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July 2012 -
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Dates to Remember
JULY 18 | Last day to defend your dissertation/thesis for Summer II
JULY 25 | Deadline to submit draft of dissertation/thesis for Summer II
JULY 31 | SPEAK Test for international graduate teaching assistants in Allen Hall, room 102
AUG. 3 | Deadline to complete dissertation/thesis for Summer II
AUG. 16 | Graduate Council meeting in the Graduate School Conference Room at 3:30 p.m.
AUG. 17 | SPEAK Test for international graduate teaching assistants in Allen Hall, room 102
SEPT. 20 | Graduate Council meeting in the Graduate School Conference Room at 3:30 p.m.
Events
UM DOCTORS LECTURE SERIES: Aging Gracefully
  THURS., JULY 26
  6 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
  WHITTEN LEARNING CENTER
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OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS
Meet and greet fellow incoming graduate students, the Graduate School staff, and faculty.
  FRI., AUG. 17
  3:30 P.M. - 5 P.M.
  THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
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FALL 2012 NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION
New graduate students (excluding those in business, M.D., and law programs) are invited to attend this informative event where students will have the opportunity to learn about campus resources and policies. Participants will also get a chance at win some pretty neat giveaways. Please register today.
  SUN., AUG. 19
  12 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
  FIELDHOUSE, BANKUNITED CENTER
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Welcome, Dean M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.
Dean M. Brian Blake

The Graduate School is pleased to announce Dr. M. Brian Blake as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

Prior to joining UM on July 1, 2012, Dr. Blake was the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Before his time at Notre Dame, Dr. Blake was department chair and director of graduate studies during the inaugural years of the University’s first graduate programs in computer science.

With over 13 years of experience, Dr. Blake's new role as Dean gives him stewardship and advocacy of University-wide graduate programs. As Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Blake will promote and enhance policy matters regarding research programs on the Gables campus and oversight for University-wide faculty advancement and diversity efforts. In addition, Dean Blake has tenured faculty appointments in both the Department of Computer Science and in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering.

Dr. Blake’s research investigates software engineering approaches for the integration of web-based systems. He has authored or co-authored over 140 articles and technical papers.

Dr. Blake holds the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University, and Ph.D. in Information and Software Engineering from George Mason University.

Spring PFF Webinar Available Online


Last semester, the Graduate School's Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program partnered with the Toppel Career Center to create the web series "Making the Web Work for Your Job Search."

If you missed the special web presentation in the spring, visit the PFF page on the Graduate School's website. The series highlights HireACane.com, Toppel Career Center's career management system, and LinkedIn.

New Graduate Student Orientation for Fall

Incoming graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year can now register for the Graduate School's New Graduate Student Orientation events. To kick things off, the Graduate School is hosting an open house on Friday, August 17. Orientation is scheduled for Sunday, August 19 and will be followed by the President's Picnic at 4 p.m.

Visit our website to register today.

South Florida Storm Preparation

June 1 marked the beginning of our region's hurricane season. Though the season doesn't officially end until November 30, especially with tropical storms already brewing in the Atlantic, it's never too early--or too late--to get ready.

To ensure that you're prepared for a storm before one hits our area, remember do the following:

Build a Kit
Among the items you should include are a flashlight, first-aid kit, non-perishable food items, a can opener, drinking water, a radio, batteries, hand sanitizer, tools, cash, and your important documents.

Make a Plan
Visit ready.gov, FEMA's (Federal Emergency Management Agency) preparedness information site, for tips on what to consider when preparing for a storm.

Be Informed
Visit the Emergency Preparedness website's page for students and parents. On the site, you'll find tips such as filling up your gas tank because power outages may limit the availability of gas at many stations. Contact the Emergency Information Hotline at (800) 227-0354, and local authorities as more information becomes available before, during and after a storm.