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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 …

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 …

Miami University researchers collaborate with PsyBio Therapeutics

May 21, 2020

Miami University and PsyBio Therapeutics Inc. are collaborating to develop a new and exciting class of molecules to treat mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance dependency. PsyBio has agreed to a research sponsorship with Miami University over the next two years to further develop a platform technology that enables the biosynthesis of psilocybin and other psychoactive molecules that occur naturally in certain plants and fungi …

Miami and 300 other schools saved 48.6 million pounds from the landfill

May 20, 2020

Miami University was one of nearly 300 schools nationwide that participated in the RecycleMania 2020 competition, helping to recycle, donate or compost more than 48 million pounds of waste during the tournament. The 8-week tournament was cut short this year — its 20th anniversary — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Wildlife Federation, which manages RecycleMania …

Students make accessible masks for disability studies action project

May 20, 2020

In Miami University's Introduction to Disability Studies (DST 272) course, students are required to develop an action project to improve accessibility, and some students were able to help in a way they couldn't have imagined. The students are making and donating accessible masks to help during the COVID-19 pandemic …

In Memoriam: Myron (Mike) Lunine

May 19, 2020

On May 4, which was the 50th anniversary of the tragic Kent State National Guard shooting of students protesting the Vietnam War, the Miami community lost its first dean of the Western College Program: Myron (Mike) Lunine …

Preaching Goes Viral: COVID-19 prompts students to collaborate on a religious response initiative

May 15, 2020

When classes transitioned online at Miami University in March as a result of COVID-19, Hillel Gray, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Comparative Religion, initiated a special research initiative called Preaching Goes Viral. Students from his REL 101-Introduction to Religion and REL 286-Global Jewish Civilization classes began compiling and analyzing data to understand the religious responses to the pandemic …

Students, staff from Miami University's public health program help Butler County during pandemic

May 14, 2020

Students and staff in Miami University's public health program are helping Butler County during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are developing alternative housing plans for vulnerable populations affected by the outbreak and conducting contact tracing. Kendall Leser, director of the public health program within the department of kinesiology and health, said nearly 100 hours were donated to the Butler County General Health District for the project from late March through late April …

Miami University's Center for Chemistry Education helps create Coronavirus Learning Companion

May 13, 2020

Miami University's Center for Chemistry Education was part of a collaboration that created the Coronavirus Learning Companion. The goal of the web-based resource, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to help community members better understand the purpose and science behind the COVID-19 public health recommendations …

Greg Phillips and Heeyoung Tai receive Excellence in Advising Award

May 13, 2020

Excellence in Academic Advising awards were presented to Greg Phillips in music and Heeyoung Tai in chemistry and biochemistry. Both are chief departmental advisers. Phillips, associate professor of music, has been at Miami for nearly 30 years and has been a chief departmental adviser for more than 10 years. In addition to being the chief departmental adviser for chemistry and biochemistry, Tai is also a senior lecturer, faculty adviser for the pre-med academic scholars program, faculty adviser to the Korean Student Association, and faculty associate for the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education …

Abbott named 2020 OAGE Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education

May 11, 2020

The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education has named Dr. Katherine (Katy) Abbott as 2020 Researcher of the Year. This award recognizes individuals in Ohio's aging network whose research has advanced knowledge in gerontology and/or related disciplines and improved services for older adults, advanced knowledge of aging process, or supported the expansion of research in the aging field in Ohio or nationally …

CAS Faculty Tenure and Promotions

May 11, 2020

The College of Arts and Science proudly announces the faculty who have received tenure and/or promotions this spring …

Miami receives 10 Fulbright grant offers: a new record

May 7, 2020

Ten of Miami University's Fulbright semifinalists have been offered 2020-2021 grants and two have been named alternates. These are the most offers Miami has ever received in a single year. Fulbright, the largest U.S. exchange program, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs outside of the United States …

Miami research team helps search for possible treatments for antibiotic-resistant secondary infections common with COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Three Miami University professors are leading a research team to find potential drug compounds to fight antibiotic-resistant secondary infections common with COVID-19. One of their key tools? Machine learning, an application of artificial intelligence. Researchers and graduate and undergraduate students in the department of chemistry and biochemistry have joined forces with Farmer School of Business information systems and analytics faculty and interns in the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) …

In her novel Beheld, TaraShea Nesbit brings to life voices normally kept silent in history

