Apply Today for Leadership Miami

Develop your leadership skills and make a difference in the community as a member of the Leadership Miami Class of 2014-2015. Leadership Miami brings together Miami-Dade County’s emerging leaders for an intensive learning experience that focuses on community issues and leadership skills. The University is looking for enthusiastic individuals interested in making Miami a better place to live and to work. A program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami offers participants the opportunity to connect with Miami’s leaders through a dynamic series of lectures, interactive seminars, small group discussions, and leadership skills exercises.

The opening conference will be held on October 17 and 18. Throughout the six-month program, participants are required to attend monthly Saturday sessions, complete fieldwork assignments, and implement a community service project with their teammates. The cost of tuition is $1,075, and a limited number of scholarships will be available. For more information about the program or to download an application click here or call 305-284-5478. Completed applications must be submitted to mherris@miami.edu for scholarship consideration. The deadline for submission is August 27.




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Research Ethics Consultations: Expanded Intercampus Service

Now a key part of the University of Miami’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the UM Ethics Programs’ Research Ethics Consultation Service (RECS) has expanded its services for addressing ethical issues that arise during the development, conduct, analysis, or reporting of research.

RECS consultations are provided without charge to UM faculty, staff, and trainees conducting research. RECS consultants provide those requesting consultations with a non-binding “advisory” response.

Since their inception nearly 25 years ago, UM Ethics Programs have provided research ethics consultation services on a variety of topics. Now, these consultations are provided as a matter of course to CTSI grantees, who receive a “points to consider” review of their projects.

“The goal of a comprehensive research ethics consult program is to help scholars see and address ethical issues that commonly arise in their work,” said Kenneth W. Goodman, director of the UM Bioethics Program and co-director of the University-wide Ethics Programs. “It is not to point fingers, smite evildoers, or seek out wrongdoing. This raises the bar for high-quality ethics support.”

The service is now expanded to all students; those taking NIH- or NSF-required courses in the responsible conduct of research are explicitly told about the service. Also, ethics consultations, traditionally offered to scientists, are now also available to scholars in the humanities.

RECS complements but does not supersede the work of other entities at UM that are involved in the supervision of research, such as the Human Subjects Research Office (HSRO) and its Institutional Review Boards (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), or the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR). In particular, interactions with RECS consultants do not supplant any reporting requirements to/for these other UM entities (e.g., reporting to the anonymous ‘Cane Watch hotline).




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Herbert Wellness Center Offers Massage Discount for UM Employees

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 30, 2014) – A relaxing massage not only reduces stress, it can also improve body posture, augment blood circulation, and even lower blood pressure. In an effort to provide UM faculty and staff with a positive and high-quality work environment, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center extends a special discount on table massages to all full- and part-time UM employees, regardless of membership status.

UM employees receive a 10 percent discount off the regular price for 50-minute Swedish table massages given by a licensed massage therapist. In addition, non-members who book a massage are provided with a free one-day guest pass to take advantage of the many other programs and services available throughout the Herbert Wellness Center. The Herbert Wellness Center also offers a package deal that provides one free session with the purchase of seven 50-minute sessions. Table massage appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Often the first step towards being happy and healthy is living stress free,” said Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Eliminating stress as a barrier to other healthy lifestyle choices, like getting fit and eating healthy, is a great start towards healthy living.”

Chair massage events can also be coordinated through the Herbert Wellness Center and are available to Coral Gables departments for staff events and workshops. For more information about all of the Herbert Wellness Center’s massage services or to make an appointment for table or chair massages, call the sales office at 305-284-5433.

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Empower Your Managers with the Essentials of Leadership

Managers at the University will soon have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills at no cost with the Essentials of Leadership program. This specialized training program, sponsored by UM Human Resources, takes place over six months and comprises interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities, and coaching. Upon successful completion, participants will have the tools and foundational knowledge they need to become transformational leaders who understand how their contributions affect the University’s broader strategy.

The Essentials of Leadership program will launch in September and will be offered quarterly thereafter. Candidates interested in participating must be recommended by their supervisors. To learn more about the program, register for an online information session or contact Workforce Engagement and Development at 305-243-3090.

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To Smoke or Not to Smoke? That Is the Question

This lunchtime seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program in partnership with the UM AHEC Quit Smoking Now program, addresses the challenges involved with smoking cessation and informs participants about vaping—the harmful effects of e-cigarettes. Attendees receive valuable resources, tools, and tips for coping with the quitting process. Certified tobacco treatment specialist Mohammad Asad, of the UM AHEC Quite Smoking Now program, will facilitate the seminar. The program’s design is based on others developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the American Lung Association, and the State of Florida in conjunction with former smokers. Quit Smoking Now is available to UM students, employees, and the community at large at no charge.

Miller School of Medicine campus: Tuesday, August 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Dominion Tower, Room 301- C.

Coral Gables campus: Wednesday, August 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the McKnight Building, Training Room.

RSMAS campus: Thursday, August 14, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Library Media Room.

To register, go to ULearn. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.


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