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Geography students win awards and connect with alumni in Ohio Geographical Information Systems conference

December 13, 2018

Four students from Miami's Department of Geography participated in the annual Ohio GIS (geographic information systems) Conference hosted by the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program in Columbus, OH from September 24-26 …

Mark Curnutte recognized for coverage of race and social justice issues

December 11, 2018

Mark Curnutte, a journalism instructor at Miami and a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter who focuses on race and social justice issues, was awarded the Governor's 2018 Nuestro Amigo. The Nuestro Amigo award was first presented in 1980 by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs …

Miami students engage in a modern virtual dialogue with Latin American youth leaders

December 11, 2018

On a cold November 14 evening in Oxford, over 50 students were packed inside a classroom in Upham Hall to listen to current perspectives from students across Latin America. The virtual roundtable with simultaneous translation was entitled, "Challenges and Changes: Voices from Today's Latin American Youth" …

Miami Jewish community reflects true meaning of Hanukkah amid national tension

December 6, 2018

For the Miami University Jewish community, now is the time for rededication and reflection of faith. Hanukkah, which runs December 2-10, is the 8-day Jewish festival of lights …

International students sharpen their English skills, build connections at Conversation Café

December 5, 2018

American Culture and English (ACE) Program students at Miami attend an assigned session of Conversation Café once a week to supplement a required ACE course. It's one of the more enjoyable parts of their curriculum …

Miami's greenhouses: Overflowing with plants and research

December 5, 2018

With new faculty in plant biology, the new Institute for Food farm and new LED lighting, Miami's Belk greenhouse is overflowing with plants and research …

Former Miami professor returns to campus to present lecture on the story of Emmett Till

December 3, 2018

The 2018 American Studies biennial lecture, "Emmett Till: Why His Story Still Matters," was held on Wednesday, November 18 and presented by Elliott Gorn, the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in urban history at Loyola University Chicago …

John Bailer named 2018 AAAS Fellow

November 27, 2018

A. John Bailer, University Distinguished Professor and chair of statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) …

Miami psychology alum talks about his path to becoming an entrepreneur

November 27, 2018

On Friday, November 9, alumnus Dr. Eric Nofzinger (1981) visited Miami to talk with psychology majors about his career path after graduating with a double major in psychology and chemistry …

Urban & regional planning majors tackle real-world issues in Chicago

November 26, 2018

Every year, assistant professor of geography Damon Scott teaches GEO 493 - Urban Field Experience, a geography capstone in which urban & regional planning (URP) majors travel to Chicago for two separate weekends. The goal of the class is for students to learn about contemporary urban planning issues from community leaders, planning professionals and neighborhood organizations …

Geography, geology, and environmental science majors connect with successful alumni at career networking event

November 20, 2018

On Monday, November 12, over 100 students gathered in Shideler Hall to participate in the 3rd annual alumni career networking event for the Department of Geography, Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, and the Institute for the Environment & Sustainability (IES) …

Miami recognized as Bicycle Friendly University

November 16, 2018

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Miami University with a bronze Bicycle Friendly University award in recognition of its achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus …

Mexican history class looks for learning on the other side of the border

November 15, 2018

Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, listens as a student asks if her peers have seen pictures — hundreds of Central American families migrating toward the U.S. In this Mexican history course, there's no shortage of current events to tie in. From food and heritage, the Mexican-American War and Cinco de Mayo, ongoing lessons include drug cartels, popular culture, NAFTA and President Donald Trump's calls for a border wall …

New solar array powers change at Institute for Food farm

November 15, 2018

A newly installed 18-panel solar array at the Institute for Food farm produces enough power to run the irrigation system to water the crops. And, as if that's not enough, it does so much more …

As hate crimes rise across the U.S., a Miami team researches political motivations and prosecution

November 15, 2018

Michael Loadenthal, visiting assistant professor of sociology and social justice, researches political violence and attributes the increase to shifts in U.S. political discourse, which he said is moving toward authoritarianism, nativism, and nationalism …

