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Faculty and students research the return of beavers to the Midwest and Miami's campus

March 17, 2020

Bartosz Grudzinski, professor of geography and fluvial geomorphologist, has been collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students to research the return of beavers to Ohio and their impact on the environment and local water quality …

Senior John Fink describes his experiences as one of six selected worldwide for geology research experience in Japan

March 16, 2020

John Fink is preparing to graduate from Miami this spring. Last summer, he was granted the opportunity to participate in the International Internship Program through the Institute For Planetary Materials, Okayama University in Misasa, Japan …

Environmental activist Peggy Shepard shares how to address climate change in a just and equitable manner

March 13, 2020

On March 5, Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, gave a talk entitled "Climate Justice: Addressing Climate Change in a Just and Equitable Manner," where she presented ways on how to address climate change impartially …

Living Más: Julie Felss Masino '93, president of Taco Bell International, to headline the 2020 CAS Recognition Ceremony

February 26, 2020

Julie Felss Masino, President of Taco Bell International, will offer graduating seniors words of inspiration and encouragement as this year's featured speaker for the College of Arts and Science Recognition Ceremony on May 16, 2020 …

Planetary scientist and educator describes "tales of life and death" in her study of rocks from space

February 24, 2020

On February 17, Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, discussed the study of rocks from elsewhere in the solar system and how they provide insights into the origins and destruction of materials in our corner of the universe …

Refresh your recycling know-how during RecycleMania 2020

February 18, 2020

Cecil Okotah, Miami University's recycling coordinator, and Olivia Herron, sustainability coordinator (both graduate students in environmental science) are helping the Miami community improve its recycling prowess during RecycleMania 2020 …

Next steps on Miami's path to carbon neutrality

February 6, 2020

The sustainability committee suggests a move to empower faculty, staff and students. Based on its research and findings, the committee recommends that Miami become a signatory of the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments …

Craig Williamson's OPUS grant will provide new insights on effects of browning in lakes worldwide

January 29, 2020

Craig Williamson, Ohio Eminent Scholar of Ecosystem Ecology and Miami University professor of biology, has built one of the world’s largest research databases on water transparency in lakes. Williamson's long-term and in-depth research on lake water transparency has been recognized with an Opportunities for Promoting Understanding Through Synthesis (OPUS): Core Research Synthesis grant for nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) …

Undergraduate Summer Scholarship sparks yearlong research project

January 23, 2020

Alyssa Bley came one step closer to achieving her dream of a career as a scientist when she was awarded a Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholarship in 2019. She conducted research in David Berg's Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation Laboratory, which brought opportunities beyond what she could have imagined …

8 ways to be environmentally friendly at Miami and at home

January 22, 2020

We've put together 8 tips to help you become more environmentally friendly at Miami and at home …

Polar deserts could provide first look at climate change effects in Antarctica

January 9, 2020

Miami University microbiologist Rachael Morgan-Kiss is one of dozens of scientists who have been investigating an Antarctic polar desert's ecosystems through the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) project …

Alumni Career Panel informs students on prospective careers in geology, geography, environmental science, and more

December 6, 2019

On November 11, the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES), the Department of Geography, and the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science held the 4th annual Alumni Career Networking Event to provide current student majors insight and advice on preparing for life after they graduate from Miami …

Realistic revitalization: Students help create a new vision for a historic Hamilton neighborhood

December 5, 2019

To David Prytherch, professor of geography, community engaging, client-based work is the foundation of a curriculum that prepares students to deal with the complexities of urban planning. "These kinds of classes are not easy to teach because the stakes are high for everyone," he said. "These are real-world clients, and the projects have real-world consequences" …

Jill Korach honored for global impact in environmental education

December 4, 2019

For her work in 16 countries, Miami University's Jill Korach received the 2019 award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by the North American Association for Environmental Education …

Sierra Club names Miami one of top 100 "Coolest Schools" in green colleges ranking

December 4, 2019

Miami University is 70th among the Sierra Club's "Coolest Schools" 2019 ranking for the greenest colleges. Miami is the top Ohio public university on the list of 282 schools based on food, energy, waste, research, transportation, and curriculum …

Zoologist Kay Holekamp gives enlightening insight into hyenas for the 45th annual Hefner Lecture

November 27, 2019

Kay Holekamp, director of Michigan State University's interdisciplinary program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, was invited to Miami to discuss her work with hyenas in honor of the Hefner Museum of Natural History's 45th annual lecture. The presentation, "A Hyena's Tale," was held in Benton Hall on November 7 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …