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Latin American students visit Oxford to share interdisciplinary and intercultural experiences with Miami faculty and students

July 22, 2019

Twenty students from Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic will soon be wrapping up three weeks in Oxford as part of Miami's annual Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education …

Five things you should know about art, dementia and aging

July 17, 2019

There are many kinds of dementias. Elizabeth "Like" Lokon, founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) — an award-winning, evidence-based art program for people with neurocognitive disorders — uses dementia in plural form to convey the fact that it has many types. Headquartered at Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center, OMA pairs people with dementia (artists) with volunteers (Miami students, families or caregivers) who are trained to rely on imagination instead of memory to create unique pieces and help those with dementia maintain their freedom of expression …

With 100 + episodes, "Stats + Stories" continues to advocate for numerical literacy

July 17, 2019

Each week, Rosemary Pennington, assistant professor of media, journalism and film, teams up with professors Richard Campbell and John Bailer to host the podcast "Stats + Stories". The trio interviews guests who work with statistics, such as journalists, statisticians, and government and non-government officials …

Mack Hagood examines our fight to control noise with sound

July 16, 2019

The noise is positive for Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control, a new book by Miami University's Mack Hagood. The book's focus is on how we use sound to change our environment …

STEAM-powered and DIY: Mixing art, neurobiology and renovations in Pearson Hall

July 10, 2019

Walking down a hallway in Pearson Hall's newly renovated research lab area, visitors can view a mural of the neuroscience research within. Like in the 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage, passersby can view a larger-than-life painting of the inner world of neurons. You can visualize, on a giant scale, the central nervous system of the Jonah crab …

Award-winning collaboration "HumanitiesWorks" uses data to disprove public perception

July 9, 2019

"There's virtually no long-term difference in career satisfaction, income, employability and other metrics between people who major in business and people who study history or anthropology," said Tim Melley. Melley, professor of English and director of the Humanities Center, is part of a team pushing Miami away from the stereotype in a time where other schools nationwide are shuttering programs …

Rita Dove and Wil Haygood to receive literary honors

June 27, 2019

Miami University alumni Rita Dove and Wil Haygood are being recognized for their literary accomplishments. Dove (Miami '73), a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is receiving the North Star Award from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. Haygood (Miami '76), award-winning author and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Miami's department of media, journalism and film, is among 18 nominees chosen in a juried competition for the foundation's Legacy Awards …

History meets sustainability for unique perspective on farming

June 27, 2019

Two faculty have been presented with the "Outstanding Interdisciplinary Perspective in Teaching" award for faculty members engaged in bringing together several areas of research and teaching: Peggy Shaffer, professor of history and global and intercultural studies, and Jonathan Levy, associate professor of geology and environmental earth science and director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. …

Miami University Sustainability invites you: Join the Plastic Free July challenge

June 27, 2019

What started as a small movement in Australia in 2011 has now become a global campaign that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Individuals committing to the 31-day challenge choose to reduce single-use plastics, such as the Top 4: disposable bags, bottles, coffee cups, and straws …

Beyond sunburn: implications of ozone, UV radiation and climate for a sustainable future

June 26, 2019

Ozone depletion in the stratosphere continues to affect not only ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels at the Earth’s surface but also climate across the Southern Hemisphere, an international study reports. The paper, published this week in Nature Sustainability, reports on the complex interactions between ozone depletion, UV radiation and climate change, and how they impact human health, food and water security, and the environment …

Miami honors Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with Freedom Summer of '64 Award

June 20, 2019

Representatives of Miami University traveled this week to Mississippi to present the Freedom Summer of '64 Award to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Fifty-five years ago, three Freedom Summer volunteers left Oxford, Ohio, to investigate an arson at the historic church and then disappeared …

Miami researchers study factors affecting truck driver alertness

June 20, 2019

Fadel Megahed wants to know when a worker becomes fatigued and what's the best way to intervene. He's leading a team of researchers, including two undergraduate students, in a project looking specifically at truck drivers …

Rachel Ollier and Rosie Ries awarded Astronaut Scholarships

June 19, 2019

Miami University seniors Rachel Ollier and Rosamiel "Rosie" Ries have been awarded scholarships from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). They are two of 52 students from 40 universities to receive the award, worth up to $10,000, for the 2019-2020 academic year …

Diversifying Psychology: Miami initiative draws national candidates to Oxford

June 6, 2019

Akanksha Das, a doctoral student with Miami University's ACE (Anxiety, Cognition, and Emotion) Lab sees how diversity impacts research and the research environment. The broader systemic issue, Das said, is a cycle that occurs when researchers have a narrow focus, only reading work done by people who share similar assumptions and experiences. In an effort to incorporate different voices in the field, the psychology department launched its inaugural Diversifying Psychology Weekend in May …

Summer reading book, One Size Fits None, selected for Class of 2023

May 30, 2019

One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture, by Stephanie Anderson has been selected as Miami University's 2019 summer reading book. One Size Fits None is the story of Anderson's journey throughout America’s farming communities. She reports on efforts to adapt our current food production system to a more sustainable, climate friendly, and healthy practice …

Honoring Miami "roots and wings": Rebecca Messina '94 addresses nearly 1700 bachelor's and master's graduates at annual CAS spring recognition ceremony

May 30, 2019

On May 18, the College of Arts and Science, highlighted by speeches by Rebecca Messina '94 and Jacob Bruggeman '19, celebrated the achievement of 1521 bachelors and 176 masters graduates at the 2019 Recognition Ceremony …

Miami earns gold in STARS sustainability rating system

May 30, 2019

Miami University has achieved its first STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education …

