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Geography's mapathon unites faculty and students to help provide aid to Puerto Rico

October 16, 2017

On Friday, September 29, the department applied its expertise in mapping and resource management to host a special mapathon to help the victims of Hurricane Maria. Assistant professor of geography and American studies Damon Scott, who has Puerto Rican in-laws, organized the event, which brought together faculty members, students, and volunteers from across the Miami community …

Prominent biologist and insightful educator Sean B. Carroll headlines 43rd annual Hefner Lecture

October 11, 2017

This year's 43rd annual Hefner Lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, October 18 at Miami's Oxford campus, will feature Sean B. Carroll, an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and executive producer. He will give an academic seminar and a popular lecture, both free and open to the public …

CAS science programs reach through Ohio and beyond with Discover the Sciences

October 4, 2017

Miami has been hosting its annual Discover the Sciences event for prospective students and their families for roughly 10 years. This year was the event's largest yet. A total of 315 students and their parents came from all over Ohio as well as Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and other states …

Creative teaching earns Miami No. 1 public university ranking for faculty commitment

September 12, 2017

It is faculty commitment to teaching that gives Miami University its No. 1 ranking among public colleges in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report

CADS Welcomes Two New Assistant Directors

September 6, 2017

Miami's Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) is pleased to announce two new assistant directors. Lindsey Holden joins CADS from the Miami University Office of Admission. Bree O'Day joins CADS after an accomplished career in digital analytics, specifically in the retail industry …

Miami University receives more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation for new research equipment

August 28, 2017

Miami University received two grant awards, totaling nearly $1.1 million, in the 2017 round of competition for the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. The national rate of success for proposals submitted to the program is only 20% …

Mice on the move in Michigan, some "hitchhike," researchers say

August 24, 2017

In an apparent response to climate change, species are migrating, including the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) that is moving northward into territory long occupied by the woodland deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), said Papuga, a graduate student at Miami University. He and Joseph Baumgartner — both pursuing doctorates through Miami's evolution, ecology and environmental biology program — work closely with Susan Hoffman, associate professor of biology, whose lab focuses on the evolutionary genetics of mammals …

Trashcano delights third graders during Science Week

May 25, 2017

All it took was one large trash can, a two-liter bottle, water and liquid nitrogen to delight hundreds of third-grade visitors to Miami University …

Stats+Stories podcast partners with the American Statistical Association

May 25, 2017

These days, more than ever, statisticians and journalists share a common mission, especially when it comes to promoting the importance of evidence and data in a world increasingly complicated by social media. Though statisticians and journalists are not usually natural partners, that is not the case at Miami University …

Center for Digital Scholarship turns big ideas into digital realities

May 18, 2017

Launched in 2013, Miami's Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) bridges the chasm between big ideas and digital realities, offering the staff expertise, services and facilities to support, develop and enhance digital scholarship and research projects. By bringing faculty- and student-scholars together with librarians and technologists, CDS has rounded out a number of winning teams, supporting projects ranging from digital exhibits and e-books to storytelling apps, websites and digital archives …

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 …

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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 …

Lynette Hudiburgh receives Knox Distinguished Teaching Award

April 11, 2017

Lynette Hudiburgh, lecturer of statistics, is the recipient of the 2017 E. Phillip Knox Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes one faculty member who uses creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level …

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 …