May 6, 2020

TaraShea Nesbit, assistant professor of English in fiction and creative nonfiction, new novel Beheld is about about the Plymouth settlers. She first stumbled into Plymouth while reading an account of the colony by William Bradford, the first governor …

Two Miami University researchers receive NSF RAPID grant to develop coronavirus-attacking materials

May 6, 2020

Two Miami University researchers in protein, polymer and materials chemistry received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that will address the spread of the novel coronavirus. They received $181,849 to develop materials that can be used to prevent indirect contact transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 …

Miami's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition winners

May 5, 2020

More than 50 graduate students participated in Miami University Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition earlier this semester in the traditional face-to-face format. The 10 finalists competed April 28 in the final round, which, like most other events during these Stay-Safe-Ohio days, was held remotely …

One Spanish language student marvels at her remote learning experience

April 30, 2020

As Miami University quickly had to shift its curriculum to an online platform due to COVID-19, the Spanish department didn't miss a step and created virtual spaces where students could practice their Spanish …

Miami University Bateman Team receives National Honor in Case Study Competition

April 29, 2020

The Miami University Bateman team has received an Honorable Mention in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) national case study competition. The 5-member team consisted of strategic communication majors LeeAnn Burczynski, Marisa Sulek, Graham Leu, Sarah Myers, and Ava Dasari, who all worked for most of this school year to research, plan, implement, and evaluate a strategic public relations plan to submit to the competition …

Elena Albarrán named CAS Distinguished Educator for 2020 for her innovative teaching methods in history, Latin American studies, and Spanish

April 27, 2020

Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, has been named the 2020 Distinguished Educator from the College of Arts and Science. Albarrán teaches classes in history, Latin American studies, and Spanish. She describes her key pedagogical contributions as "forging informal and organic binational encounters" for her students …

Miamians serve with the Ohio National Guard at area food banks

April 23, 2020

Miamians Kristin Cupido and Amanda Ramey were among those who volunteered when Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine authorized the activation of the Ohio National Guard to support a humanitarian mission in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cupido, assistant cross country/track and field coach, and Ramey, a junior urban and regional planning major who is in the Army ROTC, volunteered to support Operation Steady Resolve. Both are helping with their units at area food banks …

Lexie Adams and Hope Kirby named Goldwater Scholars

April 22, 2020

Miami University juniors Alexandra (Lexie) Adams and Hope Kirby have each received a Goldwater Scholarship for 2020-2021. They are among 396 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Adams is a chemical engineering major and Spanish minor from Liberty Township. Kirby is a microbiology major and geology and bioinformatics double minor from Glendale, Arizona. They are two of 13 students from an Ohio public university to receive the award …

Students win nine first-place awards in regional journalism competition

April 16, 2020

Miami University students won nine first-place awards and another nine finalist awards in the annual Mark of Excellence competition hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The results mark Miami's best-ever showing in the competition for Region 4, which includes Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and half of Pennsylvania …

Environmental Science Masters students collaborate with the city of Oxford in global climate and energy commitment

April 14, 2020

Last year on September 3, Oxford's City Council voted to sign the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy commitment, which aims to measure, track and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions locally. This commitment is a collaboration between the City of Oxford and Miami University's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) …

How do campus research labs pause during #StayAtHomeOhio?

April 13, 2020

What happens when campus research labs working with animals and plants must pause due to the coronavirus pandemic? While researchers continue data analysis and writing at home, some data collection takes a break. Here is a snapshot of how several Miami faculty and staff closed down campus research and teaching laboratory facilities in preparation for Gov. Mike DeWine's (Miami '69) stay-at-home order last month …

Award winners for excellence in disciplinary writing instruction announced

April 9, 2020

Miami University has announced the recipients of the Roger and Joyce Howe Award for Excellence in Disciplinary Writing Instruction. The new award, presented by the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence, honors individuals or teams of faculty who have created and delivered innovative writing instruction and curriculum …

CAS faculty adapt to new challenges offering immersive online instruction to students during the pandemic

April 3, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing unprecedented levels of change and disruption across the globe, Miami faculty have had to quickly shift their classes online and find new and creative ways to keep their students engaged …

Growing numbers of Professional Writing and Interactive Media Studies double majors forge a formidable set of skills for the future

