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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's Pre-Law Center co-sponsors Ohio Virtual Law Expo

September 21, 2020

On September 30 from 4-7pm, Miami University's Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-Law Education, along with the pre-law centers at The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati, will co-sponsor the Ohio Virtual Law Expo …

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) …

Miami Career Center set to host virtual career and internship fair

September 4, 2020

On September 9-11, Miami's Center for Career Exploration & Success (CCES) will be hosting three days of virtual career fairs for students to attend. Each fair, hosted on Handshake, will take place from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

President Crawford to sign Second Nature's PCLC: Climate Commitment

July 21, 2020

President Greg Crawford will sign Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the most comprehensive of its Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC). Miami's Oxford campus will join more than 350 other colleges and universities committing to achieving carbon neutrality and addressing climate change resilience …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …