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May 18, 2015 | Monday 
Monica Webb Hooper
Psychologist Awarded $1.9M for Smoking Cessation Research

Associate Professor Monica Webb Hooper, one of the nation’s leading researchers into why African Americans and Hispanics are less likely than Caucasians to quit smoking, even if they participate in cessation programs, has received a $1.9 million grant from Florida’s James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program to determine if cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce disparities in the ability to quit smoking. | more
members of the Southern Strike Battalion
‘Family of Soldiers’ Returns to UM for ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

The Army Song rang out in the Newman Alumni Center as 16 members of the Southern Strike Battalion, including four UM graduates, transitioned from cadets to second lieutenants at a spirited and sentimental Commissioning Ceremony, which UM President Donna E. Shalala opened by noting, “Every generation of my family has served in the U.S. Army.” | more
Gold Humanism Inductees
UM’s First Gold Humanism Inductees Honored for Compassion

Elected by their peers, 29 third-year medical students are the first inductees into the Miller School’s newly established chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, an arm of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which represents medical students, doctors, and other medical professionals who exemplify humanistic clinical care and leadership. | more
Hitomi Maeno, Daniel Clavijo and Jessica Stefanick
Students Earn Scholarships from The Villagers

Sophomore Hitomi Maeno, senior Daniel Clavijo, and junior Jessica Stefanick have been awarded preservation scholarships by The Villagers, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to restoring and preserving historic sites in greater Miami and, over the years, has given more than $142,000 to School of Architecture students interested in pursuing preservation projects. | more
students in the FIRST Step program
Freshmen Take the FIRST Step to Gain a Global Perspective

From women in the workplace in India to corruption in Turkey, Russia, China, South America, and South Africa, freshmen tackled key business issues for companies heading abroad as part of their required FIRST Step course, which is designed to help students understand “that being culturally competent is an essential skill in the global economy.” | more
Immigration Clinic
Clinic Earns Notice for Efforts on Behalf of Unaccompanied Children

In an effort recognized by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and other organizations, Miami Law’s Immigration Clinic took on the case of an 11-year-old boy whose deportation court case was dismissed by an immigration judge but reversed on appeal. Law students are still trying to halt the child’s deportation so he can live with his parents. | more
Jim Larranaga
Men’s Basketball Squad to Face Nebraska in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
The 2015-16 college hoops season is still months away, but excitement is already building over one of Miami’s early-season matchups on December 1, when the Hurricanes will face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, as part of the 17th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. | more
Stephanie Wagner
Wagner Named ITA SE Region Player to Watch
Stephanie Wagner, a First Team All-ACC selection who posted a 16-4 singles record in dual tennis matches this season, has been named the 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Region Player to Watch, a distinction that automatically places her in the pool for ITA National Player to Watch honors. | more
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Two Motion Picture Students
Motion Picture Students Adapt 9/11 Story by Stephen King for the Silver Screen
Facing certain death after the planes hit the World Trade Center, the young woman leaps from a window, enveloped only by soothing thoughts of her beloved as she falls. School of Communication students and graduates, who last week filmed that scene adapted from a Stephen King story on the patio outside the Bill Cosford Cinema, are learning the magic of movies, and of turning a compelling story into an even more compelling screenplay. | more
Employees at the Walking Canes luncheon
Employees Lose Weight and Gain Health One Step at a Time
President Donna E. Shalala hosted her final Walking ’Canes luncheon last Thursday to recognize the top participants in the University’s exercise incentive program, which was developed 12 years ago by Tony Musto, director of fitness programs at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. | more
Miami Beach Honors a Champion for the Autism Community
Tropical Gastronomies Launches UM Libraries’ Culinary History Initiative
Renown chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken and other local food experts reflected on South Florida’s abundant offerings, strong multicultural seasonings, and rich supply of untapped resources during Tropical Gastronomies, a panel discussion moderated by Special Collections’ Cristina Favretto, who announced the library is establishing and seeking historical material for a new Culinary History Collection of Florida. View the discussion. | more
Últimas Tribus

Ready to Toss Your Personal Device? Trade It In!
Yes, the U Tech Source will take old technology, even if it doesn’t work, off your hands. Simply bring your device to the UM Bookstore or visit miami.tradeitin.net to receive a quote for its trade-in value, which you’ll receive on a gift card. Not only can you apply the gift card to the purchase of anything in the bookstore, you’ll be helping the environment because your device will be recycled. Visit miami.tradeitin.net for a quote now.

Autumn Sonata
Flexible Summer Workweek Program Begins May 28
The Flexible Summer Workweek Program, which provides employees on the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel campuses the opportunity to take care of personal and family obligations while fulfilling work commitments, will run from May 28 through August 5 this year. To participate, please complete the Flexible Summer Workweek Agreement Form and discuss it with your manager for review, approval, and submission prior to the start of the flexible schedule requested. | more
Mindful Living
This month’s seminar will focus on mindful movement, the practice of using gentle stretching and movement exercises to reduce mental, physical, and emotional stress. It will be facilitated by Carol Kaminsky, a board certified dance-movement therapist and faculty member in UM’s dance program who has taught mindful movement and meditation for stress reduction for more than 20 years. Register through ULearn. | more

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, May 19, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, second-floor training room

Miller School campus: Wednesday, May 20, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, May 21, 12-1 p.m., Library, Map and Chart Room
  • Register Now for Free Meditation Session on May 26 at the Herbert Wellness Center | more
Francien C. Ruwitch

Celebrate Art Museum Day with Free Admission at the Lowe
In observance of Art Museum Day and International Museum Day, the Lowe Art Museum will offer complimentary admission on Tuesday, May 19. Drop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view the Lowe’s special exhibitions, A Collector's Legacy: Highlights from The Francien C. Ruwitch and the Ruwitch Family Collections and 
Carlos Llerena Aguirre: Últimas Tribus (Last Tribes), or other objects from its world-class collection spanning 5,000 years of human history.

Autumn Sonata
  • Construction on New Merrick Garage Set to Begin May 19; Three Lots to Close | more
  • The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Breaks Ceremonial Ground on the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center | more
  • Call for Faculty-Led Study Abroad Proposals; Intent to Propose Forms Due June 15 | more
  • Rosenstiel School Offers New Graduate Degree Track in Remote Sensing | more
  • Office of Controller Hosts Fiscal Year-End Survival Training for Coral Gables Campus on May 20 | more

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