The Wrap-Up: September
Helaine Alessio, professor and chair of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health, and Kathleen Hutchinson Marron, professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, have published a new book, “Health and Hearing.” It explores a variety of topics including noise exposure at work and leisure, effects of acute and chronic illnesses on hearing, relationship between hearing and lifestyle choices, and more.
Jason Lane, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Society, has been chosen to serve as chair of the State University Education Deans association (SUED). SUED represents the education preparation programs for Ohio’s public colleges and universities. The association strives to improve educational opportunities in Ohio through a variety of advocacy and leadership initiatives. It also informs state and national issues related to education by helping to shape policy, allocate resources, and guide practices.
Mack Hagood, Robert H. and Nancy J. Blaney Associate Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film, was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for his project titled “Quiet Storm: America' Low-Key Noise Industry and the End of Listening.” Hagood's project delves into a fascinating and often overlooked aspect of American culture since the 1960s: the transformation of noise from an unwanted industrial byproduct into a desirable domestic companion and a vital tool in the modern workplace.
Bhuwan Bist, a second-year doctoral student in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology with adviser Tereza Jezkova, received a fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program that allowed him to spend 10 weeks this summer at the Smithsonian Institute to learn cutting edge techniques to analyze historical DNA samples. Bist, who is from Nepal, is interested in cutting-edge genomic approaches that will help him achieve his career goal, protecting Nepalese wildlife. He also received a 2023 Grants-in-Aid Award from the American Society of Mammalogists.
Amanda Means, Regional director of enrollment management, is the President-elect for the Ohio Transfer Council. The Council focuses on the enhancement and facilitation of transfers for students between and among its member institutions. They work to generate and share transfer data, information, and ideas among the members, as well as develop a broader understanding of articulation and transfer policies and procedures.
Two pieces of artwork by Tracy Featherstone, professor of Art, were selected for the exhibition “Wake…Sleep…Dream” at the Beeler Gallery on the campus of Columbus College of Art & Design. The exhibition runs Sept. 7-Nov. 18.
K Anand Gall, 2022-2023 graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English and instructional designer for E-Campus at Miami Regionals, has been awarded the 2023 Academy of American Poets Betty Jane Abrahams Memorial Poetry Prize, for her original poem, "Mehndi Ceremony, Night Before Our Wedding.”
Gillian Oakenfull, professor of Marketing, published an article on Forbes that introduces KickGlass Connect, a multi-stage marketing framework that goes beyond traditional methods, integrating cultural awareness, empathy, and data-driven insights to create a truly authentic and adaptive marketing strategy. She has developed the approach over several semesters working with Miami students on real-world client projects.
Michelle Buchberger, associate professor of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies, published "The Cult of the Charismatic Leader: D.H. Lawrence’s Leadership Novels and the Authoritarian Temptation" in D. H. Lawrence Review.
Katherine Abbott, executive director of the Scripps Gerontology Center, received $645,000 from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for a project entitled "Long-Term Care Research."
Gary Lorigan, University Distinguished Professor and chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received $577,656 from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "Investigating Membrane Proteins with Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy."
Hui Wang, associate professor of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering, received $574,885 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for a project entitled "The Development of Beam-Offset Optical Coherence Tomography."
Shijie Zhou, assistant professor of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering, received $405,482 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a project entitled "Development of an Automatic Real-Time Personalized Non-Invasive Localization of the Site of Origin of the Earliest Ventricular Activation."
Collette Loskoch Thompson, Regional director of civic education, Center for Social Impact on the Hamilton Campus, received $338,615 from ServeOhio, pass through funds from AmeriCorps, for the project entitled "Service+ at Miami Regionals Continuation."
Elizabeth Lokon, director, and Meghan Young, assistant director, of Opening Minds through Art in the Scripps Gerontology Center, received $164,000 from the RRF Foundation for Aging for a project entitled "ScrippsAVID: Reducing loneliness by connecting generations virtually through the arts (aanhkwiniikioni - 'linking the generations')."
John Bowblis, professor of Economics and research fellow of the Scripps Gerontology Center, received $82,616 from the University of Texas Medical Branch, pass-through funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, for a project entitled "Nursing Homes' Bans on Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Effectiveness and Consequences."
Chi-Hao Cheng, professor and chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $649,937 from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, pass-through funds from the U.S. Department of Labor, for a project entitled "SW OH Broadband/5G Regional Node."
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