e-Veritas Archive | April, 2014

Amid Final Exams, Students Recharge at Huffington Post’s Oasis

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 29, 2014) — It was an oasis in the heart of campus, a respite from the pressures of academics. Relaxation strategies to deal with test-taking took the form of petting animals, chair massages, meditation sessions, or just a lazy nap in a hammock on Tuesday, when The Huffington Post partnered with the University of Miami to bring its stress-reducing Oasis to the Foote Green. Geared toward students, the complimentary services and activities, which also included arts and crafts, healthy snacks, beauty treatments, and yoga, helped students unplug and recharge as well as find balance during the toughest time of the semester—final exams. View the slideshow.

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Register Your Program for Inclusion in Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Calendar of Events

It’s never too early to start making plans for your school, college, or departmental program during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2014. Please email [email protected] to register your program to be included in the Alumni Weekend and Homecoming brochure and website. The deadline to submit an event for inclusion in the brochure is June 16. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share information with alumni.

For questions regarding registration or Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2014, please contact the University of Miami Alumni Association at 305-284-2872 or email [email protected]. And don’t forget to visit www.miami.edu/alumniweekend for updates.

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May Commencement and Regalia Distribution Schedule

The May 2014 Graduate and Undergraduate Degree ceremonies will be held at the BankUnited Center at the following dates and times:

Graduate Degree Ceremony:  Thursday, May 8, at 4 p.m.
All Schools and Colleges, all graduate degrees (except Law and M.D. degrees) 

Undergraduate Degree Ceremonies:

Friday, May 9, 8:30 a.m.
College of Arts & Sciences, Division of Continuing and International Education

Friday, May 9, 12:30 p.m.
School of Architecture
School of Communication
School of Education and Human Development
Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
Frost School of Music
School of Nursing and Health Studies

Friday, May 9, 5 p.m. 
School of Business Administration
College of Engineering

If you are a doctoral advisor walking with a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Degree Ceremony on Thursday, May 8, please report to the Graduate Lineup Site at the Fieldhouse with your doctoral candidate. The Doctoral Advisors and General Faculty are part of the academic procession, which begins 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the ceremony. For more information, call 305-284-1821.

The School of Law and Miller School of Medicine ceremonies will be held at the BankUnited Center on Saturday, May 10, at the following times:

School of Law: 10 a.m.
Miller School of Medicine: 5 p.m.

Regalia distribution (excluding School of Law and Miller School of Medicine) will be held the following dates and times at the Toppel Career Center at 5225 Ponce De Leon Boulevard:

  • Tuesday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 8, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information regarding cap and gown distribution, please call 305-284-5451 or e-mail [email protected]. For more information on commencement, including event locations and times, visit www.miami.edu/commencement.

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Sea Researcher Lassos Internet and the ‘Marine Science Educator of the Year’ Award

By Annette Gallagher
UM News


David Shiffman engages students in a discussion via Skype about ocean conservation.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2014)—David Shiffman is the Florida Marine Science Educators Association’s (FMSEA) John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year. A third-year Ph.D. candidate at the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, Shiffman was honored Saturday at the annual FMSEA meeting in Panama City for organizing a conference on using the Internet to educate the public about ocean science and reaching more than 500 schoolchildren, in person and via Skype, to talk about sharks and ocean conservation.

The FMSEA began recognizing the outstanding marine educator of the year in 1986, in honor of John Beakley, a marine science resources teacher in Palm Beach County and one of FMSEA’s founders. It is awarded annually to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to promoting and developing marine science in Florida.

“Billions of people rely on the oceans for food and employment, and we’re in danger of losing many of these critical resources due to mismanagement,” Shiffman said. “It’s so important for marine scientists to talk to the public about these issues, and I’m grateful that the University of Miami has given me a wonderful platform to do that. I am honored and humbled to receive this award from FMSEA, and I thank my colleagues at the University of Miami for their advice and support.”

Shiffman’s advisor, Neil Hammerschlag, who holds dual appointments at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Abess Center, has worked closely with Shiffman through the R.J. Dunlop  Marine Conservation Program. He lauded Shiffman for his commitment to “educating the public of all ages about marine conservation issues using a variety of innovative tools, including blogs, social media, and workshops, as well as both in-person and virtual presentations.”

“I am especially thankful for the great job he has done in helping train some of the new students in my lab on our research and outreach techniques,” Hammerschlag said.


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A Stronger U Turns Out Big for the Corporate Run

With some wearing superhero capes and orange masks, more than a thousand faculty, staff, alumni, and guests turned out for the 2014 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk in downtown Miami on April 24, increasing Team UM’s participation by 25 percent over last year. View the slideshow below.


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