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The Wrap-Up: October

Authors, Accolades, and Achievements

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The steps to the McGuffey Hall south entrance are framed by the colorful leaves of a maple tree (image by Scott Kissell)
Excellence and Expertise

The Wrap-Up: October

The steps to the McGuffey Hall south entrance are framed by the colorful leaves of a maple tree (image by Scott Kissell)

Andrew Casper, associate professor of Art, received the 2022 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for Best Book in Art and Music History, from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, for his book "An Artful Relic: The Shroud of Turin in Baroque Italy" (PSU Press 2021). 

Leland Spencer, chair and professor of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies, (ICS) and Theresa Kulbaga, professor of Languages, Literatures, and Writing, received the Outstanding Conference Paper Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. Spencer will assume the presidency of the organization in 2024.

Brooke Flinders, professor of Nursing, was recognized as one of the outstanding alumni of the Mid-American Conference Academic Leadership Development Program. 

Cecilia Suhr, associate professor of Humanities and Creative Arts, won the 2022 Pauline Oliveros Prize from the 41st Search for New Music Competition by the International Alliance for Women in Music. Her winning work, titled "The Fate of the Dollar," is an improvisational performance on the cello and violin as well as real-time audio-visual interaction.

Sacha DeVroomen Bellman, instructor of Journalism and business adviser for all of Miami student media, was named treasurer of the board of the College Media Association. She will serve until 2024. 

A team of four Farmer School of Business students won first place, among 18 other teams from across the U.S. and Mexico, in the General Motors/Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business Supply Chain Case Competition Oct. 8-9. 

Sanjay Puligadda, associate professor of Marketing, is co-author of Innovation Soup: A recipe for Organizational Success, published by Innovation Press in September 2022. The book is aimed for anyone wanting to kick start innovation in their organization. 

Cristina Alcalde, vice president for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, is co-editor with Mangala Subramanian of Dismantling Institutional Whiteness: Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education, published by Purdue University Press in October 2022. The book “Dismantling Institutional Whiteness” gathers a range of first-person narratives from women of color and examines the challenges they face not only at a systemic level but also at a deeply personal level. Their experiences combined with research and statistics paint a sobering portrait of higher education’s problems when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A screenplay by Zackary Hill, coordinator and advisor of Individualized Studies (Western Program), and his writing partner have been selected as semifinalists and as second rounders in the Austin Film Festival 2022 Script Competition

A paper co-authored by Claire McLeod, associate professor of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, 'Nd isotope variation between the Earth–Moon system and enstatite chondrites' was published in the Oct. 6 issue of Nature. 

Randi Thomas, vice president of ASPIRE, received $5,000,000 from the Butler County Board of Commissioners, with pass-through funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the CARES Act, for the project entitled "College at Elm Innovation and Workforce Development Center."

Katy Abbott, executive director of the Scripps Center for Gerontology, received a $175,000 Cycle 4A Pilot Grant from the National Institute on Aging Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory for the project “Testing the Feasibility of the Individualized Positive Psychosocial Intervention.”

David Berg, University Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, received a $169,636 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior (Bureau of Land Management) for the project entitled "Species Boundaries of Hyalella Amphipods in the Great Basin and Surrounding Regions."

Krista Lambright, director of Campus Kids, Regional Centers, received $188,570 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project entitled "Miami University: CCAMPIS Subsidies for Low-Income Student-Parents."

Kimberly Hoffman, preservation librarian, Alia Wegner, digital collections librarian, and William Modrow, head of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives and preservation/conservation departments, received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project entitled "Preservation Assessment for the Audio/Visual Collections of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives."

Ozge Surer, assistant professor of Information Systems and Analytics, received $169,021 from Ohio University, with pass-through funds from the National Science Foundation, for the project entitled "Frameworks: Bayesian Analysis of Nuclear Dynamics." 

Beth Rimer, co-director of the Ohio Writing Project in the Department of English, received $30,000 from the National Writing Project, with pass-through funds from the U.S. Department of Education, for the project entitled "2022-2023 NWP Network Support Grant - NWP New Sites."

Collette Loskoch Thompson, director, and Kara Love, regional coordinator, of the Center for Social Impact on the Hamilton Campus, received $312,847 from ServeOhio, pass through funds from AmeriCorps and the American Rescue Plan, for the project entitled "Service+ at Miami Regionals." 

Faculty from the College of Education, Health, and Society were co-authors of several new publications including: 

Brittany Aronson,  Ganiva Reyes, associate professor of Teaching, Curriculum, and Inquiry (TEC),  Katherine Batchelor, TEC associate professor, and  Racheal Banda Rothrock, TEC assistant professor, published a paper,  Moving toward a comprehensive program of critical social justice teacher education: A QuantCrit analysis of preservice teachers’ perceptions of social justice education, in The Teacher Educator. 

Racheal Banda Rothrock and Ganiva Reyes also published a paper,  Caring for students by caring for ourselves first: Comadre co-teaching during times of crisis, in Teaching in Higher Education. 

Racheal Banda Rothrock, Brittany Aronson, and Érica Fernández, associate professor of Educational Leadership, published a paper,  Testimonios de las travesadas: A borderland existence of Women of Color faculty, in Gender, Work, and Organization. 

Thomas Misco, TEC professor, was the lead author on a new article,  An Analysis of Teacher Education Mission Statements in the United States, published in The Teacher Educator.

Katy Mezher, associate clinical professor of Educational Psychology, along with Ohio school psychology trainers across the state, co-authored a new paper, The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on School Psychology Internship Outcomes, which was published in Psychology in the Schools.

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