jocelyn H.K. Watkins Distinguished Chair in Cell Therapies. The holder of the chair will be a leading researcher in cell therapies who will advance The Miami Project’s mission of finding solutions to the problem of spinal cord and brain injuries. | more

Blake James Named Director of Athletics

Blake James has been hired as the new director of athletics for the University of Miami. James has served as the interim director of athletics since October 2012. He will lead a department that comprises 17 different sports and supports 400-plus student-athletes. | more

Miller School Receives $8.5 Million Grant, Joins National HIV Study

Bringing Florida into the NIH-funded Women’s Interagency HIV Study, Miller School of Medicine HIV/AIDS researchers have been awarded $8.5 million over five years to provide clinical, behavioral, and basic science insights into the changing demographics of the HIV epidemic among women in the United States. | more

J.D./Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy Unveiled

The University of Miami has become only the third school in the nation to offer a doctoral degree in environmental science alongside the Juris Doctor degree. Catering to those looking to pursue careers in environmental policy, science, law, or government, the degree will be offered as an interdisciplinary program between the School of Law and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. | more

• Leading Constitutional Scholar Delivers the John Hart Ely Lecture at Miami Law | more
• Roe v. Wade Attorney to Present Lecture on Women as Leaders | more

Miller Center Helps Renew Publication of the ‘American Jewish Year Book’

Four years after its last printing, the American Jewish Year Book, a major resource for information about the North American Jewish communities, is being published once again, thanks in part to the efforts of UM’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies. | more

Ring in the Chinese New Year: Celebration to Feature Food, Performances, and More
Celebrate the Year of the Snake by joining the Asian American Students Association and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association for UM’s second annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The event, which will feature cultural activities, authentic Asian cuisine, and performances on the UC Rock and Foote University Green, will be held Monday, February 18 starting at 7 p.m. | more

A New Class of ’Canes: Miami Signs Talented Crop of Recruits
Six ESPN 150 recruits are among the talented class of 16 student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at the University of Miami. The class, ranked as high as 17th nationally, includes the nation’s No. 4-rated wide receiver, No. 7-rated defensive end, and the 10th-best cornerback. | more

• Larkin Finalist for Point Guard of the Year | more

  • Jay Weiss Center and Sylvester Merge to Tackle Health Disparities | more
  • Black Awareness Month Activities Get Under Way | more
  • University of Miami Creates Matheson Distinguished Professorship in Architecture | more
  • Women’s Commission Accepting Nominations for May Brunson, Louise Mills Awards; Annual Breakfast to Be Held March 21 | more
  • Office of Student Employment Accepting Nominations for Student Employee of the Year | more
  • Two Openings Available for Debbie School’s Toddler II Classroom | more
  • Faculty Regalia Ordering Information for May Commencement Ceremonies | more
  • Judges Needed for Undergraduate Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum | more
  • Corporate Run/Walk T-Shirt Design Competition | more
  • Office of Research Administration Offers Training Program for 2013 | more
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Conference Examines 'The Business of Health Care Post-Election'
More than 700 business and health care executives, physicians, nurses, and other providers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, attended The Business of Health Care Post-Election conference on February 1. Hosted by the School of Business Administration’s Center for Health Sector Management and Policy, the daylong conference explored topics such as “The Politics, Policy, and Federal Budget Implications of Health Care Reform,” “Health Care Policy Following the Elections and Its Impact on Health Insurers, Businesses, and Individuals,” and “Capitalizing on New Business Opportunities Arising from the Transformation of the U.S. Health Care System.” Above: Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle delivers the keynote speech at the conference. | more
A Meeting with the Mayor

Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz wrote his new book, Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time, because he wanted to make a statement that “politics in America has to change.” That was among the handful of topics Diaz discussed February 5 on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, where he participated in a sit-down conversation with UM School of Architecture Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. The Cuban-born Diaz, who earned a law degree from UM in 1980 and served as mayor of Miami from 2001 to 2009, talked about his administration’s successes, from leading and implementing sustainable initiatives to spearheading Miami 21, an ambitious overhaul of the city’s zoning code. | more

Emergency Notification Network Test on Wednesday, February 13
The University of Miami will conduct a full-scale, multi-campus test of its Emergency Notification Network on Wednesday, February 13, between 1 and 2 p.m. As part of the test, ENN messages will be sent to every member of the University community who has registered his or her personal contact information on myUM. All messages sent as part of this exercise will clearly indicate that it is a test. | more


Tax Season Is Here; File Early to Avoid Scams

As faculty and staff start receiving their W-2s and other tax documents, it is time to start thinking about filing income tax returns—early. This is also the season when identity thieves go into overdrive, attempting to file fraudulent tax returns. Read up on how to protect yourself. | more

e-Veritas Battle Obesity by Staying Active during Workday
This installment of the Department of Wellness and Recreation’s new UMove column, focusing on how to stay active at home and on campus, examines obesity and strategies to combat it. The health risks associated with obesity are so severe that some researchers consider the condition the “new smoking.” To prevent excess weight gain, try to incorporate as much physical activity into your workday as possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park as far away from the office as possible, and make it a habit to get up from your office chair once an hour for a three-minute office walk. | more

Heart Health
Learn seven simple steps to improve your overall cardiovascular health, and find out what it takes to help prevent heart disease and stroke. This seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) in partnership with the American Heart Association, will also provide an easy-to-use assessment tool to determine your personal heart score. | more

• Volunteer Members Needed for UM Retirement Plans Review Committee | more
• Free Blackboard Smartphone and Tablet App | more

• Take Advantage of Free Computer Software Training for February
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A Walk in the Clouds: Celebrating the Classics at UM
The 2013 Classics Symposium of the University of Miami will be a multifaceted day of events on Friday, February 15 at the Lowe Art Museum and other locations that will explore the cultural legacy of ancient Greece. A play based on the ancient Greek comedy The Clouds by Aristophanes, a series of talks by UM faculty, and a distinguished invited speaker are just some of the scheduled events. | more

Steve Miller: Rockin’ and Swingin’ with the Frost Concert Jazz Band
The Frost School of Music presents blues-rock legend Steve Miller as part of the 2012-2013 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Miller will present a lecture on Tuesday, February 19 and appear in concert with the Frost Concert Jazz Band on Wednesday, February 20. | more

Ring Theatre Season Resumes with King Lear
The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre's 2012-2013 season resumes on Wednesday, February 20, with King Lear, a stunning portrait of greed, power, pride, and betrayal. This Ring Theatre production of one of the greatest Shakespearean tragedies of all time will feature professional guest star Dennis Krausnick, cofounder of the world-renowned Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. | more

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