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Moving off steam: Utility Master Plan provides a path toward carbon neutrality

November 18, 2019

Just 9 years ago nearly all of Miami University's Oxford campus buildings were heated by carbon-intensive steam. Today, just under half (49%) of those buildings are heated by steam. The physical facilities' energy systems office, directed by Doug Hammerle, has done more in 2018-2019 than in any other year on conversions of energy systems throughout campus. These conversions have reduced energy use and energy costs, and increased energy efficiency …

Zero Waste Oxford: Student organization fights local pollution and promotes sustainability

November 18, 2019

An organization founded by Miami students has become increasingly influential in combatting the effects of climate change on campus. Zero Waste Oxford is focused on the idea of zero waste living, a lifestyle that minimizes individual pollution, members believe this is one of the best ways humanity can take concrete steps towards fixing climate change …

Miami's Geospatial Analysis Center enables students to launch their careers by tackling professional, client-based projects

November 13, 2019

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC), housed inside Shideler Hall, is an umbrella for all things geospatial at Miami, encompassing any questions in which you might ask "Where?" It comes down to where things are and how they interact with other things around them …

How does avian decline affect the Midwest?

November 6, 2019

Deforestation. Agriculture. Nutrient deficiency. Birds across the country are facing huge challenges to survival. Dave Russell, Miami University associate teaching professor and master bird bander, is working to change that through his research at the Hueston Woods State Park–Avian Research and Education Institute Bird Banding Station …

Archaeologist Morag Kersel tells the (w)hole story for the 2019 International Archaeology Day lecture

November 5, 2019

The Department of Anthropology presented its second annual International Archaeology Day lecture on Thursday, October 17. Followed by a Q&A, the lecture was given by DePaul University archaeologist Dr. Morag Kersel, who spoke about her field work in Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories …

25 years of ecosystem research on Acton Lake supported by NSF

October 15, 2019

A team of Miami University scientists, led by Mike Vanni, professor of biology, received its fourth National Science Foundation Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (NSF LTREB) grant in support of long-term research at Acton Lake, a reservoir in Oxford, Ohio. The LTREB grant provides $634,999 over the next 5 years for Vanni and his research team. It is the only LTREB project currently funded in Ohio …

Commitment to green building: 29 LEED Gold or Silver with 4 newly certified buildings

October 8, 2019

Four buildings at Miami University have been recently certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold or Silver rated. Miami's LEED-certified buildings now total 29: four LEED Gold and 25 LEED Silver. They account for 28.3% of the gross square footage of buildings on the Oxford campus …

Discover the Sciences allows prospective students to see their goals as a reality

October 1, 2019

Nearly 350 prospective students and their families gathered into Benton Hall for the College of Arts and Science's annual Discover the Sciences event on Saturday, September 21. Discover the Sciences is a university event to attract potential students who want to focus their studies in math and science …

Gina McCarthy inspires younger generation with message of hope

September 23, 2019

On Friday, September 13, Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) kicked off its celebration of 50 years at the university with a keynote lecture from former US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) administrator Gina McCarthy …

Miami University consumes half the energy of peer schools

September 23, 2019

With efforts that began more than a decade ago, Miami University has reached several energy milestones. The cumulative effect is that Miami consumes half the electric and fossil fuel of its private and public peers …

Bahamas Mapathon volunteers aid in Hurricane Dorian relief

September 11, 2019

Miami University's Bahamas Mapathon drew about 100 students and faculty to help in the recovery efforts. The department of geography and its Geospatial Analysis Center held the event after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands. Ancilleno "Leno" Davis, (Miami PhD '18) who works in the Bahamas, connected through Skype …

Summer reading follow-up: Sustainability action resources for students

August 21, 2019

How to get involved with sustainability at Miami …

What tombstones can tell us

August 14, 2019

Many of us are familiar with the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that wiped out the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But did you know there were survivors? Miami University professor Steven Tuck used 2,000-year-old records and found survival and prosperity in 79 AD …

Beyond sunburn: implications of ozone, UV radiation and climate for a sustainable future

June 26, 2019

Ozone depletion in the stratosphere continues to affect not only ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels at the Earth’s surface but also climate across the Southern Hemisphere, an international study reports. The paper, published this week in Nature Sustainability, reports on the complex interactions between ozone depletion, UV radiation and climate change, and how they impact human health, food and water security, and the environment …

Rachel Ollier and Rosie Ries awarded Astronaut Scholarships

June 19, 2019

Miami University seniors Rachel Ollier and Rosamiel "Rosie" Ries have been awarded scholarships from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). They are two of 52 students from 40 universities to receive the award, worth up to $10,000, for the 2019-2020 academic year …

Summer reading book, One Size Fits None, selected for Class of 2023

May 30, 2019

One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture, by Stephanie Anderson has been selected as Miami University's 2019 summer reading book. One Size Fits None is the story of Anderson's journey throughout America’s farming communities. She reports on efforts to adapt our current food production system to a more sustainable, climate friendly, and healthy practice …

Honoring Miami "roots and wings": Rebecca Messina '94 addresses nearly 1700 bachelor's and master's graduates at annual CAS spring recognition ceremony

May 30, 2019

On May 18, the College of Arts and Science, highlighted by speeches by Rebecca Messina '94 and Jacob Bruggeman '19, celebrated the achievement of 1521 bachelors and 176 masters graduates at the 2019 Recognition Ceremony …

Miami earns gold in STARS sustainability rating system

May 30, 2019

Miami University has achieved its first STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education …

Two Miami students named Goldwater Scholars

May 22, 2019

Miami University juniors Caleb Kozuszek and Rosamiel "Rosie" Ries have each received a Goldwater Scholarship for 2019-2020. They are among 496 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural science and engineering. Kozuszek, a biochemistry major from Hillsboro, and Ries, a geology and physics double major from Centerville, are two of 13 students at an Ohio public university to receive a Goldwater Scholarship …

Miami and city of Oxford receive the "Town and Gown" award

May 22, 2019

Miami University and the city of Oxford have received the 2019 International Town and Gown Association's Larry Abernathy Award. Mayor Kate Rousmaniere and Jayne Brownell, Miami's vice president for the Division of Student Life, were presented with the award at the International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) conference at Penn State on May 21 …

New majors, a new department, approved by Miami trustees

May 17, 2019

With awareness of changing needs in the marketplace, Miami University trustees at their May 17 meeting approved the establishment of two bachelor of arts degrees — one with a major in data analytics and one with a major in organizational leadership — both in the College of Arts and Science. …

On the move: $5.2 million funds four microbiologists' research from Acton Lake to Antarctica

April 4, 2019

Four Miami University microbiologists — who make up the department's new microbiology physiology research cluster — collaborate on projects with each other and with more than a dozen researchers from other universities. Together, they are working on 5 projects funded by more than $5.2 million in recent grants from 3 national agencies …

New History Channel series produced by Miami alumni

April 1, 2019

Three Miami University alumni are behind a new docuseries, The American Farm, which will premiere at 10 pm Thursday, April 4, on the History Channel. The series was produced by BoBCat Studios, a multi-platform production company in Los Angeles co-founded by Jeff Conroy (Miami '94). He is an Emmy award-winning producer of programs such as Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch