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August 3, 2015 | Monday

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Abrupt Climate Change May Have Rocked Cradle of Civilization
An international team led by UM researchers has found evidence that some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change during the first half of the last interglacial period. | more
Daniel Armstrong Receives Cancer Society’s St. George National Award
For his longtime devotion to improving the lives of children with cancer and his work to advance science, health policy and education, F. Daniel Armstrong, a longtime researcher with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor and executive vice chair of pediatrics, received the American Cancer Society’s 2015 St. George National Award. | more
Rudy Fernandez Joins United Way Executive Committee
Rodolfo “Rudy” Fernandez, the University’s vice president for government and community relations, has been elected to the executive committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade, where he joins other community and corporate leaders charged with advancing the organization’s mission of building community by helping people care for one another. | more
Fertile Corals Discovered in Deeper Virgin Islands Waters
In a discovery that could have important implications for the future of coral reefs worldwide, researchers have found that a threatened coral species living in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands may produce a trillion more eggs per square kilometer than those on shallow reefs. | more
Brad Kaaya Named to Manning Award Watch List
Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya, who finished his freshman year with 3,198 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes, has been named to the 2015 Manning Award Watch list, created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning. | more
New HurricaneSports.com Features Sleeker, Modernized Layout
UM Athletics has launched a new and improved HurricaneSports.com to deliver unique and exclusive content and a sleeker, modernized layout optimized for ’Canes fans who prefer to browse on their smartphones and tablets. | more
Support UM at Miami Marlins College Colors Night
The Miami Marlins invite alumni, students, faculty, staff, and fans from universities across Florida to celebrate their school during College Colors Night at Marlins Park on Friday, August 21 at 7:10 p.m. The University of Miami will participate in this special themed game night, with proceeds from UM ticket sales benefiting the UM Alumni Association. | more
For a comprehensive listing of the University of Miami's many events—including lectures, exhibitions, workshops, medical grand rounds, seminars, and more, click here.
Patient Satisfaction Soars at UMH’s Emergency Department
Following a dramatic four-month rise in patient-satisfaction scores, the Emergency Department at University of Miami Hospital stands as a textbook example of what is possible when top management commits to true change and staff is motivated by improved performance. | more
At UM, Breakthrough Miami Primes Teens for High School Success
Julissa Tello, left, and Wedley Valenbraum were among the youngsters who learned about vertebrates by building creatures of their choice out of spaghetti and marshmallows during Breakthrough Miami's College Bound summer institute. For the second year, the program brought motivated rising ninth graders to the School of Education and Human Development with the goal of keeping them academically engaged during their summer break. | more
The U’s ‘Historic Front Door’ a Finalist for 2015 City Beautiful Awards
Continuing to draw notice for its restoration, the two-story wood building known by its 1300 Campo Sano address is a finalist for Coral Gables’ City Beautiful Awards and will be formally recognized at the Good Morning Coral Gables Breakfast on Thursday, August 20 at the Biltmore Hotel. The 1947 building, which served as UM’s first registration and administration center, already has won three major preservation awards.
Sow Seeds of Compassion at Work
Compassionate workplace cultures have been correlated with job satisfaction, commitment to the company, and accountability for performance. Join this Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminar, offered at lunchtime on all three campuses this week, to discover how we may become positive agents for sowing this contagious, delicate, and precious commodity. | more
New ULearn Features Manage Transcripts and Track Progress
ULearn has introduced a new Transcript page and Curriculum Player to provide users a more appealing interface and more control in managing transcripts, accessing assigned training, and tracking course progress and completions. For more information, visit ulearn.miami.edu and go to the “Quick links” section under “New System Updates.”
Be Smoke-Free in August 2015
The next sessions of the University’s award-winning BeSmokeFree group classes for people interested in quitting smoking begin Wednesday, August 5, at the Coral Gables campus, and Tuesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 6, at the Miller School of Medicine campus. | more
  • Register for Essentials of Leadership September Series by August 21 | more
Ring Theatre Opens the Season with Tennessee Williams
The College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Theatre Arts kicks off its 2015-2016 season at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre with interim artistic director Peter Ellenstein at the helm and a collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams’ short plays, Tennessee’s Treasures, premiering September 23 and running through October 3. | more
Employees Receive $5 Off Festival Miami Tickets
Faculty and staff may take $5 off per ticket for up to four tickets for any one or all 19 eligible Festival Miami concerts between October 16 and November 7, including the November 1 performance of hip hop duo Black Violin. Use promo code EMP515 at check out and don’t wait. The offer ends at midnight on Thursday, October 1. | more
  •  Closing Reception for NAKED on August 8 | more
  • First Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Graduates Earn Board Certification | more
  • Dr. Jaime R. Merchan Selected for NIH Developmental Therapeutics Study Section | more
  •  Run 4-LIFE on October 11 to Benefit Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation | more
  • Applications for UM HIV/AIDS Institute’s FY16 Pilot Awards Due August 5 | more

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