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April 13, 2015 | Monday 
President Shalala, Frank J. Millero, and Sebastian
Longtime Employees Lauded for Laying UM’s ‘Extraordinary’ Foundation

Nearly 100 recently retired or longtime faculty and staff were recognized last week by University leadership for helping build an extraordinary institution that has bettered the South Florida community, and beyond. With 48 years at the U, Frank J. Millero, a world authority on ocean chemistry, was the longest serving among them. | more
Hari Natarajan
New Math Model Could Save Millions in Costs

A new price optimization and customized negotiation support model developed by UM’s Hari Natarajan, associate professor of operations and supply chain management, and a collaborator at the University of Texas, could save manufacturers nearly 10 percent of the $150 billion they spend annually to get their products to big retailers. | more
From left, Joan St. Onge, M.D., Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Halcyon M. Quinn.
Miller School Launches Pioneering Program for First-Year Residents

Last year, in a single week, two first-year residents in different programs and separate incidents in New York City, jumped to their deaths shortly after graduating from medical school. Why may never be known, but burnout was likely a factor, a serious syndrome the Office of Graduate Medical Education hopes to prevent with the new Multispecialty Learning Communities program. | more
Mathri Thannikkotu, Coach Michael Davis, and Mac Morey
UM Team Wins National Criminal Moot Court Competition

Coached by attorney Michael T. Davis, Miami Law students MacKenzie “Mac” Morey and Mathri Thannikkotu won the 17th annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition, the only national contest focused on substantive criminal law. Thannikkotu also was named best oralist in the finals held at SUNY Buffalo Law School. | more
SEEDS networking dinner
Provost Urges All to Plant SEEDS of Diversity

Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc told attendees at the sixth annual SEEDS Networking Dinner with the Provost, one of the signature events of the University’s SEEDS (a SEED for Success) diversity initiative, that promoting diversity is everyone’s job. | more
Render of Pedestrian Bridge Over U.S. 1
Pedestrian Bridge Over
U.S. 1 to Break Ground

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners will officially break ground next Thursday, April 23, on a long-awaited pedestrian overpass at the University Metrorail Station. The University community is invited to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony at the station, 5400 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. The bridge, which has been a University priority for years, is slated for completion next year.
Biologist and a girl scout
Biologists Host Girl Scouts on Naturalist Badge Day

More than 50 Girl Scouts spent an educational and fun morning at the University this month, when Allie Graham, a Ph.D. student in biology, organized activities—Bugs for Brownies and Flowers for Juniors—for Naturalist Badge Day and recruited several faculty members and fellow graduate students to share their expertise with the visitors. | more
Sam Peurifoy
Chemistry Student Earns CGI U Support for Energy Conservation Project

