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November 2, 2015 | Monday
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UM Joins Alliance to Improve Health Care in Mesoamerica
Under an agreement signed by UM President Julio Frenk last week, the University is joining forces with the Carlos Slim Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank to reduce the high mortality rate among poor women and young children in Mexico and other Central American nations through advanced training for health care professionals in the region. | more
UM Receives Charity Navigator’s Four-Star Rating
The University has achieved Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency—the highest possible score from an organization recognized as one of the nation’s premier charity evaluators. | more
Alejandro Portes Elected to the National Academy of Education
A professor of sociology and law, UM’s Alejandro Portes, the author of 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology, was inducted into the National Academy of Education in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. | more
John Easterlin Named 2015 Distinguished Alumnus
Appearing for the first time in his home state and on the Festival Miami stage, multiple Grammy and Emmy Award-winning performer John Easterlin was named the 2015 Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumnus during his October 24 Festival Miami concert, “What a Character! The Many Faces of John Easterlin.” | more
Students Wrestle Real-Life Dilemmas in Ethics Bowl
Students debated some weighty, real-life issues, including whether fashion models with high body mass indexes promote unhealthy eating and whether a nursing home resident with dementia should be prevented from having sex with her husband—in the 13th annual Ethics Bowl. | more
Alumna Discusses Religious Freedom at Home, Abroad, and at the Supreme Court
UM alumna Asma Uddin, who was involved in the U.S. Supreme Court case affirming Hobby Lobby’s right not to provide employees health-insurance coverage for certain contraceptive drugs, noted in a recent lecture that the landmark ruling was not about access to birth control, but about the ability to live out one’s faith free from government control—a protection not enjoyed around the world. | more
Help Team UM Help the Community
To date, Team UM has raised nearly $400,000 of its $1.18 million United Way goal. Do your part to improve the education, financial stability, and health of children and families in our community by making your contribution on Workday by December 31 and bidding on the great prizes in the Department of Finance and Treasury’s annual United Way Silent Auction, which opens Monday, November 2, or trying to dunk UM leaders in a tank of water at the Miller School’s Dunk for a Cause from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 5.
Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Releases Survey Results
Established by former UM President Donna E. Shalala, the President’s Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education has released the results of its pilot survey of students, detailing their attitudes toward unwanted sexual behavior and bystander intervention, the availability of prevention programming resources, and how comfortable victims have been to utilize campus services following nonconsensual behavior. The data will serve as a baseline to help shape future University programming. | more
President Frenk Continues Listening Exercise with Staff
President Julio Frenk’s listening exercise continues this month with a session on the Coral Gables campus for staff from the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School campuses on Monday, November 9. The UM community is encouraged to share their ideas and comments with President Frenk in the virtual mailbox. Visit president.miami.edu/listen to learn more.

Four ’Canes Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa
Four student-athletes—Emily Auld and Catalina Perez of the women’s soccer team, Stephanie Wagner of the women’s tennis squad, and Alexis Wright of the women’s track team—have been tapped into the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, a century-old national leadership society whose members include college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni who excel in a variety of categories. | more
Women’s and Men’s Hoops Tip Off 2015-16 Seasons
Another season of hoop dreams has arrived, with the women’s and men’s basketball teams playing exhibition games on the same day at the BankUnited Center. Coach Katie Meier’s squad takes on Nova Southeastern at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, followed by Jim Larrañaga’s 2015 NIT runner-up men’s team, which faces Dowling College at 7 p.m. Both squads open their regular season at home on Friday, November 13.
For a comprehensive listing of the University of Miami's many events—including lectures, exhibitions, workshops, medical grand rounds, seminars, and more, click here.
A Win for the Ages: Miami’s Miracle Eight-Lateral TD Stuns Duke 30-27
Trailing by three points with six seconds left in the game, Miami seemed bound to lose its ACC Coastal Division matchup against Duke. But playing on the road on Halloween night, the Hurricanes still had a few tricks--in fact, eight of them--up their sleeves. As time expired, Miami scored on a miraculous eight-lateral, 91-yard kick-off return to snatch victory from the No. 22-ranked Blue Devils. | more
UM Opens the Fate Bridge Across Lake Osceola
The University unveiled the newest addition to its Coral Gables campus infrastructure last Wednesday—the 210-foot-long Fate Bridge, which was designed not only to increase access to the Student Center Complex, but inspire students on their academic journey. Senior Hannah Weese and her mother, Elizabeth Grass Weese, whose generosity made the bridge possible, joined President Julio Frenk and Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs Sergio M. Gonzalez in dedicating the pedestrian overpass in classic style—throwing up the U after a ceremonial first crossing. | more
Salute the Past and Celebrate the Future at Homecoming 2015
Ready to grab some beads, a bowl of jambalaya, and a mojito? With a Mardi Gras theme harkening back to the Carni Gras festival held on campus for 40 years, this year’s Alumni Weekend and Homecoming festivities include Thursday’s concert featuring Eche Palante, Waka Flocka Flame, and T-Pain and Friday’s traditional parade, pep rally, boat burning, fireworks and yes, on Alumni Avenue, mojitos and jambalaya—all in advance of Saturday’s game when the Hurricanes face the University of Virginia at Sun Life Stadium. 
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Kids Can #TackleCancer at Dolphins Cancer Challenge Fall Family Fest on the Gables Campus
The battle against cancer is serious, but children ages 3 to 16 can ride bikes in a car-free zone, peer through microscopes, play in bounce houses, and have loads of other fun on Sunday, November 15 when the Dolphins Cancer Challenge’s Fall Family Fest debuts on the Coral Gables campus to kick off the sixth annual fundraiser to support cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center—part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. Read why UM junior CC Schieffelin says, “DCC with Me!” and register now for the DCC Fall Family Fest. | more
Patient Access Supervisor Inspired by His Patient Experience
e-Veritas is pleased to introduce a new series that focuses on the ways faculty and staff exemplify the DIRECCT values diversity, integrity, respect, excellence, compassion, creativity, and teamwork that drive UM’s culture. This week, Julio Punal, supervisor of patient access at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, explains why his family “bleeds orange and green.” | more
Open Enrollment Ends Monday, November 2
Your annual opportunity to review and change your benefits elections ends today, Monday, November 2. If you are happy with your current benefits and do not wish to participate in a flexible spending account, add or drop a dependent, or enroll in the VSP vision plan or MetLaw legal plan, no action is required on your part. To make changes, visit Workday.
New Leaders Invited to Orientation
The University’s newest leaders are invited to attend a one-day New Leader Orientation workshop, sponsored by Workforce Engagement and Development, on Tuesday, November 17, to learn about the University’s leadership expectations and strategies for successfully transitioning into leadership at the U. | more
Acupuncture for Stress Relief
Attend this lunchtime seminar, led by Janet Konefal, associate dean in the Miller School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, next week to discover ways to locate specific acupressure and acupuncture points to relieve neck and shoulder tension, headaches, back aches, and general fatigue. Register through ULearn.

