The Wrap-Up: June and July
Katie Johnson, professor of English, is the author of “Racing the Great White Way: Black Performance, Eugene O'Neill, and the Transformation of Broadway” published in July by the University of Michigan Press. It was featured in Playbill’s “8 Theatre Must-Reads for July.”
Michele Currie Navakas, professor of English, is the author of “Coral Lives: Literature, Labor, and the Making of America” published in July by Princeton University Press. “Coral Lives” is a literary and cultural history of coral as an essential element of the marine ecosystem, a personal ornament, a global commodity, and a powerful political metaphor.
John Virden, assistant vice president for security, compliance, and risk management was named one of the Top 100 CISOs (C100) winners for 2023 by CISO’s Connect.
Phyllis Cummins, senior research scholar and adjunct assistant professor of Scripps Gerontology Center, was named a 2023 Fellow by The Gerontological Society of America.
The Miami Student won first place for Best College Newspaper in Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest, sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters. The newspaper also won top awards for investigative, opinion, and sports writing in the contest.
Karla Boldery, Business Development Director at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Miami Regionals, has been named Ohio's State Star. The State Star is an annual award recognizing an outstanding SBDC employee from each state and is presented at the America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Annual Conference. Boldery is a Certified Business Advisor® at the SBDC Miami Regionals.
Katherine Batchelor, coordinator of Adolescent and Young Adult Education and associate professor of Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry, has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialist roster.
Karen Zaino, assistant professor of Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry, received the John Laska Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum.
A new partnership with LUNEX University in Luxembourg offers Miami Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM) graduate students a “one of a kind” study abroad opportunity.
Dean Smith, clinical professor of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Health, has co-authored a new article, Effects of simulated hypo-gravity on lower limb kinematic and electromyographic variables during anti-gravitational treadmill walking, in Front Physiol.
William Moser, associate professor of Accounting, co-authored Machine learning and the prediction of changes in profitability published in Contemporary Accounting Research in July.
Shiwanka Wanasinghe, doctoral candidate in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dominik Konkolewicz, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, are among co-authors of the paper 3D printable adhesive elastomers with dynamic covalent bond rearrangement published in the journal Soft Matter in July.
Andrew Jones, associate professor of Chemical, Paper, and Bioengineering, co-authored In vivo biosynthesis of N,N-dimethyltryptamine, 5-MeO-N,N-dimethyltryptamine, and bufotenine in E. coli published in Metabolic Engineering in June. The paper highlights the research being done with psychedelic tryptamines in treating mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression.
Adam Beissel, associate professor of Sport Leadership and Management , published a new article, A new hope? FIFA 2.0, FIFA Women’s Football Strategy, and event bidding for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in Soccer & Society. He also published the book chapter Disaster football: billionaire owners, shock therapy, and the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic in European football, in “Sport and Physical Culture in Global Pandemic Times,” and the chapter United as One: The conjunctural politics of the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup, in “The geopolitical economy of sport – Pivotal moments in a new era.”
Heather Grimes, EHS Learning Lab coordinator, Eva Howard, assistant professor of Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry (TCE), and Michelle Cosmah, TCE clinical professor, received the Dean's Compact Grant funding for $34,361. This grant will provide some insight into the Science of Reading for two TCE courses and additional Learning Lab tutoring.
Daniel Hall, professor of Justice and Community Studies, received $15,000 from the Center for the Study of Federalism for a project entitled "Unsame Law; Same-Sex Marriage: American Samoa."
Jason Berberich, associate professor of Chemical, Paper, and Bioengineering, received $331,415 from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "Collaborative Research: Biocatalytic Alcoholysis of PET in Nonaqueous Solvents for Polymer Recycling."
Timothy Wilson, assistant professor of Microbiology, received $411,695 from the National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a project entitled "FCRL1 in B cell activation and differentiation."
Dominik Konkolewicz, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received $100,000 from Avery Dennison Corporation for a project entitled "Stimulus Responsive Debonding Adhesives."
Jennifer Heston-Mullins, senior research scholar for Scripps Gerontology Center, received $43,594 from the Ohio State University, pass-through funds from the Ohio Department of Aging and the Department of Health & Human Services, for a project entitled "ONE ACCORD (Offering Novel Educational resources through the Aging Caregiving Collaborative of Ohio for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias)."
Angela Curl Black, associate professor, and Shawnieka Pope, assistant clinical professor, of Family Science and Social Work; Sharon Custer, director of workforce development, Department of Psychology; and Heather Wells, visiting assistant professor of Education and Society, received $805,370 from the U.S. Department of Education of which $750,202 supports the project entitled "Miami University Mental Health Service Professional Workforce Development Project." The remaining awarded amount of $55,168 is designated as follows: $33,568 for the project directed by Sarah Woodruff in the Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, and Professional Development; and $21,600 for the project directed by Sharon Custer in the School-Based Center of Excellence (SBCOE).
Scott Campbell, senior director of technology for the College of Engineering and Computing, received $25,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation for a project entitled "Miami University: Student Cybersecurity Certification Bootcamp."
Olivia Herron, director of sustainability, received $35,200 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the project entitled "Implementing OSCAR Recycling at Miami University."
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