When UM hosted the Clinton Global Initiative University last month, junior Sam Peurifoy left with more than memories. The chemistry major’s USolar project, which aims to educate future voters on the importance of alternative energy, was selected for funding through the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge. | more
Sports Hall of Fame New Members
Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members
Football stars Rusty Medearis, Winston Moss, Kevin Patrick, Sean Taylor, and Jonathan Vilma comprised half of the 10 new members inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame last week, with baseball’s Alex Fernandez, women’s basketball's Kym Hope, diver Chris Mantilla, track and field’s Lauryn Williams, and football coach Rob Chudzinski rounding out the honorees. | more
Randy Ableman
Ableman, Dorman Dive to the Top of the ACC
The Miami diving program pulled in two major awards last week, as Randy Ableman was named ACC Men’s Diving Coach of the Year and Sam Dorman captured ACC Men’s Diver of the Year honors.
  • Thompson Named to Golden Spikes Watch List | more
Autumn Sonata
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Islands of Creation
Evolutionary Biologist Hits Another Jackpot—with New Movie About ‘One-in-a-Million Occurrence’
Reluctant to trust his research findings about how species evolve to filmmakers more interested in drama than science, evolutionary biologist J. Albert C. Uy found the perfect pair to explain his discoveries—two of his former post-doc researchers whose documentary, Islands of Creation, premieres on Thursday, April 23 at UM’s Bill Cosford Cinema before debuting on the Smithsonian Channel in July. | more
UM Family Day with the Miami Marlins
Don’t Miss Out! Bring Your Family to Cheer on the Miami Marlins and UM
Ticket distribution for UM’s Family Day with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, May 2—when the Marlins face the Philadelphia Phillies—continues this week, when regular and contract employees can receive one complimentary ticket and buy two more for $1 apiece. The first three tickets come with food vouchers. Extra tickets are available for $9 each. Employees who already purchased separate extra tickets may exchange all their tickets for seats that are together. | more
Week of Well-Being
Week of Well-Being
Faculty and Staff Shape Their Bodies, Minds—and Kids—during University-Wide Week of Well-Being
From a talk by author Jimmy Page on finding the “one word” to simplify your life, to financial planning sessions, talks on breast health and disease prevention, wellness fairs featuring free chair massages and vision screenings, and fitness camps led by UM alumna and personal trainer Nicole Chaplin, the University’s third annual Week of Well-Being provided plenty of opportunities for employees and students on all three campuses to tone, tighten, and test their bodies and minds. Concluded on Friday with the annual Take Our Children to Work Day, the week also gave kids a chance to see what their parents do at the U. View a slideshow. | more
Earth Week
Upcycle, Hug a Cactus, and Have Other Fun Celebrating Earth Week
The Student Government’s ECO Agency and its partners will celebrate Earth Week with an art exhibit, a solar energy fair, free food, and cool prizes at The Rock all week. Check out the activities at Earth Week at UM.
Preventing Violence in the Workplace
This lunchtime seminar, offered on all three campuses next week by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, in partnership with UM Emergency Management, will help those wishing to sharpen their capacity to detect troubled workers and discuss options for accessing help. Register through ULearn. | more
Sexual Misconduct Policy Reaffirms UM’s Commitment to Safety
Continuing its commitment to raise awareness about the prevention of sexual violence and sexual misconduct and maintain a safe and inclusive learning, living, and working environment on all campuses, UM has adopted a Sexual Misconduct Policy that provides information about the guidelines and resources available for faculty, staff, and students affected by sexual misconduct. | more
Volunteer with TeamUM at the 2015 Corporate Run
TeamUM is looking for UM faculty and staff to serve as Volunteer Event Staff at the 30th annual Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run at Bayfront Park on Thursday, April 23. Volunteers will receive a special edition staff T-shirt, a round-trip MetroRail pass, and a meal. | more
A New ULearn Experience Awaits
Beginning Tuesday, April 21, users who log into ULearn, the University’s online learning and professional development system, will see a new and improved welcome page that will simplify searches and provide easy access to user transcripts and the calendar of scheduled trainings. Questions? Contact UMIT at 305-284-6565.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training Offered at UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center | more
Autumn Sonata
Francien C. Ruwitch

A Collector’s Legacy: The Francien C. Ruwitch and the Ruwitch Family Collections Opens at the Lowe
The first public exhibition of works from the Francien C. Ruwitch and the Ruwitch Family Collections will run at the Lowe Art Museum from April 16 through September 27 as a tribute to the woman who catalyzed their very existence. An opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. | more

Autumn Sonata

Okalahoma! Opens at the Ring Theatre April 15
The first of many Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpieces, this cheery musical about a handsome cowboy and a winsome farm girl at the turn of the century is sure to have you humming long after you leave the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, where Oklahoma! runs through April 26. Purchase tickets online or at the box office.

Autumn Sonata
  • Jena Thomas’s Artificial Oasis at the University of Miami Art Gallery through April 26 | more
Autumn Sonata
  • Celebrate the Release of Mangrove’s Spring Issue at the Next USpeak on April 16 | more
  • Johnson A. Edosomwan Leadership Institute Hosts Inaugural Leadership Lecture April 16 | more
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to Combat Sexual Violence on April 20 | more
  • Center for Hemispheric Policy Hosts ‘The Economic Outlook for Argentina’ on April 21 | more
  • ‘Stories of the Peace Corps’ with President Shalala and Alberto Ibargüen on April 22 | more
  • Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting Slated for April 23 | more
  • Center for Hemispheric Policy Hosts 10th Annual Latin America Conference on April 28 | more
  • Registration Now Open for Theatre Arts Program’s Summer Theatre Academy | more
  • Ethics Film Series 2015 Presents The Fog of War on April 21 | more

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