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SpectrUM Hosts DragOut 2014 Drag Show at the Rat April 9

SpectrUM, the University’s undergraduate LGBTQ social and advocacy group, is sponsoring its inaugural large-scale drag show, DragOut 2014, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the Rathskeller.

Designed to raise awareness of and support for the LGBTQ community and its diversity in advance of the upcoming Miami Pride celebration, the show will feature a number of performers, including Pussila, a resident entertainer of Mansion and Twist, popular clubs in South Beach. SpectrUM is also collaborating with on-campus organizations to participate in the show.

The event is free of charge for University of Miami students, faculty and staff with a valid ’Cane Card. Non-University guests will be charged a $20 admission fee, with proceeds benefiting SAVE Dade. For more information, including how to become involved as a volunteer or performer during the event, contact Jacob Rudolph, SpectrUM’s outreach chair and president elect, at j.rudolph2@umiami.edu.

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Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium on April 11

The Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 11, beginning at noon with a keynote address by Christopher Walsh, the Bullard Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Genetics Division at Children’s Hospital Boston, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Children’s Hospital Boston. Titled “Genetic Control of Human Cerebral Cortical Development,” his talk will take place at the Miller School’s Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium.

A student poster session and student scientific talks will follow. The poster session is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in front of the Lois Pope LIFE Center, and the student scientific talks are from 3 to 5 p.m. in the seventh-floor auditorium.

Through his research, Walsh, the former director of the Harvard-MIT M.D.-Ph.D. Program, has tried to identify and analyze genes that regulate the development and normal function of the human cerebral cortex. Most of his lab’s genetic work has benefited from worldwide collaborations, especially with physicians in countries where marriage between cousins is common, which simplifies the identification of rare recessive mutations.

Planned and organized by M.D./Ph.D. students Veronica Peschansky, Srinivasan Narayanan, Holly Stradecki, Michelle Trojanowsky, and Lucy Freer, the symposium brings students and mentors together, provides a unique forum for interaction among students and faculty, and allows students to learn about the research of their peers.

For more information, please contact Carlen Duncombe at cduncombe@med.miami.edu or 305-243-6278.



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Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network Workshop Series: ‘Supercharge Your Social Media and Email Marketing’

Learn how to build a high-impact nonprofit at the next workshop, “Supercharge Your Social Media and Email Marketing,” in the Networked Nonprofit Workshop Series. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables.

Hosted by the Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network and the University of Miami’s Schools of Business Administration and Education and Human Development, this workshop will feature Alex de Carvalho, Constant Contact’s educational marketing expert and regional director for South Florida.

De Carvalho has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and development, as a startup entrepreneur, a university professor, and an author. He will cover best practices and winning strategies for finding and keeping subscribers, increasing engagement and deliverability rates, writing good subject lines and content, getting readers to take action, and becoming a trusted source.

Participants will learn how to make it easy for readers to share their messages on social media, act on initiatives, and measure results.

Register now to reserve a space. The fee is $25 payable by credit card or check at the door. Scholarships are available for individuals and organizations. Contact Kristine Singer at KristineS@CatalystMiami.org or 305-576-5001, ext. 12 for more information.

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Marine Biologist Reveals the Hidden Lives of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna and Sailfish on April 10

MIAMI, Fla. (March, 28 2014)—The Alumni Association of the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is pleased to host distinguished speaker Molly Lutcavage, director of the Large Pelagics Research Center (LPRC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m.

A RSMAS alumna (Biological Oceanography, ’87), Lutcavage trained primarily as a biological oceanographer focused on physiological ecology of diving animals until bluefin tuna captured her attention in 1993. Her tuna research started at New England Aquarium’s Edgerton Research Laboratory.

In the Atlantic, stock assessments conducted for valuable, highly migratory fishes such as Atlantic bluefin and big-eye tunas rely on biological assumptions about their annual migration paths, spawning, reproduction patterns, and their availability to fisheries. How realistic are these assumptions? While crossing ocean basins or descending deeply to find prey, these ocean giants challenge a scientist’s capability to track them and to obtain realistic information about their life histories. Lutcavage’s talk will highlight new and emerging knowledge of their biology obtained from fishery independent approaches and ecosystem studies. Tunas primarily are under great pressure due to overfishing, underscoring the need for this type of research to secure their survival.

A regularly featured expert on PBS natural history programing and Discovery Channel’s Wicked Tuna series, Lutcavage is considered by many as one of the pelagic rock stars of marine science. Lutcavage currently serves on the Science and Statistics Committee of WESTPAC and served on the ICCAT International advisory committee from 1994-2012.

The lecture will take place at the Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Miami Seaquarium at no charge.

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Psychology’s ROSE Program Presents HBO’s ‘The Weight of the Nation’ April 10 at Cosford Cinema

The ROSE (Reaching Out to Students Everywhere) Program at the University of Miami’s Department of Psychology will present a free screening of  The Weight of the Nation, an HBO documentary about America’s obesity epidemic, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at the Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Drive, on the Coral Gables campus. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with UM faculty. To RSVP, call 305-284-6708 or email ROSE@psy.miami.edu.

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