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Five things you should know about art, dementia and aging

July 17, 2019

There are many kinds of dementias. Elizabeth "Like" Lokon, founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) — an award-winning, evidence-based art program for people with neurocognitive disorders — uses dementia in plural form to convey the fact that it has many types. Headquartered at Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center, OMA pairs people with dementia (artists) with volunteers (Miami students, families or caregivers) who are trained to rely on imagination instead of memory to create unique pieces and help those with dementia maintain their freedom of expression …

STEAM-powered and DIY: Mixing art, neurobiology and renovations in Pearson Hall

July 10, 2019

Walking down a hallway in Pearson Hall's newly renovated research lab area, visitors can view a mural of the neuroscience research within. Like in the 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage, passersby can view a larger-than-life painting of the inner world of neurons. You can visualize, on a giant scale, the central nervous system of the Jonah crab …

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 …

Diversifying Psychology: Miami initiative draws national candidates to Oxford

June 6, 2019

Akanksha Das, a doctoral student with Miami University's ACE (Anxiety, Cognition, and Emotion) Lab sees how diversity impacts research and the research environment. The broader systemic issue, Das said, is a cycle that occurs when researchers have a narrow focus, only reading work done by people who share similar assumptions and experiences. In an effort to incorporate different voices in the field, the psychology department launched its inaugural Diversifying Psychology Weekend in May …

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 …

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 grant expands fresh food access to Miami and Oxford communities

May 21, 2019

Data from last year's student health survey revealed that about 20% of students experienced food insecurity at some point, and a portion of those students experienced it on a regular basis. Food insecurity means either skipping a meal, going without food entirely, or eating reduced meals to save resources for other priorities …

Farm Fresh Veggies-Direct to You!

May 14, 2019

The Miami Institute for Food is paving a path to #HealthyMiamiOH by planting, growing, and bringing farm fresh veggies direct to campus. Miami faculty, staff, students, and community members can subscribe and receive a share of weekly harvests May 23-December 5, 2019 …

Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to headline the 50th anniversary of Miami's Institute for the Environment & Sustainability

May 14, 2019

On Friday, September 13, Miami's Institute for the Environment & Sustainability (IES) begins a weekend celebrating its 50th anniversary and 5 decades of environmental stewardship and problem solving with a keynote address by former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy …

Three doctoral students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

May 13, 2019

Miami University doctoral students Akanksha Das, Shelby Ortiz and Jared Tangeman (Miami '17) have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) …

What's on the menu today? Ashley Tacy knows

May 8, 2019

Rather than going into a clinical role at a hospital or other healthcare systems like many dietitians, Ashley Tacy chose the food service management route. She became a dietitian by accident but was confident about the management route she chose and now shares that knowledge with dietetics students at Miami …

Students tackle mental health through digital arts project inspired by Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen

May 8, 2019

Aligning with May's National Mental Health Month, students in Miami University's arts management and entrepreneurship program took themes from the Dear Evan Hansen musical and turned them into a digital community engagement project …

Award-winning author addresses the increase of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border

May 2, 2019

Mexican author Valeria Luiselli visited Miami to discuss Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, her award-winning book that digs deeper at what happens to the unaccompanied children crossing the border when they are held in detention centers. She was the spring semester speaker for the biannual Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Global & Intercultural Studies …

Miami researchers to test suicide prevention tool at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

May 1, 2019

The REDS (Research on Eating Disorders and Suicidality) lab at Miami, led by April Smith, associate professor of psychology, recently received two grants from the Department of Defense, totaling more than $1.5 million. One grant oversees the testing of a suicide intervention program designed for service members at both Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Joint Base Lewis McChord. The second grant funds a project aimed at understanding symptoms of suicidal ideation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base …

Global Initiatives unveils campaign to increase study abroad for underrepresented students

April 18, 2019

Global Initiatives' Study Abroad is for Me (SAIFM) program seeks to not only increase program participation, but increase underrepresented applicants like students of color, those with financial need, males and international students …

Two English minors, Linguistics and Medical Humanities, offer unique interdisciplinary opportunities

April 8, 2019

Miami's Department of English introduced its new medical humanities minor to join linguistics as minors that have a particularly interdisciplinary focus. Both minors offer students unique opportunities to work across multiple fields and departments as they supplement their majors …

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 …