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From Phoenix to New York City, are American cities sustainable or resilient?

November 17, 2017

New York University professor Andrew Ross led the fall semester's final edition of the Humanities Center's Altman Distinguished Lecture Series, "Plan for the Best or Anticipate the Worst? From Sustainability to Resilience," on November 8 …

Primatologist Linda Marchant lauded nationally for her research

November 15, 2017

Linda Marchant, professor of anthropology at Miami University, received two national awards for her research. She received the award for Outstanding Research into Human Origins from the Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology (CRAFT) and the Stone Age Institute (SAI). Marchant also received the Distinguished Primatologist Award from The Midwest Primate Interest Group (MPIG) …

Partnering to advance preference based care among nursing home residents

November 6, 2017

Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center's project, "Incorporating the Preferences for Everyday Living into Ohio's Nursing Homes to Improve Resident Care," is funded to partner with nursing home providers seeking to deliver person-centered care by honoring their residents' preferences for everyday living …

Dr. Dustin B. Wygant returns to Miami for colloquium on forensic psychology

November 6, 2017

Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. Dustin B. Wygant, recently returned to campus for a colloquium …

Urbanization Much More Than City Growth, Expert Says

October 23, 2017

The Humanities Center featured Neil Brenner,a professor of urban theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in a lecture sponsored by the John W. Altman Program. Brenner told the audience that cities should be considered not only in terms of their geographic area, their buildings, and their residents, but as part of a large, complex system of infrastructure, land, and resources, much of which exist apart from the cities themselves and are often rendered invisible …

Climate change could decrease sun's ability to disinfect lakes, coastal waters

October 19, 2017

A new study led by Miami University researchers and published in the journal Scientific Reports outlines how a rise in the amount of organic matter washed into bodies of water can stunt the ability of the sun's pathogen-killing ultraviolet rays to penetrate the water's surface. This impact could lead to an increase in waterborne pathogens and the diseases they can cause in humans and wildlife …

Geography's mapathon unites faculty and students to help provide aid to Puerto Rico

October 16, 2017

On Friday, September 29, the department applied its expertise in mapping and resource management to host a special mapathon to help the victims of Hurricane Maria. Assistant professor of geography and American studies Damon Scott, who has Puerto Rican in-laws, organized the event, which brought together faculty members, students, and volunteers from across the Miami community …

CAS science programs reach through Ohio and beyond with Discover the Sciences

October 4, 2017

Miami has been hosting its annual Discover the Sciences event for prospective students and their families for roughly 10 years. This year was the event's largest yet. A total of 315 students and their parents came from all over Ohio as well as Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and other states …

Creative teaching earns Miami No. 1 public university ranking for faculty commitment

September 12, 2017

It is faculty commitment to teaching that gives Miami University its No. 1 ranking among public colleges in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report

Miami professor testifies on Capitol Hill about evolution of the health insurance system

September 7, 2017

Melissa Thomasson, the Julian Lange Professor of Economics at Miami University, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday, September 6, about the evolution of the health insurance market in the United States and its effect on health care costs …

Findings from a survey of adult guardianships in Ohio

August 30, 2017

Inspired by recent updates to improve guardianship practice (Rule 66), researchers at Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center created and administered a survey to collect data on adult guardianship, managed by Ohio's Probate Courts …

Miami University receives more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation for new research equipment

August 28, 2017

Miami University received two grant awards, totaling nearly $1.1 million, in the 2017 round of competition for the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. The national rate of success for proposals submitted to the program is only 20% …

Mice on the move in Michigan, some "hitchhike," researchers say

August 24, 2017

In an apparent response to climate change, species are migrating, including the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) that is moving northward into territory long occupied by the woodland deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), said Papuga, a graduate student at Miami University. He and Joseph Baumgartner — both pursuing doctorates through Miami's evolution, ecology and environmental biology program — work closely with Susan Hoffman, associate professor of biology, whose lab focuses on the evolutionary genetics of mammals …

Biochemistry majors Callie Miller and Audrey Short selected as 2017-2018 Beckman Scholars

July 13, 2017

Miami University students Callie Miller and Audrey Short have been selected as Beckman Scholars for 2017-2018. The $19,300 scholarship provides exceptional undergraduate students with continued support for a mentored research project over two summers and one academic year …

Scripps Gerontology Center's latest grant tops one million

July 11, 2017

Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center has been awarded a $1.23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Scholars will use the money to research skill proficiencies and lifelong learning activities of middle-aged and older adults …

Avnika Bali, Jana Cable named Astronaut Scholars

June 30, 2017

Avnika Bali, a senior biochemistry and biological physics double major from Oxford, and Jana Cable, a senior microbiology major from Bowling Green, have been awarded an Astronaut Scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) …

Snow leopard begins a new legacy at Miami University

June 22, 2017

With few museums in the world having snow leopards on display, it's even more rare to find one on a university campus. At Miami University, Olga the snow leopard has joined a growing zoological resource for students …

Musicians listen to their bodies to play without pain

June 15, 2017

A chance meeting with Leonard "Jay" Smart at a symposium got Harvey Thurmer thinking about the potential of quantitative data to measure the benefits of the Alexander Technique. The technique takes its name from actor F. M. Alexander, who developed its principles in the 1890s as a way to reduce unnecessary muscular and mental tension by becoming more kinesthetically aware …

Trashcano delights third graders during Science Week

May 25, 2017

All it took was one large trash can, a two-liter bottle, water and liquid nitrogen to delight hundreds of third-grade visitors to Miami University …

Miami biology instructor enjoys modeling mammals and birds from clay

May 18, 2017

Walk into Mike Wright's third-floor studio in the Oxford Community Arts Center (OCAC) and you'll find yourself surrounded by all kinds of interesting creatures, including a flying squirrel, a green heron, wood frogs and a spotted salamander …