5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU

5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU
A weekly series designed to highlight events, benefits, perks, and items of interest for University of Miami faculty and staff.

Graduate and postdoctoral research symposium 
Thursday, March 5, at 12:15 p.m.
University of Miami graduate and postdoctoral fellows will share their research during a half-day symposium—open to the University community—on Thursday, March 5. Learn about a variety of topics across disciplines and attend a keynote address from Dr. Hansel Tookes, Miller School of Medicine alumnus and founder of Florida’s first syringe access program, the IDEA Exchange. Learn more.

Join a faculty reading group
Attend the kickoff meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m.
University faculty members have an opportunity to join a reading group this month. Facilitated by Academic Technology’s Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement (LIFE) team, the group will read and discuss "Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher," by Stephen Brookfield, while focusing on how to effectively self-critique and reflect in order to better engage students. All faculty members may register to participate, but space is limited to 10 individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more.

Social Security benefits update
Tuesday, March 10–Friday, March 13
Learn about changes to Social Security during a seminar presented by Maria Ortega, public affairs specialist with the Miami-Dade Social Security Administration Office. Topics will include understanding eligibility, required qualifications, and steps to apply for Social Security benefits. A representative from the Human Resource’s Total Rewards team will be present to answer benefits-related questions. University employees can register to attend a session, which is facilitated by a Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) consultant. Employees enrolled in UM’s Well ’Canes Incentives program can earn points by attending this session. Learn more about FSAP by reading the latest newsletter.

Software upgrades on medical campus
Multiple dates
UHealth IT has begun scheduled software upgrades on university-owned computers across the medical campus. This includes upgrades from Windows 7 to 10 and the installation of endpoint detection and response software, Carbon Black. To reduce the impact on operations, upgrades are scheduled to occur on Thursdays after 8 p.m. Affected computers should remain turned on to accommodate the process. View the schedule, which is based on location and runs through July. For questions, contact the UHealth IT Help Desk at emailinghelp@med.miami.edu or 305-243-5999. Learn more.

Tai chi under the banyan tree
Mondays at 12:15 p.m. at the medical campus
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine offers free tai chi under the banyan tree in the Schoninger Research Quadrangle every Monday at 12:15 p.m. A mind-body exercise rooted in multiple Asian traditions, including martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, and philosophy, the practice integrates slow, intentional movements with breathing and cognitive skills. The goal is to strengthen, relax, and integrate the physical body and mind, enhance natural movement, and improve health, personal development, and self-defense. For questions, call 305-243-0945 or email osher_integrative@med.miami.edu.