Miami's study abroad program is in the top five nationally among public universities

November 14, 2018

Miami ranks No. 4 — sharing top recognition with William and Mary, Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia — according to the Open Doors 2018 report released November 13 by the Institute of International Education …

Western Program announces its launch of Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation in fall 2019

November 12, 2018

On Saturday, October 27, Western College Program alumni, faculty, and current students all gathered for a special announcement: the launch of the new Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which in fall 2019 will introduce new programming to promote inquiry and action in addressing problems at the intersections of science and social impact …

Guest lecturer and political scientist Graeme Robertson discusses Vladimir Putin and the future of Russia

November 7, 2018

As part of the biannual Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series, Graeme Robertson was invited to present the lecture "Putin V. The People? The Precarious Politics of A Divided Russia" on Tuesday, October 23 in the Harry T. Wilks Theater …

Miami's Alexander Hamilton Society chapter hosts prestigious guest to discuss Russian cyber warfare and its influence on U.S. elections

November 5, 2018

On Monday, October 22, members of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) held an open debate featuring Vance Serchuk, executive director of the global investment firm KKR Global Institute, and Emily Channell-Justice, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies …

Anthropologist Jason De León describes the plight of migrants in the "Land of Open Graves" at the U.S.-Mexican border

November 1, 2018

Jason De León came to Miami on October 18 to deliver the 2018 Faber Scholar Lecture in honor of International Archaeology Day, presented by the Department of Anthropology and University Honors Program …

Misinterpretation of early archaeology led to stories of aliens and witches

October 30, 2018

Jeb Card's latest book, Spooky Archaeology: Myth and Science of the Past (University of New Mexico Press, 2018), traced the roots of many of today's myths to the Victorian era and in the early 20th century, before the field of archaeology became professionalized …

Navarro and Katyal largely agree on state of Supreme Court and the future of American democracy

October 30, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, students, faculty, and community members gathered in Miami's Harry T. Wilks Theater for a political debate discussing the current situation of the Supreme Court and the future of American democracy …

Seeing pink? It's not a Halloween prank: New LED lighting in Belk greenhouse

October 29, 2018

Although the timing of the pink light suggests a Halloween prank — or a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign — the new lighting is an essential part of the research of plant biologist Rob Baker, assistant professor of biology. The energy efficient lights don't waste energy on wavelengths plants don't use …

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma awarded national honor for cultural and language revitalization

October 25, 2018

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has received a prestigious national award recognizing its cultural heritage and language revitalization program, which has resulted in the first generation in nearly 100 years learning to speak the Myaamia language. The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development presented tribal leaders with an Honoring Nations Award, with the distinction of honors …

Who's watching you? New report details how digital advertising is being used as a political weapon

October 24, 2018

Matthew Crain, assistant professor of media and culture at Miami University, has co-authored a newly released report, "Weaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online Ad Tech," describing what the authors coined as the Digital Influence Machine and its ability to use targeted advertising in order to reach people at their most vulnerable …

Former U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus returns to Miami

October 24, 2018

Steve Driehaus ('88), former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, visited the Department of Political Science from October 1-4 as this year's Visiting Fellow in Public Leadership to give lectures and teach a 3-day short course on the legislative process …

Legal expert Benjamin Wittes gives 7th Annual Darrell West Lecture for the Dept of Political Science

October 19, 2018

Benjamin Wittes, a nationally renowned expert on legal and US national security policy and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings Institution, came to Miami on September 26 to give the 7th annual Darrell West Lecture in American Politics …

Tomoyasu's research helps solve the centuries-old mystery of the origin of insect wings

October 16, 2018

Yoshi Tomoyasu, associate professor of biology at Miami University, uses a relatively new approach, evolutionary developmental biology (often called 'evo-devo') to tackle the centuries-old debate about the origin of insect wings. Recent research published by Tomoyasu and his students offers evidence of the dual origin of the evolution of insect wings — one of the three competing explanations for how insect wings developed …