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Kimberly A. Hamlin is newest member of the Organization of American Historians

November 19, 2019

Miami University's Kimberly A. Hamlin is one of 21 new speakers appointed to the Organization of American Historians as a Distinguished Lecturer. Specializing in women, gender and science in the U.S., Hamlin teaches history and American studies as an associate professor …

Moving off steam: Utility Master Plan provides a path toward carbon neutrality

November 18, 2019

Just 9 years ago nearly all of Miami University's Oxford campus buildings were heated by carbon-intensive steam. Today, just under half (49%) of those buildings are heated by steam. The physical facilities' energy systems office, directed by Doug Hammerle, has done more in 2018-2019 than in any other year on conversions of energy systems throughout campus. These conversions have reduced energy use and energy costs, and increased energy efficiency …

Miami ranks third in the nation for study abroad among public doctoral universities

November 18, 2019

Miami University's rate of study abroad for undergraduates ranks third in the U.S. among public doctoral universities, according to the latest Open Doors report released Monday, November 18. Miami moved up a spot from last year's fourth place ranking based on rate of study abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year, the Institute of International Education reports …

Zero Waste Oxford: Student organization fights local pollution and promotes sustainability

November 18, 2019

An organization founded by Miami students has become increasingly influential in combatting the effects of climate change on campus. Zero Waste Oxford is focused on the idea of zero waste living, a lifestyle that minimizes individual pollution, members believe this is one of the best ways humanity can take concrete steps towards fixing climate change …

National award spotlights Miami's focus on international education

November 14, 2019

When Miami University officials launched a strategic plan in 2011 to better integrate international, global and intercultural perspectives into Miami's mission, they added a final, ambitious goal: earn the Simon Award. Next week, President Greg Crawford will travel to the nation's capital to accept the prestigious honor …

Students discover realities of China's Uyghur crisis in fall Grayson Kirk Lecture

November 14, 2019

On October 22, the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies (GIC) hosted Sean R. Roberts, professor and director of international development studies at The George Washington University, to present on "China's War on Uyghurs: Counterterrorism in the Name of Cultural Genocide" …

Miami's Geospatial Analysis Center enables students to launch their careers by tackling professional, client-based projects

November 13, 2019

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC), housed inside Shideler Hall, is an umbrella for all things geospatial at Miami, encompassing any questions in which you might ask "Where?" It comes down to where things are and how they interact with other things around them …

Rick Ludwin '70, longtime NBC executive, Seinfeld champion, and Inside Hollywood backer, dies at 71

November 12, 2019

Miami University alum Rick Ludwin '70 spent 31 years as an executive at NBC and producer for several late-night programs, having worked with Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and many others throughout his long career. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 10 after a short illness …

Bestselling author Ruta Sepetys reveals the compelling backstory behind the little-known truths that her novels convey

November 7, 2019

Internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys visited Miami's Wilks Theater on Tuesday, October 15 to talk to students about her novels …

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 …

Archaeologist Morag Kersel tells the (w)hole story for the 2019 International Archaeology Day lecture

November 5, 2019

The Department of Anthropology presented its second annual International Archaeology Day lecture on Thursday, October 17. Followed by a Q&A, the lecture was given by DePaul University archaeologist Dr. Morag Kersel, who spoke about her field work in Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories …

Menard Family Center for Democracy to promote civic engagement and discourse

November 4, 2019

Beginning in spring 2020, the new Menard Family Center for Democracy at Miami University will lead an expanded effort to develop the civic leadership of its students. Housed jointly in Miami's College of Arts and Science and College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science, the center will create and support a year-round slate of student programs at Miami's three Ohio campuses and beyond …

Foreign Language Day set to introduce 5 key languages to high school students on January 21

November 4, 2019

Miami's Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture (GRAMELAC) will host Foreign Language Day on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in Irvin Hall, from 8 am to 2 pm. This event is open to high school students who are seeking an introduction to the featured languages of Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Latin, and Russian …

New book looks at ISIS and its savvy use of media

November 1, 2019

Miami University's Rosemary Pennington warns that savvy use of media by the Islamic State group ISIS could sustain its terrorist network despite the recent reported killing of its leader …

Janus Forum excites with lively debate between Barbara Boxer and Scott Walker

November 1, 2019

On October 16, former senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) and former governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) debated on the Armstrong Student Center's Wilks Theater stage about "The Trump Presidency: Successes and Failures." …

Speech Pathology and Audiology grad students collaborate with Statistics students on research projects

October 31, 2019

On October 16, graduate students from the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology paired up with their counterparts in the Department of Statistics to engage in a dynamic one-hour consultation session about their research literature …

Museums Miami Center brings entities under one umbrella

October 24, 2019

Miami's 7 museums and museum-like entities have joined forces under one umbrella organization, the Museums Miami Center. The Council of Academic Deans approved the request to establish the interdisciplinary university center …

Premedical students offer advice about preparing for med school

October 22, 2019

On October 1, the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education (MWCHE) hosted a student panel as part of Health Careers Week 2019. Eight senior students co-majoring in premedical studies came together to share their advice and experiences preparing for medical school …

Miami students meet law school representatives at annual Law Day event

October 21, 2019

On October 16, the Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-Law Education hosted its annual Law Day. Housed in the John Dolibois room in Shriver Center, representatives from 42 different law schools came to Miami University to give students interested in law the chance to learn more about their programs and the law school admissions process …

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 …

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 …

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) …

Patricia Gallagher Newberry is the new president of the Society of Professional Journalists

October 3, 2019

Miami University's Patricia Gallagher Newberry is the 103rd national president of the Society of Professional Journalists. She takes office this fall …

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 …

Miami hosts summer Chemistry Education Research Conference

September 27, 2019

In a display of Miami's dedication to professional education and development, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry hosted the fifth Chemistry Education Research (CER) Graduate Student & Post-Doctoral Professional Development Conference this past summer. From July 18-21, the conference hosted 49 CER graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from universities in the U.S. and Canada …

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 …