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Dr. Elena Albarrán wins major book prize

Professor Elena Jackson Albarrán, Associate Professor of History and Latin American Studies, has won the 2016 Maria Elena Martinez book award of the Conference on Latin American History, an affiliate of the American Historical Association, for her book Seen and Heard in Mexico: Children and Revolutionary Nationalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2015).


Aaron Miller (2012) writes an opinion about the future of football

Miami alumnus Aaron Miller recently participated in a panel discussion at Miami University about brain injuries in football.  Read his op-ed piece in The Republic (Columbus, Indiana).


Veterans Tribute Project

The Miami University Alumni Association wishes to recognize Miami's military veterans by sharing stories about veterans and gathering more complete records of those who have served.  Dr. Helen Sheumaker is working with the Alumni Association on the project.  Several students from her public history courses are assisting.

Read the stories on the Veterans Tribute site.  The site also includes a form for veterans to submit their own information.


Marsha Robinson receives SOCHE grant

Marsha Robinson and Andrew Au received a $2500 grant from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) for their Virtual Study Abroad at Miami University Middletown: Short Term Exchange of Scholars project.  Part of the project includes an educational component for business and community stakeholders in Southwest Ohio about the Trans-Pacific Partnership as an extension of Ohio's history of exporting to global markets.


Marsha Robinson connects classroom with University of Malaysia

For a second year, Marsha Robinson and her colleague Dr. Lili Yulyadi bin Arnakim at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur have connected their classrooms for shared student research projects about recent world history and the rise of civil society.  This year, the Humanities Coordinatorship at Miami University-Middletown will expand its activities under the Memorandum of Understanding between the universities.  Dr. Robinson will present a view of the history of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) at the 6th International Conference on Southeast Asia.  Dr. Yulyadi plans to visit Miami in February 2016.  They are exploring internationalization of education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Erik Jensen receives Career Services award

Erik Jensen is among eight faculty members to receive an Excellence in Career Development Award by the Student Affairs division of Miami University for his work on the HumanitiesWorks project and for developing career advising in the history major.
 
The division recognized faculty who actively support the development of the Miami University career community, forge career-related partnerships and provide exemplary direct delivery of career development services to undergraduate students. The recipients, who were nominated by other faculty or students, are:
 
•  Bryan Ashenbaum, management.
•  Tim Cameron, mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
•  Jennifer Edwards, kinesiology and health.
•  Erik Jensen, history.
•  Tim Melley, English.
•  Josh Schwarz, management.
•  Pepper Stetler, art.
•  Don Ucci, electrical and computer engineering.

Career development support may occur through incorporating career development and career advising into teaching and student advising.  In addition, the faculty may actively seek out partnerships with employers, graduate/professional programs, career services and others who may provide internship, job or graduate/professional school opportunities for students within his/her academic division or throughout the university.


Daniel Prior receives Fellowship

Daniel Prior, associate professor of History, has been awarded research appointments to work on an abridged translation of the "classic" version of the Kirghiz epic Manas written down from oral performances by the bard Sagymbai Orozbakov in the 1920s:  a Miami University Committee for Faculty Research Summer Research Appointment in summer 2015, and the following fall as a Foreign Visiting Fellow at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.  Dr. Prior has been researching the Kirghiz epic tradition for more than twenty years.


Jack White makes bequest to Libraries

John Hoxland White, Jr., Adjunct Professor of History and 1958 alumnus, honored his mother's legacy with a bequest to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections in King Library.  Jack is a retired Smithsonian Institute historian and curator and a nationally recognized author.  Read more in this article.