Miller School campus: Wednesday, November 11, 12-1 p.m., Clinical Research Building, room 692  

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, November 12, 12-1 p.m., Whitten University Center, room 2300H | more
From Jazz to Broadway, Festival Miami Closes with Panache
The sounds of a master jazz organist, legendary jazz vocalist, hits from Broadway to the Big Screen, and six decades of chart-topping hits will fill the Gusman Concert Hall as Festival Miami, the Frost School of Music’s multi-genre, concert extravaganza heads into its final week. So don’t miss out. Single tickets start at $15 and may be purchased online or by calling 305-284-4940.
Alumni’s ‘Life on Mars’ Pilot Premieres at the Cosford
A father-daughter ’Canes duo, David Isaacs and Andie Isaacs, will premiere the pilot of their original sitcom, Life On Mars, at their alma mater on Tuesday, November 3. The senior Isaacs, who over the past 40 years has produced or written such shows as M*A*S*H, Cheers, Wings, Frasier, Becker, and Mad Men, called the script co-written by fellow UM alumnus Jake Gillman “like nothing I have ever read before.” The screening is free but seating is limited. To RSVP, email julialevy22@gmail.com. | more
  • PBS President to Speak on the Future of Public TV on November 2 | more
  • Celebrate Homecoming with a Love Brick on the Herbert Wellness Center’s Love Bridge | more 
  • Researchers Awarded NIH Grant to Study Epigenetic Processes in Alcoholism | more
  • Researcher Wins 2015 Micah Batchelor Award to Study Preterm Birth and Kidney Disease | more
  • Faculty and Staff Tickets to Homecoming Concert on November 5 Available for Pickup | more
  • Share Your International Expertise at the Global Careers Meet-Up on November 4 | more
  • Attend the Neuroscience and Genetics Open House on November 6 | more
  • Register Today for Miami Neonatology 2015 on November 11-14 | more
  • Center for Hemispheric Policy Hosts Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez November 6 | more
  • Attend the Public Meeting at UM on The Underline’s Master Plan on November 9 | more
  • UM Holds Veterans Career Fair on November 10 | more
  • Memorial Service for Longtime Miller Center Fellow Eugene Rothman to Be Held November 10 | more
  • Honor Our Veterans at Veterans Day Tribute at the Rock | more
  • Women in Technology: Present and Future Trends of Technology on November 11 | more
  • Center for Computational Science Presents 2nd Annual VizUM Symposium on November 12 | more
  • Learn About Lung Cancer Detection, Treatment, and Prevention at Sylvester’s Lung Cancer Awareness Fair November 12 | more
  • Two Distinguished Alumni Selected to Head the Alumni Association | more
  • Center for Computational Science Seeks Student Mentors | more
  • Sample Various Caterers at Taste of UM on November 17 | more
  • Volunteer Registration for Fall Commencement Ceremony and President Frenk’s Inauguration Now Open | more

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