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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 …

Sustainability in Practice: Students to present their environmental service learning projects for external clients

December 7, 2018

Sustainability isn't just a subject to study in Miami's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) — it derives meaning from practical application. In IES instructor Scott Johnston's Sustainability in Practice class (IES 474), students work in teams to solve environmental issues and develop sustainable strategies for clients outside Miami …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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) …

Who's watching you? New report details how digital advertising is being used as a political weapon

October 24, 2018

Matthew Crain, assistant professor of media and culture at Miami University, has co-authored a newly released report, "Weaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online Ad Tech," describing what the authors coined as the Digital Influence Machine and its ability to use targeted advertising in order to reach people at their most vulnerable …

Tomoyasu's research helps solve the centuries-old mystery of the origin of insect wings

October 16, 2018

Yoshi Tomoyasu, associate professor of biology at Miami University, uses a relatively new approach, evolutionary developmental biology (often called 'evo-devo') to tackle the centuries-old debate about the origin of insect wings. Recent research published by Tomoyasu and his students offers evidence of the dual origin of the evolution of insect wings — one of the three competing explanations for how insect wings developed …

Kala Allen lifts up the voiceless through research and volunteerism

October 10, 2018

Miami alumna Kala Allen still hears her longtime friend's voice when she does research. Brian committed suicide when Allen was 19. Four years later, Allen is now in Nigeria, Africa. The recipient of a coveted Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in psychology, she's studying cultural differences between Western and developing nations related to suicide and looking for what is common …

Sustainability at Miami: Highlights and Progress

October 9, 2018

With a new director of sustainability, reduction in carbon emissions and energy use, and LEED-certified building renovations, Miami is on track to meet its Sustainability Commitments and Goals (SCAG) …

Western Program allows Miami senior to create her own ecology studies minor

October 8, 2018

The Western Program at Miami University, via its individualized studies major and minor, gives students an opportunity to indulge in their passions and interests, deeper than traditional programs …

Annual Discover the Sciences event breaks record in introducing prospective science majors to CAS

October 4, 2018

In an effort to attract more science-oriented prospective students from around the country, the College of Arts and Science (CAS) held its annual Discover the Sciences event, on Saturday, September 22 …

PayScale.com ranks Miami No. 1 for alumni salaries among Ohio public schools

October 4, 2018

Miami University ranks first among Ohio's public universities for graduates' midcareer salaries. The data comes from the 2018 College Salary Report from Payscale.com …

Mentorship and collaboration: research making a difference in the lives of Ohio families

September 20, 2018

This summer Sara Stemen and Leah Janssen, PhD students in Social Gerontology, mentored five undergraduate students working on a statewide nursing home and residential care facility family satisfaction survey that provides data for Ohio's Long-term Care Consumer Guide …

Department of Psychology introduces its inaugural Alumni Advisory Board

September 19, 2018

On Friday, September 7, Department of Psychology students and faculty were introduced to the members of the department's inaugural Alumni Advisory Board …

Featuring new airy, wide spaces, Phase 1 of Pearson Hall renovation comes to a close

August 22, 2018

Biological science majors returning to campus this fall are in for a pleasant surprise: the ongoing renovation of Pearson Hall has finally borne fruit. Beautiful new open study spaces, classrooms, and labs throughout the first, second, and third floors of the building have been freshly completed for interdisciplinary, collaborative use …

SEA certificate program gives insight into aging, entrepreneurship

August 17, 2018

As baby boomers head into retirement and beyond, businesses are finding a need to adapt to their changing needs and desires. The online Social Entrepreneurship & Aging Graduate Certificate (SEA) at Miami University helps to prepare socially-minded entrepreneurs and professionals in the field of aging for success in the era of aging and entrepreneurship …

Biochemists Gary Lorigan and Rick Page each awarded a $1.8 million five-year MIRA grant, a first at Miami

August 8, 2018

The NIH has recognized Miami University biochemists Gary Lorigan and Rick Page: They were each awarded about $1.8 million over 5 years, as part of the Maximizing Investigator's Research Award, or MIRA. The MIRA grants, part of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), are highly competitive and essentially set the researcher for a career in NIH funding, said Mike Crowder, chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry …

Professor of chemistry Scott Hartley wins $742K grant award from the US Department of Energy

July 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded professor of chemistry Scott Hartley a three-year grant of $742,000 for him to conduct research on specific chemical compounds, carbodiimides, used in "nonequilibrium" chemical systems …

Diving in to big data

July 25, 2018

Donna Nguyen, a junior economics and statistics double major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is used to working with spreadsheets full of data points. But she is new at ecological data collection in the field. As an Undergraduate Summer Scholar, she is getting hands-on experience — and a deep dive — into collecting high-frequency data from several lakes in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains …