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July 20, 2015 | Monday
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Researcher Awarded $7.8M to Continue Aging and Technology Study
The National Institute on Aging has awarded Sara J. Czaja, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the scientific director of the Center on Aging, renewed funding for the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology, bringing CREATE’s funding to more than $30 million over 21 years. In this fourth research phase, CREATE will focus on optimizing technology’s role in promoting healthy and productive aging. | more
Team Discovers Neurodegenerative Disease Gene
Researchers at the University of Miami have discovered and characterized a previously unknown disease gene linked to the degeneration of optic and peripheral nerve fibers, which has implications for all forms of neurodegeneration, including Lou Gehrig’s and Parkinson’s diseases. | more
Assistant Director of IT Audits Receives IDEA Excellence Award
Alexander Muina, the assistant director for IT Audits in the Office of Audit and Advisory Services, is the 2015 recipient of the U.S. IDEA User of Excellence Award. The UM alumnus was recognized for effectively using the data analytic software to achieve organizational goals and involve department leaders in the process of strengthening controls. | more
Miller School Leads American Heart Association Stroke Study
Miller School researchers will lead the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Mild and Rapidly Improving Stroke Study, or MaRISS, the first large standardized evaluation of long-term outcomes of people who experience mild strokes, which could help establish future treatment options. | more
Researcher Helps Provide Extended Weather Forecasts to U.S. Navy
Benjamin Kirtman, professor of atmospheric sciences and the lead principal investigator of the North American Multi-Model Ensemble, is partnering with Charles River Analytics, a developer of intelligent systems solutions, to provide the U.S. Navy a single forecast from multiple models and modeling centers for a specific location and period of time that could provide operational support in national security missions. | more
Neuroscientist Partners with Firefighters on Mindfulness Study
Following a prior UM study that suggests pre-deployment mindfulness training bolsters cognitive performance in military personnel, Amishi Jha, director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative, and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department will investigate whether mindfulness and relaxation training helps firefighters better cope with the stress and challenging nature of their demanding service. | more
Kirby Named to 2015 Butkus Award Watch List
Senior Raphael Kirby, who started all 13 games for the Hurricanes last season, finishing with 54 tackles, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions, has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2015 Butkus Award, which honors the nation’s top linebacker. | more
• Hurricanes Announce 2015 Cross Country Schedule | more
• Former UM Tennis Player Coaches Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles Champion | more
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No Kidding! Dean Recognized Among Nation’s Best Humor Columnists
An international leader in community psychology, Isaac Prilleltensky has received numerous honors for tackling a myriad of serious societal problems. Now the National Newspaper Association is recognizing the dean of the School of Education and Human Development for his humor, awarding his Miami Today piece on David Beckham’s desire to build a soccer stadium at PortMiami second Best Humorous Column in its annual writing contest. | more
Sports Medicine Researchers and Athletes Test Concussion Detection Goggles
Members of the football and women’s soccer and volleyball teams helped the Miller School’s Division of Sports Medicine test new goggles that detect mild traumatic brain injury last week at the Hecht Athletic Center. UM researchers are relying on feedback from the student-athletes to fine-tune the I-Portal PAS Goggle, which was developed by Neuro Kinetics, Inc., and can perform diagnostic tests to determine whether athletes with possible concussions can return to the field or need to seek medical attention. | more
New Media Workshop Attracts—and Nurtures—Young Talent
Dayany Sotolongo, who is practicing photographing subjects from different perspectives, is among the high school students who are living on campus and working with faculty and staff to produce a newspaper and website on the effects of climate change on South Florida. Offered to 20 local students by the School of Communication, the three-week Peace Sullivan/James Ansin High School Workshop in Journalism and New Media concludes Saturday. | more
Be Smoke-Free in August 2015
The next six-week sessions of the University’s award-winning BeSmokeFree group classes for people interested in quitting smoking begin on Wednesday, August 5, at the Coral Gables campus, and Tuesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 6, at the Miller School of Medicine campus. View a class schedule. | more
Feeling Under the Weather? Need an Annual Physical? Interested in a Free Health Assessment?
Visit your on-campus Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinic, which provides convenient, walk-in UHealth medical services for minor illnesses for just $10 a visit, as well as free annual physicals (on Tuesdays at the Coral Gables location and Wednesdays at the medical campus location); some free immunizations, and free health assessments through the Guardrails Prevention Initiative. | more
Mindful Living
Attend this monthly seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on all three campuses this week, to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. | more
• Registration Opens for September Essentials of Leadership Series | more
• Sign Up Now for This Summer’s Last Free Meditation Session at the Herbert Wellness Center | more
Visit Old Florida in the Library’s Postcard Collection
Haven’t managed a summer getaway? Take an easy and fun respite to the Miami Rare Bird Farm—which once sat at US 1 and Kendall Drive—or a number of other interesting tourist attractions from Florida’s past by browsing the Postcard Collection in UM Libraries Special Collections. Among the many stops: Southern Equestrian Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel and a F.W. Woolworth Co. store on Miracle Mile. | more
• Festival Miami Kicks Off October 16 with Stellar Lineup | more
  • Paul Martin Named Editor in Chief of Liver Transplantation Journal | more
  • College of Arts and Sciences Hosts World’s Sports Scholars 43rd Annual Conference | more
  • Applications for Provost’s Research Awards 2016 Competition Due October 5 | more
  • UM HIV/AIDS Institute Accepting Applications for FY16 Pilot Awards with a Focus on Cure Research | more

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