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September 22, 2014 | Monday 
Opening of Medical Center at Miami Jackson Senior High School
UHealth Opens Medical Center for Public School District Employees

In a unique partnership, the University of Miami Health System and Miami-Dade County Public Schools have opened the UHealth Medical Center at Miami Jackson Senior High School to provide school district employees, dependents, and retirees affordable and convenient healthcare—with extended hours, co-pays as low as $10, and direct referrals to UHealth specialists. | more
Colombian Peace Negotiators
Colombian Peace Negotiators Share Firsthand Accounts at UM

An unprecedented meeting took place at the Newman Alumni Center last week between the Colombian government negotiators who are brokering peace with the country’s main guerilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and more than 50 journalists, academics, and UM students. | more
Golden Goose Award
Neonatal Touch Therapy Pioneer Receives Golden Goose Award

Developmental psychologist Tiffany Field, whose touch therapy program has helped hundreds of premature infants thrive, was honored with the prestigious Golden Goose Award at the Library of Congress last week for her holistic treatment approach that is based, in part, on research on massaging baby rats. The award honors federally funded scientists whose research may seem insignificant but produces major benefits to society. | more
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University to Test Emergency Notification Network September 30

The University of Miami will conduct a full-scale, multi-campus test activation of the Emergency Notification Network (ENN) on Tuesday, September 30. No action is required on your part, but now is a good time to verify your emergency contact information and learn what to do during emergencies at UM. | more
Sediment Core
Carbon Study May Require Reappraisal of Climate-Related Events

In a new study that analyzed a deep sediment core from the Great Bahama Bank, UM scientists suggest that a current method for interpreting ancient changes in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans may need re-evaluating. | more
U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno
Miami Law Grad Honors Federal Judge with Endowed Scholarship

Alicio A. Piña, J.D.’90, and his wife, Nirma, have established an endowed scholarship to honor the public service of U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno, J.D.’78, who served as chief judge for seven years. Dean Patricia D. White awarded the first of the annual Honorable Federico A. Moreno Endowed Scholarships to first-year Miami Scholar Jessica Brautigam and third-year student Anaili Medina. | more
Philip D. Harvey
Renowned Psychiatric Researcher Receives VA’s Highest Scientific Honor

Philip D. Harvey, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and chief of the Division of Psychology, is one of only two recipients of the 2014 Veterans Health Administration John Blair Barnwell Award, the highest honor for scientific achievement presented by the Clinical Science Research and Development division of the VA’s Office of Research and Development. | more
Marcy Cox
Miami Law Sweeps Local Awards

Eleven Miami Law alumni, faculty, and administrators are among the recipients of two prestigious local awards, with Marcy Cox, assistant dean of career development, named one of “Legacy Miami’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership for 2014,” and Dean Patricia D. White and eight alumae named to The Daily Business Review’s inaugural “Top 20 Women in Law’’ list, which recognizes South Florida achievers in law firms, courts, other public agencies, education and public interest law. | more
News Anchor Shares Journey from Mediation Skeptic to Adherent

In an engaging and often hilarious UMindfulness lecture about his new book, Nightline co-anchor and Good Morning America correspondent Dan Harris made a convincing case for incorporating just five minutes of meditation—what he calls “a bicep curl for the brain” —into our daily lives. | more
UM Leaders to Advise Presidential Scholars Program

