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Mineralogist John Rakovan: Solving the mysteries of the world's finest gold specimen with Los Alamos Neutron Science Center

February 21, 2019

With the help of one of the world's most powerful linear accelerators, a team of scientists have for the first time 'looked' inside the finest known specimen of wire gold. "Some native metals, a metal or metal alloy found in nature can occur in what is called wire morphology," said John Rakovan, professor of geology and environmental earth science at Miami University …

Opening Minds Through Art touts statewide expansion plans and available grant money among new updates

February 14, 2019

Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is a program for people with dementia. Headquartered at Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center, OMA pairs people in retirement communities with trained volunteers who help participants unlock their inner creativity …

Institute for the Environment & Sustainability's annual Willeke Lecture dives deep into ocean deoxygenation

February 14, 2019

On February 7, Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) presented a lecture by Denise Breitburg, senior scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Dr. Breitburg spoke about declining oxygen levels in the world's oceans and coastal waters, as well as the importance of the ocean and the possible solutions to the problem …

Differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese as explained through music and song

February 12, 2019

On Monday, February 4, Miami professor of Lusophone studies Paula Gândara sang and talked about the differences of the Portuguese language in both Portugal and Brazil …

Fourteen Miami students, alumni named semifinalists in Fulbright competition

February 7, 2019

Fourteen Miami University students and alumni are semifinalists in the 2019-2020 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 …

Celebrate Black History Month with these February events

February 7, 2019

Miami University hosts several events in celebration of Black History Month. Many of the events are presented by the office of diversity affairs and the Black President's Caucus …

Miami's 4th annual DataFest competition open for registration

February 7, 2019

Registration has officially opened for Miami's 4th annual DataFest competition! You can now sign up with your friends to participate in Miami's only data analytics contest which will run April 5-7 this year …

Zero Waste Oxford to host Miami's first pop-up thrift shop on February 10-16

February 6, 2019

Zero Waste Oxford, Miami's newest student organization, is focused on both reducing waste on Miami's campus and around the greater Oxford area. Founded by seniors Katja Diekgers and Madison Olds, Zero Waste also raises awareness on how college students can live a more sustainable lifestyle …

Guest speakers bring big, bold concepts to spring lectures

February 5, 2019

Miami University welcomes big names and big topics to campus during spring semester. Many of these events are free and open to the public …

Think spring inside The Conservatory at Miami Hamilton

February 5, 2019

From taking a botanical studies course to following The Conservatory on social media, Miami's Conservatory at the Hamilton campus offers many ways for the community to "think spring" …

Designing a future for female entrepreneurs

January 31, 2019

At 20 years old, Summer Crenshaw (Miami ’03) joined a startup and, after getting a feel for entrepreneurship, eventually launched her first two companies …

Miami's Mock Trial students host Ohio high schoolers for the 4th annual Mockhawk Tournament

January 29, 2019

On December 16, 2018, just one day after some Miamians graduated from Miami University, and while most were traveling to or already at home, the James Lewis Family Miami University Mock Trial Program (MMT) welcomed hundreds of Ohio high school students and 20 mock trial teams to Oxford for the 4th Annual Mockhawk Tournament …

Miami's 5th annual CIQS Day helps pave the way for a new generation of young women interested in STEM careers

January 25, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8, the College of Arts and Science's Department of Statistics partnered with the College of Education, Health and Society to host its 5th annual CIQS Day for over 140 young women from several regional high schools …

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

January 23, 2019

Recent work by Miami researcher Andor Kiss and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine, is shedding more light on liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), one of the hottest topics in cell biology, according to Science magazine. In a study published last month in the Journal of Molecular Biology, they demonstrate a model system which they can control, and/or tune, to either prevent or encourage LLPS droplet formation …

Stargazing leads to a future profession for physics and math major

January 23, 2019

Orion Koleva remembers his first semester stargazing with Miami University's Astronomy Club. Now a second-year physics and mathematics double major, he's club president. He's also considering a career in his hobby …

Julia Robinson wants children to fall in love with nature

January 17, 2018

Julia Robinson is the director of the Cecilia Berg Center for Environmental Education and the senior project manager and museum educator at the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History. She works to develop a love of nature in young children. With more than 54,000 specimens in the museum, she has much to share …

Sports journalist Terence Moore ('78) named Miami's Wiepking Distinguished Professor

January 16, 2018

Terence Moore, a 1978 Miami alum and national sports writer and TV contributor often seen on CNN, ESPN, and MSNBC, has been honored as Miami's Karl and Helen Wiepking Distinguished Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film (MJF) …

Miami history class hosts Skype chat with students in Mexico City

January 7, 2019

During the fall semester, Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, and her colleague Sonia Robles, assistant professor in the school of communications at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, partnered to build a cross-classroom exchange. The goal was to give students authentic insight on issues related to history and the current climate between the U.S. and its southern neighbor …

