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Donna Brazile and Joseph Grogan headline this fall's Janus Forum to discuss Election 2020

October 26, 2020

The year 2020, to put it mildly, has been shaping up to be a tumultuous one: a global and deadly pandemic, a major economic recession, civil and racial tensions, and an acrimonious presidential election between two very different candidates. This latter issue in particular, "Election 2020," will be discussed on October 28 by special guests Donna Brazile and Joseph Grogan for the fall 2020 Janus Forum …

Miami is a Top 100 Sierra Club Cool School and a Princeton Review Green College

October 22, 2020

Miami University ranked 71st among the Sierra Club's "Coolest Schools" 2020 for the greenest colleges. Miami is the top Ohio public university on the list of 312 schools ranked based on food, energy, waste, research, transportation and curriculum. Miami is also again listed in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition, one of 416 schools selected for being environmentally responsible …

The 2020 Hefner Lecture presents "How Your Observations Can Lead to Amazing Discoveries" with ecologists from the online nature app iNaturalist

October 16, 2020

Miami's Hefner Museum of Natural History will hold its 46th Annual Hefner Lecture online on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 pm. It will feature ecologists Michael P. Moore and Carrie Seltzer, who will address the topic, "From Evolving Dragonflies to Invading Lanternflies: How Your Observations Can Lead to Amazing Discoveries" …

Miami students win 2020 Teradata Analytics Challenge

October 15, 2020

A team of students from Miami's Farmer School of Business and the College of Arts and Science took on students from around the world to win the analytics portion of the 2020 Teradata Analytics Challenge last month …

Miami faculty adapt to online and hybrid teaching; developing tools and techniques that will serve students far beyond COVID-19 pandemic

October 13, 2020

Across all of Miami University's campuses, faculty are changing the way they teach. Like nearly all universities, Miami transitioned to online learning in the spring 2020 semester when the COVID-19 outbreak hit. Over the summer, faculty tapped resources including eLearning, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, three groups that partnered to help faculty to learn more about online and hybrid teaching. When the fall semester started online in August and then transitioned to some face-to-face and hybrid classes in mid-September, faculty were ready …

Miami's NROTC Unit receives top excellence award from Department of Defense

October 7, 2020

Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) Unit, Miami University has been awarded a prestigious Department of Defense ROTC and Educational Institution Partnership Excellence Award. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a letter to Miami President Greg Crawford that the award makes its debut this year, recognizing the outstanding ROTC unit and host educational institution for each military department. The military departments determined winners based on accomplishments in three broad categories: performance, educational institution support and other noteworthy achievements …

Miami's public health program engineers a new contact tracing program for Butler County to fight COVID-19

October 7, 2020

Early this summer, after the COVID-19 pandemic had already swept across the country and shut down college campuses and businesses around the world, Miami's public health program began to put together a plan to help track the virus's rampant spread throughout the local community. …

Miami fire scientist: "Zombie fires" one of new features driving Arctic fires

October 6, 2020

"Zombie fires" and burning of fire-resistant vegetation are new features driving Arctic fires—with strong consequences for the global climate—warn international fire scientists in a commentary published last week in Nature Geoscience. Fire scientist Jessica McCarty, assistant professor of geography at Miami University, and her team found that "Arctic fires are burning earlier and farther north, in landscapes previously thought to be fire resistant" …

Miami alumnus Rick McVey '81 ensures expansion of Miami's transdisciplinary data science program with a $20 million gift to fund visionary new building

October 5, 2020

Miami University has announced a $20 million gift from Rick McVey (Miami '81) which will fund a construction of a new data science building on Miami's Oxford campus. In recognition of this contribution — one of the top-5 largest single gifts in Miami's history — the building will be named the Richard M. McVey Data Science Building in his honor, an action recently approved by the Board of Trustee …

Project Dragonfly Named Distinguished Conservation Partner Award Recipient by Cheetah Conservation Fund

October 2, 2020

Project Dragonfly at Miami University is excited to announce that we have been named the recipient of Cheetah Conservation Fund's (CCF) Distinguished Conservation award in celebration of the Africa-based conservation organization’s 30th anniversary …

