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Oxford Empty Bowls goes green this year with a near zero-waste initiative

November 6, 2019

Oxford Empty Bowls has been a fixture in the community for many years, but this year it will be a near zero-waste event, with items that are reusable, recyclable and compostable …

How does avian decline affect the Midwest?

November 6, 2019

Deforestation. Agriculture. Nutrient deficiency. Birds across the country are facing huge challenges to survival. Dave Russell, Miami University associate teaching professor and master bird bander, is working to change that through his research at the Hueston Woods State Park–Avian Research and Education Institute Bird Banding Station …

What's in a number? Let's start with 10

November 5, 2019

The November 7-8 Department of Statistics anniversary program includes workshops, networking for students and alumni, and a live broadcast of the Stats + Stories podcast. Guests on recent episodes have discussed "Using stats to improve your League of Legends game," data and democracy, forensic science, sports, and more …

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 …

25 years of ecosystem research on Acton Lake supported by NSF

October 15, 2019

A team of Miami University scientists, led by Mike Vanni, professor of biology, received its fourth National Science Foundation Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (NSF LTREB) grant in support of long-term research at Acton Lake, a reservoir in Oxford, Ohio. The LTREB grant provides $634,999 over the next 5 years for Vanni and his research team. It is the only LTREB project currently funded in Ohio …

Miami professors want art to help change the way climate change is discussed

October 10, 2019

Miami University professors are reaching out to the community to change the way climate change is discussed. Shafkat Khan, a professor in Miami's Dragonfly program, founded Engaging for Climate in Oxford (ECO). He teamed up with Katie Feilen and Amy Sullivan of Project Dragonfly, Shara Clark of the department of media, journalism and film and Stephanie Danker of the art department …

Commitment to green building: 29 LEED Gold or Silver with 4 newly certified buildings

October 8, 2019

Four buildings at Miami University have been recently certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold or Silver rated. Miami's LEED-certified buildings now total 29: four LEED Gold and 25 LEED Silver. They account for 28.3% of the gross square footage of buildings on the Oxford campus …

Discover the Sciences allows prospective students to see their goals as a reality

October 1, 2019

Nearly 350 prospective students and their families gathered into Benton Hall for the College of Arts and Science's annual Discover the Sciences event on Saturday, September 21. Discover the Sciences is a university event to attract potential students who want to focus their studies in math and science …

Gina McCarthy inspires younger generation with message of hope

September 23, 2019

On Friday, September 13, Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) kicked off its celebration of 50 years at the university with a keynote lecture from former US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) administrator Gina McCarthy …

Miami University consumes half the energy of peer schools

September 23, 2019

With efforts that began more than a decade ago, Miami University has reached several energy milestones. The cumulative effect is that Miami consumes half the electric and fossil fuel of its private and public peers …

Bahamas Mapathon volunteers aid in Hurricane Dorian relief

September 11, 2019

Miami University's Bahamas Mapathon drew about 100 students and faculty to help in the recovery efforts. The department of geography and its Geospatial Analysis Center held the event after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands. Ancilleno "Leno" Davis, (Miami PhD '18) who works in the Bahamas, connected through Skype …

Celebrating 50 years: Before there was an EPA, there was Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

September 5, 2019

Miami University's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding this year. A series of events headlined by Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2013-2017, will be held September 13-15 …

Summer reading follow-up: Sustainability action resources for students

August 21, 2019

How to get involved with sustainability at Miami …

Eye-catching exhibit reveals the unseen

July 31, 2019

Science and art converge at Miami's Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging …

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 …

History meets sustainability for unique perspective on farming

June 27, 2019

Two faculty have been presented with the "Outstanding Interdisciplinary Perspective in Teaching" award for faculty members engaged in bringing together several areas of research and teaching: Peggy Shaffer, professor of history and global and intercultural studies, and Jonathan Levy, associate professor of geology and environmental earth science and director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. …

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 …

Rachel Ollier and Rosie Ries awarded Astronaut Scholarships

June 19, 2019

Miami University seniors Rachel Ollier and Rosamiel "Rosie" Ries have been awarded scholarships from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). They are two of 52 students from 40 universities to receive the award, worth up to $10,000, for the 2019-2020 academic year …

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 …

Miami earns gold in STARS sustainability rating system

May 30, 2019

Miami University has achieved its first STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education …

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 …