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April 20, 2015 | Monday 
Jay S. Skyler, Mary E. McKay, and René Sacasas
Faculty Senate Honors ‘Change Agents’ Who Help Shape the U

Jay S. Skyler, Mary E. Mckay, and René Sacasas—three distinguished faculty members described as “change agents” by UM President Donna E. Shalala—were honored by the Faculty Senate last week for their outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service to the institution. | more
James Newton Howard
Award-Winning Film Composer to Lead Henry Mancini Institute

James Newton Howard, one of the most versatile and respected composers working in film today, was named the new artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute. He will succeed film composer, arranger, and multi-Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and bandleader Terence Blanchard, who has served with distinction as artistic director for seven years. | more
Brian Blake
Graduate School Dean M. Brian Blake Headed to Drexel University

M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., who has always had the best interests of students and faculty in mind during his three-year tenure as UM’s vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, is stepping down to become the next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University beginning August 1. | more
UM to Create 'Third Places' with Knight Grant

The School of Architecture has received $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring “third places”— community spaces, marketplaces, incubators, and training centers—to two underserved Miami neighborhoods, creating opportunities for local businesses by establishing spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture, and entertainment. | more
Graduate Awards Ceremony
School Honors Top Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Graduate School recognized nine faculty, staff, and students at the 2014-2015 Graduate Awards Ceremony, including the College of Engineering’s Nurcin Celik as Faculty Mentor of the Year and the Miller School’s Sandra Lemmon as the Outstanding Graduate Program Director. | more
JoNel Newman
JoNel Newman Wins National Clinical Law Award

Miami Law’s JoNel Newman, professor of clinical education and director of the Health Rights Clinic, has been selected to receive the 2015 AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education’s M. Shanara Gilbert Award, which honors emerging clinicians who demonstrate a commitment to teaching and achieving social justice. | more
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant
Grant Helps Future of Nursing Scholars Earn Ph.D.s

The School of Nursing and Health Studies is one of only 25 nursing schools in the nation to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to support Future of Nursing Scholars while they complete their Ph.D. degrees. | more
Etiony Aldarondo, Stephanie Coontz, and Phil N. Cohen
Scholars Discuss Social Change in the Digital Age

Humor, blogs, and media outreach are among the ways that academics can impact social change, according to distinguished scholars who spoke at the Community Well-Being Forum at the Newman Alumni Center. | more
Whitten University Center
Whitten University Center Turns 50

Join in the celebration of the Whitten University Center’s 50th birthday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Don’t miss a special diving demonstration at the UC Pool at 12:45 p.m., or the music, giveaways, free food, and more for students and the entire UM community. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
Whitten University Center
Share Your Website with the New My Web Center

