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Climate change could decrease sun's ability to disinfect lakes, coastal waters

October 19, 2017

A new study led by Miami University researchers and published in the journal Scientific Reports outlines how a rise in the amount of organic matter washed into bodies of water can stunt the ability of the sun's pathogen-killing ultraviolet rays to penetrate the water's surface. This impact could lead to an increase in waterborne pathogens and the diseases they can cause in humans and wildlife …

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 …

Five Miami students receive Gilman scholarship for study abroad

September 18, 2017

Five Miami University students received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to help fund their study abroad experiences this fall. The Gilman scholarships are awarded twice a year by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State …

Educational psychologist Richard E. Mayer to discuss how video games can be used in teaching

September 12, 2017

1969 Miami alum Richard E. Mayer returns to his alma mater later this month to give a special colloquium on how psychologists use video games and multimedia for education …

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

Miami professor testifies on Capitol Hill about evolution of the health insurance system

September 7, 2017

Melissa Thomasson, the Julian Lange Professor of Economics at Miami University, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday, September 6, about the evolution of the health insurance market in the United States and its effect on health care costs …

World opens like an atlas for students at Bangkok humanitarian symposium

September 7, 2017

For Miami University student Sara Al-Zubi, her time at a Humanitarian Affairs University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand was like walking into a world atlas …

Findings from a survey of adult guardianships in Ohio

August 30, 2017

Inspired by recent updates to improve guardianship practice (Rule 66), researchers at Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center created and administered a survey to collect data on adult guardianship, managed by Ohio's Probate Courts …

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 …

Policy does matter: Ohio continues to make progress in creating a balanced system of long-term services and supports

August 17, 2017

A report from Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center highlights considerable progress Ohio has in creating a more balanced system of long-term services and supports for older adults and adults with disabilities …

Roxanne Ornelas "water walks" to protect and promote our waterways

July 28, 2017

On Tuesday, August 1, associate professor of geography Roxanne Ornelas will join other Native American water walkers as they begin the Nibi Walk, a 2,341-mile-long spiritual journey down the Missouri River to raise awareness of issues threatening the nation's waterways …

Biochemistry majors Callie Miller and Audrey Short selected as 2017-2018 Beckman Scholars

July 13, 2017

Miami University students Callie Miller and Audrey Short have been selected as Beckman Scholars for 2017-2018. The $19,300 scholarship provides exceptional undergraduate students with continued support for a mentored research project over two summers and one academic year …

Scripps Gerontology Center's latest grant tops one million

July 11, 2017

Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center has been awarded a $1.23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Scholars will use the money to research skill proficiencies and lifelong learning activities of middle-aged and older adults …

Musicians listen to their bodies to play without pain

June 15, 2017

A chance meeting with Leonard "Jay" Smart at a symposium got Harvey Thurmer thinking about the potential of quantitative data to measure the benefits of the Alexander Technique. The technique takes its name from actor F. M. Alexander, who developed its principles in the 1890s as a way to reduce unnecessary muscular and mental tension by becoming more kinesthetically aware …

New online courses in speech pathology and audiology help bridge the gap to a graduate degree

June 14, 2017

This summer, Miami's Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology is offering 5 special online courses to help prepare undergraduates for graduate coursework …