Miami's Humanities Center stimulates conversation by addressing race and racism with the Laptop Lecture Series

October 1, 2020

Miami University's Humanities Center has developed a new Laptop Lectures series this fall on race and racism. These online lectures are short videos recorded by faculty members in social isolation and connect humanities research to contemporary social challenges …

Joe Madison to receive Freedom Summer of '64 Award at Miami's Diversity and Inclusion Conference

October 1, 2020

Less than a month before the presidential election, an intense focus on voting rights will come to Miami October 9 when influential radio talk-show host Joe Madison gives the keynote address at Miami's virtual Diversity and Inclusion Conference, called "Across the Divide." Madison, host of an acclaimed show on SiriusXM radio, also will receive the Freedom Summer of '64 Award, signaling Miami's continuing commitment to social justice and honoring those who keep the spirit of Freedom Summer alive …

Miami University names building after first Black graduate

September 25, 2020

Nellie Craig was a trailblazer who broke new ground both at Miami University and in her community. Now, Miami's first Black graduate has a building named in her honor on the university’s Oxford campus. Miami's Board of Trustees announced Friday the renaming of the Campus Avenue Building to Nellie Craig Hall. Craig graduated from Miami in 1905 …

Western Program professor Nik Money invites students on a nature walk to discover wild mushrooms

September 23, 2020

Professor Nik Money, mycologist and director of the Western Program, is taking students on a botanical journey into the Western Woods to study mushrooms on October 16, from 2:30 to 4 pm. Mushrooms are the fruit that are produced by 16,000 different species of fungi. Fungi engage in rapid activities both above and below ground …

Miami commits to carbon neutrality and climate resilience: Virtual PCLC signing ceremony

September 15, 2020

Join Miami University President Greg Crawford as he signs the Second Nature's Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC) Climate Commitment in a virtual ceremony at noon Tuesday, September 22. Second Nature president Tim Carter, members of Miami's new Climate Action Task Force executive steering committee, the office of sustainability, and Oxford Mayor Mike Smith will give brief remarks during the ceremony …

Don't let COVID be an excuse to marginalize older Americans

September 9, 2020

Kate de Medeiros, O'Toole Professor of gerontology and a research fellow at the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, discusses perhaps the most quietly pervasive, and therefore most insidious, negative effects of the coronavirus — the casual dismissal of "the elderly" …

Carolyn S. Craig joins CAS as director of diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging

September 8, 2020

The College of Arts and Science is excited to welcome Carolyn S. Craig to the dean's staff as their new director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Craig has worked at Miami University since 2015 and is credentialed as both a certified diversity professional (CDP) and an advanced certified cultural intelligence professional (ACCQP) …

Instituting a healthier perspective on food: Miami's community supported agriculture program swings into fall

September 2, 2020

Food options in Oxford, Ohio aren't just limited to Bagel and Deli, campus dining halls, or Mac & Joe's. The Institute for Food, founded in 2015, engages the Miami University community around issues of food, health, and sustainable agriculture …

Miami receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

September 1, 2020

Miami University has been awarded a 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The national honor recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Miami and other award recipients will be featured in the November issue of the magazine …

Search for the "wings" of a crustacean sheds light on origins of insect wings

August 26, 2020

Genes from a tiny shrimp-like crustacean could help in the search for the origin of insect wings, a new study finds. To be clear, there is no evidence that any crustaceans ever evolved to fly, according to evolutionary biologist Yoshi Tomoyasu, associate professor of biology at Miami University and senior author of the study recently published in Nature Ecology and Evolution

Miami professor gives Chautauqua Institution lecture series commemorating women's suffrage

August 20, 2020

August 18, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. To commemorate this date, Kimberly A. Hamlin has been conducting a discussion-oriented 3-part master class on the history of women's suffrage and women’s rights in the United States, hosted by the Chautauqua Institution …