Are you responsible for managing a University of Miami website? Are you part of a team who contributes or maintains a website at UM? Then share your website details using the University's new My Web Center tool, one of University Communications’ exciting new digital initiatives. | 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 county commissioners will officially break ground at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23, on a long-awaited pedestrian overpass at the University Metrorail Station, 5400 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. The University community is invited to attend the ceremony.
Compliance Corner: Seasons End, but NCAA Rules Never Go On Break
Many of UM’s intercollegiate athletic teams have concluded their seasons, but NCAA rules still affect student-athletes, coaches, institutional staff members, and fans throughout the year, not just during the playing season. Fans, including faculty and staff, should keep that and other reminders in mind during the summer. | more
Womens Hoops
Women’s Hoops Set for Foreign Tour this August
Coming off its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five years, the women’s basketball team hits the overseas highway August 9-18, when it plays four exhibition games over a ten-day, eight-night trip that includes stops in Amsterdam, Belgium, and Paris. | more
Autumn Sonata
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Dr. Julio Frenk with students
Physician and Global Citizen Julio Frenk Named UM’s Sixth President
Julio Frenk’s father and his family escaped the horrors of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, fleeing to Mexico, which though poorer was far richer in tolerance. The decision probably saved their lives and paved the path that led the 61-year-old Mexican-born physician from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health to the University of Miami, where he will assume the presidency September 1. | more
Prestigious Awards
Students and Alumni Inspire a Love Affair with Prestigious Awards
As Prestigious Awards and Fellowships director Kefryn Reese says, “Finding the right fellowship is like finding true love. You don’t have to be perfect, just perfect for each other.” Her amusing words kicked off last week’s annual Prestigious Awards and Fellowships Reception and Recognition Ceremony, where Nicolas Rongione, with microphone, was among the six distinguished alumni and students who discussed how their fellowship experiences shaped their lives. | more
Airbus Helicopter H125
One-of-a-Kind Flying Laboratory Gives Flight to Research
The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science new Helicopter Observation Platform, an Airbus Helicopters H125, can collect critical scientific information at the Earth’s surface—land or sea—while carrying an internal scientific payload of up to 1,000 pounds, cruising at 140 knots, and ranging 350 nautical miles. | more
John M. Goldberg, M.D.
’Canes Go Bald for Kids with Cancer
’Canes and campus visitors lined the steps of the Rock Plaza last week to watch volunteers, including John M. Goldberg, M.D., director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program, get their heads shaved to support pediatric cancer research. | more
Zombie Apocalypse
Deadly Virus Breeds Zombies—and the Finer Points of Disaster Nursing
The BankUnited Center Fieldhouse was transformed into zombie central this month when the School of Nursing and Health Studies and Office of Emergency Management joined local agencies in an exercise to practice distributing emergency medications during a terrorist attack—in this case one unleashed by a virus that turned people into zombies. | more
UM Family Day with the Miami Marlins
Last Chance to Join the Fun—and Superstar Giancarlo Stanton—on UM’s Family Day with the Miami Marlins
Regular and contract employees have one more opportunity this week to receive one complimentary ticket and buy two more for $1 apiece for UM’s Family Day with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, May 2, when the Miami Marlins face the Philadelphia Phillies. Each game ticket comes with a food voucher; extra tickets are available for $9 each. Read more and view the ticket distribution schedule.
Preventing Violence in the Workplace
This lunchtime seminar, offered on all three campuses this 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.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, April 21, 12-1 p.m., University Center, room 211

Miller School campus: Wednesday, April 22, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, April 23, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room | 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.
Register by April 25 for Essentials of Leadership May 2015 Series
Managers at the University have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills with Essentials of Leadership, a specialized leadership program sponsored by Human Resources and comprising interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities, and coaching. Learn more at the Essentials of Leadership Program, or contact Workforce Engagement and Development at 305-243-3090.
Mindful Living
The next monthly Mindful Living seminar, offered next week on all three campuses by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. | more
  • Staff Performance Review Period Extended through April 30 | more
Autumn Sonata
Francien C. Ruwitch

Journey to the Islands of Creation at World Premiere
Join UM biologist Al Uy on a journey to a spectacular and remote archipelago where he is discovering how new species are born at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, when the documentary about his research, Islands of Creation, premieres at the Bill Cosford Cinema. RSVP and read more about the film.

Oklahoma! Continues at the Ring Theatre through April 26
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
  • Ethics Film Series 2015 Presents The Fog of War on April 21 | more
Autumn Sonata
  • ‘Stories of the Peace Corps’ with President Shalala and Alberto Ibargüen on April 22 | more
  • Sign Up Now to Volunteer for Spring Commencement | more
  • Service Interruption for Retrieving Richter Library Off-Site Materials from April 20 to May 6 | more
  • ‘Out of the Kitchen’ Hosted by Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot to Benefit Diabetes Research Institute | more
  • Andres Duany Discusses ‘Heterdoxia Architectonica’ April 22 | more
  • Using a UM Facility for a Camp Program? Be Sure to Complete Essential Paperwork | 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
  • Registration Now Open for Theatre Arts Program’s Summer Theatre Academy | more
  • Spring Graduate Faculty Meeting Slated for April 23 | more
  • Center for Hemispheric Policy Hosts 10th Annual Latin America Conference on April 28 | more

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