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April 28, 2014 | Monday 
UHealth Becomes First Academic Medical Center to Use Breakthrough Robotics Technology to Fight Cancer

Thanks to a generous gift to Momentum2, UHealth is the first academic medical center in the world to use the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which puts Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the leading edge of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery for the treatment of urologic cancers. | more
College Launches Customizable Major

Highly motivated students who are interested in a specific field of study that’s not – at least not yet – formally offered at UM will have the opportunity to customize their own Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree as part of a pilot project developed by an A&S advisory group and slated to start in the 2014 fall semester. | more
Sea Researcher Lassos Internet and the ‘Marine Science Educator of the Year’ Award

David Shiffman, a Ph.D. candidate at the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, is the Florida Marine Science Educators Association’s Marine Science Educator of the Year, an honor he picked up Saturday for using the Internet to educate the public about ocean science and reaching more than 500 schoolchildren, in person and via Skype. | more
Celebration Honors 146,000 Hours of Involvement

At the 29th annual Celebration of Involvement last week, the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, and the Division of Student Affairs, recognized outstanding students and faculty for their service over the past year—when the UM community cumulatively logged 146,000 hours of service. | more
Matches Made in Cyberspace: Alum’s Web-Based Platform Fosters 'Collaborizm'

As a mechanical engineering student, Steven Reubenstone thought it’d be a cinch to partner with an electrical engineering major on a project, but finding the right person proved fruitless. That’s when Reubenstone got the idea for Collaborizm, a Web-based platform that matches people working on projects with others who have the expertise in a particular area they need. | more 
UM Junior’s Work Wins Playwriting Contest, Hits the Small Stage at The Ring

When aspiring playwright William Hector sat down to pen his latest work last spring, he knew how he wanted it to end, and must have gotten it just right because Sheol—which focuses on a young couple, conversion to Judaism, the afterlife, and overbearing in-laws—won the second annual Friends of Theatre Playwriting Contest, besting ten other submissions in a competition aimed at identifying and boosting UM’s rising young talent. | more 
Researcher Ranks the Most Effective Animal Signals

Just like peacocks strut their stuff by puffing out their feathers and spreading their colorful tails, animal species have evolved unique methods to communicate their reproductive intentions, territorial ambitions, or other messages, which Gavin M. Leighton, a doctoral student in the Department of Biology, has found can have profound implications for both the animal sending the signal and the one receiving it. | more
Student Employees Play Vital Role in Workday Implementation

When they entered the University, industrial engineering majors Marianela Roubicek, Alex Johnson, and Dan Ruggiero never imagined they would be part of a project that would affect every faculty and staff member at the institution, but the students will graduate this May after helping implement Workday Human Resources, a new HR, payroll, and finance system set to launch in 2015. | more
Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia among ACC Opponents Miami Will Face Next Season
Reigning conference champion Virginia, league newcomer Louisville, and national power North Carolina are among the Atlantic Coast Conference opponents the Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team will face at the BankUnited Center in 2014-15. | more
Trio Named to All-ACC Women’s Tennis Team
Sophomore Stephanie Wagner leads a trio of Miami Hurricanes women’s tennis players to receive All-Atlantic Coast Conference accolades. Wagner, who compiled a 19-4 overall record this spring, was named to the All-ACC First Team, while sophomore Kelsey Laurente and junior Lina Lileikite made the Second and Third team, respectively. | more
Corporate Run
A Strong U Turns Out Big for Corporate Run
With some wearing superhero capes and orange masks, more than a thousand faculty, staff, alumni and guests turned out for the 2014 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk in downtown Miami on April 24, increasing Team UM’s participation by 25 percent over last year. | View the slideshow
Gloria Estefan
Miami’s—and UM’s—Own Music Superstar Inducted into Iron Arrow
Gloria Estefan, A.B. ’78, a seven-time Grammy Award-winning superstar and member of the UM Board of Trustees, was tapped last week into Iron Arrow—the highest honor attainable at the University—joining 60 other inductees for the 2013-14 academic year. | more
Voice Day
Earth Week Activities Highlight Precious Resources
Dozens of students, staff and faculty observed Earth Week with a series of events, including circling Lake Osceola in a group hug, and contributing unwanted items to the ReUse Store, which will be back in business this Wednesday at the Farmer’s Market. | more
Sailfish Snags Underwater Photo Contest’s Top Student Prize
Judges in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s 2014 Annual Underwater Photography Contest reviewed 650 images from amateur photographers in 20 countries, awarding the top UM student prize to this photo, snapped by RSMAS grad student Susan Rock. | more
Canes Film Fest

’Canes Film Festival to Showcase Student Works
About 100 short films created by undergraduate and graduate students in UM’s Motion Pictures Program will be screened at the Cosford Cinema May 2-4 during the 17th annual ’Canes Film Festival competition, which draws judges from the nation’s film and television industry. Admission is free and a screening schedule and more information are available at canesfilmfestival.com.

Big Data, the Internet, and 500-Year-Old Printmaking
University of Miami Gallery will preview Amalgam, an exhibition by MFA candidate Eddy A. López, who creates layered amalgamations of historical, mythological, political, and religious imagery with computer algorithms that he prints with old and new technologies, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, in suite 4 of the Wynwood Building, 2750 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Miami. His thesis exhibition, which opens May 10, runs through May 23. more.
  • WDNA and Frost Jazz Revive Weekly UM Jazz Bandstand | more
Well ’Canes Live Well Challenge Begins
Earn 100 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal by registering today and participating in the Well ’Canes Live Well challenge, which encourages you to get active and helps you learn about how to improve your overall wellness. | more
Overcoming Worry
Are you plagued with ‘what ifs’ and worst-case scenarios? Do you often experience the sensation of doom, dread, or panic? If so, you could benefit from this lunchtime seminar, which the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will offer on all three campuses next week to help those interested in learning to diminish or eliminate chronic worry from their lives. | more
  • Weight Watchers Starts May 1 | more
  • Stellar Lineup of Luminaries, Honorary Degree Recipients to Address May Graduates | more
  • May Commencement and Regalia Distribution Schedule | more
  • U.S. Department of State Taps Chemist V. Ramamurthy as Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair | more
  • Students, Latin American Journalists Connect, Create During Chicas Poderosas | more
  • Parking Lot Color Restrictions Lifted for Summer | more
  • Free Comic Book Day at Richter Library May 2 | more
  • Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network Workshop Series: Ethics Decision Making: Doing Right, Recognizing Wrong | more
  • Technology Brings Imagined Jewish Homeland to Life | more
  • Win a Vespa by Supporting 12th Annual UM-NSU CARD Tropical Nights Gala on May 10 | more
  • Your High School Student Can Earn College Credit This Summer—With Employee Tuition Benefits | more

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