College of Arts and Science, Miami University
October/November 2019
CAS video - Getting to Know Your Professors
Getting to know your professors: In our latest video, College of Arts and Science students talk about their small class sizes and one-on-one interactions with faculty.
Former USEPA administrator Gina McCarthy had a message of hope for the Miami community
A rallying message of hope: Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) celebrated its 50th anniversary with former US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) administrator Gina McCarthy.
Janus Forum with Sen Barbara Boxer and Gov Scott Walker
Productive dialogue in divided times: The biannual Janus Forum welcomed Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) and Gov. Scott Walker (R) in a lively debate on the successes and failures of the Trump presidency.
This past summer, Alexa Lawhorn and Sofia Vlahakos travelled to Topeka, Kansas Dr. Hillel Gray to meet and interview members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
A case for empathy: This past summer, CAS students Alexa Lawhorn and Sofia Vlahakos went to Kansas to embark on a study with comparative religion professor Hillel Gray by conducting interviews with members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
Discover the Sciences 2019
Biggest showing ever! Nearly 350 prospective students and their families gathered to meet students and faculty from 12 CAS science departments at our annual Discover the Sciences event on September 21.
CAS Alumni News and Spotlights
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Jacob Bruggeman '19
"Still worth it!": Jacob Bruggeman '19 was interviewed on WVXU-FM with Humanites Center director Tim Melley on the value of a humanities degree.
Rita Dove '73
Poet Rita Dove '73 wins the $100K Wallace Stevens Award for "her continued mastery in the art of poetry."
Lillian Schwales '12
18 of the Last 9 honoree Lillian Schwales '12 meets with English majors about her work as an attorney with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice.
Dean Banks '98
CAS Alumni Advisory Board member Dean Banks '98 has been named President of Tyson Foods, where he was a member of the Board of Directors for two years.
Kristyn Vitale, MEn '14
Cats are like (some) people! Kristyn Vitale, MEn '14 (formerly Shreve) was featured in the New York Times about her work on cat bonding; her findings were also mentioned on Saturday Night Live!
Ellen Goldey
Michael Markesbery and Rithvik Venna '15
Michael Markesbery '15 and Rithvik Venna '15 of OROS unveil their company's new logo and apparel collection.
Gwen Morris '90
James Rogers, MS '83
SPOTLIGHT: James Rogers, MS '83: "One of my main goals is to give back by helping more young people (especially those from diverse backgrounds) consider STEM careers and to provide any mentorship, advice, and guidance that I can."
Emily Kuhn '09
SPOTLIGHT: Emily Kuhn '09: "[Study abroad] changed my life and gave me a global outlook in a way that vacationing never could have. I have a global job now [at CNN], and those lessons from Luxembourg have made me who I am and absolutely helped me professionally."
Shengqian Ma, PhD '08
SPOTLIGHT: Shengqian Ma, PhD '08: "I learned quite a lot for my writing skills at Miami. When I had first arrived as an international student, I needed to take some English courses, especially my first semester, when I took a writing class."
Student News and Spotlights
Roshika Bhattarai
Roshika Bhattarai '21, a med lab science major/premed studies co-major originally from Nepal, helps eliminate hurdles many immigrants face by connecting them to resources in Southwest Ohio.
2019 CAS student recipients of the Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award
7 CAS students have received the 2019 Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award. Top (L to R): Shelby Frye, Taylor Gordon, Rachel Ollier, and Rosie Ries. Bottom (L to R): Mitchell Singstock, Mackenzie Trevethan, and Alison Tuiyott.
Emilio Bloch '20
SPOTLIGHT: Biology and Public Health major Emilio Bloch '20 travelled to The Gambia to study public health issues. "My career focus has always just been trying to help people in the way that best suits me, in whatever I am good at, and in the largest scale — which always changes!"
Premedical student panel for Health Careers Week 2019
For Health Careers Week 2019, 8 senior premedical students offered various bits of advice about preparing for med school, such as: "Get involved in research before your junior year." "Study abroad." "Attend office hours and build relationships with your professors."
Speech pathology & audiology and statistics graduate students collaborate
Grad students in Speech Pathology & Audiology and Statistics teamed up to answer research or clinical questions from faculty members or speech-language pathologists practicing at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
CAS Faculty Spotlights
Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis
SPOTLIGHT: Gwen Etter-Lewis (English): "Learning is a two-way, interactive process that involves reflection, collaboration, and active engagement on the part of both students and teachers."
Jonathan Levy
Jonathan Levy (Environmental Studies) spoke to WVXU radio about the 50th anniversary of Miami's Institute for the Environment & Sustainability.
Carrie Tyler
Carrie Tyler (Geology) received a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "CAREER: Identifying Ecosystem Properties Promoting Stability and Resistance: Modeling Late Ordovician Paleocommunity Dynamics and Functioning Across the Richmondian Invasion."
Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc
SPOTLIGHT: Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc (Philosophy): "I want my students to walk away from my class with intellectual humility. No one has all the right answers!"
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