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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 …

Stacey Lowery Bretz receives ACS Award for Achievement in Research

September 12, 2019

The prestigious American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Achievement in Research on Teaching and Learning of Chemistry for 2020 will be presented to Stacey Lowery Bretz, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Miami University. The international award recognizes contributions to experimental research that have increased our understanding of the teaching and learning of chemistry …

Wil Haygood finalist for Dayton Literary Peace Prize

September 12, 2019

Miami University's Wil Haygood is a finalist for the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for best nonfiction work, for Tigerland. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding …

Constitution Day, Citizenship and Democracy Week celebrated September 16-20

September 12, 2019

Miami University will host a number of events on its campuses for Constitution Day on September 17 and the Miami Regionals' Citizenship and Democracy Week. The week's events — free and open to all — provide Miami students and local residents with a broad range of opportunities to learn about American democracy and to see their government in action …

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 …

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 …

New $1.9M NSF grant will help teachers stimulate students' imaginations to improve learning of chemistry

September 4, 2019

With a new $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Miami University's Ellen Yezierski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, aims to help high school chemistry teachers prepare students to become more scientifically literate …

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 …

Renovations to Pearson and MacMillan Halls offer improved teaching and study spaces

August 19, 2019

In just a few days, students taking classes in biology, microbiology, and global & intercultural studies will be welcomed with new and improved spaces within Pearson and MacMillan Halls …

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 …

Wil Haygood receives Ohioana Award for "Tigerland"

August 8, 2019

Miami University's Wil Haygood will receive the 2019 Ohioana Award for best book about Ohio or an Ohioan this fall. His 2018 book Tigerland: 1968-1969, A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing, was given the nod by a jury made up of six librarians from around Ohio …

Miami University to host 2020 National Civil Rights Conference

August 1, 2019

The 10th annual National Civil Rights Conference will be at Miami University June 22-23, 2020. The theme of next year's conference, which will move from the South to Oxford, Ohio will be "Rise, Advocate, Educate and Cooperate: The Challenge of Change." The conference will offer workshops, artistic productions, sessions, tours, vendors and networking opportunities …

Eye-catching exhibit reveals the unseen

July 31, 2019

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

Miami students receive national scholarships to support study abroad programs

July 31, 2019

Several Miami University students, including English majors Cierra Farst and Foster Edens, have received national scholarships to support their study abroad programs this summer and fall …

Latin American students visit Oxford to share interdisciplinary and intercultural experiences with Miami faculty and students

July 22, 2019

Twenty students from Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic will soon be wrapping up three weeks in Oxford as part of Miami's annual Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education …

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 …

With 100 + episodes, "Stats + Stories" continues to advocate for numerical literacy

July 17, 2019

Each week, Rosemary Pennington, assistant professor of media, journalism and film, teams up with professors Richard Campbell and John Bailer to host the podcast "Stats + Stories". The trio interviews guests who work with statistics, such as journalists, statisticians, and government and non-government officials …

AHEAD Award Goes to Miami Student

July 16, 2019

For her tireless efforts in student disability advocacy on campus, Megan Zahneis (Journalism and Interactive Media Studies, 2019) received the 2019 AHEAD Student Recognition Award on July 13 at the organization's annual conference in Boston. AHEAD, The Association for Higher Education and Disability, is the leading voice for higher education professionals invested in creating welcoming higher education experiences for disabled individuals …

Mack Hagood examines our fight to control noise with sound

July 16, 2019

The noise is positive for Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control, a new book by Miami University's Mack Hagood. The book's focus is on how we use sound to change our environment …

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 …

Award-winning collaboration "HumanitiesWorks" uses data to disprove public perception

July 9, 2019

"There's virtually no long-term difference in career satisfaction, income, employability and other metrics between people who major in business and people who study history or anthropology," said Tim Melley. Melley, professor of English and director of the Humanities Center, is part of a team pushing Miami away from the stereotype in a time where other schools nationwide are shuttering programs …

Rita Dove and Wil Haygood to receive literary honors

June 27, 2019

Miami University alumni Rita Dove and Wil Haygood are being recognized for their literary accomplishments. Dove (Miami '73), a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is receiving the North Star Award from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. Haygood (Miami '76), award-winning author and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Miami's department of media, journalism and film, is among 18 nominees chosen in a juried competition for the foundation's Legacy Awards …

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 …

Miami honors Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with Freedom Summer of '64 Award

June 20, 2019

Representatives of Miami University traveled this week to Mississippi to present the Freedom Summer of '64 Award to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Fifty-five years ago, three Freedom Summer volunteers left Oxford, Ohio, to investigate an arson at the historic church and then disappeared …

Miami researchers study factors affecting truck driver alertness

June 20, 2019

Fadel Megahed wants to know when a worker becomes fatigued and what's the best way to intervene. He's leading a team of researchers, including two undergraduate students, in a project looking specifically at truck drivers …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Nobel Prize winner speaks of the power of truth in the shadow of a dictatorship

May 23, 2019

On April 23, the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed 2009 Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller for its annual lecture event. Müller's literature, described as depicting an individual's vulnerability under oppression and persecution, is rooted in her experiences in Romania as a German-speaking ethnic minority …

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 …