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Miami donates protective gear to area health care facilities

March 31, 2020

Area health care workers benefitted from donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) collected across Miami University's Oxford and Regionals campuses last week. As Miami faculty and staff closed down campus laboratory facilities in preparation for Gov. Mike DeWine's (Miami '69) stay-at-home order last week, unused protective gear was collected for donation to health care workers …

Why anthropology matters now: Dr. Augustín Fuentes gives the International Anthropology Day lecture

March 4, 2020

The Department of Anthropology presented its International Anthropology Day lecture on Thursday, February 27. University of Notre Dame professor Dr. Augustín Fuentes spoke about his experience as a bio-cultural anthropologist and the ways in which anthropology helps us understand human history and culture …

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 …

Michio Kaku, futurist, physicist and popularizer of science, to speak on "The Future of the Mind"

February 20, 2020

Michio Kaku, one of the most widely recognized figures in science today, will present "The Future of the Mind" as part of the Miami University Lecture Series. Kaku, a futurist, best-selling author and popularizer of science — his FaceBook page has more than 3 million fans — is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York …

Want to Change Your Diet? Change the Way You Think About Food

February 13, 2020

Why are 2/3 of adults now overweight or obese, and why are more and more spiraling downward into debilitating, even life-threatening chronic conditions? "Food is not good or bad," says Pamela Nisevich Bede '03, registered dietitian and author of the new book Sweat. Eat. Repeat. The 90-Day Playbook to Change Your Food Habits. "It's fuel and it's a tool to potentially move you toward your goals or away from them." So according to Nisevich Bede, the solution begins by changing the way we think about food, which, she says, can make all difference …

Opening Minds through Art initiative expands to medical schools, allied health partnerships

December 10, 2019

A new contract with the Ohio Department of Medicaid will help Miami University's Opening Minds through Art (OMA) initiative link students at the state's medical schools and schools of allied health with older Ohioans living with dementia. OMA has signed a three-year, $872,907 contract with Ohio Medicaid committing to establish 36 such partnerships, which could include required field placements, clinical placements and capstone courses, said Elizabeth Lokon, director and founder of OMA, which is based in Miami's Scripps Gerontology Center …

Microbiology faculty provide rich research opportunities in the health sciences for undergrads

December 6, 2019

The Department of Microbiology offers numerous research opportunities to undergraduates looking for experiences outside the classroom that will expand their knowledge and lab skills …

Prestigious Fellowship Recognizes Miami Faculty as a Top Public Health Scholar

December 3, 2019

Paul Branscum, a Miami University associate professor of kinesiology and health (KNH), has been awarded Fellow status of the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB), which is a prestigious appointment reserved only for the most accomplished public health scholars …

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 …

Why Public Health is About Far More than Diet and Exercise

October 1, 2019

According to Helaine Alessio, Miami University professor of kinesiology and a national committee member for the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) ActivEarth, health and wellness also depend on many contextual factors found throughout the communities in which we live …

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 researchers discover process to sustainably produce psilocybin — a drug candidate that could help treat depression

September 24, 2019

Through metabolic engineering, Andrew Jones and his team of students discovered a way to sustainably produce a promising drug candidate to help patients with treatment-resistant depression …

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 …

Ten seniors receive 2019 Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award

September 18, 2019

Ten seniors received the 2019 Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award (PSAAA). The award is given annually to students who have achieved an outstanding record of academic excellence and have made sustained and significant contributions to the intellectual climate of a department, an academic division or the campus …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Eye-catching exhibit reveals the unseen

July 31, 2019

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

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 …