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January 27, 2014 | Monday 
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Lawyers and Legal Scholars Promote Marriage Equality in the Courts and Classroom
A day after six same-sex couples filed suit in Miami-Dade County for the right to marry, one of their lawyers and the School of Law launched a timely course, “Marriage Equality: Practical Implications for a Post-DOMA Landscape” that will explore the rapidly evolving implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages. | more
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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Researchers Pioneer Treatment for Genetic Vision Defect

A research team led by ophthalmology professor John Guy has pioneered a novel technological treatment for Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, an inherited genetic defect that causes rapid, permanent, and bilateral loss of central vision in people of all ages, but primarily men between 20 and 40. | more

UM Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Receives $1 Million Endowment Gift
The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded a $1 million endowment to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami in recognition of the program’s efforts to extend membership and further develop stimulating learning opportunities for Miami residents aged 50 and older. Serving nearly 600 members, the program offers more than 200 courses both on and off campus. | more

Evolutionary Geneticist Named Inaugural James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation
Kevin G. McCracken, an evolutionary geneticist formerly at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been named the inaugural James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation at the University of Miami, and will serve dual appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. | more

Carlos T. Moraes Honored with Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology

Carlos T. Moraes, a professor of neurology and cell biology who has significantly advanced the understanding of the cellular mechanisms behind degenerative neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, was presented the Esther Lichtenstein Chair in Neurology this month. | more
Voice Your Choice! Cast Your Vote by January 31

Do it now! Help choose a name for the Momentum2 Faculty and Staff Campaign by Friday, January 31 and you will be eligible to win special prizes featuring the new logo. Voting is fast and easy. Just click here, then the “Cast Your Vote” button and make your selection from one of the three logos. Thanks for all of your support and for making the University of Miami an extraordinary place to work. To learn more about Momentum2 click here.
UMIT Rolls Out CaneID Self-Service Portal

Managing and registering your CaneID just got easier. Faculty, staff, and students now have access to the new CaneID Self-Service portal. Users can register and self-manage their CaneIDs, and reset their security questions or change them manually at any time. To check it out, visit caneid.miami.edu. | more
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Lauryn Williams Named to U.S. Olympic Team
Lauryn Williams, the former University of Miami track star who previously competed in three Summer Olympics as a sprinter, was among six women named to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team, which qualifies Williams for her first Winter Olympics. The first ’Cane to qualify for a Winter Olympics, Williams is now the second to qualify for four Olympics, joining diver Jose “Chemi” Gil. | more

Men’s Basketball Employee Day Game is February 8
Presented by the Offices of the President and the Provost, the 2014 University of Miami Men’s Basketball Employee Day Game is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, at BankUnited Center, with the Miami Hurricanes facing the North Carolina State Wolfpack. This year’s Employee Day offer includes gameday tickets for $1.50 each as well as tailgate party passes for the same price. | more
Coach Larrañaga Receives Suncoast Emmy Award
Before the Hurricanes played in-state rival Florida State on January 15, Miami men’s basketball head coach Jim Larrañaga received a Suncoast Emmy Award at midcourt of the BankUnited Center from Raymond Colaiacovo, of Digital Wave Productions, Inc., for his team’s participation in the making of  “Hurricane Game Day, Beating Number One.” | more
  • Lin Dunn Named an ACC Women’s Basketball Legend | more
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Toppel Center Celebrates ‘Tremendous Upgrade’ with Block Party
UM students, faculty, and staff got a firsthand look at the new Patricia and Harold Toppel Career Center when it hosted a three-hour block party showcasing its new technology and featuring tours, giveaways, music, and food. | more
Another Historic Notch: Florida’s New Lieutenant Governor is a ’Cane

In tapping Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the first Hispanic to be Florida’s lieutenant governor, Gov. Rick Scott also picked the first ’Cane to serve in the state’s No. 2 spot. | more
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NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant Drops in on UM Marketing Class

