Ten Miami news highlights: a year of discoveries, recognition and collaboration

Exams are finished and graded. The leaves are gone and crews already have been hard at work clearing snow from the sidewalks.

As the Miami community prepares for winter break and winter term, here’s a look back at 10 headlines that captured some of the discoveries, recognition and collaborations in 2019.

Drug breakthrough comes via metabolic engineering

Andrew Jones, assistant professor in the department of chemical, paper, and biomedical engineering, and a team of students discovered a way to sustainably produce a promising drug candidate to help patients with treatment-resistant depression.President Crawford accepts Simon Award

President Greg Crawford accepted the Simon Award in the nation's capital on Nov. 21.

National award honors Miami for focus on international education

In November, President Greg Crawford accepted the 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization awarded by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Miami earns the MAC’s Cartwright Award for second straight year

The Mid-American Conference presented the Cartwright Award to Miami for excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship. Miami is the first school in conference history to win the prestigious award in consecutive years.

Miami biologist’s research part of new phase in cell biology

Andor Kiss, director of Miami’s Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine, shed more light on liquid-liquid phase separation — one of the hottest topics in cell biology last year.

The Bundys enjoy an “amazing journey” on “The Voice”

The Bundys perform on The Voice

Miami alumni Megan, Ryan and Katey perform on NBC's The Voice (photo NBC/The Voice).

The alumni siblings talked about their experience on the NBC show and with their coach Kelly Clarkson. The three grew up in Cincinnati's Wyoming neighborhood, along with their younger brother Evan, a 2018 Miami graduate.

Team effort preserves university’s sundial

Miami staff, students and alumni collaborated to replace a piece of the university’s iconic sundial. Watch our short video to see how they did it.

Miami ranked a top 50 national public university

In U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” guidebook, Miami is ranked in the top 50 of best national public universities, moving up three slots to No. 39.

Sierra Club names Miami one of the top 100 “Coolest Schools”

Impressed by that green colleges ranking? Read about the five ways Miami has committed to the environment.

Class of 2023 sets university records

The largest class in Miami’s 210-year history arrived in August on the Oxford campus. Its 4,300 students come from 43 states and 28 countries.

Professor of management coins term “gentelligence”

Megan Gerhardt, co-director of the William Isaac and Michael Oxley Center for Business Leadership, defines it as the ability to appreciate and leverage the insights of other generations to solve problems and create opportunities.