College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
February 2019
Miami alum Mohammed Al-Barwani and the 16 Miami students visiting Oman with assistant professor Nathan French
During J-Term 2019, 1975 Miami alum and successful businessman Mohammed Al-Barwani (center, behind flag) hosted 16 Miami students visiting Oman with assistant professor of comparative religion Nathan French during their study abroad trip, Arabian Gulf Economies in Social Transition.
Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
It's my pleasure to announce that Rebecca Messina ('94, Spanish; Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs) has been chosen as our 2019 CAS Recognition Ceremony guest speaker. Hired last fall as the first-ever CMO of Uber, Rebecca is a fantastic representative for the broad, multidisciplinary skills that are the hallmarks of CAS and the liberal arts.
These abilities -- including the application of complex knowledge into real-world settings, an adaptable and transferable skillset, a strong sense of social responsibility, and much more -- are those that continue to be taught today throughout CAS. Our students regularly push beyond the classroom to engage in alumni-sponsored internships, fellowships, independent studies, and research projects that demonstrate how to find success in any career they can imagine.
As we look to the future of CAS, we have begun aligning our offerings with the university's Boldly Creative strategy to expand our academic and professional focus to include: 
  • healthcare and medicine,
  • entrepreneurship and innovation, and
  • data and analytics.
We are excited about these opportunities and look forward to sharing our accomplishments in the coming months. I welcome your ideas, comments, and participation as we push forward.
With great thanks,
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry
Rebecca Messina '94 is this year's featured guest speaker for the annual CAS Recognition Ceremony on May 18, 2019
Rebecca Messina '94 to speak at the 2019 CAS Recognition Ceremony
Mike Brudzinski, Stephen Norris, Daisy Hernandez, and Joshua Magee
Mike Brudzinski (Geology) and Stephen Norris (History) have been named 2019 Miami University Distinguished Scholars. Daisy Hernandez (English) and Joshua Magee (Psychology) are 2019 Miami University Junior Faculty Scholars.
More details on these awards coming after the official ceremony in April!
Student News and Spotlights
Ellen Stenstrom '19
  • Lulu Abdun ('18, psychology and black world studies)
  • Sarah Berg ('19, English literature)
  • Madison Cook ('19, diplomacy & global politics and psychology)
  • Emily Erdmann ('19, French and Russian, East European & Eurasian studies)
  • Alexandra Fair (graduate student in history)
  • Cyrus Green ('18, international studies)
  • Samuel Hunter (graduate student in English)
  • Katelyn Scheive ('19, integrated social studies education and psychology)
  • Alaina Swope ('19, psychology and English literature)
  • Emily Tatum ('19, political science, international studies, and Latin American, Latino/a & Caribbean studies)
  • Lauren Voegtle ('19, international studies and Latin American, Latino/a & Caribbean studies)
Four teams of CAS undergraduates, under the direction of faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Physics, will each receive $5000 Cancer Research Awards, to be carried out during the 2019-2020 academic year. These awards, which were made possible by the generosity of Cynthia Henderson '90 and Tom Hayden '82, were announced by Miami's Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU).

CAS Alumni News and Spotlights
Natalie Mays
Natalie Mays ('80, microbiology) was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
Mariel Padilla
Pulitzer-winning journalist Mariel Padilla ('17, strategic communication and English literature) was awarded an inaugural New York Times Fellowship
Shohini Ghose
Shohini Ghose (’96, physics and mathematics), professor of physics & computer science and director of the Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada), gave a TED Talk at the 21st SQuInT workshop in Albuquerque, NM
Jeff Pegues
CBS News Chief Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues ('92, mass communication) is Miami's 2019 spring commencement speaker
CAS Faculty Spotlights
Wietse de Boer
Wietse de Boer's (History) Origins article on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal was excerpted by The Washington Post
Anita Mannur
Anita Mannur (English/ Global & Intercultural Studies) received the 2019 Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Association for Asian American Studies
John Rakovan
Mineralogist John Rakovan (Geology) helps solve the mysteries of the world's finest gold specimen with Los Alamos Neutron Science Center
Amélie Davis
Recent Funded Research:
  • Timothy Wilson (Microbiology) - National Institute Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Neil Danielson (Chemistry) - US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Elizabeth Kiel Luebbe, Robin Thomas, and Aaron Luebbe (Psychology) - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Michael Brudzinski (Geology) - Ohio Dept of Natural Resources (ODNR)
  • Bartosz Grudzinski (Geography) - Miami Conservancy District
  • April Smith (Psychology) - two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's Military Suicide Research Consortium
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