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February 2, 2015 | Monday 
Vice Provost for Research Announces 2015 Provost’s Research Awards

Fifty-five faculty members representing 29 departments in nine schools and colleges on the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel campuses have been selected to receive 2015 Provost’s Research Awards, which will provide faculty salary support and direct research costs for a wide range of research topics–-from the chemical communication of toadfish to the epidemiology of a stock market bubble. View a list of this year’s awardees. | more
Nicole Henry
Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Headlines UM's Black Awareness Month Events

UM alumna Nicole Henry, a 2013 Soul Train Award winner for "Best Traditional Jazz Performance," kicks off a superlative lineup of Black Awareness Month (BAM) events throughout February when she discusses her career, shares memories of her undergraduate years, and performs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, at the BAM Opening Ceremonies in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms. The event is free and open to the UM community. For a complete roster of BAM events, click here. | more
Long-range mercury transport
Researchers Develop New Instrument to Monitor Atmospheric Mercury

Researchers have developed a new sensor to detect ambient levels of mercury in the atmosphere, providing scientists an instrument that more accurately measures global human exposure to mercury and the potential to enhance our understanding of its impact on human health. | more
New Mentoring Initiative Helps Promote Students and Junior Faculty

The University of Miami Women’s Commission is joining forces with SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) to launch “It Takes a Mentor,” a new leadership and mentoring program to match students, junior faculty, and staff members with senior professors, researchers, and staff who can help enhance their personal, academic, and career development. Applications are due Friday, February 6. | more
Mike Fernandez and Pat Riley
Don’t Miss ‘A Conversation with Mike Fernandez and Pat Riley’

Mike Fernandez, one of Florida’s most successful entrepreneurs, and Pat Riley, the president of the Miami Heat, will share the stage—and invaluable lessons on how to succeed in business, sports, and life—at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 when Fernandez presents his new book, Humbled by the Journey, during a conversation at Storer Auditorium sponsored by the University and Books & Books. The event is free and open to the UM community. RSVP by February 3 to lponce@miami.edu or by calling 305-284-4085.
CGI U 2015
Tickets Available This Week for Clinton Global Initiative University

Beginning Wednesday, February 4, UM faculty and staff are eligible to pick up a maximum of two tickets to the Opening Plenary Session of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the BankUnited Center. Tickets will be distributed on all three campuses through Friday, February 27, or while supplies last. | more
April Dobbins
Graduate Student Receives Award for Artistic Achievement and Creativity

April Dobbins, a graduate student in the motion pictures program who works full time as a writer in the Division of University Advancement, has received a $20,000 award from the S.J. Weiler Fund for Alabamaland, her ongoing photography project that centers on her grandfather’s 688-acre farm and examines the lives and histories of black Southerners in rural Alabama. | more
Daniel Goleman
Mindfulness Author Urges Us to Pay More Attention to Paying Attention

With people consuming five times more information every day than 20 years ago, best-selling author Daniel Goleman told a rapt audience gathered at the Newman Alumni Center for last week’s UMindfulness Lecture that learning how to pay attention has never been more important. “Attention is under siege,” he says. | more
’CaneWatch Helps University Promote a ‘Speak-Up’ Culture

Three years after its launch, ’CaneWatch, a program that allows faculty, staff, and students to raise concerns related to violations of policies, regulations, and other improprieties at the University, remains one of the most effective tools for promoting high standards of ethics and integrity in the workplace. | more
Miami Homepage Redesign
UM's Redesigned Website Scheduled to Launch Next Month

