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September 8, 2015 | Tuesday

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President Frenk Wants to Hear from You
University of Miami President Julio Frenk will host a Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 at the BankUnited Center, where he wants members of the UM community to share their input, comments, and thoughts about the University and its future. The forum will include a Q & A session with pre-submitted and live questions. Submit your questions now, using #AskFrenk. Tickets are available through the BankUnited Center. | more
Fall Ushers in New and Favorite Dining Fare
With a renovated Hurricane Food Court and dining halls, new vegetarian and Kosher offerings, and other expanded dining options, the fall semester has ushered in many appealing changes for the ever-changing Generation Z demographic and every other palate on campus. Among the newcomers: Fresh Fusion, a vegetarian eatery co-located with Jamba Juice in the Shalala Student Center. | more
Interns Give Brothers a Chance to Thrive
Acting as the voice of the boys, Miami Law students and graduates who interned in the Children & Youth Law Clinic under the supervision of clinic Co-Director Kele Stewart obtained court rulings that will allow two brothers with disabilities to remain in the stable and nurturing home of their maternal aunt. | more
New Model of Cognitive Flexibility Gives Insight into Autism Spectrum Disorder
In a paper published by Trends in Neurosciences last week, UM researchers propose a new model for cognitive flexibility—the ability most of us have to abruptly shift our thoughts and adapt to changes—that may improve our understanding of behavioral and neurological disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder. | more
Online MBA Program Attracts Professionals from Across the U.S.
More than 30 working professionals from 12 states and a wide range of backgrounds have joined the inaugural class of the School of Business Administration's first online MBA program, which as Dean Gene Anderson notes, will confer a degree that remains “the best value in higher education today in terms of personal and professional development.” | more
Student Organization Receives Top Honor
The Hispanic National Bar Association has awarded its 2014-2015 Law Student Organization of the Year Award to Miami Law’s Hispanic Law Student Association, which faculty advisor Teresa J. Verges noted recognizes “the exceptional talent, dedication and commitment to service of our student members.” | more
Duke, Louisville among Tough Opponents on Miami’s ACC Schedule
Home games against national powers Duke and Louisville, a road test against the powerful North Carolina Tar Heels, and home-and-away contests against Notre Dame and Florida State are among the demanding matchups on the Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team’s 2015-16 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball schedule, which head coach Jim Larrañaga said will require his squad to “play at our best every single night.” | more
Hurricane Great Alonzo Highsmith to Host UMSHoF Celebrity Golf Tournament
Alonzo Highsmith, an explosive fullback on the 1983 Hurricanes football squad that captured UM’s first national championship with a stunning 31-30 Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska, will host the 23rd annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit the Hurricane Club on Friday, October 23 at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables. | more
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Honorary Captain Frenk Helps Hurricanes Start Season on a Winning Note
New University of Miami President Julio Frenk did a lot more than cheer for the Hurricanes in their season opener Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. Frenk served as the squad's honorary captain, participating in the on-field coin toss and giving a pregame pep talk to UM linebacker and Butkus Award candidate Raphael Kirby (above). Playing in new Adidas uniforms, the 'Canes put on a show for their honorary captain and president, as Brad Kaaya passed for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Corn Elder returned a punt 72 yards for another score to crush Bethune-Cookman 45-0. | more
Sylvester Launches Research Partnership with South Florida Firefighters
In an initiative supported by nearly $1 million in state funding, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is leading a new research partnership with South Florida fire rescue departments to determine why firefighters face a high risk of cancer and search for ways to improve their health and safety. | more
In a Single Breath, Ocean Scientist Breaks National Freediving Record
UM’s Claire Paris, the director of the Physical-Biological Interactions Laboratory at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, claimed the USA Women’s National Freediving record by swimming for three minutes, seven seconds, and 420 feet underwater on one breath. “I have dedicated my life to the study and conservation of the ocean and freediving makes me feel one with the water,” she said. | more
Grad Walks Away with International Prize for Johnny Walker Spot
Except for Johnny Walker, nobody really knows the secret behind The Black Label, but alumnus Tim Warren won the student Finalist Award at the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards for his Master of Fine Arts thesis exploring the mystique of the world’s most widely distributed Scotch. | more
Apply for Leadership Miami Today
Make Miami a better place to live and work as a member of the Leadership Miami Class of 2015-2016. The University is looking for enthusiastic individuals interested in joining the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce leadership program, which offers participants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a dynamic series of lectures, interactive seminars, small group discussions, and exercises. To apply, submit the completed application to mherris@miami.edu by Wednesday, September 16. | more
Become a School-to-Work Mentor
Support the U’s mission of transforming lives by becoming a School-to-Work mentor in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. This outreach program, which is designed to help high school students improve their chances of graduating and transitioning into the workplace, gives faculty and staff the opportunity to influence lives by giving just a few hours of time each month. For more information, attend an upcoming information session or contact John Square, manager for inclusion programs. | more
Herbert Wellness Center’s Cooking Classes Open September 16 with Summer’s Bounty: Fruits and Vegetables
Members and non-members alike can register for the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s instructional cooking classes, which begin Wednesday, September 16, with Summer’s Bounty: Fruits and Vegetables. Classes include personalized cooking lessons by chef Mercedes Varela-Mendez, a meal, and plenty of leftovers. | more
Mindful Living
This month’s Mindful Living seminar, offered on all three campuses next week by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, will focus on cultivating gratitude. 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
Elisabeth Condon Discusses Her Career—and Travels—as an Artist
Noted visual artist Elisabeth Condon, whose Chinese ink paintings and paper works influenced by abstract expressionism have been exhibited around the world and earned her numerous prizes and foundation and university research grants, will discuss her career at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, at the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Her talk is free and open to the public. | more
Dürer to Rubens: Northern European Art from the Bass Museum to Debut at the Lowe
Beginning with a public reception on Thursday, October 8, the Lowe Art Museum will host a selection of outstanding Renaissance- and Baroque-era works in a range of media—including oil on canvas, tempera on panel, enamel on porcelain, and textiles—from the permanent collection of the Bass Museum of Art, which is closed to the public for a year while it undergoes interior renovations. | more
• Employees Receive $5 Off Festival Miami Tickets with Promo Code | more
  • Activists Who Brought Down Confederate Flag to Speak at UM September 9 | more
  • LGBTQ-Ally Mentorship Program Seeks Mentors | more
  • Students Can Get Career-Ready by Attending ‘Dress for Success’ Fashion Show on September 9 | more
  • Television Historian Yeidy M. Rivero Discusses ‘Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial Television, 1950-1960’ on September 9 | more
  • UMPD Hosts Annual Safety Fair at the UC Rock on September 10 | more
  • Women in Tech Careers Discuss ‘Make a Living, Have a Life’ on September 15 | more
  • September Faculty Senate Meeting Changed to September 24 | more
  • Sign Up for Workshop on Writing Applications for NIH and NSF Grants on September 25 | more
  • Engage in a Conversation about Expanding Career Opportunities for Ph.D.s in the Libraries‌ on September 25 | more
  • Applications for Provost’s Research Awards 2016 Competition Due October 5 | more

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