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Five new things for sustainability at Miami this fall

August 12, 2020

A year of progress and planning by the Miami University sustainability committee will advance sustainability even further this year. The committee, led by Helaine Alessio, chair and professor of kinesiology, and Suzanne Zazycki, associate director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, recently submitted its FY 2020 annual report to President Greg Crawford. The report includes actions the sustainability committee and the office of sustainability plan to take during FY 2021 …

President Crawford to sign Second Nature's PCLC: Climate Commitment

July 21, 2020

President Greg Crawford will sign Second Nature's Climate Commitment, the most comprehensive of its Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments (PCLC). Miami's Oxford campus will join more than 350 other colleges and universities committing to achieving carbon neutrality and addressing climate change resilience …

Miami chemists' breakthrough technique enables design at the interface of chemistry and biology

July 20, 2020

A technique developed by Miami University associate professors of chemistry and biochemistry Dominik Konkolewicz and Rick Page may help enable more rapid and efficient development of new materials for use in pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and other applications. Konkolewicz and Page's technique uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology to illuminate how proteins and synthetic polymers interact in chemical substances known as bioconjugates …

New Social Justice Studies study away program delivers service and experiential learning for students

July 5, 2020

Department of Sociology and Gerontology chair Stephen Lippmann and visiting instructor of sociology, social justice studies, and journalism Mark Curnutte have created a service-based experiential learning program designed to give students an in-depth experience to build on the course content they learn during class …

Miamians help local landowner in the fight against emerald ash borer

June 25, 2020

Miamians are helping with a program that hopes to greatly reduce the number of emerald ash borer beetles, which have killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America since its detection in 2002. The biological control program involves releasing Asian wasps — parasitoids — on ash trees …

Miami receives 5th Beckman Institutional Award for undergraduate research

June 3, 2020

Camaryn Bennett and Hope Kirby are 2020-2021 Beckman Scholars. Miami University is one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation's 2020 -2023 Beckman Scholars Program Institutional Award. The award supports undergraduate research and faculty mentoring for select students in chemistry, biochemistry and the biological sciences …

First online Undergraduate Research Forum feedback: "Fantastic"

May 28, 2020

Miami University's annual Undergraduate Research Forum (URF) was held April 29, in an online event format for the first time in its 26 years. The traditional poster sessions and oral presentations were hosted on Webex, allowing for attendees join in remotely from across the country. Students appreciated the effort to transform the forum to an online event, according to feedback collected by Joyce Fernandes, director of undergraduate research and professor of biology …

Miami U. research provides new foundation for future environmental studies

May 27, 2020

A 5-year research project driven by students at Miami University is the first of its kind in the Midwest, providing a new foundation for environmental studies throughout the region and serving as a vital resource for future environmental pollution studies in Butler County and beyond …

Miami and 300 other schools saved 48.6 million pounds from the landfill

May 20, 2020

Miami University was one of nearly 300 schools nationwide that participated in the RecycleMania 2020 competition, helping to recycle, donate or compost more than 48 million pounds of waste during the tournament. The 8-week tournament was cut short this year — its 20th anniversary — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Wildlife Federation, which manages RecycleMania …

Two Miami University researchers receive NSF RAPID grant to develop coronavirus-attacking materials

May 6, 2020

Two Miami University researchers in protein, polymer and materials chemistry received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that will address the spread of the novel coronavirus. They received $181,849 to develop materials that can be used to prevent indirect contact transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 …

Lexie Adams and Hope Kirby named Goldwater Scholars

April 22, 2020

Miami University juniors Alexandra (Lexie) Adams and Hope Kirby have each received a Goldwater Scholarship for 2020-2021. They are among 396 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Adams is a chemical engineering major and Spanish minor from Liberty Township. Kirby is a microbiology major and geology and bioinformatics double minor from Glendale, Arizona. They are two of 13 students from an Ohio public university to receive the award …

Environmental Science Masters students collaborate with the city of Oxford in global climate and energy commitment

April 14, 2020

Last year on September 3, Oxford's City Council voted to sign the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy commitment, which aims to measure, track and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions locally. This commitment is a collaboration between the City of Oxford and Miami University's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) …

How do campus research labs pause during #StayAtHomeOhio?

April 13, 2020

What happens when campus research labs working with animals and plants must pause due to the coronavirus pandemic? While researchers continue data analysis and writing at home, some data collection takes a break. Here is a snapshot of how several Miami faculty and staff closed down campus research and teaching laboratory facilities in preparation for Gov. Mike DeWine's (Miami '69) stay-at-home order last month …

President's Distinguished Service Award recipients announced

March 31, 2020

The 2020 President's Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding students who graduated in December 2019 or January 2020, or are set to graduate in May or August 2020 …

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 …

John Rakovan receives 2019 Carnegie Mineralogical Award

February 27, 2020

Miami University mineralogist John Rakovan received the 2019 Carnegie Mineralogical Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation and education. The award is presented by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is among the top natural history museums in the country …

Join the Institute for Food farm CSA: Support your health, sustainability and innovative education

February 27, 2020

If you want to decrease your carbon footprint, increase your dietary health and support sustainability education — and have a weekly supply of fresh organic vegetables — consider joining the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offered by Miami's Institute for Food farm …

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 …

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 …