$10,000 for carbon cap competition

Need some extra cash? The Environmental Defense Action Fund is launching a web competition offering $10,000 for the video or graphic that best explains how capping greenhouse gas pollution can reduce the usage of oil in America.

The competition will end on Nov. 21. For details, visit

UM School of Law achieve highest pass rate in Florida

University of Miami School of Law graduates who took the July 2008 Florida Bar Examination achieved the highest pass rate of all Florida law schools. Compared to all Florida first-time test-takers, whose pass rate was 82.5 percent, UM’s pass rate for first-time test-takers was 92.4 percent.

“The faculty and I are extremely pleased with these results,” said Paul Verkuil, dean of the School of Law.

UM School of Architecture unveils design study

The University of Miami School of Architecture will show off a design study of the Miami Waterfront, “On the Waterfront: Miami’s Seven-Mile Promenade.” Drawings of the city’s public waterfront area will be shown weekly Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., until Nov. 7.

The exhibit showcases about 200 images created by more than 300 students and the entire UM School of Architecture design faculty.

“The event will bring attention to the City of Miami’s waterfront,” said professor and dean of the School of Architecture Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.

El Centro receives $225,000 grant

El Centro, a program of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, has received a $225,000 grant by its sponsor, the National Center on Minority Heath and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

Funding will support a “regional seminar series on health disparities related to HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and family and intimate partner violence.”

“Support for these research seminars provides an avenue to disseminate information to the greater community about Hispanic health disparities research,” said Denise Korniewicz, the director of El Centro Education and Training, who is heading the seminar series.