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Letting go and hoping the ship floats: sitting down with history authors Dr. Lindsay Schakenbach Regele and Dr. Andrew Offenburger

December 11, 2019

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele (PhD Brown, '15) and Andrew Offenburger (PhD Yale, '14) of the Department of History have recently published their own books, but it was no easy task. Turning graduate school dissertations into published works meant both scholars endured a lot of rethinking, recrafting, breakthroughs, self-doubt, and feelings of reward …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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" …

Raising diversity awareness was goal of student award-winning campaign

December 5, 2019

Miami University's Shara Clark and a team of Miami University students won 4 awards during the 2019 Blacksmith Awards hosted by the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America …

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 …

Past Literary London participants describe their experiences, encourage classmates to join the 15th anniversary trip in 2020

December 3, 2019

Literary London is a summer study abroad program offered by the Department of English that offers an enriching academic and cultural experience for students of all majors. This coming summer 2020 is the program's 15th anniversary …

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 …

Miami in Spain study abroad program provides opportunity to advance in language

November 26, 2019

Miami in Spain, offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is one of the largest and most popular Miami study abroad programs that allows students to explore and become immersed in Spanish culture. Students who have completed SPN 311 (Grammar Review and Introductory Composition) by trip departure are eligible to attend …

Daisy Hernández celebrates the translation of her memoir and a new feminist anthology

November 25, 2019

Writer, editor, feminist, and assistant professor of creative writing Daisy Hernández has pulled together an impressive list of achievements, including co-editing a collection of feminist essays and publishing her own memoir …

Kimberly A. Hamlin is newest member of the Organization of American Historians

November 19, 2019

Miami University's Kimberly A. Hamlin is one of 21 new speakers appointed to the Organization of American Historians as a Distinguished Lecturer. Specializing in women, gender and science in the U.S., Hamlin teaches history and American studies as an associate professor …

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 …

Miami ranks third in the nation for study abroad among public doctoral universities

November 18, 2019

Miami University's rate of study abroad for undergraduates ranks third in the U.S. among public doctoral universities, according to the latest Open Doors report released Monday, November 18. Miami moved up a spot from last year's fourth place ranking based on rate of study abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year, the Institute of International Education reports …

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 …

National award spotlights Miami's focus on international education

November 14, 2019

When Miami University officials launched a strategic plan in 2011 to better integrate international, global and intercultural perspectives into Miami's mission, they added a final, ambitious goal: earn the Simon Award. Next week, President Greg Crawford will travel to the nation's capital to accept the prestigious honor …

Students discover realities of China's Uyghur crisis in fall Grayson Kirk Lecture

November 14, 2019

On October 22, the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies (GIC) hosted Sean R. Roberts, professor and director of international development studies at The George Washington University, to present on "China's War on Uyghurs: Counterterrorism in the Name of Cultural Genocide" …

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 …

Bestselling author Ruta Sepetys reveals the compelling backstory behind the little-known truths that her novels convey

November 7, 2019

Internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys visited Miami's Wilks Theater on Tuesday, October 15 to talk to students about her novels …

Oxford Empty Bowls goes green this year with a near zero-waste initiative

November 6, 2019

Oxford Empty Bowls has been a fixture in the community for many years, but this year it will be a near zero-waste event, with items that are reusable, recyclable and compostable …

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 …

What's in a number? Let's start with 10

November 5, 2019

The November 7-8 Department of Statistics anniversary program includes workshops, networking for students and alumni, and a live broadcast of the Stats + Stories podcast. Guests on recent episodes have discussed "Using stats to improve your League of Legends game," data and democracy, forensic science, sports, and more …

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 …

Menard Family Center for Democracy to promote civic engagement and discourse

November 4, 2019

Beginning in spring 2020, the new Menard Family Center for Democracy at Miami University will lead an expanded effort to develop the civic leadership of its students. Housed jointly in Miami's College of Arts and Science and College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science, the center will create and support a year-round slate of student programs at Miami's three Ohio campuses and beyond …

Foreign Language Day set to introduce 5 key languages to high school students on January 21

November 4, 2019

Miami's Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture (GRAMELAC) will host Foreign Language Day on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in Irvin Hall, from 8 am to 2 pm. This event is open to high school students who are seeking an introduction to the featured languages of Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Latin, and Russian …

New book looks at ISIS and its savvy use of media

November 1, 2019

Miami University's Rosemary Pennington warns that savvy use of media by the Islamic State group ISIS could sustain its terrorist network despite the recent reported killing of its leader …

Janus Forum excites with lively debate between Barbara Boxer and Scott Walker

November 1, 2019

On October 16, former senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) and former governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) debated on the Armstrong Student Center's Wilks Theater stage about "The Trump Presidency: Successes and Failures." …

Miami students meet law school representatives at annual Law Day event

October 21, 2019

On October 16, the Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-Law Education hosted its annual Law Day. Housed in the John Dolibois room in Shriver Center, representatives from 42 different law schools came to Miami University to give students interested in law the chance to learn more about their programs and the law school admissions process …