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Four authors discuss mental health and addiction during Miami's annual creative writing lecture series

May 13, 2021

For the 2021 edition of the annual Marianne D. McComb Series in Creative Writing, hosted by the Department of English, the theme was centered on mental health and addiction. The month-long series was originally scheduled as a two-day conference in 2020 and was adapted to a Zoom event this spring …

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 …

PsyBio Therapeutics Corp. awards Miami professors $1.5M to expedite neuropsychiatric drug development

April 27, 2021

Researchers at Miami University have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from PsyBio Therapeutics Corp. to expedite progress toward clinical trials of a portfolio of neuropsychiatric drugs. Last year, PsyBio and Miami joined forces to develop and test a new class of molecules to treat mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance dependency …

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 …

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" …

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 …

Humanities Center's Altman Program sheds light on the topic of mass migrations

March 24, 2021

Each year the Miami University Humanities Center hosts the John W. Altman Program in the Humanities, a series of public events and research focusing on an annual theme. For this year's theme on "Migrations" a recent talk was held on March 11 over Zoom and given by University of Chicago professor of East European history Tara Zahra …

Strippel Series Tackles Inequities in Pandemic Response

March 23, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, and vaccines are gradually rolling out, researchers have reported troubling disparities when it comes to underrepresented populations. So when it came time to choose a theme for this year's Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund for Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights Annual Program, the coronavirus response of the state of Ohio came into focus …

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 …

Dr. Paul Branscum receives Society of Behavioral Medicine Fellow Status

February 12, 2021

Paul Branscum (KNH) received Society of Behavioral Medicine Fellow Status. Fellow status is conferred on full members in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of behavioral medicine…

Jumping genes: a Q-and-A with geneticist Meixia Zhao

February 10, 2021

Geneticist and computational biologist, Meixia Zhao studies transposable elements — also known as "jumping genes" — using maize as a model system. She joined Miami University in fall 2018 as assistant professor of biology …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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'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 commits to carbon neutrality and climate resilience: Virtual PCLC signing ceremony

September 15, 2020

Join Miami University President Greg Crawford as he signs the Second Nature's Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC) Climate Commitment in a virtual ceremony at noon Tuesday, September 22. Second Nature president Tim Carter, members of Miami's new Climate Action Task Force executive steering committee, the office of sustainability, and Oxford Mayor Mike Smith will give brief remarks during the ceremony …

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" …

Instituting a healthier perspective on food: Miami's community supported agriculture program swings into fall

September 2, 2020

Food options in Oxford, Ohio aren't just limited to Bagel and Deli, campus dining halls, or Mac & Joe's. The Institute for Food, founded in 2015, engages the Miami University community around issues of food, health, and sustainable agriculture …

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) …

Five new things for sustainability at Miami this fall

August 12, 2020

A year of progress and planning by the Miami University sustainability committee will advance sustainability even further this year. The committee, led by Helaine Alessio, chair and professor of kinesiology, and Suzanne Zazycki, associate director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, recently submitted its FY 2020 annual report to President Greg Crawford. The report includes actions the sustainability committee and the office of sustainability plan to take during FY 2021 …

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 …

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 …

Psychology department chair discusses the connection between pets and wellness on latest Stats and Stories podcast

July 10, 2020

Miami's long-running Stats and Stories podcast, now in its 8th year, recently interviewed University Distinguished Professor and chair of psychology Allen McConnell about his research on the well-being benefits of socially constructed relationships with family and pets …

Miami's Scripps researchers find no link between nursing home residents with COVID-19 and facility quality

June 22, 2020

A new study by Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center found no link between nursing home residents with COVID-19 and facility quality. In recently published research, John Bowblis, professor of economics and Scripps Research Fellow, and Robert Applebaum, professor of gerontology and sociology and director of the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project, examined resident cases of COVID-19 in Ohio nursing homes and whether the presence of COVID-19 among residents is associated with facility quality …

Generation COVID: Film studies students turn their quarantine experiences into a documentary

June 8, 2020

In mid-March when Miami students were informed that all spring classes would be taught remotely and they would have to move off campus, students in Andy Rice's documentary film production class agreed to work collaboratively on a film about the impact of COVID-19 on the students' lives …