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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 …

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 …

Journalist and author Wil Haygood discusses his book "Showdown" and debuts trailer for Thurgood Marshall documentary

March 2, 2020

On Tuesday, February 25, award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood '76 shared his writing process for his 2015 biography Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, and debuted the trailer for an upcoming documentary based on the book …

John Rakovan receives 2019 Carnegie Mineralogical Award

February 27, 2020

Miami University mineralogist John Rakovan received the 2019 Carnegie Mineralogical Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation and education. The award is presented by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is among the top natural history museums in the country …

Join the Institute for Food farm CSA: Support your health, sustainability and innovative education

February 27, 2020

If you want to decrease your carbon footprint, increase your dietary health and support sustainability education — and have a weekly supply of fresh organic vegetables — consider joining the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offered by Miami's Institute for Food farm …

Living Más: Julie Felss Masino '93, president of Taco Bell International, to headline the 2020 CAS Recognition Ceremony

February 26, 2020

Julie Felss Masino, President of Taco Bell International, will offer graduating seniors words of inspiration and encouragement as this year's featured speaker for the College of Arts and Science Recognition Ceremony on May 16, 2020 …

Miami's Model Arab League student team captures numerous regional awards

February 25, 2020

On February 20-22, Miami University's Model Arab League student team met great success at the Ohio Valley Regional Model Arab League, hosted at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. Nearly all students won an outstanding or distinguished award for their representation as delegates of Sudan or Qatar …

Planetary scientist and educator describes "tales of life and death" in her study of rocks from space

February 24, 2020

On February 17, Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, discussed the study of rocks from elsewhere in the solar system and how they provide insights into the origins and destruction of materials in our corner of the universe …

Miami University's academic programs earn national rankings

February 19, 2020

Miami University is listed 4 times on the 2020 Best Colleges national rankings by GradReports.com for bachelor's degree programs. Taking the No.1 spot among public universities in the public relations category is Miami's strategic communication major. The major is within the department of media, journalism and film. It placed No. 7 overall (among public and private schools). Journalism ranked No. 13 among public schools and No. 25 overall …

Refresh your recycling know-how during RecycleMania 2020

February 18, 2020

Cecil Okotah, Miami University's recycling coordinator, and Olivia Herron, sustainability coordinator (both graduate students in environmental science) are helping the Miami community improve its recycling prowess during RecycleMania 2020 …

Alumna Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins to receive Freedom Summer of '64 Award

February 10, 2020

A career dedicated to protecting and expanding voting rights makes Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins a natural choice for the Freedom Summer of '64 Award from Miami University. Created in 2017, the award honors leaders who strive to advance civil rights and social justice in America. Jefferson-Jenkins graduated from Western College for Women in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in social science and education. From 1998 to 2002, she served as both the 15th national president of the League of Women Voters of the United States – the first African American to hold the role – and chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund …

Next steps on Miami's path to carbon neutrality

February 6, 2020

The sustainability committee suggests a move to empower faculty, staff and students. Based on its research and findings, the committee recommends that Miami become a signatory of the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments …

Latest award spotlights unique relationship between the two Miamis

January 30, 2020

The Myaamia Heritage Award Program, which began in 1991, is a 4-year undergraduate college experience for Miami tribe students enrolled at the Oxford campus. It provides a tuition waiver and the additional coursework relative to their heritage …

Sixteen Miami students, alumni named semifinalists in Fulbright competition

January 30, 2020

Sixteen Miami University students and alumni are semifinalists in the 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student competition. 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 …

Freedom Summer 55 Conference

January 30, 2020

The video for this November 2019 conference features historic footage of Freedom Summer and reflections by those who were there, as well as conference participants' thoughts on Freedom Summer's impact on them …

Craig Williamson's OPUS grant will provide new insights on effects of browning in lakes worldwide

January 29, 2020

Craig Williamson, Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology and Miami University professor of biology, has built one of the world’s largest research databases on water transparency in lakes. Williamson's long-term and in-depth research on lake water transparency has been recognized with an Opportunities for Promoting Understanding Through Synthesis (OPUS): Core Research Synthesis grant for nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) …

Undergraduate Summer Scholarship sparks yearlong research project

January 23, 2020

Alyssa Bley came one step closer to achieving her dream of a career as a scientist when she was awarded a Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholarship in 2019. She conducted research in David Berg's Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation Laboratory, which brought opportunities beyond what she could have imagined …