UM President Donna E. Shalala and UM Trustee Carlos Gutierrez have been named to the advisory committee of the new Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, which the presidential centers of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson announced last week to nurture leaders in the private, nonprofit, education, public, and military sectors. | more
Coach Bill Diaz
UM Mourns Former Swimming and Diving Coach Bill Diaz
Bill Diaz, who coached the Hurricanes to four top-10 NCAA championship finishes during 14 illustrious seasons as swimming and diving coach, passed away last Thursday at age 89. His men’s teams won three national independent championships (1974, 1977, 1982), while his 1975 women’s squad won six individual national titles—the most ever by a Hurricanes team in a single year. | more
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Norman C. Parsons Farewell
Legendary ’Cane Receives Fond Farewell with Tropical Flair
Looking dapper in his ’Canes-themed tuxedo, Norman C. Parsons, Jr. greeted each person at his retirement party last Wednesday the same way he has greeted people over his 43 years at the University—with a genuine smile, a warm handshake, and a “How are YOU?” accompanied by his hands forming the U. | more
UM annual safety fair
From Seat Belt Use to Distracted Driving, Safety Fair Helps Raise Awareness
The bodies went soaring through the air, landing lifeless on the green space in front of the University of Miami bookstore as a crowd of onlookers reacted in shock. Fortunately, this was one rollover accident that wasn't real, but a simulation conducted with crash test dummies and the cab of a pickup truck mounted on a trailer equipped with hydraulics. It was just one of the teaching tools demonstrated last Thursday at a safety fair on the Coral Gables campus aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving and the importance of buckling up. | more
Alina García-Lapuerta presents her biography of the Countess of Merlin
Cuban Countess Who Charmed Havana, Madrid, and Paris Returns to the Library
Scenes of colonial Cuba, Napoleonic Spain, and 19th-century Parisian society came alive this month at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, where biographer Alina García-Lapuerta discussed La Belle Créole: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris, her new book on Cuba’s historic Countess of Merlin, which was based, in part, by materials the author found in the UM Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection. | more
Jorge Guerra
Faculty and Staff Support the U: Radiologist Loves Building Bridges—to Students, Patients, and Alumni
Former administrator and faculty member Jorge Guerra, B.S. ’68, M.D. ’72, has watched the University’s reputation for excellence grow over the past four decades. A recently retired professor of radiology at the Miller School of Medicine, Guerra also has contributed to the University’s success, donating to his alma mater for the past 34 years. Read his story and about other faculty and staff who support the U.
Healthy Clinic
Kick the Habit with UM’s Award-Winning BeSmokeFree Program
The next sessions of BeSmokeFree, the University’s free, award-winning smoking cessation program, start Tuesday, September 30 at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center on the Miller School campus, and Wednesday, October 1 at the Herbert Wellness Center on the Coral Gables campus. | more
Buying Your First Home: What You Need to Know
To help first-time homeowners navigate the exciting and intimidating process of buying a home, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is presenting a lunchtime seminar on all three campuses next week to provide information on programs, grants, and funds available for low- to moderate-income residents of Miami-Dade County. Register through ULearn. | more
Earn CPR/AED Certification at the Herbert Wellness Center September 29
Register now for the Heartsaver CPR and AED certification course on Monday, September 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wellness Enrichment Suite at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. | more
Reminder: Vacation Policy Change Takes Effect June 2015
Effective June 1, 2015, vacation balances and maximum vacation payouts for exempt, monthly-paid staff may not exceed one year of accrual. New vacation days earned in excess of the one-year accrual maximum will be forfeited. | more
  • Free Health Assessments Available for UM Faculty and Staff | more
  • Free 2-D and 3-D Mammograms Offered During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month This October | more
  • Weight Watchers at Work Begins September 24 at the Miller School | more
Tiger Tales Puppet Theater

Lowe Art Museum’s Family Day Celebrates China’s Last Empire with Tiger Tales Puppet Theater
The Lowe Art Museum invites families to experience Tiger Tales, a Chinese shadow puppet show celebrating the special exhibition China’s Last Empire: The Art and Culture of the Qing Dynasty, on Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m. Family Day, which also features art activities for children, is free for museum members and UM students. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members.

Data Hall

Places and Spaces: Artists Discuss How Science Inspires Their Art
UM alumnus Xavier Cortada and Venezuelans Nela Ochoa and Patricia Van Dalen, who created the Data Hall mural at the Center for Computational Science, will discuss how science inspires their art with Jill Deupi, director of the Lowe Art Museum, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, at the CAS Wesley Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive.

  • Saint Augustine Catholic Church Invites Faculty and Staff to Mass on Tuesday Evenings| more
  • Enjoy Discounted Miami Dolphins Tickets and Support UM’s United Way Campaign | more
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremonies on September 23 | more
  • Join the Banned Books Readout Celebrating Works that Have Survived Censors on September 24 | more
  • Register Now for Employee Discounts on Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Events | more
  • Fall 2014 Commencement: Dates and Regalia Information | more
  • Great Sports Legends Dinner to Honor Famous Athletes and Raise Funds for Spinal Cord Injury Research | more
  • UM and Melissa Institute Present October 3 Conference on Preventing Bullying | more
  • Sign Up for 5K RUN 4-LIFE on Hollywood Beach to Benefit Organ Donation | more
  • USpeak Flash Fiction and Poetry Performance Series Features Poet Jose A. Villar-Portela September 25 | more
  • Sylvester’s Office of Research Administration Holds Breakfast Sale September 23 to Support DCC Riders | more
  • SEEDS ‘You Choose’ Leadership Award Applications Due September 22 | more
  • College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Mary Bartlett Bunge on 'Cell Transplantation to the Rescue: Repairing the Injured Spinal Cord' | more
  • Beaux Arts Annual Ball Slated for November 8 with ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ Theme | more

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