New Honors College will provide experiences that set Miami University apart

August 19, 2020

Creating intensive learning and research experiences for the best students in Ohio, across the country and around the world, Miami will launch a transformed Honors College in fall 2021 — one of the key goals of its MiamiRISE strategic plan. Each of about 400 students admitted to the Honors College every year will graduate having produced a publishable, professional-quality work and with an international study experience …

Susan Sonchik Marine named 2020 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow

August 18, 2020

Susan Sonchik Marine, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of 53 scientists recently named a 2020 ACS Fellow by the American Chemical Society. Marine is recognized for outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to the ACS …

Miami's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation honored with STEM award

August 17, 2020

Miami University's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) has been named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) …

Five new things for sustainability at Miami this fall

August 12, 2020

A year of progress and planning by the Miami University sustainability committee will advance sustainability even further this year. The committee, led by Helaine Alessio, chair and professor of kinesiology, and Suzanne Zazycki, associate director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, recently submitted its FY 2020 annual report to President Greg Crawford. The report includes actions the sustainability committee and the office of sustainability plan to take during FY 2021 …

Opening Minds through Art masks feature designs made by elders with dementia

August 5, 2020

Since May, Opening Minds through Art (OMA) has been selling cloth masks featuring 29 different artistic designs created by participants in Miami University's award-winning intergenerational art program for people with dementia. "This is how we honor the creativity of people living with dementia. We happily and with pride wear their artwork on our faces," said Elizabeth 'Like' Lokon, director and founder of OMA, which is based in the Scripps Gerontology Center …

The story of Miami and the Miami Tribe is one of passion for education and revitalization

August 5, 2020

Miami University's name reflects the history of the Native American tribe that once lived in the lower great lakes, including the Miami Valley region of Ohio. Miami University was named for the Miami River valley, which was named for the Myaamia (Miami) people. The fact that Miami University carries the name of a Tribal Nation, and is located within the historic homelands of the Myaamia people, lays the foundation for this special relationship, which started almost 50 years ago …

$1 million fund to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion development efforts

July 31, 2020

President Gregory Crawford today announced a new $1 million fund to support, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Miami University, with possible applications for wider society. This fund is the realization of a recommendation from the President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The fund will be used to develop innovative programs designed to create clear, measurable progress in bringing about transformative and sustainable advancement in the university's efforts and build a diverse, inclusive and more welcoming community …

The road to freedom through southwest Cincinnati: Student project highlights region's Underground Railroad ties

July 29, 2020

Hidden on a quiet country road five miles from Oxford, the Historic Hopewell Church straddles Butler and Preble counties in College Corner Township. Heidi McKee, professor of professional writing at Miami University, crafted a capstone project for senior professional writing majors and minors to create a new website and brochure for the church — researched, designed and written entirely by students — to serve as a history hub in addition to developing marketing materials for distribution …

Miami chemists' breakthrough technique enables design at the interface of chemistry and biology

July 20, 2020

A technique developed by Miami University associate professors of chemistry and biochemistry Dominik Konkolewicz and Rick Page may help enable more rapid and efficient development of new materials for use in pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and other applications. Konkolewicz and Page's technique uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology to illuminate how proteins and synthetic polymers interact in chemical substances known as bioconjugates …

Ohio Writing Project adapts to teaching and learning changes amid COVID-19

July 20, 2020

For the 41st summer of Miami University's Ohio Writing Project (OWP), the obstacles created by COVID-19 have not curbed efforts to continue focusing on two core ideas: the best teacher of another teacher is a teacher, and teachers who partake in the subjects they teach will become better instructors. Founded in 1980 as a branch of the National Writing Project (NWP), OWP is committed to continue offering its professional development program amidst the pandemic, utilizing technology to keep classes in session remotely and stay connected to K-12 teachers across southwest Ohio …

Miami mourns the loss of U.S. Rep. John Lewis

July 18, 2020

U.S. Rep. John Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. The Georgia Democrat was a leader in the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration of Black residents in the South. Lewis began his activism with the 1961 Freedom Rides, challenging segregated interstate bus terminals across the South. Though peacefully protesting, he was beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police …

