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Miami professor wins writing competition

October 16, 2014

Kay Sloan, professor of English at Miami University, is the winner of the 2014 novella award from the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Inc. Her winning piece, Give Me You, tells a story about two couples who were wild and politically radical as young adults in the 30s, with their colored indiscretions following them later in their lives …

Join the Kill the Cup Challenge: Attend a photo shoot

October 16, 2014

Miami is in third place this week among the schools nationwide participating in the monthlong Kill the Cup Challenge  …

Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson to speak Oct. 21

October 15, 2014

Space shuttle astronaut Capt. Robert "Hoot" Gibson will present senior Michael Markesbery with a $10,000 scholarship and will share his space mission experiences at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 21, in of the Armstrong Student Center Pavilion. Markesbery is a senior zoology major and neuroscience and entrepreneurship double minor from Cincinnati …

"Red, White & Few": Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks comes to Miami to explain why more women are needed in Congress

October 15, 2014

Hundreds swarmed into the Armstrong Student Center Pavillion Monday, Oct. 6 to welcome Miami alumna (1982) and Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks back to her alma mater. Brooks, a Republican Representative for the fifth district in Indiana, spoke proudly and confidently on her topic, "Red White and Few: Why the U.S. Congress Needs More Women" …

NSF-funded project to learn how students interpret chemistry concepts

October 14, 2014

In response to projections that the U.S. will need an additional one million workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by 2022, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report in 2012 that called for improving STEM education during the first two years of college …

Miami Hamilton talk to focus on Latino population

October 14, 2014

Miami Hamilton's Association of Latino and American Students is sponsoring a talk on "Race and the Census" at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. The event will feature Byron Miller, assistant professor of sociology and gerontology and black world studies, and is free and open to the public …

An experiment in crowdfunding: Unlocking the secrets of the frog that can freeze

October 13, 2014

Andor Kiss is the first scientist at Miami University to use the science crowdfunding website Experiment to help fund discovery science. He hopes to fund his project "Unlock the secrets of animals that survive freezing!" to sequence the genome of the North American wood frog. The wood frog (Rana sylvatica) can freeze solid and then thaw—multiple times—with no ill effect …

Alumnus Mark Cannon named first Visiting Fellow in Public Leadership

October 13, 2014

Miami University alumnus Mark Cannon will serve as the first Visiting Fellow in Public Leadership as part of Miami's "Ohio Public Leaders: Inside State and Local Government" program. The program is sponsored by the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs and department of political science …

Columbus Mayor and King Arts Complex honor Wil Haygood

October 7, 2014

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined the King Arts Complex in celebrating Miami University alumnus, visiting faculty member and author Wil Haygood as a 2014 Legends and Legacies honoree …

Cho and Paulson earn Global Teaching and Learning Award

October 6, 2014

Yu-Fang Cho, associate professor of English and women's, gender, and sexuality studies and affiliate in Asian/Asian American studies, and Susan Paulson, former professor of anthropology, were named the winners of the Office of Liberal Education's 2014 Global Teaching and Learning Award. The award was developed to highlight and encourage best practices in pedagogies that address global perspectives at the undergraduate level …

World history: a long story short

October 3, 2014

Students and staff celebrated professor of history Renée Baernstein at a packed reception held in Upham Hall on September 23. There, Baernstein gave a lecture touching on the importance of teaching world history and celebrating the humanities. Baernstein, who has worked at Miami for many years, was being recognized with the Distinguished Educator Award for her dedication to her field and the impact she has had on her students …

Two Miami journalism students, two international summer experiences

September 30, 2014

Victoria Slater and Kelly Stincer are both communications interns in the College of Arts and Science. We asked them to write a reflection about their international experiences of summer 2014 in Kosovo (Victoria) and Spain (Kelly)  …

Miami ecologist: US EPA's pesticide assessment process questioned

September 26, 2014

In the October issue of BioScience, a group of ecotoxicologists led by Michelle Boone of Miami University present the shortcomings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's pesticide risk assessment process. The article highlights the case of atrazine's risk assessment for amphibians, which the agency reassessed on the basis of a single manufacturer-funded study …

Andrew Revkin looks optimistically to the future of climate change

September 25, 2014

"We are in zoom mode; our populations, our landscapes—it's all zooming," said New York Times science reporter and photographer Andrew Revkin on September 15 during his lecture on "Seeking a Good Path Through the Anthropecene." Sponsored by Miami University's Humanities Center as part of its 2014-15 John W. Altman Program, Revkin's lecture focused on the way humans can improve their effects on the environment in a time where we dominate the ever-changing landscapes of Earth …