The University of Miami's redesigned top-tier website is scheduled to launch in late February with enhanced navigation and a new design that will make it fully responsive to desktops and mobile devices. It is just one of University Communications' exciting new digital initiatives that will be unveiled in the months ahead. To learn more, please share your email address with us.
Brad Kaaya
2015 Hurricanes to Be Tested at Home and Away
A road matchup against ACC rival Florida State and home games versus Big Ten power Nebraska and Orange Bowl champion Georgia Tech are among the grueling gridiron games the Miami Hurricanes will play in 2015. Nine of Miami’s future 12 opponents played in bowl games last season, making UM’s 2015 schedule one of the toughest in the nation. | more
Hurricanes Baseball Hosts Annual FanFest and Alumni Game February 7
The annual Miami Hurricanes Baseball FanFest and Alumni Game, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, at Mark Light Field, will feature a Select-a-Seat event, inflatables for children, face painting, and more. Concession stands, including the famous Mark Light Shake stand, will open, and representatives from the bookstore will be on hand to sell the newest baseball apparel. | more
Autumn Sonata
  • Sample South Florida’s Best Desserts at Men’s Basketball Pregame Dessert Wars February 7 | more
For a comprehensive listing of the University of Miami's many events—including lectures, exhibitions, workshops, medical grand rounds, seminars, and more, click here.
13 Cuban dissidents
As U.S.-Cuba Relations Thaw, ICCAS Hosts Historic Meeting
UM's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies hosted a historic meeting last week of 13 Cuban dissidents—representing more than 30 groups on the island—who came to Miami to call for a dialogue with members of the exile community that they hope will lead to a democratic Cuba. The visit was prompted by President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba. Photo courtesy of el Nuevo Herald. | more
Sebastian and President Donna E. Shalala
Hurricane Food Court and Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall Keep UM on Cutting Edge
School pride ran high last week as President Donna E. Shalala cut a ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the newly renovated Hurricane Food Court and Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall. With the debut of TOSSED, a salad bar with a variety of healthy toppings, and BUILT, a create-your-own gourmet burger station, the Dining Master Plan, in the works since 2011, is now complete. | more
Music Library
Weeks Music Library Celebration Brings Opera Collection to Life
Dozens of librarians, community members, students, and faculty of the Frost School of Music celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and the 2014 acquisition of the Roger Gross Opera Collection at a reception that featured a vocal performance by students who brought works from the historic collection alive. | more
U Conserve Campaign
Help Reduce UM’s Carbon Footprint; Ditch Those Fans and Mini Fridges
Help UM meet its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020 by minimizing, or preferably eliminating, the use of small desk fans and mini fridges on campus. While fans are small energy users—provided they are turned off when not in use—mini fridges run 24/7 and consume considerable energy. To discard a device or request a refrigerator to share in a common kitchen, contact the Property Surplus Department at aramon@miami.edu or 305-243-9696. And remember, individual space heaters are not permitted. For more information, contact Green U at greenu@miami.edu or visit miami.edu/greenu.
Revitalizing Relationships
This lunchtime seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on all three campuses next week, will help those interested in building and nurturing resilient relationships learn techniques for establishing respect, building trust, conveying empathy, decreasing emotional reactivity, promoting positive environments, and having fruitful interactions. | more
Are You Ready to Retire?
If you are considering retirement, the “Are You Ready to Retire?” lunchtime seminar, which will be offered on all three campuses, will guide you through every step of the process. Experts will discuss your retirement fund distribution options, health care benefits, important Medicare deadlines, and the emotional and psychological factors that contribute to a healthy and happy retirement. | more
Emergency Notification Network
InsideUM Spring 2015 Edition Now Available
Get an inside look at how UMPD is keeping you safe, learn to make kindness part of your daily to-do list, read a candid Q&A with Dean Prilleltensky, and meet the Siegels, a family that is all about the U, in the spring edition of InsideUM.
BeSmokeFree Group Classes Begin Anew in February
The University's award-winning BeSmokeFree program is offering free group classes throughout 2015 for smokers interested in quitting. Classes are offered in six-week intervals, with the next sessions beginning on February 18 on the Coral Gables campus and February 17 and 19 on the Miller School of Medicine campus. Click here for a class schedule. | more
Rita Dove

History's Crevices: Sonata Mulattica's Forgotten Prodigy by Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove
Through “serendipity and curiosity,” former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove discovered George Polgreen Bridgetower, a biracial violin prodigy who inspired Beethoven. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dove will discuss her book-length poem about this gifted violin virtuoso who began dazzling audiences at age 10—and to whom Beethoven dedicated his intricate Kreutzer Sonata. Read more about Dove, and RSVP soon for her talk, part of the Center for Humanities’ Henry King Stanford Distinguished Lecture Series, at Storer Auditorium.

Autumn Sonata
Diamond Divas

Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception Showcases Exciting Uses of Media in Images
The Lowe Art Museum’s newest exhibition, Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception, opens Saturday, February 7, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Brazilian-born Muniz is known for using startling materials, such as toys, diamonds and garbage, to create tableaux, which are then photographed. Poetics of Perception includes elements of several of his renowned works, including Diamond Divas, Pictures of Chocolate, Pictures of Junk, and Pictures of Color. | more

Autumn Sonata
  • BURST! A Celebration of Arte Povera Honors Italian Movement at the University of Miami Art Gallery through March 2 | more
Autumn Sonata
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Love Brick at the Herbert Wellness Center | more
  • Support UM's Pediatric Residency Program in Haiti by Supporting Team Lamp Lights for Haiti Relay Race | more
  • Research Speed Networking Forum Fosters Collaborations | more
  • Faculty Senate Meeting Hosted by President Shalala on February 4 | more
  • Miami Do Tank: Learn How Games Can Prepare Communities for Climate Change on February 5 | more
  • Ret. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Speaks at Miami Law Review's 'Criminalized Justice: The Effects of Punitive Policy' Symposium February 6-7 | more
  • 'Food Safety Modernization Act: The Future of Food Litigation' on February 6 | more
  • Alumni Couples Invited to Kick Off 2nd Annual I LOVE U Campaign February 8 | more
  • Canterbury Preschool Open House on February 11 | more
  • Learn About the Center for Computational Science's Mission and Vision at February 12 Seminar | more
  • Miami CFAR Accepting Applications for FY16 Pilot Awards | more
  • Using a UM Facility for a Camp Program? Be Sure to Complete Essential Paperwork | more
  • Center for Hemispheric Policy Hosts 'Energy Outlook for the Americas: Volatile Global Markets and the Impact on the Region' on February 20 | more
  • Join the 6th Annual SunSmart 5K Run/Walk on February 21 | more
  • Cuban History Collection Visiting Scholar Presents 'Diasporic Diversion: Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America' on February 10 | more
  • Miami CFAR Accepting Applications for Summer Research Awards for Students | more
  • Jazz in the Gables Presents the Harvey Nevins Swing Quartet February 4 | more

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