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February 16, 2015 | Monday 
Lisa Beal and UM technicians
Professor Receives $2.5M
to Study Agulhas Current

Lisa Beal, professor of ocean sciences, and her UM team have received a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to study one of the strongest currents in the world, off the coast of Africa, with scientists from South Africa and the Netherlands to better understand how climate change is affecting the oceans. | more
Clinton Global Initiative Universit
Tickets Available for Clinton Global Initiative University

UM faculty and staff are eligible to pick up two tickets to the Opening Plenary Session of the Clinton Global Initiative University 2015, hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. Tickets are available on all three campuses through Friday, February 27, or while supplies last. | more
TeamUM’s United Way Campaign Surpasses Million-Dollar Mark

Demonstrating the power of philanthropy, faculty and staff contributed their time, talent, and treasure to propel the University through one of its most successful United Way campaigns, raising more than $1 million for the charitable organization that works to improve the lives of Miami-Dade’s citizens. | more
Robert J. Myerburg and Steven G. Ullmann
UM Experts Propose New Model for Funding Biomedical Research

Miller School cardiologist Robert J. Myerburg and School of Business Administration health care economist Steven G. Ullmann are proposing that insurance companies assume a paradigm-shifting role by funding biomedical research to significantly improve clinical outcomes and long-term economic benefits for insurers and society. They make their case in an article published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. | more
Study Shows Soldiers Benefit from Pre-Deployment Mindfulness Training

A study funded by the U.S. Army and led by UM neuroscientist Amishi Jha suggests that one of the best ways to protect soldiers headed to hotspots around the world may be training them in mindfulness meditation before they leave. | more
UM Debate Team
Novices Debate Their Way to First and Second Place

Amid cold weather and stiff competition, UM’s debate team talked their way to the top of the rankings at the fifth annual Hoosier Invitational Tournament in Bloomington, Indiana, with Anna Shah and Melissa Cavell winning all seven of their preliminary debates before knocking off the University of Northern Iowa in the semifinals. | more
Brian Oliver (left) with Kenneth Abdo
Student Wins GRAMMY Foundation’s Annual Entertainment Law Initiative

Third-year law student Brian Oliver won The GRAMMY Foundation’s prestigious writing competition, which is sponsored by The Recording Academy, with an essay that encourages the courts to reconsider how they award statutory damages in connection with digital musical albums. | more
Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Moves to UM

In a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices), which has guided more than 2,000 writers of color since its 1999 founding, will relocate from Berkeley to UM this summer, offering its two-week, intensive, multi-genre writing workshops in cooperation with UM’s Creative Writing Program. | more
Justice John Paul Stevens and Justice Anthony Kennedy
Spanning 96 Hours and 800 Years, Two High Court Justices Speak at UM

In the span of 96 hours, two U.S. Supreme Court Justices delivered addresses at Miami Law, with retired Justice John Paul Stevens discussing the current deportation repercussions of criminal convictions and Justice Anthony Kennedy tracing the relevance of Magna Carta over 800 years. | more
Mike Fernandez and Pat Riley
A Bromance for the Books: Pat Riley and Mike Fernandez Talk Friendship, Family, and Failure

Pat Riley, the fourth winningest coach in NBA history, and Mike Fernandez, the founder of MBF Healthcare Partners, are as different as they are successful. Yet they came together at UM to share their insights on winning, losing, and how to stay humble through it all. | more
All-ACC Academic Football Team
Five Hurricanes Named Academic All-ACC
Braxton Berrios, Anthony Chickillo, Nantambu Akil-Fentress, Calvin Heurtelou, and Justin Vogel are among 65 Atlantic Coast Conference football players named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Football Team. | more
Zack Collins and pitcher Andrew Suarez
Collins, Suarez on Golden Spikes Award Watch List
A season after playing instrumental roles in leading the Hurricanes to postseason play, catcher Zack Collins and pitcher Andrew Suarez are among a select group of 50 players named to the watch list for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award, which recognizes the top amateur baseball player in the country. | more
Autumn Sonata
  • Honor Women’s Athletics—and President Shalala—at Celebration of Women’s Athletics Luncheon on March 1 | more
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Briana Scott
First A Prayer, Then Tears of Joy, Now a Pledge to Give Back
Nearly four years after receiving the full-tuition Hammond Scholarship that answered her prayers, Briana Scott was among the UM students who attended last week’s Scholarship Donor Recognition Luncheon to salute the benefactors whose generosity enables students like her to attend the University—and pledge to do the same one day. | more
State of the U

