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February 25, 2013 | Monday 
Gift Establishes Melanoma Division in Department of Dermatology
With the extraordinary generosity of David M. Frankel and his family, the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery has established The Frankel Family Division of Melanocytic Tumors, bringing researchers and physicians one step closer to conquering a formidable foe. | more

Faculty Senate Honors Three of UM’s Best

Margaret Fischl, a physician-researcher whose work has helped transform AIDS from a fatal illness to one that can be managed through drug therapy; Richard Myers, a scientist and instructor with a gift for communicating difficult concepts to his students; and Steven G. Ullmann, a professor who specializes in health care management and health economics, are recipients of the University of Miami Faculty Senate’s highest awards. | more

UM Partners with Florida Center for Investigative Reporting to Train Aspiring Journalists

A new partnership between the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and the University of Miami School of Communication will train students to produce in-depth, hard-hitting investigative stories and news content. | more

VP for Student Affairs Pat Whitely Elected Chair of NASPA’s Board of Directors

Pat Whitely, vice president for student affairs at the University of Miami, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors for NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), bringing to the role more than 30 years of experience in her field. | more

Modeling Helps Clarify Effect of Dispersants on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Using computer models, a University of Miami oceanographer and her colleagues studied whether the use of synthetic dispersants helped speed the breakdown of oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon rig, concluding that the chemicals had little effect on the amount of crude that surfaced in the Gulf of Mexico. | more

Three Student-Athletes Awarded Prestigious Postgraduate Scholarships
Brandon McGee (football), Nrithya Sundararaman (volleyball), and Stefanie Yderstrom (women’s basketball) are among 41 student-athletes across the nation to be honored with the 2013 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a prestigious scholarship given to select student-athletes who intend to pursue graduate degrees following completion of their undergraduate requirements. | more

• Hurricane Club Launches ‘It Starts with YOU’ Campaign | more
• Sneaker Convention Coming to BankUnited Center on March 9 | more

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  • UM Researchers Sequence Rare Variants Associated with Parkinson Disease | more
  • Miami Law Team Wins Regional ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition | more
  • Law Student Wins Scholarships from National Black Law Students Association, Wilkie Ferguson Bar Association | more
  • Sea Secrets Lecture Series | more
  • Frost School to Be Host Site for International Piano Competition | more
  • Calling All “Hams”: Attend UM Amateur Radio Club Event | more
  • Applications Being Accepted for American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grants | more
  • Black Awareness Month Activities Under Way | 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
  • 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
A Concrete Idea that Floats
Sleek and highly maneuverable, the M305 Canoe that sliced through the waters of UM’s Lake Osceola on February 20 doesn’t turn heads by its appearance alone. But pound a fist against the frame of the 22-foot-long craft, and you’ll discover that it’s as solid as rock. That’s because the boat is made entirely of concrete—cast in a wooden mold by UM College of Engineering students who used ingenuity and clever design skills to make sure that it could not only float but also support the weight of rowers. Students demonstrated the canoe as part of National Engineers Week. | more
UM Celebrates Chinese New Year

With an elaborate dragon and lion dance, a Kung Fu demonstration, a fire hoops show, and themed tents that featured everything from Peking opera masks to calligraphy, the University of Miami celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 18, turning the Coral Gables campus into a showpiece of Chinese culture. UM’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association joined the Asian American Students Association in hosting the second annual event, which helped ring in the Year of the Snake. | more
Parents Council Members Tour Student Activities Center

About 85 parents of current University of Miami students took an enlightening college field trip on February 15, touring a new facility that will cater to the needs of their sons and daughters when it is completed later this year: UM’s new 119,000-square-foot Student Activities Center. The group was visiting the Coral Gables campus for a Parents Council Meeting, at which senior leadership officials and faculty members updated them on University news and initiatives. | more


e-Veritas Short Bursts of Physical Activity Can Help Maintain Health and Fitness
People who cite lack of time and the cost of a gym membership as reasons for not exercising can now rejoice. Short bursts of physical activity, such as lugging a laundry basket up the stairs or raking leaves, can be just as effective as a formal workout, recent research has shown. In fact, incorporating such tasks into your daily routine increases the chances of meeting federal physical-activity guidelines. | more

• Instructional Advancement Center Offering Blackboard Training | more
• Free Blackboard Smartphone and Tablet App | more
• Take Advantage of Free Computer Software Training for February
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• Tax Season Is Here; File Early to Avoid Scams | more

Poet Quraysh Ali Lansana to Read at USpeak Event
The University of Miami’s USpeak Open Verse and Short Story Performance Series, along with United Black Students and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Treyvon Martin with a special program and reading by distinguished author Quraysh Ali Lansana on Tuesday, February 26 at 8 p.m. at the Oasis Deli in the Whitten University Center. | more

Richard Dawkins to Speak on ‘The Science of Beauty and The Beauty of Science’
Influential ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author Richard Dawkins came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularized the gene-centric view of evolution and introduced the term “meme.” He will give a public lecture, “The Science of Beauty and the Beauty of Science,” on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at UM’s BankUnited Center. | more

Famed Photographer Mary Ellen Mark to Speak at UM
Mary Ellen Mark, an American photographer who has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions, awards, and editorial magazine work, will speak at Storer Auditorium on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. as part of the Lowe Art Museum’s Arnold and Augusta Newman Lecture Series in Photography. | more

King Lear Now Playing at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre’s 74th season continues with King Lear through Saturday, March 2, a stunning portrait of greed, power, pride, and betrayal. While remaining true to the original’s powerful, poetic language and dynamic theatricalism, the Ring’s production sets the drama in a contemporary society where corporate and military leaders make rash and reckless decisions that eventually bring ruin to the country and the tragic disintegration of two families. | more

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