8 ways to be environmentally friendly at Miami and at home

January 22, 2020

We've put together 8 tips to help you become more environmentally friendly at Miami and at home …

Prosecution Project examines how sociopolitical crimes are prosecuted

January 16, 2020

A visiting assistant professor of sociology and social justice studies at Miami University, Michael Loadenthal directs the Prosecution Project, which seeks to understand how terrorism, extremism, and hate crimes are prosecuted in the U.S. justice system. The Prosecution Project's dataset includes all crimes of political violence, without regard to the identity of the targets or the ideology of the perpetrators, so it paints a uniquely comprehensive picture …

$290,000 grant supports Student Citizens summer program for underserved high school students

January 13, 2020

Miami University has been awarded $290,000 over 3 years from the Teagle Foundation to engage underrepresented high school students during rigorous 2-week humanities summer seminars. The goal is to dramatically improve college readiness and graduation rates, while cultivating students' interest in humanities-related fields and civic engagement. The grant comes through the Teagle Foundation's Pathways to the Liberal Arts initiative …

Polar deserts could provide first look at climate change effects in Antarctica

January 9, 2020

Miami University microbiologist Rachael Morgan-Kiss is one of dozens of scientists who have been investigating an Antarctic polar desert's ecosystems through the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) project …

InterfACE mentorship program integrates international students into the broader Miami community

January 9, 2020

The American Culture and English Program (ACE), which has been a part of the Miami University curricula since 2011, seeks to facilitate the linguistic, cultural, and academic transition of international students to Miami. More recently, a mentorship program called InterfACE has become a large part of ACE's overall success …

Public administrator and Miami alum Carter Hewgley returns to teach a mini-course and share his experiences

January 9, 2020

Last fall, Miami's Department of Political Science hosted alum Carter Hewgley, class of 2003, as its Visiting Fellow in Public Leadership. Hewgley visited Miami from October 21-24, his first time back since graduation …

Want to be inspired? Ten ways Miamians are making an impact here and abroad

January 8, 2020

As many embark on 2020 with aspirations to do better or make a difference, they can find inspiration in this roundup of 10 examples from 2019 showing how Miami University students, faculty, staff and alumni are making an impact in their communities and around the world …

Western Program's ongoing "Tea and Conversation" talks address educational reform, social justice, and morality

January 2, 2020

Once per week throughout the fall semester, Miami's Western Program, home of the individualized studies major, has hosted "Tea and Conversation" in the famous Reading Room of Peabody Hall …

Miami names rooms for slain Freedom Summer activists

December 13, 2019

Miami University will recognize three slain civil rights activists by naming student lounges for them near the grounds where they had trained during Freedom Summer in 1964. An estimated 800 volunteers were trained in June 1964 at the Western College for Women, now part of Miami University's Western campus …

Miami hosts first Career Discovery Conference to offer guidance for international students

December 13, 2019

On November 16, Miami's American Culture & English (ACE) Program and Center for Career Exploration & Success (CCES) held the first Career Discovery Conference, designed to assist international students in learning how to navigate job and internship searches in the United States and abroad …

Students ponder visual representations of time with Jenann Ismael

December 12, 2019

On November 21, professor of philosophy at Columbia University Jenann Ismael addressed a large crowd in Shriver Center to give a special lecture titled "Visual Representations of Time: From Physics to Philosophy." Its purpose was to examine the role of pictorial representations in our understanding of time …

Letting go and hoping the ship floats: sitting down with history authors Dr. Lindsay Schakenbach Regele and Dr. Andrew Offenburger

December 11, 2019

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele (PhD Brown, '15) and Andrew Offenburger (PhD Yale, '14) of the Department of History have recently published their own books, but it was no easy task. Turning graduate school dissertations into published works meant both scholars endured a lot of rethinking, recrafting, breakthroughs, self-doubt, and feelings of reward …

Opening Minds through Art initiative expands to medical schools, allied health partnerships

December 10, 2019

A new contract with the Ohio Department of Medicaid will help Miami University's Opening Minds through Art (OMA) initiative link students at the state's medical schools and schools of allied health with older Ohioans living with dementia. OMA has signed a three-year, $872,907 contract with Ohio Medicaid committing to establish 36 such partnerships, which could include required field placements, clinical placements and capstone courses, said Elizabeth Lokon, director and founder of OMA, which is based in Miami's Scripps Gerontology Center …