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Miami's Public Health program publishes results and recommendations from its contact tracing partnership with Butler County

May 27, 2021

Miami’s program in Public Health, which over the past year has trained over 130 students to work as contact tracers to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic, has published results of its collaborative efforts with the Butler County Health District in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice …

Tom Crist and James Kiper awarded Miami University's Benjamin Harrison Medallion

May 13, 2021

Tom Crist, professor and chair of biology, and James Kiper, professor of computer science and software engineering, have been honored with the 2021 Benjamin Harrison Medallion. Named for America's 23rd president who graduated from Miami in 1852, the medallion is Miami University's most prestigious career faculty honor and recognizes "contribution to the education of the nation" …

Miami students celebrate diversity with Horizon, Lavender ceremonies

May 13, 2021

Graduating senior Alexandra Hernandez can't wait to start the next phase of her life after she earns a bachelor's degree from Miami University this weekend. The Lima, Ohio woman double majored in international studies and Spanish with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies. She hopes to teach English abroad later this year or in early 2022 …

"One of the greatest shows on this planet": a Q-and-A with biologist Yoshi Tomoyasu about Brood X cicadas

May 12, 2021

Trillions of cicadas are likely just days away from emerging in Ohio and throughout the Northeast, and Miami University's Yoshi Tomoyasu, associate professor of biology, offered his thoughts on the insects, their evolution and lifecycle, and why humans should embrace their emergence …

CAS students tackle interdisciplinary COVID-19 research at Miami's annual Undergraduate Research Forum

May 6, 2021

The 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum, held on April 21 over Zoom, featured over 500 Miami student researchers giving a total of 220 presentations. With support from their faculty mentors, students presented their year-long research projects that were conducted in a variety of disciplines and approaches, such as community projects, independent studies, service-learning projects, and creative projects. Of the nearly 200 research projects led by students in the College of Arts and Science, at least 14 were focused on COVID-19 …

Hannon Armstrong Foundation selects Miami for inaugural Climate Solutions Scholarship

May 5, 2021

Rising juniors and seniors at Miami University with a demonstrated interest in sustainability have the opportunity to earn a scholarship that covers tuition, room and board thanks to the Hannon Armstrong Foundation Climate Solutions Scholarship. Made possible through an initial $200,000 grant, the new needs-based scholarships will serve a cohort of up to 5 undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers related to climate action and sustainability …

Students showcase their geological research at Miami's first geoscience symposium

May 5, 2021

The Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science (GLG) organized their first annual Geosciences Student Research Symposium (GSRS) this spring. Held April 14 via Zoom, the symposium featured 17 research presentations from undergraduate and graduate students …

Rodney Coates and Tom Fisher selected as CAS Distinguished Educators for 2021

April 30, 2021

Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies Rodney D. Coates and Associate Professor of Statistics Thomas Fisher have both been selected as the 2021 Distinguished Educators from the College of Arts and Science …

Tammy Kernodle and David Berg named University Distinguished Professors

April 28, 2021

Tammy Kernodle, professor of musicology, and David Berg, professor of biology and professor of biological sciences, have been awarded the title of University Distinguished Professor by Miami University's board of trustees, effective July 1. Established by the trustees in 1981 to attract and retain eminent professors, the title includes an annual stipend for conducting research and other professional activities. University Distinguished Professors have national and international stature with demonstrated recognition and projected high level of scholarly productivity in the future. They must be a teacher of demonstrated excellence and a contributor to the life and mission of Miami University …

Panelists discuss structural factors that impact high-risk group experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2021

Kathie Brinkman, an Oxford community member who serves as an advocate for her 95-year-old mother in assisted living, and Courtney Hineman, a community outreach advocate for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities as well as the co-leader of the Speak Up Self-Advocacy Program, spoke as panelists about the COVID-19 pandemic on April 6 via Zoom …

Students learn about building their own sustainable microhabitat with Nature in Your Yard

April 16, 2021

On April 1, Nature in Your Yard, an online event sponsored by the Western Program and the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation, offered students a discussion on how providing habitat for wildlife in our home landscapes can help us live in balance with nature …

A new study shows Asian Americans are struggling due to discrimination during the pandemic

