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August 10, 2015 | Monday

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Jean-Pierre Bardet Named Dean of the College of Engineering
A distinguished engineer and water expert whose professional interests range from earthquake engineering and tsunamis to geomechanics, civil infrastructure systems, and megacities has been named dean of UM’s College of Engineering. Jean-Pierre Bardet, who served as dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering and headed its Urban Water Institute, will join UM August 15. | more
After Years of Blindness, ‘Bionic Eye’ Helps Bascom Palmer Patient See
A woman who had been blind for 16 years has partially regained her sight thanks to an innovative “bionic eye” system implanted by a surgical team at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, who performed the first such procedure in Florida and only the 70th in the world. | more
Felicia Knaul, Leader in Global Health and Social Policy in the Americas, Appointed to UM Faculty
An international health economist and expert in Latin American health systems and social sectors, Felicia Knaul joins the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences beginning August 16. Knaul, who is married to UM President Julio Frenk, will serve as a tenured professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School and director of the Miami Institute for the Americas on the Coral Gables campus. | more
Researchers Head to the Clouds to Study Their Effect on Climate
Nearly 40 years after taking his first measurements of clouds off the California coast from a plane, Professor Bruce Albrecht has returned to the Pacific skies equipped with new state-of-the-art technologies to understand the effects of low-lying clouds on global climate. | more
History Professor Kate Ramsey Named Gabelli Senior Scholar
Kate Ramsey, associate professor of history and author of the award-winning book, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti, has been named a Gabelli Senior Scholar, a three-year appointment that carries a generous annual research award from the College of Arts and Sciences. | more
Rita Deutsch Leaves Enduring Legacy
As a mentor to countless students, a passionate activist for women’s rights, and the recipient of numerous awards, including one that bears her name, Rita Deutsch, the longtime associate dean of student academic services in the College of Arts and Sciences, left an indelible impact on the University. She passed away August 4, at age 83. | 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. UM will participate in this special themed game night, with proceeds from UM ticket sales benefiting the UM Alumni Association. | more
Men’s Hoops Announces 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule
A home matchup against the Florida Gators, a grueling three-game slate in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament, and a road test against the Nebraska Cornhuskers are among the demanding challenges the men’s basketball team will face during a 2015-16 nonconference schedule head coach Jim Larrañaga says will prepare his squad for rigorous league play. | more
Preseason Honors for Quarterback Brad Kaaya Continue to Pour In
With the Hurricanes football team now in preparations for the 2015 campaign, star quarterback Brad Kaaya has received yet another preseason accolade. The California native, who set UM single-season freshman passing records for yards (3,198) and touchdowns (26), has been named to the watch list for the 2015 College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Trophy. | more
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A New Era: Julio Frenk Discusses UM, Global Connectivity, and the Future
Julio Frenk, the Harvard dean and physician introduced in April as the successor to Donna E. Shalala, takes the reins as the University of Miami’s sixth president August 16, inaugurating an era that undoubtedly has the entire UM community buzzing. During a recent interview with UM News, Frenk shared some of his views on a variety of topics—from what makes UM unique, to why a global perspective is important to the institution, and to the challenges that lie ahead. Read the story and view the videos.  | more
Premed Student Fights His Way into the Pro Ring
When Courtney “CJ” Jackson enrolled at UM in 2012 on the post-September 11 G.I. Bill, the former Navy medic took up boxing as a hobby. Now, with two intercollegiate championships under his belt, the biology major is poised to fight his first local professional bout in Miami this week—a match UM’s boxing coach says could put him on the road to a world title. | more
Swimmingly—That’s How the Whitten University Pool Renovation is Proceeding
About a third of the way through its first major renovation since the 1960s, the Whitten University Center pool is slated to reopen by November with a new chlorine system, deeper basin, and new deck—upgrades that will make the 650,000-gallon oasis even more enjoyable for students, faculty, and staff. The shallow end also is being deepened to 4.5 feet—from 4 feet—to accommodate national and amateur swimming events. “It’s served the University well for many decades,” said Nicholas Rau, associate director of the Student Center Complex, “but it was time to bring it into the modern age.”
Mindful Living
This month’s seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on all three campuses next week, will focus on developing a contemplative practice. Attend 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
Register for Essentials of Leadership September Series by August 21
Managers at the University have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills with Essentials of Leadership, a UM Human Resources-sponsored program of interactive modules, discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities, and coaching. Enrollment for the September series runs through August 21. | more
The Stanford Prison Experiment: What Happens When a College Psych Study Goes Shockingly Wrong
Directed by UM alumnus Kyle Patrick Alvarez, this psychological thriller showing at the Cosford Cinema through Thursday, August 13, chronicles the true story of a Stanford University professor who cast 24 students as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior. The results astonished the world, with participants quickly morphing from middle-class undergrads to sadists and submissive victims. | more
Buy Festival Miami Tickets Now and Receive $5 Off Each Ticket
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. Use promo code EMP515 at check out and don’t wait. The offer ends at midnight onThursday, October 1. | more
  • Ring Theatre Opens the Season with Tennessee Williams | more
  • Edward Julbe Receives 2015 Robert and Christine Staub Faculty Excellence Award | more
  • Study Offers New Insights on Hurricane Intensity, Pollution Transport | more
  • Join the Pediatric Palliative Care Team August 13 for a Lantern Ceremony Remembering Loved Ones |more
  • Liberal Arts a Lost Cause? School of Communication’s Joseph Treaster Explores the Answer in The New York Times | more
  • Need to Post a Student-Employment Job Opportunity? | more
  • Support School of Architecture’s Rome Program with a Day of Golf at the Biltmore | more
  • Run 4-LIFE on October 11 to Benefit Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation | more

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