Student Government President Shares Her Passion for the State of the U
Praising student involvement in community service projects and social activism, Student Government President Alessandria San Roman delivered the State of the U address at the UC Rock last Wednesday, signifying the end of her administration and this week’s new SG elections. Her advice to her successor: “Be patient and stay passionate.” | more

Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem Still Raising Awareness and Challenging the Next Generation
Addressing a packed ballroom of admirers at the Student Activities Center last week, the leader of the modern feminist movement was clearly more interested in spurring others to action than talking about herself or her remarkable five decades of challenging and educating multiple generations on issues of equality. | more
Niv Ron
UMPD Celebrates 45 Years of Service by Honoring Their Volunteer Eyes and Ears
UM student Niv Ron, who put his Israeli army medical training to the best of uses when a fellow student was hit by a car, was honored last week for the quick actions that saved the woman’s life by UMPD, which celebrated its 45th anniversary by recognizing the vital role community plays in keeping the UM campus safe and highlighting some of its programs. | more
GreenU Coffee
For That Cup of Joe, Reach for the Green
Feel bad about tossing all those little plastic cups from your office’s Keurig coffee machine? Try using an ECO fill reusable cartridge, which you can fill with coffee that is grown with the health of the planet and the well-being of the people who grow it in mind. Just buy coffee that carries at least one of these logos: “USDA Organic,” “Fairtrade certified,” and “Rainforest Alliance.” And don’t forget to bring your own mug to the workplace. Disposable cups should be for guests only. For more information, contact greenu@miami.edu.
Be Vigilant Against Pretexting Attacks
Faculty, staff, and students are urged to be aware of and vigilant against pretexting calls, in which callers pose as representatives of organizations you likely trust, such as UM or the NIH, to trick you into providing personal information that will enable them to access your computer. Read more about how to recognize and safeguard against pretexting calls.
Heart Health Seminar
This seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses next week, in partnership with the American Heart Association, will provide participants an understanding of heart disease, the risk factors for developing heart disease, and recommendations to prevent it. Register at ULearn. | more
  • Attend a Mindful Living Seminar, Offered on All Three Campuses, This Week | more
  • Just Desserts—Learn How to Make Them at the Wellness Center’s Cooking Class | more
Rita Dove

Studies of La Habana and Other Caribbean Cities
Experience a beautiful collection of large-scale Caribbean town plans developed by Cuban-American architect and artist Rafael Fornes while he taught at the School of Architecture on Monday, February 16 at an opening reception from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Korach Gallery at the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February 27. | more

Autumn Sonata

Drag Yourself to the Rat for UPride’s DRAGOUT
DRAGOUT, UPride’s second annual drag show, will feature host Tiffany Fantasia, professional Miami drag queens, and UM students in drag on Thursday, February 19, at 8 p.m. at the Rat. Available at the Butler Center (SAC 204) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., VIP tickets are $10 and include preferred seating and wait service.

Autumn Sonata
  • Bestselling Author to Discuss Campaign to Create a Master Race on February 23 | more
  • The Millennial IMPACT Employee Resource Group Holds Networking Social February 27 | more
  • Sylvester Researcher to Shave His Head to Support Pediatric Cancer Research—and You Can, Too | more
  • Hepatobiliary Disease in Clinical Practice: Update XXI on March 13-14 | more
  • Women’s Commission Accepting Nominations for Louise P. Mills Student Award | more
  • Harvard Design School’s Nader Ardalan Discusses ‘Holistic Design Consciousness’ on March 2 | more
  • Registration Now Open for Coach Mary-Frances Monroe’s Spring Break Soccer Camp for Children Ages 6-13 | more
  • Student Employment Accepting Nominations for Student Employee of the Year | more
  • Using a UM Facility for a Camp Program? Be Sure to Complete Essential Paperwork | more
  • 18th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference to Explore Labor Issues, Unveil New LL.M. Degree | more
  • CFAR’s 11th Annual Symposium ‘Confronting HIV and Its Complications’ to Be Held April 9 | more
  • Department of Neurological Surgery to Hold Hubert L. Rosomoff Research Day on April 25 | more
  • Nominate Outstanding Students for the 2015 Celebration of Involvement by February 27 | more
  • Spring 2015 Commencement: The Tradition Continues | more
  • Save $5 on Tickets to Chris Tomlin's Love Ran Red Tour at the BankUnited Center February 20 | more
  • Save $5 on Tickets to Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show at the BankUnited Center February 26 | more
  • Jazz in the Gables Presents Dr. Hank Bredenberg’s South Beach Stompers February 18 | more

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