April 15, 2021

Data collected from Asian Americans about their experiences of discrimination during the pandemic show some troubling effects, according to Miami University's Vaishali Raval. Raval and her co-researcher, Virginia Huynh of California State University—Northridge, are awaiting review from the Journal of Asian American Psychology for their study, "The psychological impact of racial discrimination towards Asian Americans amidst Covid-19, the so-called 'China' virus" …

CAS expands its focus on diversity, equality, and inclusion for students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Miami community

April 14, 2021

As part of a renewed initiative to help demonstrate Miami University's "philosophy and belief that a diverse academic community is among an institution's greatest strengths," the College of Arts and Science (CAS) has significantly broadened its efforts to develop and offer new programs and resources devoted to diversity, equity, and inclusion …

Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness facility will enhance the collaborations that define Miami

April 7, 2021

The new Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness facility will be part of Miami University's first "corridor of excellence," said Steve Large, assistant vice president for health and wellness and a member of the planning committee for the facility. Located on Campus Avenue, its proximity to Miami's Recreational Sports Center, Phillips Hall, and the Goggin Ice Arena creates a corridor that will naturally promote cross-divisional partnerships in order to advance holistic wellness efforts for our campus and local communities, Large said …

Valuing Water MiniConference educates the public on importance of clean water

March 31, 2021

On March 19, the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation sponsored and organized the four-session half-day Valuing Water MiniConference: An Environmental and Sociocultural Exploration of Water. A service project on March 20 also took place at Four Mile Creek Restoration with Three Valley Conservation Trust …

Freedom Rider Betty Daniels Rosemond shares her story with Miami students

March 15, 2021

Betty Daniels Rosemond, a Freedom Rider who fought for racial justice, spoke with Miami students in instructor of social justice Mark Curnutte's class on Thursday, March 4 to share her experiences as a member of The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1961 …

Ohio officials to share insight on the pandemic's impact on health equity and social justice

March 11, 2021

The Center for American and World Cultures, through its Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund, has organized an online panel series beginning on Tuesday, March 16 to discuss the disproportionate impacts of Covid-19 in underrepresented communities …

Miami receives national award for investing in supplier diversity

March 10, 2021

Miami University has been awarded the inaugural Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2021 Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The national award honors colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses through supplier diversity offices, unique programs and leading initiatives …

Miami University dedicates Nellie Craig Walker Hall after first Black graduate

February 24, 2021

Miami University officials on Wednesday dedicated the former Campus Avenue Building as Nellie Craig Walker Hall after the university's first Black graduate. The Oxford native graduated from Miami in 1905, having earned a two-year teaching certificate. She became the first Black educator to student-teach in the community's public schools to a mixed-race class …

Miami dedicates residence hall lobbies to honor slain Freedom Summer activists

February 24, 2021

Miami University on Wednesday honored the lives of three slain Freedom Summer activists by dedicating residence hall lobbies after them near the grounds where they trained during Freedom Summer in 1964. Michael Schwerner, 24, James Chaney, 21, and Andrew Goodman, 20, were among approximately 800 volunteers who trained at the Western College for Women, which is now part of Miami's Western campus …

Miami University names Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins spring commencement speaker

February 18, 2021

Miami University President Greg Crawford has announced that Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins will be the commencement speaker at Miami's spring ceremony. The university has not yet announced a decision on whether the ceremony, slated for 10:30 am Saturday, May 15, will be in-person or virtual as officials continue to monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the feasibility of large gatherings …

Sociology Professor Studies Gender and Empowerment in Refugee Population

February 18, 2021

Dr. Fauzia Ahmed, Associate Professor of Sociology, was awarded funding from the Philip M. & Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives during the 2020 fiscal year, to travel to Bangladesh from December 2019 to March 2020 and conduct Participatory Action Research (PAR) on gender and empowerment among Rohingya women in refugee camps …

Miami Named 'Top Producing Institution' for Fulbright U.S. Student Program

February 15, 2021

Miami was named by the Institute of International Education (IIE) as one of the "Top Producing Institutions" for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, as announced by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The recognition as a Top Producing Institution for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2020-2021 academic year is a result of 10 Miami students being offered Fulbright grants in a single year …