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October 8, 2012 | Monday 
Study Pinpoints Mechanism that Controls AIDS in Rare Cases
David I. Watkins, a professor of pathology at the Miller School of Medicine, and his team have discovered how a few rare people infected with HIV fight off AIDS without taking antiretroviral drugs—a finding that may bring scientists a step closer to developing a vaccine for the disease. | more
Weak Nonverbal Communication Skills in Babies Can Signal Autism
A groundbreaking study by a University of Miami psychology professor and others is one of the first to show that measures of nonverbal communication in children as young as 8 months old can predict autism symptoms that become evident by the age of 3. Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the study suggests that specific communication-oriented interventions during the first years of life for children at risk of developing autism can lessen the severity of the disorder. | more

‘Put It Down’ Campaign Warns of Dangers of Distracted Driving
The University of Miami is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 6 on a “Put It Down” campaign to educate young adults on the risks of distracted driving. | more

Celebrate ’Canes Spirit Day on October 19; Be a Part of ‘The Biggest U’
Show your UM pride this Homecoming. Don your orange and green, and join the Department of Auxiliary Services, Logo Licensing, on Friday, October 19 for the Second Annual ’Canes Spirit Day, an event that celebrates and promotes the traditions and excellence of the University of Miami. This year hundreds of faculty, staff, and students will gather on the Foote University Green to form “The Biggest U.” | more

Make Your United Way Donation for a Chance to See the Miami Heat
The University of Miami’s United Way campaign is ‘Heating’ up. In appreciation of the outstanding work of dedicated faculty and staff and their participation in the campaign, UM is partnering with the NBA Champion Miami Heat to offer a large number of complimentary tickets to preseason games on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 26. | more

Caring and Benevolent Describe United Way Leadership Donor Ray Ramirez
Moral lessons learned from his mother at an early age taught Ray Ramirez to give unselfishly. The senior security systems technician for the University of Miami Police Department is a Leadership Donor in UM’s United Way campaign—a giving level in which employees donate 1 percent or more of their salary. Read and listen to his story. | more

• UM’s United Way Campaign Continues; Make Your Donation | more
• Office of the Registrar Super Sports Package to Benefit the United Way | more
• School of Communication United Way Raffle for a Kindle Fire HD | more

Make Your Hoop Dreams Come True; Sign Up for Miami Hurricanes Basketball Fantasy Camp
Hoop dreamers prepare. Head coach Katie Meier and the University of Miami women’s basketball team are offering the ultimate hoops challenge: a chance to hone your skills and participate in team drills at the Miami Hurricanes Basketball Fantasy Camp. | more

• Hurricanes Offering Publix Nine before 9 Ticket Deal | more
• Help Sebastian Win the Capital One Mascot of the Year Competition | more

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  • Injury Research Center Helps Brazil Establish Trauma System for World Cup and Olympics | more
  • Miller School Geneticist Named One of 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business | more
  • School of Communication Announces New Interactive Media Program | more
  • Two Television Judges, Both UM Graduates, Find Right Balance Between Law and Entertainment | more
  • Export Compliance Officer Wendy Epley Offers Training on Navigating Complex Compliance Regulations | more
  • Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Is October 19-21 | more
  • VONA Voices Workshops for Writers of Color Return to UM | more
  • Faculty Senate Accepting Nominations for Three Prestigious Awards | more
  • Applications for SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards Being Accepted | more
  • Fall 2012 Commencement: Dates and Regalia Information | more
    An Update on Kozol’s Kids
    Over the course of many years, Jonathan Kozol wrote several books on a group of children living in one of the poorest inner-city neighborhoods in the nation. Wherever Kozol traveled, people would always ask him whatever became of those children. Last Tuesday at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center Fieldhouse, the noted non-fiction writer, educator, and activist gave an audience of hundreds an update on those children, describing their hardships but also their successes. In his talk, co-sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development and the Office of the President, Kozol also gave his opinions on the nation’s public school systems, lamenting that they are seriously underfunded. Above: Kozol responds to a question during the Q&A portion of his talk, which was part of UM’s Taking Flight: Year of the Humanities and Arts initiative.
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    Hip-Hop Mogul Stumps for Obama on UM Campus
    Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, recently named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years” by USA Today, made a brief stop on the University of Miami campus on October 3 to campaign for President Barack Obama. The co-founder of the hip-hop label Def Jam and creator of the clothing fashion line Phat Farm spoke to a small group of students in the International Lounge at the University Center, encouraging them to stay “engaged” and “connected” in the political process. Above: Simmons, right, stands by as UM student Emily Young, campus team leader for ’Canes for Obama, addresses students. | more

    Panel Explores Latino Voters and the Politics of Immigration
    In key swing states like Florida and at the national level, Latino and new citizen voters are changing politics. On October 4 political analysts and community leaders gathered at UM’s College of Arts and Sciences Gallery to discuss the politics of immigration and the Latino vote. The two-hour panel discussion, moderated by UM associate professor of political science Casey Klofstad, included, from left, Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo; Gaby Pacheco, political director of United We Dream; Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice; and Jonathan Rodrigues, organizer, Florida New Majority. | more

    Open Enrollment Is October 15 through November 2
    Open Enrollment, the annual opportunity to enroll, continue, or make changes to your medical, dental, flexible spending, and short-term disability benefits, begins Monday, October 15 and runs through Friday, November 2. | more

    UM Launches New, Beefed-Up ’Canes Calendar
    The University of Miami has beefed up its ’Canes Calendar, launching a new and improved comprehensive listing of events ranging from lectures and panel discussions to concerts, film screenings, and art exhibitions, and offering features such as email and text message reminders of upcoming events. | more

    Remaining Resourceful during Times of Stress
    Offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, this seminar will troubleshoot the difficulties encountered when confronting different types of workplace stressors as well as review effective stress management techniques. | more

    • Visitor Parking Area in Pavia Garage Now Open | more
    • Strengthen Leadership Skills through Workforce Engagement and Development’s Competency-Based Programs
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    • 2013 Open Enrollment Benefits Fair | more
    • Division of Plastic Surgery Offering 20 Percent off Select Procedures | more
    • Professional Development Courses for October | more
    • Take Advantage of Free Computer Software Training | more

    ‘Taking Flight’ Highlights Varied Events on UM Campus
    A conversation with renowned author Maxine Hong Kingston, a celebration of Caribbean literature, and provocative investigations of global urbanism are among upcoming highlights of Taking Flight, the University’s yearlong celebration of the humanities and the arts. Explore these and other events and activities at the initiative’s website. | more

    Festival Miami, Monthlong Showcase of Music, Continues
    The 29th Festival Miami got under way last Thursday with a dramatic opening night concert featuring distinguished master artist Leon Fleisher conducting the Frost Symphony Orchestra at Gusman Concert Hall. Florida’s premier live music festival continues this week with more musical offerings. | more

    Shapton, Trowbridge Exhibit Works at UM Gallery in Wynwood
    Lani Shapton and Kyle Trowbridge examine how we see the past and how technology affects our present in two contrasting exhibitions on view through October 28 at the University of Miami Gallery in the Wynwood art district. Both artists are faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History in UM’s College of Arts and Sciences. | more

    'Boeing Boeing' Set to Take Off at Ring Theatre
    The Ring Theatre’s 2012-2013 season continues October 17-27 with Boeing Boeing, a hilarious Tony Award-winning farce that centers around Bernard, a passionate bachelor juggling his ongoing affairs with three beautiful flight attendants. | more

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