In town for the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Miami Heat, five-time NBA champ Kobe Bryant elected to spend an afternoon in one of the U’s upper-level marketing classes. | more
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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Tropical Biologist Ensures His Department’s Conservation Legacy
A biology professor who has worked in tropical forests for decades, Steven Green is as committed to preserving the unique habitat as he is to giving future generations the chance to enjoy them. Read his story, then click here and tell us why you support the U, or about a colleague who does.
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Walking Your Way to Better Health
Not enough time to exercise? Try squeezing some physical activity into your workday by joining the Well ’Canes Try the Stairs initiative. Taking the stairs can help strengthen your legs, burn calories, and increase blood flow, reducing the risk of heart-related illness, stroke, and high blood pressure. | more

Get Moving in a New Direction and Earn $250
South Florida Commuter Services is providing a $250 carpool incentive to University of Miami faculty, staff, and students who carpool to the Coral Gables campus at least 10 times during the months of March and April. To qualify for the incentive program and receive the initial $50 incentive, participants must register their carpool online at www.Get2UM.com by February 28. | more

2014 Corporate Run/Walk Registration Now Open
Put on your running shoes and join Team UM for an evening of healthy fun with friends and colleagues. The Corporate Run/Walk, a 5K (3.1-mile) race around downtown Miami, takes place on Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m., with all Team UM proceeds benefiting the United Way of Miami-Dade. | more

  • University of Miami Behavioral Health Benefits Now Offered Through Concordia | more
  • Improve Your Well-Being and Earn $300 | more
  • Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home? | more
  • Time to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle? Join the Psychological Services Center’s Healthy Lifestyle Group | more
  • Discounted Miami Heat Tickets for University Faculty and Staff | more
Ring Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Resumes February 12 with ‘Floyd Collins’
New York magazine proclaimed Floyd Collins “the original and daring musical of our day.” It tells the story of a man who is trapped 200 feet underground while chasing his dream of turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction. This haunting musical—one of the most acclaimed in recent years—voices the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer. Tickets for the show, which runs February 12-22, are now on sale. | more
‘Finished in Beauty’ and ‘Pueblo to Pueblo’ Debut at Lowe Art Museum
The Lowe Art Museum debuts two new exhibitions this month. Featuring 19 examples of Navajo wearing blankets, “Finished in Beauty: Navajo Weaving from the Permanent Collection” examines three categories of these beautiful, hand-woven works of art: the chief blanket, women’s garments, and the sarape, all drawn from the Lowe’s Alfred I. Barton Collection of Native American Art. “Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery” consists of 74 Pueblo Indian pottery vessels and supporting materials, dating from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries and illustrating the remarkable variety of pottery created during that very dynamic time of transformation. Both exhibitions run though March 23.
  • Acclaimed Journalist and Author Malcolm Gladwell to Speak at UM | more
  • School of Communication Staffer and Talented Visual Artist Mupalia 'Mupi' Wakhisi Passes Away | more
  • Miller School Dean Emeritus Bernard J. Fogel Honored at Retirement Reception | more
  • Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes Named Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer | more
  • Wanted: Motivated UM Students to Explore the Galapagos Islands This Summer | more
  • Department of History Presents Mark Noll on “The Bible in the Civil War: Controversy, Combatants, Consequences” | more
  • College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: The Forces Shaping Health Care Delivery and Challenges for Systems Engineering/Operations Research | more
  • Beaux Arts Children’s Spring Art Classes and Camp Registration Opens | more
  • Real Estate MBA Students Named First Witkoff Scholars | more
  • Forbes Honors Alumnus on ‘30 Under 30’ Media List | more
  • Faculty Senate Meets January 29 on Medical Campus | more
  • Celebrate Four-Legged Furry ’Canes By Submitting Their Best-Dressed Photos to the Alumni Association | more
  • UM Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Response Team Seeks Volunteer Advocates | more
  • Office of Student Employment Accepting Nominations for Student Employee of the Year | more
  • Apply for New Ph.D. in Community Well-Being Program by February 1 | more
  • Iron Arrow Nominations for Spring Semester Due February 3 | more
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers Boating Skills and Seamanship Course on Gables Campus | more

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