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50 Years After Freedom Summer: Understanding the Past, Building the Future

October 30, 2014

In June of 1964, an estimated 800 student volunteers gathered on what is now known as Western campus. Beginning October 11, 2014, some of those same 48 original volunteers reconvened on Miami University's campus for the four-day Freedom Summer Conference and Reunion …

Miami's American Studies program celebrates two major milestones in university history

October 29, 2014

In 1944, the American Studies major was created at Miami University as the "Interdepartmental Field of Concentration in American Civilization." Twenty years later, it became formally established as an interdisciplinary program, among the first in the country to incorporate such fields as American history, political science, English, religion, art, and more in one broad area of study …

Guest speakers from both sides of the political spectrum address economic inequality

October 27, 2014

On October 15, 2014, the Janus Forum was held in the Armstrong Student Center's Wilks Theater. The Janus Forum is an opportunity for the Miami community to witness a discussion from two opposing viewpoints about an important and timely issue and arrive at their own opinions …

Hefner Lecture: "The Magic of Cranes: Engaging a Global Community" Oct. 30

October 23, 2014

George Archibald, co-founder and senior conservationist of the International Crane Foundation, will present "The Magic of Cranes: Engaging a Global Community" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in 102 Benton Hall. His talk is the 40th annual Hefner Lecture sponsored by the Hefner Museum of Natural History at Miami University …

Eight students receive Provost's Academic Achievement Award

October 23, 2014

Eight students received the 2014 Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award for their outstanding contributions to Miami University's intellectual environment. The recipients were selected based on nominations from Miami faculty …

Miami Students Share Thoughts on 2014's Law Day Fair

October 21, 2014

On October 2nd, 2014, Miami's Pre-Law Program had their annual Law Day Fair in the Shriver Multipurpose Room. Eighty law schools attended and set up booths to answer questions about law school admission and provide information about their programs to prospective students …

Three Miami University faculty and staff honored by YWCA

October 20, 2014

The YWCA of Hamilton has selected three Miami University faculty members as honorees for the 2014 YWCA Hamilton Outstanding Women of Achievement awards. The YWCA will honor a total of five women. The three honorees from Miami are Denise Baszile, Doris Bergen and Whitney Womack Smith …

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 …

"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 …

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 …