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DEI Task Force hosts virtual town hall meetings July 13-17

July 8, 2020

All are welcome to join one or all sessions a series of 5 virtual town hall meetings hosted by the new Miami University President's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. Sessions will be held from 4-5 pm during the week of July 13. The task force will share thoughts about strategies to advocate for diversity and equality within the Miami community. Participants will be able to ask questions and provide feedback about current plans …

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 …

Psychology department houses new center to support and advocate for children and families of the incarcerated

June 30, 2020

Two psychology faculty have received funding to move forward with their department's new Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated (CSSCFI), which will conduct research on children with parents in prison and advocate for the needs of children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers …

A $25,000 gift from the Western College Alumnae Association to help support Miami's diversity initiatives

June 25, 2020

A $25,000 gift from the Western College Alumnae Association will help support the work of Miami University's newly created President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The alumnae association's board unanimously voted to support the diversity and inclusion initiatives announced by Miami University President Greg Crawford …

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's Scripps researchers find no link between nursing home residents with COVID-19 and facility quality

June 22, 2020

A new study by Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center found no link between nursing home residents with COVID-19 and facility quality. In recently published research, John Bowblis, professor of economics and Scripps Research Fellow, and Robert Applebaum, professor of gerontology and sociology and director of the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project, examined resident cases of COVID-19 in Ohio nursing homes and whether the presence of COVID-19 among residents is associated with facility quality …

Generation COVID: Film studies students turn their quarantine experiences into a documentary

June 8, 2020

In mid-March when Miami students were informed that all spring classes would be taught remotely and they would have to move off campus, students in Andy Rice's documentary film production class agreed to work collaboratively on a film about the impact of COVID-19 on the students' lives …

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 …

The Humanities Center presents Laptop Lectures

May 21, 2020

Pepper Stetler, associate professor of art history and associate director of the Humanities Center at Miami University, recently organized the Laptop Lectures series to keep people engaged in the humanities during this pandemic …

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 …

In Memoriam: Myron (Mike) Lunine

May 19, 2020

On May 4, which was the 50th anniversary of the tragic Kent State National Guard shooting of students protesting the Vietnam War, the Miami community lost its first dean of the Western College Program: Myron (Mike) Lunine …

Preaching Goes Viral: COVID-19 prompts students to collaborate on a religious response initiative

May 15, 2020

When classes transitioned online at Miami University in March as a result of COVID-19, Hillel Gray, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Comparative Religion, initiated a special research initiative called Preaching Goes Viral. Students from his REL 101-Introduction to Religion and REL 286-Global Jewish Civilization classes began compiling and analyzing data to understand the religious responses to the pandemic …

CAS Faculty Tenure and Promotions

May 11, 2020

The College of Arts and Science proudly announces the faculty who have received tenure and/or promotions this spring …

Miami receives 10 Fulbright grant offers: a new record

May 7, 2020

Ten of Miami University's Fulbright semifinalists have been offered 2020-2021 grants and two have been named alternates. These are the most offers Miami has ever received in a single year. Fulbright, the largest U.S. exchange program, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs outside of the United States …

Miami research team helps search for possible treatments for antibiotic-resistant secondary infections common with COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Three Miami University professors are leading a research team to find potential drug compounds to fight antibiotic-resistant secondary infections common with COVID-19. One of their key tools? Machine learning, an application of artificial intelligence. Researchers and graduate and undergraduate students in the department of chemistry and biochemistry have joined forces with Farmer School of Business information systems and analytics faculty and interns in the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) …

In her novel Beheld, TaraShea Nesbit brings to life voices normally kept silent in history

May 6, 2020

TaraShea Nesbit, assistant professor of English in fiction and creative nonfiction, new novel Beheld is about about the Plymouth settlers. She first stumbled into Plymouth while reading an account of the colony by William Bradford, the first governor …

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 …

Elena Albarrán named CAS Distinguished Educator for 2020 for her innovative teaching methods in history, Latin American studies, and Spanish

April 27, 2020

Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, has been named the 2020 Distinguished Educator from the College of Arts and Science. Albarrán teaches classes in history, Latin American studies, and Spanish. She describes her key pedagogical contributions as "forging informal and organic binational encounters" for her students …

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 …

Growing numbers of Professional Writing and Interactive Media Studies double majors forge a formidable set of skills for the future

April 1, 2020

As a need for diversified skills in the workplace increases, more and more Miami students are choosing to double major or co-major in professional writing (PW) and interactive media studies (IMS). There is an increasing need from employers for recent graduates who understand the digital world of design and user experience as well as a need for employees who are strong writers who can communicate across any platform effectively …

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 …

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 …

Yvette Harris receives Distinguished Woman of Color Award

March 11, 2020

Yvette Harris, professor of psychology at Miami University, is the recipient of the Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award for 2020. The award recognizes spirited women of color, particularly those who have been warm and welcoming to others. The award is named after Jennie Elder Suel, who received recognition in 1994 …

Author and member of U.S. National Commission on Hunger shares how to solve America's food insecurity and poverty crisis

March 9, 2020

On March 2, Jeremy K. Everett, founder and executive director of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, discussed how we can all help solve America's hunger crisis at the Puff Memorial Lecture …

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 …

Journalist and author Wil Haygood discusses his book "Showdown" and debuts trailer for Thurgood Marshall documentary

March 2, 2020

On Tuesday, February 25, award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood '76 shared his writing process for his 2015 biography Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, and debuted the trailer for an upcoming documentary based on the book …