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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. …

Miami University Sustainability invites you: Join the Plastic Free July challenge

June 27, 2019

What started as a small movement in Australia in 2011 has now become a global campaign that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Individuals committing to the 31-day challenge choose to reduce single-use plastics, such as the Top 4: disposable bags, bottles, coffee cups, and straws …

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 …

2019 President's Distinguished Service Award recipients = exceptional seniors

April 18, 2019

Miami University President Gregory Crawford honored 18 students whose service through campus life, community service, intellectual and cultural leadership or student employment demonstrate the spirit of being a citizen leader of uncommon quality …

Miami students receive EPA funding for research

April 10, 2019

Two Miami University student research teams have been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue research in their desired fields. The funding is provided through the EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program …

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 …

Distinguished Scholar and Junior Faculty Scholar awards announced

March 21, 2019

Miami University Distinguished Scholar Awards for 2019 have been presented to Mike Brudzinski, professor of geology and environmental earth sciences; Kevin Bush, associate dean of the College of Education, Health and Society (EHS) and professor of family science and social work and of educational psychology; and Stephen Norris, professor of history. Miami University Junior Faculty Scholar Awards have been presented to assistant professors Daisy Hernández, English; Joshua Magee, psychology; and Zhijiang (Justin) Ye, mechanical and manufacturing engineering …

Environmental science alum Todd Foster offers career advice to IES students

March 21, 2019

On February 27, Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) alum Todd Foster (MEn, 2000) spoke to about two dozen students and faculty about his experience at Miami, his career path, and his passions with a career-oriented lecture entitled, "Are You Prepared to Keep an Open Mind about Your Career?" …

Miami's Institute for Food: Fostering healthy food, healthy eating, healthy communities, and a healthy planet

February 25, 2019

Friday, February 22 was National CSA Day—a celebration of community supported agriculture, a direct farm-to-consumer market model where people pay for a share of a farmer's harvest in advance. Each week during the harvest season subscribers receive a share of what the farmer grows …

Mineralogist John Rakovan: Solving the mysteries of the world's finest gold specimen with Los Alamos Neutron Science Center

February 21, 2019

With the help of one of the world's most powerful linear accelerators, a team of scientists have for the first time 'looked' inside the finest known specimen of wire gold. "Some native metals, a metal or metal alloy found in nature can occur in what is called wire morphology," said John Rakovan, professor of geology and environmental earth science at Miami University …

Institute for the Environment & Sustainability's annual Willeke Lecture dives deep into ocean deoxygenation

February 14, 2019

On February 7, Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) presented a lecture by Denise Breitburg, senior scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Dr. Breitburg spoke about declining oxygen levels in the world's oceans and coastal waters, as well as the importance of the ocean and the possible solutions to the problem …

Zero Waste Oxford to host Miami's first pop-up thrift shop

February 6, 2019

Zero Waste Oxford, Miami's newest student organization, is focused on both reducing waste on Miami's campus and around the greater Oxford area. Founded by seniors Katja Diekgers and Madison Olds, Zero Waste also raises awareness on how college students can live a more sustainable lifestyle …