Geography students win awards and connect with alumni in Ohio Geographical Information Systems conference

December 13, 2018

Four students from Miami's Department of Geography participated in the annual Ohio GIS (geographic information systems) Conference hosted by the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program in Columbus, OH from September 24-26 …

Mark Curnutte recognized for coverage of race and social justice issues

December 11, 2018

Mark Curnutte, a journalism instructor at Miami and a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter who focuses on race and social justice issues, was awarded the Governor's 2018 Nuestro Amigo. The Nuestro Amigo award was first presented in 1980 by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs …

Miami students engage in a modern virtual dialogue with Latin American youth leaders

December 11, 2018

On a cold November 14 evening in Oxford, over 50 students were packed inside a classroom in Upham Hall to listen to current perspectives from students across Latin America. The virtual roundtable with simultaneous translation was entitled, "Challenges and Changes: Voices from Today's Latin American Youth" …

Miami Graduate Research Forum students receive top honors

December 10, 2018

Students receiving top honors for Miami University's 2018 Graduate Research Forum learned in early December the results of the judges' decisions. A panel of alumni judges selected student awardees based on evaluations and research abstracts …

Miami Jewish community reflects true meaning of Hanukkah amid national tension

December 6, 2018

For the Miami University Jewish community, now is the time for rededication and reflection of faith. Hanukkah, which runs December 2-10, is the 8-day Jewish festival of lights …

International students sharpen their English skills, build connections at Conversation Café

December 5, 2018

American Culture and English (ACE) Program students at Miami attend an assigned session of Conversation Café once a week to supplement a required ACE course. It's one of the more enjoyable parts of their curriculum …

Miami's greenhouses: Overflowing with plants and research

December 5, 2018

With new faculty in plant biology, the new Institute for Food farm and new LED lighting, Miami's Belk greenhouse is overflowing with plants and research …

Former Miami professor returns to campus to present lecture on the story of Emmett Till

December 3, 2018

The 2018 American Studies biennial lecture, "Emmett Till: Why His Story Still Matters," was held on Wednesday, November 18 and presented by Elliott Gorn, the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in urban history at Loyola University Chicago …

Ellen Yezierski and Jay Smart receive mentor awards

November 29, 2018

Ellen Yezierski and Jay Smart each received recognition for their mentor work with students. The two Miami University professors were recently honored during the Graduate Research Forum in early November. The Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring honors faculty who have served at least seven years with an appointment in a graduate and/or professional degree-granting department …

John Bailer named 2018 AAAS Fellow

November 27, 2018

A. John Bailer, University Distinguished Professor and chair of statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) …

Miami psychology alum talks about his path to becoming an entrepreneur

November 27, 2018

On Friday, November 9, alumnus Dr. Eric Nofzinger (1981) visited Miami to talk with psychology majors about his career path after graduating with a double major in psychology and chemistry …

Urban & regional planning majors tackle real-world issues in Chicago

November 26, 2018

Every year, assistant professor of geography Damon Scott teaches GEO 493 - Urban Field Experience, a geography capstone in which urban & regional planning (URP) majors travel to Chicago for two separate weekends. The goal of the class is for students to learn about contemporary urban planning issues from community leaders, planning professionals and neighborhood organizations …

Geography, geology, and environmental science majors connect with successful alumni at career networking event

November 20, 2018

On Monday, November 12, over 100 students gathered in Shideler Hall to participate in the 3rd annual alumni career networking event for the Department of Geography, Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, and the Institute for the Environment & Sustainability (IES) …

Miami recognized as Bicycle Friendly University

November 16, 2018

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Miami University with a bronze Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of its achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus …

Mexican history class looks for learning on the other side of the border

November 15, 2018

Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, listens as a student asks if her peers have seen pictures — hundreds of Central American families migrating toward the U.S. In this Mexican history course, there's no shortage of current events to tie in. From food and heritage, the Mexican-American War and Cinco de Mayo, ongoing lessons include drug cartels, popular culture, NAFTA and President Donald Trump's calls for a border wall …

New solar array powers change at Institute for Food farm

November 15, 2018

A newly installed 18-panel solar array at the Institute for Food farm produces enough power to run the irrigation system to water the crops. And, as if that's not enough, it does so much more …

As hate crimes rise across the U.S., a Miami team researches political motivations and prosecution

November 15, 2018

Michael Loadenthal, visiting assistant professor of sociology and social justice, researches political violence and attributes the increase to shifts in U.S. political discourse, which he said is moving toward authoritarianism, nativism, and nationalism …

Miami's study abroad program is in the top five nationally among public universities

November 14, 2018

Miami ranks No. 4 — sharing top recognition with William and Mary, Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia — according to the Open Doors 2018 report released November 13 by the Institute of International Education …