Myaamia culture and imagery to be part of the K-12 Ohio as America curriculum

July 16, 2020

The Myaamia Center, Miami University art education students taking ART 395 - Art Across the Curriculum and the Talawanda School District have collaborated the past three years on curriculum to help 4th graders learn about Myaamia culture and imagery. The Myaamia Center, located on Miami's Oxford campus, is the research arm for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma …

Professors Roley and Johnson Share NEA and NEH Fellowship Plans

July 14, 2020

Two English professors received prestigious national fellowships this year. Creative writing professor Brian Roley, received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and literature professor Katie Johnson was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship …

Psychology department chair discusses the connection between pets and wellness on latest Stats and Stories podcast

July 10, 2020

Miami's long-running Stats and Stories podcast, now in its 8th year, recently interviewed University Distinguished Professor and chair of psychology Allen McConnell about his research on the well-being benefits of socially constructed relationships with family and pets …

New Social Justice Studies study away program delivers service and experiential learning for students

July 5, 2020

Department of Sociology and Gerontology chair Stephen Lippmann and visiting instructor of sociology, social justice studies, and journalism Mark Curnutte have created a service-based experiential learning program designed to give students an in-depth experience to build on the course content they learn during class …

Psychology department houses new center to support and advocate for children and families of the incarcerated

June 30, 2020

Two psychology faculty have received funding to move forward with their department's new Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated (CSSCFI), which will conduct research on children with parents in prison and advocate for the needs of children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers …

Miamians help local landowner in the fight against emerald ash borer

June 25, 2020

Miamians are helping with a program that hopes to greatly reduce the number of emerald ash borer beetles, which have killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America since its detection in 2002. The biological control program involves releasing Asian wasps — parasitoids — on ash trees …

A $25,000 gift from the Western College Alumnae Association to help support Miami's diversity initiatives

June 25, 2020

A $25,000 gift from the Western College Alumnae Association will help support the work of Miami University's newly created President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The alumnae association's board unanimously voted to support the diversity and inclusion initiatives announced by Miami University President Greg Crawford …

Miami's Scripps researchers find no link between nursing home residents with COVID-19 and facility quality

June 22, 2020

A new study by Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center found no link between nursing home residents with COVID-19 and facility quality. In recently published research, John Bowblis, professor of economics and Scripps Research Fellow, and Robert Applebaum, professor of gerontology and sociology and director of the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project, examined resident cases of COVID-19 in Ohio nursing homes and whether the presence of COVID-19 among residents is associated with facility quality …

Generation COVID: Film studies students turn their quarantine experiences into a documentary

June 8, 2020

In mid-March when Miami students were informed that all spring classes would be taught remotely and they would have to move off campus, students in Andy Rice's documentary film production class agreed to work collaboratively on a film about the impact of COVID-19 on the students' lives …

Miami receives 5th Beckman Institutional Award for undergraduate research

June 3, 2020

Camaryn Bennett and Hope Kirby are 2020-2021 Beckman Scholars. Miami University is one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation's 2020 -2023 Beckman Scholars Program Institutional Award. The award supports undergraduate research and faculty mentoring for select students in chemistry, biochemistry and the biological sciences …

First online Undergraduate Research Forum feedback: "Fantastic"

May 28, 2020

Miami University's annual Undergraduate Research Forum (URF) was held April 29, in an online event format for the first time in its 26 years. The traditional poster sessions and oral presentations were hosted on Webex, allowing for attendees join in remotely from across the country. Students appreciated the effort to transform the forum to an online event, according to feedback collected by Joyce Fernandes, director of undergraduate research and professor of biology …

Miami U. research provides new foundation for future environmental studies

May 27, 2020

A 5-year research project driven by students at Miami University is the first of its kind in the Midwest, providing a new foundation for environmental studies throughout the region and serving as a vital resource for future environmental pollution studies in Butler County and beyond …

The Humanities Center presents Laptop Lectures

May 21, 2020

Pepper Stetler, associate professor of art history and associate director of the Humanities Center at Miami University, recently organized the Laptop Lectures series to keep people engaged in the humanities during this pandemic …