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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 …

New professional communication course kickstarts student exposure to work in healthcare

February 4, 2021

Spring 2021 saw the introduction of a new pilot course constructed and taught by professor of English Heidi McKee, ENG 310B: Professional Writing for Healthcare. The course offers students a curriculum focused on practicing tasks healthcare professionals complete every day …

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 …

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 …

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 …

International Education Week 2020 Goes Virtual

November 5, 2020

International Education Week (IEW), November 16-20, 2020, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences …

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'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 …

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 …

Joe Madison to receive Freedom Summer of '64 Award at Miami's Diversity and Inclusion Conference

October 1, 2020

Less than a month before the presidential election, an intense focus on voting rights will come to Miami October 9 when influential radio talk-show host Joe Madison gives the keynote address at Miami's virtual Diversity and Inclusion Conference, called "Across the Divide." Madison, host of an acclaimed show on SiriusXM radio, also will receive the Freedom Summer of '64 Award, signaling Miami's continuing commitment to social justice and honoring those who keep the spirit of Freedom Summer alive …

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 …

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 …

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 …