Nobel Prize winner speaks of the power of truth in the shadow of a dictatorship

May 23, 2019

On April 23, the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed 2009 Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller for its annual lecture event. Müller's literature, described as depicting an individual's vulnerability under oppression and persecution, is rooted in her experiences in Romania as a German-speaking ethnic minority …

Two Miami students named Goldwater Scholars

May 22, 2019

Miami University juniors Caleb Kozuszek and Rosamiel "Rosie" Ries have each received a Goldwater Scholarship for 2019-2020. They are among 496 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural science and engineering. Kozuszek, a biochemistry major from Hillsboro, and Ries, a geology and physics double major from Centerville, are two of 13 students at an Ohio public university to receive a Goldwater Scholarship …

Miami and city of Oxford receive the "Town and Gown" award

May 22, 2019

Miami University and the city of Oxford have received the 2019 International Town and Gown Association's Larry Abernathy Award. Mayor Kate Rousmaniere and Jayne Brownell, Miami's vice president for the Division of Student Life, were presented with the award at the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) conference at Penn State on May 21 …

New grant expands fresh food access to Miami and Oxford communities

May 21, 2019

Data from last year's student health survey revealed that about 20% of students experienced food insecurity at some point, and a portion of those students experienced it on a regular basis. Food insecurity means either skipping a meal, going without food entirely, or eating reduced meals to save resources for other priorities …

New majors, a new department, approved by Miami trustees

May 17, 2019

With awareness of changing needs in the marketplace, Miami University trustees at their May 17 meeting approved the establishment of two bachelor of arts degrees — one with a major in data analytics and one with a major in organizational leadership — both in the College of Arts and Science. …

Farm Fresh Veggies-Direct to You!

May 14, 2019

The Miami Institute for Food is paving a path to #HealthyMiamiOH by planting, growing, and bringing farm fresh veggies direct to campus. Miami faculty, staff, students, and community members can subscribe and receive a share of weekly harvests May 23-December 5, 2019 …

Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to headline the 50th anniversary of Miami's Institute for the Environment & Sustainability

May 14, 2019

On Friday, September 13, Miami's Institute for the Environment & Sustainability (IES) begins a weekend celebrating its 50th anniversary and 5 decades of environmental stewardship and problem solving with a keynote address by former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy …

Three doctoral students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

May 13, 2019

Miami University doctoral students Akanksha Das, Shelby Ortiz and Jared Tangeman (Miami '17) have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) …

Psychology students work to charter a Miami chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists

May 13, 2019

The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) is a club on Miami's campus, generating a significant impact. After only a year on campus, the ABPsi student circle has accumulated over 20 students, and it continues to grow as it focuses on issues, particularly African American, and presents a different worldview on them …

Reily Township launches student-created website developed through Miami community collaboration

May 12, 2019

Thanks to a community-university collaboration, Reily Township just launched a new website — researched, designed and written entirely by Miami University students — that serves as an information spot for residents and visitors …

Award-winning author addresses the increase of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border

May 2, 2019

Mexican author Valeria Luiselli visited Miami to discuss Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, her award-winning book that digs deeper at what happens to the unaccompanied children crossing the border when they are held in detention centers. She was the spring semester speaker for the biannual Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Global & Intercultural Studies …

Miami researchers to test suicide prevention tool at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

May 1, 2019

The REDS (Research on Eating Disorders and Suicidality) lab at Miami, led by April Smith, associate professor of psychology, recently received two grants from the Department of Defense, totaling more than $1.5 million. One grant oversees the testing of a suicide intervention program designed for service members at both Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Joint Base Lewis McChord. The second grant funds a project aimed at understanding symptoms of suicidal ideation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base …

Miami's Inside Washington program celebrates 20th anniversary while surpassing 500 graduates

April 30, 2019

Miami's renowned Inside Washington program, which has exposed more than 500 Miami students to the career opportunities possible in Washington, DC, observes its 20th anniversary in 2019 …

Pilot program uses constructive conflict to shape students' global view

April 25, 2019

Voices of Discovery: Intergroup Dialogue, a 3-credit pilot course run by the Center for American and World Cultures, invites students to reveal their personal beliefs and breakdown complexities surrounding topics like race, religion, identity and spirituality …

2019 President's Distinguished Service Award recipients = exceptional seniors

April 18, 2019

Miami University President Gregory Crawford honored 18 students whose service through campus life, community service, intellectual and cultural leadership or student employment demonstrate the spirit of being a citizen leader of uncommon quality …

Global Initiatives unveils campaign to increase study abroad for underrepresented students

April 18, 2019

Global Initiatives' Study Abroad is for Me (SAIFM) program seeks to not only increase program participation, but increase underrepresented applicants like students of color, those with financial need, males and international students …

Psychology symposium, run by alumni, offers students "Your Road Map Toward Career Success"

April 15, 2019

As part of a biannual alumni board event, on March 15 the Department of Psychology hosted four concurrent sessions conducted by members of the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board to guide psychology majors towards career success …

Seven Miamians (students, a faculty member and an alumnus) offered Fulbright awards to conduct research or teach overseas

April 11, 2019

Six of Miami University's Fulbright semifinalists have been offered 2019-2020 grants and another has been named an alternate. In addition, Tani Sebro, an assistant professor in Global & Intercultural Studies, has been offered a Fulbright Scholar award through the ASEAN Research Program to study migrants returning to Myanmar from Thailand …

Miami students receive EPA funding for research

April 10, 2019

Two Miami University student research teams have been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue research in their desired fields. The funding is provided through the EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program …