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First online Undergraduate Research Forum feedback: "Fantastic"

May 28, 2020

Miami University's annual Undergraduate Research Forum (URF) was held April 29, in an online event format for the first time in its 26 years. The traditional poster sessions and oral presentations were hosted on Webex, allowing for attendees join in remotely from across the country. Students appreciated the effort to transform the forum to an online event, according to feedback collected by Joyce Fernandes, director of undergraduate research and professor of biology …

Miami and 300 other schools saved 48.6 million pounds from the landfill

May 20, 2020

Miami University was one of nearly 300 schools nationwide that participated in the RecycleMania 2020 competition, helping to recycle, donate or compost more than 48 million pounds of waste during the tournament. The 8-week tournament was cut short this year — its 20th anniversary — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Wildlife Federation, which manages RecycleMania …

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Two Miami University researchers receive NSF RAPID grant to develop coronavirus-attacking materials

May 6, 2020

Two Miami University researchers in protein, polymer and materials chemistry received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that will address the spread of the novel coronavirus. They received $181,849 to develop materials that can be used to prevent indirect contact transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 …

Lexie Adams and Hope Kirby named Goldwater Scholars

April 22, 2020

Miami University juniors Alexandra (Lexie) Adams and Hope Kirby have each received a Goldwater Scholarship for 2020-2021. They are among 396 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Adams is a chemical engineering major and Spanish minor from Liberty Township. Kirby is a microbiology major and geology and bioinformatics double minor from Glendale, Arizona. They are two of 13 students from an Ohio public university to receive the award …

How do campus research labs pause during #StayAtHomeOhio?

April 13, 2020

What happens when campus research labs working with animals and plants must pause due to the coronavirus pandemic? While researchers continue data analysis and writing at home, some data collection takes a break. Here is a snapshot of how several Miami faculty and staff closed down campus research and teaching laboratory facilities in preparation for Gov. Mike DeWine's (Miami '69) stay-at-home order last month …

Faculty and students research the return of beavers to the Midwest and Miami's campus

March 17, 2020

Bartosz Grudzinski, professor of geography and fluvial geomorphologist, has been collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students to research the return of beavers to Ohio and their impact on the environment and local water quality …

Senior John Fink describes his experiences as one of six selected worldwide for geology research experience in Japan

March 16, 2020

John Fink is preparing to graduate from Miami this spring. Last summer, he was granted the opportunity to participate in the International Internship Program through the Institute For Planetary Materials, Okayama University in Misasa, Japan …

Environmental activist Peggy Shepard shares how to address climate change in a just and equitable manner

March 13, 2020

On March 5, Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, gave a talk entitled "Climate Justice: Addressing Climate Change in a Just and Equitable Manner," where she presented ways on how to address climate change impartially …

John Rakovan receives 2019 Carnegie Mineralogical Award

February 27, 2020

Miami University mineralogist John Rakovan received the 2019 Carnegie Mineralogical Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation and education. The award is presented by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is among the top natural history museums in the country …

Join the Institute for Food farm CSA: Support your health, sustainability and innovative education

February 27, 2020

If you want to decrease your carbon footprint, increase your dietary health and support sustainability education — and have a weekly supply of fresh organic vegetables — consider joining the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offered by Miami's Institute for Food farm …

Planetary scientist and educator describes "tales of life and death" in her study of rocks from space

February 24, 2020

On February 17, Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, discussed the study of rocks from elsewhere in the solar system and how they provide insights into the origins and destruction of materials in our corner of the universe …

Next steps on Miami's path to carbon neutrality

February 6, 2020

The sustainability committee suggests a move to empower faculty, staff and students. Based on its research and findings, the committee recommends that Miami become a signatory of the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments …

Craig Williamson's OPUS grant will provide new insights on effects of browning in lakes worldwide

January 29, 2020

Craig Williamson, Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology and Miami University professor of biology, has built one of the world’s largest research databases on water transparency in lakes. Williamson's long-term and in-depth research on lake water transparency has been recognized with an Opportunities for Promoting Understanding Through Synthesis (OPUS): Core Research Synthesis grant for nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) …

8 ways to be environmentally friendly at Miami and at home

January 22, 2020

We've put together 8 tips to help you become more environmentally friendly at Miami and at home …

Polar deserts could provide first look at climate change effects in Antarctica

January 9, 2020

Miami University microbiologist Rachael Morgan-Kiss is one of dozens of scientists who have been investigating an Antarctic polar desert's ecosystems through the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) project …

Alumni Career Panel informs students on prospective careers in geology, geography, environmental science, and more

December 6, 2019

On November 11, the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES), the Department of Geography, and the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science held the 4th annual Alumni Career Networking Event to provide current student majors insight and advice on preparing for life after they graduate from Miami …

Jill Korach honored for global impact in environmental education

December 4, 2019

For her work in 16 countries, Miami University's Jill Korach received the 2019 award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by the North American Association for Environmental Education …

Sierra Club names Miami one of top 100 "Coolest Schools" in green colleges ranking

December 4, 2019

Miami University is 70th among the Sierra Club's "Coolest Schools" 2019 ranking for the greenest colleges. Miami is the top Ohio public university on the list of 282 schools based on food, energy, waste, research, transportation, and curriculum …

Zoologist Kay Holekamp gives enlightening insight into hyenas for the 45th annual Hefner Lecture

November 27, 2019

Kay Holekamp, director of Michigan State University's interdisciplinary program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, was invited to Miami to discuss her work with hyenas in honor of the Hefner Museum of Natural History's 45th annual lecture. The presentation, "A Hyena's Tale," was held in Benton Hall on November 7 …

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 …

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 …

Museums Miami Center brings entities under one umbrella

October 24, 2019

Miami's 7 museums and museum-like entities have joined forces under one umbrella organization, the Museums Miami Center. The Council of Academic Deans approved the request to establish the interdisciplinary university center …

Students from around the country conduct research at Miami

October 17, 2019

They ventured from Iowa, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and other communities to study at Miami University during the summer as part of the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. They all gained valuable research experiences, connections and the thrill of scientific adventure …