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Former president of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva explores socio-political relations at 2019 annual Havighurst Center Lecture

October 18, 2019

Miami University students, faculty, and alumni gathered in the Wilks Theater on Wednesday, October 9 to listen to the 2019 annual Havighurst Lecture, given by Roza Otunbayeva, former president of Kyrgyzstan (2010-2011). Otunbayeva spoke on her career and the political, social, and economic environments of Kyrgyzstan …

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 …

Distinguished English alumna Lillian Schwales still making strides

October 17, 2019

Lillian Schwales, a 2012 Miami graduate, was honored as one of this year's 18 of the Last 9 distinguished alumni. Schwales obtained her Bachelor's degree in English literature and a minor in business management and operations …

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/CAS and Cincinnati Museum Center to present "Art, Nature and You!"

October 14, 2019

On October 19 from noon to 2pm, professors from Miami University's College of Arts and Science will return to Cincinnati Museum Center for their ever-popular interactive gallery talks. This time, their goal will be to highlight the intersection of art and science in the natural world …

Political scientist uses a classic jazz song to contextualize the horrific, public "spectacle" of lynching

October 14, 2019

On September 26, Miami's Department of Philosophy hosted Melvin Rogers, an associate professor of political science at Brown University, to give its annual Harris Memorial Lecture. The title of his talk was "The Spectacle of Lynching Redeployed: On the Performance of Democratic Regard," in which he showcased several public lynching images in the context of the classic 1939 jazz song "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday …

Freedom Summer —Then, Now and the Future

October 10, 2019

The public is invited to Freedom 55, a mini-conference exploring the local history of Freedom Summer in 1964, and also current lessons and ideas to continue to address voting rights and social inequalities. The events will be Novmeber 1-2 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati and are co-sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Miami University …

Roshika Bhattarai wants to eliminate hurdles many immigrants face

October 10, 2019

Miami University's Roshika Bhattarai, premedical studies co-major and medical laboratory science major came to the United States from Nepal with her family when she was 9. Grateful that her family had the perseverance to succeed in their new Colerain Township home, Bhattarai wanted to help others. She volunteers with the Bhutanese Community of Cincinnati, a 3-year-old organization that connects immigrants to resources in Southwest Ohio and promotes their language and culture …

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 …

Inside London broadens students' understanding of UK mass media

October 9, 2019

Miami's 6-week summer Inside London program integrates students of various majors through a combined online and study abroad trip, exposing students to the communications industry of the United Kingdom. The trip is offered through the Department of Media, Journalism & Film (MJF), under the supervision of chair and professor Bruce Drushel, who introduced the program in 2008 …

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 …

Wil Haygood named runner-up in Dayton Literary Peace Prize

October 7, 2019

Miami University's Wil Haygood is the runner-up for best nonfiction in the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards. Haygood (Miami '76), award-winning author and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Miami's department of media, journalism and film, was among 18 nominees chosen in a juried competition for the foundation's Legacy Awards …

Empathy and the Religious "Enemy": Miami students conduct interviews with Westboro Baptist Church members

October 7, 2019

This past summer, sophomore Alexa Lawhorn and senior Sofia Vlahakos travelled to Topeka, Kansas for 5 days with assistant teaching professor of comparative religion Hillel Gray to meet and interview members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) …

Michael Bess discusses how historians can avoid realist ideology to better predict the future

October 3, 2019

On September 26, the Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture (GRAMELAC) sponsored a lecture, "Why So Many People (Including Me) Failed to Foresee the Revolutions of 1989," by historian Michael Bess. He discussed how most scholars proved unable to predict the key events related to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union …

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 …

Distinguished Educator Award winner Lynette Hudiburgh cautions how statistics in the media can be misleading

September 25, 2019

Lynette Hudiburgh, a prestigious Miami statistics lecturer, is the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the College of Arts and Science. She gave her lecture, "Statistics: Confused, Misused, and Abused, or How to Avoid Being Swept Away in the Data Deluge" on Tuesday, September 17 in front of a full Upham Hall classroom …

English department celebrates National Translation Month with professional authors and translators

September 24, 2019

The Department of English welcomed three creative writers and translators to Miami on September 16 and 17, 2019 in honor of National Translation Month. The translators, Poupeh Missaghi, Roy Kesey, and Martin Corless-Smith, participated in a reading from their creative work on the 16th and a Q&A panel for students and faculty on the 17th …

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 …

Miami University takes first step toward new health science building

September 20, 2019

Miami University's board of trustees took the first step toward a new health science building on the Oxford campus, authorizing a contract for planning and design. At its September 20 regular business meeting, the board unanimously authorized Miami's administration to sign contracts of up to $4.5 million for preconstruction services for the new building. This follows the work completed last year on the cost, feasibility and early site selection for the project …

Students and faculty explore educational opportunities at fall Psychology Open House

September 16, 2019

Psychology students interacted with faculty and representatives of various on-campus organizations in order to learn how to become more involved within the Department of Psychology. Many of the booths included information about undergraduate research, internships, and clubs …

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 …

Miami's updated Critical Race & Ethnic Studies major offers students a powerful new cognitive tool to confront today's global challenges

September 4, 2019

This fall, the Department of Global & Intercultural Studies (GIC) in the College of Arts and Science has unveiled the Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES) major. Along with its associated minor, the major will serve as one of the most prominent new initiatives at Miami to tackle issues related to diversity and inclusion …

Miami's Ohio Writing Project celebrates 40 years

August 29, 2019

The Ohio Writing Project is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It was founded at Miami by Mary Fuller, professor emerita, and the late professor Max Morenberg in 1980 as part of the National Writing Project. Miami is the first national site for the Ohio Writing Project …

Federal grant gives students insight into income and health inequity worldwide

August 21, 2019

Miami University — in partnership with Christ University in Bengaluru, India — has received a one-year $99,846 grant. The grant is through the U.S. Department of State's Partnership 2020 educational initiative in collaboration with University of Nebraska Omaha. The interdisciplinary grant will support the project, Extending the Christ-Miami Partnership: Training in Innovation to Address Global Health and Economic Disparities …

Summer reading follow-up: Sustainability action resources for students

August 21, 2019

How to get involved with sustainability at Miami …

Armstrong Student Center changes will help students and staff

August 21, 2019

As Miami University's fall semester starts, there will be some noticeable differences in the Armstrong Student Center …

What tombstones can tell us

August 14, 2019

Many of us are familiar with the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that wiped out the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But did you know there were survivors? Miami University professor Steven Tuck used 2,000-year-old records and found survival and prosperity in 79 AD …