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Stacey Lowery Bretz elected chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education

January 20, 2021

Stacey Lowery Bretz, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been elected chair of the Division of Chemical Education in the American Chemical Society for 2021. The American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the world's largest scientific organizations with members in more than 130 countries …

Myaamia Center's National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages receives NEH grant

January 14, 2021

The Myaamia Center's National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages was recently awarded a $349,442 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant. The Preservation and Access Education and Training grant will support the continued development of the National Breath of Life in the areas of training for community curated tribal archives for language revitalization and building an apprenticeship program for tribal community archivists who work directly with language archives …

Miami University-based initiative receives $6 million to aid mental wellness for Ohio's K-12 students and staff

January 11, 2021

The Ohio School Wellness Initiative, a Miami University-led project to aid mental health and substance use supports for Ohio's K-12 students and staff, was selected to receive $6 million from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund. The project is led by Cricket Meehan, director of Miami's Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) in the department of psychology …

President Crawford and the President's Executive Cabinet issue statement on events in Congress

January 7, 2021

"Our values at Miami University commit us to the common good, solidarity, respectful dialogue, civil discourse, and the unfettered, evidence-based search for truth. Our mission as an educational institution includes elevating awareness of our democratic government and civic responsibility …"

Patrick Haney is the 2020 William Holmes McGuffey Award honoree

December 9, 2020

Patrick Haney started as an assistant professor; he's now a professor and associate dean of Miami's College of Arts and Science. He's also this year's recipient of the William Holmes McGuffey Award. Formerly known as the Effective Educator Award, the McGuffey Award honors one Miami faculty or staff member whose impact extends far beyond the traditional parameters of education …

Six Miami students named Gilman Scholars

December 8, 2020

Six Miami University students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to help fund their study abroad experiences this spring and summer. The combined total awarded to these students is $28,500. Two other Miami students were named as alternates for Summer 2021. Recipients of the Gilman Scholarship represent 307 colleges and universities across the United States who will study or intern in 87 countries through the end of 2021. Fewer than 1000 scholarships were awarded nationwide …

Scripps Gerontology features research fellow John Bowbliss

December 4, 2020

Professor of Economics and Scripps Research Fellow, Dr. John Bowblis wasted no time in 2020. In addition to 16 peer-reviewed papers accepted for publication and one research brief, Bowblis has an active role in five newly-funded grants. The research teams on three of these grants include other Scripps investigators …

Media, Journalism & Film alumni offer career advice at online panel

December 1, 2020

On November 4, three Miami University alumni from the Department of Media, Journalism & Film (MJF) addressed their professional careers with students at a special online career panel via Zoom. Celena Fields '16, who works in music marketing, Angela Hatcher '19, a senior brand manager at Procter & Gamble, and Ben Garbarek '08, a journalist/political reporter, spoke about their experiences and advice for Miami students entering the workforce …

Miami University Symphony Orchestra releases music video featuring children's choir from India

November 17, 2020

A new music video released by the Miami University Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with a choir based in Chennai, India, celebrates International Education Week. "Adoration" is also a tribute to symphonic composer Florence Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major orchestra …

Miami and Talawanda High School alum Hannah Abigail Clarke celebrates indie best-selling novel, The Scapegracers

November 9, 2020

Hannah Abigail Clarke, a '19 Miami graduate, recently released the fantasy novel The Scapegracers, and was invited to speak to a group of eager writers and readers about the process. In a special online event hosted by The Western Program and the Department of English's creative writing program, Clarke read from their book and answered audience questions …

Miami University geology research has far reach, local implications

November 6, 2020

For most faculty, getting their research published in peer-reviewed journals is career gold. It's safe to say in 2020 alone, Miami University Regionals Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Mark Krekeler has the golden touch. Working alongside his students and colleagues from Miami University's Oxford campus, Krekeler had 8 papers published or accepted into noted environmental journals in 2020 …

Miami's Havighurst Center brings art from Post-Soviet Russia to the surface through Creative Horizons

November 3, 2020

Miami's Havighurst Center for Russian & Post-Soviet Studies has helped to create a new initiative called Creative Horizons, a digital project that captures the significance of art in the post-Soviet era. Its mission is to illuminate how Russian artists combine art and history to evoke creativity through hardship and to create meaning through resilience …

Psychology students push forward their research despite the pandemic to present at a major national conference

October 30, 2020

Two undergraduate psychology students, who since last May have been working in professor of psychology Christopher Wolfe's Medical Decision Making lab, have been selected to present their research at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Computation in Psychology on November 19. Three other Miami undergraduate and a graduate student are co-authors on a third presentation …

Miami offers first fully developed virtual study abroad program

October 29, 2020

This winter term, Miami University is offering its first fully developed virtual study abroad program, MiamiConnects Virtual Global Learning. MiamiConnects offers online workshops that let students engage with different kinds of communities. All workshops will meet Global Perspectives Miami Plan requirements, with minimal participation costs …

Stats+Stories podcast honored with national award for mathematics communications

October 28, 2020

Miami University's John Bailer, Richard Campbell and Rosemary Pennington have been honored with the 2021 Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award for their "engaging, entertaining and enlightening" Stats + Stories podcast. The annual award is designed to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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) …

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 …