April 1, 2020

As a need for diversified skills in the workplace increases, more and more Miami students are choosing to double major or co-major in professional writing (PW) and interactive media studies (IMS). There is an increasing need from employers for recent graduates who understand the digital world of design and user experience as well as a need for employees who are strong writers who can communicate across any platform effectively …

President's Distinguished Service Award recipients announced

March 31, 2020

The 2020 President's Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding students who graduated in December 2019 or January 2020, or are set to graduate in May or August 2020 …

Miami donates protective gear to area health care facilities

March 31, 2020

Area health care workers benefitted from donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) collected across Miami University's Oxford and Regionals campuses last week. As Miami faculty and staff closed down campus laboratory facilities in preparation for Gov. Mike DeWine's (Miami '69) stay-at-home order last week, unused protective gear was collected for donation to health care workers …

Michael Crowder named associate provost and dean of the Graduate School

March 27, 2020

Michael Crowder, professor and chair of Miami University's department of chemistry and biochemistry, will become associate provost and dean of the Graduate School on July 1. Crowder also will serve as interim vice president for research and innovation (VPRI) …

Stacey Lowery Bretz named ACE Fellow

March 25, 2020

Stacey Lowery Bretz, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, has been named an ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education (ACE). She is one of 38 fellows selected nationwide for the 2020-2021 ACE Fellows Program announced last week …

GIC Career Day, one of Miami's final events before shuttering campus, offers career guidance for students

March 23, 2020

On March 11, over 20 students, faculty, and alumni participated in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies' (GIC) Career Day, the department's first initiative of its kind to provide students with training and tailored guidance in order to prepare them for the job market …

Miami's symphony pairs science and music to perform The Planets

March 18, 2020

The unique partnership between the Department of Physics and the Department of Music for the March 4 orchestra concert of The Planets by Gustav Holst demonstrated that the two fields are much more intertwined than most would expect …

Faculty and students research the return of beavers to the Midwest and Miami's campus

March 17, 2020

Bartosz Grudzinski, professor of geography and fluvial geomorphologist, has been collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students to research the return of beavers to Ohio and their impact on the environment and local water quality …

Senior John Fink describes his experiences as one of six selected worldwide for geology research experience in Japan

March 16, 2020

John Fink is preparing to graduate from Miami this spring. Last summer, he was granted the opportunity to participate in the International Internship Program through the Institute For Planetary Materials, Okayama University in Misasa, Japan …

Environmental activist Peggy Shepard shares how to address climate change in a just and equitable manner

March 13, 2020

On March 5, Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, gave a talk entitled "Climate Justice: Addressing Climate Change in a Just and Equitable Manner," where she presented ways on how to address climate change impartially …

Researchers explore the mysteries of quantum physics with ultracold matter

March 11, 2020

On a series of floating tables in physics professor Samir Bali's lab, you'll find a complex matrix of lenses, mirrors and fibers. But the real magic is what you can't see. Bali and his student researchers are exploring the properties of ultracold rubidium atoms — some of the coldest matter in the universe …

Yvette Harris receives Distinguished Woman of Color Award

March 11, 2020

Yvette Harris, professor of psychology at Miami University, is the recipient of the Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award for 2020. The award recognizes spirited women of color, particularly those who have been warm and welcoming to others. The award is named after Jennie Elder Suel, who received recognition in 1994 …

Author and member of U.S. National Commission on Hunger shares how to solve America's food insecurity and poverty crisis

March 9, 2020

On March 2, Jeremy K. Everett, founder and executive director of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, discussed how we can all help solve America's hunger crisis at the Puff Memorial Lecture …

Stacey Lowery Bretz and Tim Melley awarded Benjamin Harrison Medallion

March 5, 2020

Finding a clearer understanding of the world around us — how molecules interact or the societal forces that shape our democracy — is at the heart of the teaching, research and service of Stacey Lowery Bretz and Tim Melley. Bretz, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; and Melley, professor of English, are the winners of the 2020 Benjamin Harrison Medallion. Named for America’s 23rd president who graduated from Miami in 1852, the medallion is Miami's most prestigious career faculty honor and recognizes "outstanding contribution to the education of the nation" …

Why anthropology matters now: Dr. Augustín Fuentes gives the International Anthropology Day lecture

March 4, 2020

The Department of Anthropology presented its International Anthropology Day lecture on Thursday, February 27. University of Notre Dame professor Dr. Augustín Fuentes spoke about his experience as a bio-cultural anthropologist and the ways in which anthropology helps us understand human history and culture …