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Mineralogist John Rakovan: Solving the mysteries of the world's finest gold specimen with Los Alamos Neutron Science Center

February 21, 2019

With the help of one of the world's most powerful linear accelerators, a team of scientists have for the first time 'looked' inside the finest known specimen of wire gold. "Some native metals, a metal or metal alloy found in nature can occur in what is called wire morphology," said John Rakovan, professor of geology and environmental earth science at Miami University …

Institute for the Environment & Sustainability's annual Willeke Lecture dives deep into ocean deoxygenation

February 14, 2019

On February 7, Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) presented a lecture by Denise Breitburg, senior scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Dr. Breitburg spoke about declining oxygen levels in the world's oceans and coastal waters, as well as the importance of the ocean and the possible solutions to the problem …

Zero Waste Oxford to host Miami's first pop-up thrift shop on February 10-16

February 6, 2019

Zero Waste Oxford, Miami's newest student organization, is focused on both reducing waste on Miami's campus and around the greater Oxford area. Founded by seniors Katja Diekgers and Madison Olds, Zero Waste also raises awareness on how college students can live a more sustainable lifestyle …

Guest speakers bring big, bold concepts to spring lectures

February 5, 2019

Miami University welcomes big names and big topics to campus during spring semester. Many of these events are free and open to the public …

Miami's 5th annual CIQS Day helps pave the way for a new generation of young women interested in STEM careers

January 25, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8, the College of Arts and Science's Department of Statistics partnered with the College of Education, Health and Society to host its 5th annual CIQS Day for over 140 young women from several regional high schools …

Miami biologist's research part of new phase in cell biology

January 23, 2019

Recent work by Miami researcher Andor Kiss and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine, is shedding more light on liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), one of the hottest topics in cell biology, according to Science magazine. In a study published last month in the Journal of Molecular Biology, they demonstrate a model system which they can control, and/or tune, to either prevent or encourage LLPS droplet formation …

Geography students win awards and connect with alumni in Ohio Geographical Information Systems conference

December 13, 2018

Four students from Miami's Department of Geography participated in the annual Ohio GIS (geographic information systems) Conference hosted by the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program in Columbus, OH from September 24-26 …

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 …

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 …

John Bailer named 2018 AAAS Fellow

November 27, 2018

A. John Bailer, University Distinguished Professor and chair of statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) …

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) …

Miami recognized as Bicycle Friendly University

November 16, 2018

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Miami University with a bronze Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of its achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus …

New solar array powers change at Institute for Food farm

November 15, 2018

A newly installed 18-panel solar array at the Institute for Food farm produces enough power to run the irrigation system to water the crops. And, as if that's not enough, it does so much more …

Western Program announces its launch of Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation in fall 2019

November 12, 2018

On Saturday, October 27, Western College Program alumni, faculty, and current students all gathered for a special announcement: the launch of the new Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which in fall 2019 will introduce new programming to promote inquiry and action in addressing problems at the intersections of science and social impact …

Seeing pink? It's not a Halloween prank: New LED lighting in Belk greenhouse

October 29, 2018

Although the timing of the pink light suggests a Halloween prank — or a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign — the new lighting is an essential part of the research of plant biologist Rob Baker, assistant professor of biology. The energy efficient lights don't waste energy on wavelengths plants don't use …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …