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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 …

Two Miami students named Goldwater Scholars; two honorable mentions

May 4, 2017

Two Miami University students have each received a Goldwater Scholarship for 2017-2018. They are among 240 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural science and engineering …

Outlook promising for 2017 Miami graduates; four years of surveys show Miami grads stay in high demand

May 3, 2017

Miami University will award 3,949 degrees Saturday, May 13, during a commencement ceremony that celebrates achievements and looks to the future. Miami's 2017 graduates have reason to be excited about their possibilities …

Students win second place in U.S. Department of Energy design competition

May 2, 2017

A team of Miami University students placed second in the small multifamily housing category of the U.S. Department of Energy's annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The competition engages university students to design a zero-energy ready home — a high-performance home that is so energy efficient it can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption with renewable energy …

Miami's herbarium home to about 650,000 dried plants — and no beetles

April 27, 2017

The Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium in Upham Hall is a systematically arranged collection of approximately 650,000 dried plants from around the world. The collection dates back to the 1790s and burgeoned in 1967 with the purchase of Oberlin College's sizable collection …

PayScale puts Miami's ROI at No. 1 in Ohio; Money magazine ranks Miami among top 25 in U.S.

April 24, 2017

Miami University is the No. 1 public university in Ohio by return on investment according to a just-released report by PayScale Inc. Using PayScale's data, Money magazine ranked "state schools most likely to pay off," naming Miami as one of its top 25 national public schools …

Linda Marchant awarded Benjamin Harrison Medallion

April 20, 2017

Linda Marchant, professor of anthropology, was awarded Miami University's prestigious Benjamin Harrison Medallion. The Benjamin Harrison Medallion Award is one of the most significant recognitions Miami offers faculty for contributions attesting to qualities of teaching, research and/or service. She was honored at the April University Awards Reception …

Miami's Institute for Food farm offers locally grown, fresh produce

April 18, 2017

Miami University's Institute for Food will showcase its farm by inviting Miami community members to join an inaugural Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project …

Distinguished Scholar and Junior Faculty Scholar awards announced

April 13, 2017

Miami University Distinguished Scholar Awards for 2017 have been presented to David Berg, professor of biology; Jonathan Strauss, professor of French and Italian; and Janardin Subedi, professor of sociology and gerontology. Miami University Junior Faculty Scholar Awards have been presented to Mahmud Khan, assistant professor of physics; Brian Meyers, assistant professor of music; and April Smith, assistant professor of psychology …

Shellfish graveyards offer glimpse of ocean's pristine past

March 16, 2017

The shells of dead mollusks offer a treasure trove of information about the state of oceans over thousands of years. A new study by Miami University paleontologist Carrie Tyler and principal investigator Michal Kowalewski of the Florida Museum of Natural History shows that these shellfish graveyards can record patterns in the diversity and distribution of marine animals with surprising accuracy …

Miami designated one of the STEM Jobs Approved Colleges

March 1, 2017

Miami University is designated one of the 2016-2017 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges by Victory Media. The survey rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their ability and responsiveness to connecting programs and students with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations …

Two Miami faculty awarded national humanities research fellowships

February 28, 2017

Miami University's Michele Navakas and José Amador both received fellowships for 2017-2018 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Humanities Center (NHC), respectively. Navakas is assistant professor of English and Amador is associate professor of global and intercultural studies …

IES hosts annual Willeke lecture series with Dr. Elizabeth Hoover

February 23, 2017

This year's Willeke speaker was Elizabeth Hoover, assistant professor of American studies at Brown University. Hoover has taught courses on environmental justice in Native communities, indigenous food movements, and community-engaged research …

Belk Greenhouse is year-round home to stunning blooms, research discoveries

February 16, 2017

Belk Greenhouse, attached to Boyd Hall on Miami University's Western campus, The greenhouse — a pleasant getaway for anyone craving spring and seeking an escape from winter's gray skies — is home to blooming orchids, lush ferns, prickly cacti and a gigantic Philodendron selloum that shed its original 4-inch pot decades ago …

New artwork at Shideler Hall funded through Ohio Percent for Arts Program

January 24, 2017

Artists Amy Baur and Brian Boldon were selected to create "Flux" to hang near the central staircase in Shideler, which houses Miami University's department of geology and environmental earth science, the geography department as well as the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability …

Miami alumnus receives highest U.S. award for early-career scientists and engineers

January 19, 2017

Matthew Wheeler, a Miami graduate and independent researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers …

Caffeinated compost: More than 2,000 pounds of Miami's coffee grounds composted at Institute for Food farm

January 19, 2017

More than 2,000 pounds of used coffee grounds and filters, collected over the fall semester from various buildings on campus, are being turned into compost at Miami's new Institute for Food farm …

Miami's third annual CIQS Day encourages young women to pursue STEM fields

January 18, 2017

On Tuesday, January 10, the College of Arts and Science's Department of Statistics partnered with the College of Education, Health and Society to host its 3rd annual CIQS Day for 109 girls representing 7 regional high schools …

Miami students immerse themselves in unique programs this January Term

January 3, 2017

Miami's 4th annual Winter Term (also known as January Term, or J-Term), which began this week, offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of different immersive study abroad and study away programs, including some on campus and online. With dozens of classes and program options, there is something for all interests …

Creative study on beetle forewings provides first compelling evidence of centuries-old theory

December 1, 2016

Without using any modern technical laboratory methods, researchers in Yoshinori Tomoyasu's evolutionary developmental biology lab have produced the first quantitative evidence supporting the importance of beetle forewings (elytra) …

FanQuakes: Miami and OSU geologists collaborate to measure fan celebrations at Ohio stadium on a seismic scale

November 30, 2016

Sports fan and Miami University seismologist Mike Brudzinski is part of a team that is measuring fan-made seismic activity during football games at Ohio Stadium, the third largest football stadium in the United States

Research from Miami's Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences recognized in "The Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of Limnology and Oceanography"

November 10, 2016

Scientists from Miami's Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences (CAWS) are well-represented in the first-ever virtual issue of Limnology and Oceanography, "The Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of L&O" …