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UM Community Takes A Stand Against Sexual Violence

By Julie L Earl
UM News

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Taking a stand: At the University Center last Thursday, a UM student signs a banner in support of efforts to end sexual violence.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 26, 2014) – U Got Consent? Members of the Yellow Rose Society asked the University of Miami community that question last Thursday, as they took a public stand against sexual violence. “It’s something important that everyone should be aware of,” said Guerdiana Thelomar, a member of the student organization dedicated to women’s empowerment. “It’s an issue that’s prevalent throughout universities and is only recently coming to light.” Read the full story

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‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk Sheds Light on Suicide Prevention

With more than 39,500 lives lost to suicide each year, a community of hundreds participated in an annual walk on the UM campus to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 22, 2014) – The numbers are both saddening and shocking: Every 13.3 minutes, someone in the United States commits suicide. Every 60 seconds, a suicide attempt is made, and among teens and young adults, it is the second leading cause of death. With those sobering statistics in mind, hundreds of people gathered on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus Sunday for the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, aimed at raising awareness about suicide prevention.

Participants included students, UM employees, and residents from many South Florida communities. Some walked as part of a team. Others wore T-shirts with the photo of a loved one or friend who committed suicide. The recent suicide of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams weighed heavily on the minds of many people.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president for medical affairs, dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth, and Charles B. Nemeroff, Leonard M. Miller Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, were among those who spoke prior to the walk, which featured the release of butterflies in memory of those who died by suicide.

The annual walk and others like it held around the nation are part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s signature fundraising campaign.

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From Seat Belt Use to Distracted Driving, Safety Fair Helps Raise Awareness

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With Florida Highway Patrolman Joe Sanchez monitoring its operation, a rollover accident simulator is demonstrated during UM’s annual safety fair, which was held on the UC Rock Plaza.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 18, 2014) – Ejected from their vehicle during a violent rollover accident, the bodies of a man, woman, and small child went soaring through air, landing lifeless on the green space in front of the University of Miami bookstore as a crowd of onlookers reacted in shock.

While paramedics and law enforcement officials would normally arrive at such a tragic scene within minutes, there would be no such response on this day. After all, it wasn’t real—just a simulation conducted with crash test dummies and the cab of a pickup truck mounted on a trailer equipped with hydraulics.

The purpose: to show what happens to automobile occupants when they don’t wear safety belts in a rollover crash.

It was just one of the teaching tools demonstrated last Thursday at a safety fair on the Coral Gables campus aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, and the importance of buckling up.

The rollover simulator, operated by Florida Highway Patrolman Joe Sanchez, proved to be the day’s most dramatic demonstration. But it was a pair of ordinary-looking goggles that gave students and employees the chance to become active participants. Dozens of people attempted, unsuccessfully, to perform the walk-and-turn field sobriety test while wearing the special goggles, which simulate impaired ability.

Held on the UC Rock Plaza, the safety fair featured the UM Police Department, UM Parking and Transportation, Association of Commuter Students, PIER21 (the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education), RED (Responsible and Educated Drivers), and members of the UM Student Government executive board.

The Dori Slosberg Foundation, Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, City of Miami Beach, and AAA/Traffic Safety Foundation also participated.

 

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Coral Gables City Commission Proclaims September 17 ‘Norman C. Parsons, Jr. Day’

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Norm Parsons (holding microphone and plaque) is honored at a recent Coral Gables city commission meeting by, from left, Commissioner Frank C. Quesada, Mayor Jim Cason, Vice Mayor William "Bill" Kerdyk, Jr., Commissioner Patricia Keon, and Commissioner Vine Lago.

Norm Parsons (holding plaque) is honored at a recent Coral Gables city commission meeting by, from left, Commissioner Frank C. Quesada, Mayor Jim Cason, Vice Mayor William “Bill” Kerdyk, Jr., Commissioner Patricia Keon, and Commissioner Vine Lago.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 11, 2014) – By ensuring the smooth and seamless operation of the University of Miami’s 138,000-square-foot Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center for 18 years, Norman C. Parsons, Jr. undoubtedly helped thousands of faculty, staff, students and visitors start or finish their day on a positive note. Now, the man whose name has become synonymous with “wellness” over his 43 years at the University will have a day to call his own. Read the full story

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Data Visualizations ‘Worth Millions of Words’ Debuts at UM

Places & Spaces, a traveling exhibition of 100 maps that present data in visually stunning formats, opens at UM.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News 

Fifty data visualizations are now on display at the School of Architecture's Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall, where UM students, faculty, staff, and visitors got the opportunity to examine some of the works at the Places & Spaces exhibition opening.

Fifty data visualizations are now on display at the School of Architecture’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall, where UM students, faculty, staff, and visitors got the opportunity to examine some of the works at the Places & Spaces exhibition opening.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 5, 2014) – From a visual guide that shows how your federal tax dollars are spent, to an interactive chart capable of simulating a naked-eye view of the sky from anywhere on Earth, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science debuted on the University of Miami campus Thursday evening, showcasing 100 maps that present data in visually stunning formats. Read the full story

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