College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
August/September 2021
Miami's Inside Washington Program - Summer 2021
Student participants of Miami's Inside Washington Program
in Washington, DC during summer 2021
Chris Makaroff
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Another academic year has begun, and we are as excited as ever to welcome the Class of 2025 to our campus. This year, Miami is welcoming a total of 4,618 new students, including 2,036 students in the College of Arts and Science both enrollment records.
Of course, despite our great excitement to return to in-person classes and events this fall, we are still confronting the considerable challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami continues to be very aware of the ongoing concerns, so to help us keep everyone’s health and safety our top priority, Miami is requiring facial coverings for everyone and offering various incentives for faculty, staff, and students to get vaccinated if they have not done so already. Here are the latest updates related to Miami’s pandemic response. 
Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness facility (top) and Richard M. McVey Data Science Building (bottom)
Several building renovation projects are now in full swing at various stages, including:
  • Peabody Hall Honors College (more details to be announced)
  • The Clinical Health Science and Wellness facility (pictured, top), which will house the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, our new Physician Associate program (more on this soon), and the new Oxford-based nursing curriculum, along with the student health center (opening summer 2023)
  • The Richard M. McVey Data Science Building (pictured, bottom), which will house the Department of Statistics, the Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS), and several non-CAS programs (opening late fall 2023)
  • Planning for the renovation of Bachelor Hall, which will house the Departments of English, History, Media, Journalism & Film, Philosophy, and Comparative Religion, as well as the Humanities Center
Inside Washington students talk with U.S. Rep Jim Clyburn, House Majority Whip, in the Lincoln Room, U.S. Capitol building
Inside Washington students talk with U.S. Rep Jim Clyburn, House Majority Whip, in the Lincoln Room of the U.S. Capitol building
We are proud to announce that Miami’s summer 2021 Inside Washington Program has just wrapped a successful session in Washington, DC earlier this month.
Nineteen undergraduate students from numerous majors participated in face-to-face meetings and discussions with many key Washington insiders, including several prominent alumni.
In addition, our students were then able to jump into internships at congressional offices, think tanks, news media and political consulting agencies, nonprofits, and lobbying firms. See the full list.
I wish to thank all our alumni who have provided such extraordinary support for Inside Washington and our students. I am also grateful for the hard work done by Inside Washington Director Annie Blair, Education Abroad Director Ryan Dye, MJF Chair Bruce Drushel, Political Science Chair Bryan Marshall, and many others throughout Miami and CAS.
Xin Wang and Rodney Coates
I'd like to highlight a couple recent noteworthy accomplishments from our faculty:
In addition, CAS is excited to welcome nine new faculty for fall 2021. And in a late breaking news announcement, I'd like to congratulate Carolyn S. Craig, CAS director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, who has been selected as the co-chair for the new Academic Diversity Officers (ADO) track of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) annual national conference planning committee.
More CAS-related highlights from the summer can be found below. Please be sure to let us know what you think, as your feedback is always welcome.
Thank you, as always, for all that you do for Miami, CAS, and your respective departments and programs. The ongoing support and engagement we receive from our global network of alumni as we weather these ongoing challenges is a constant source of great pride.
Love and Honor,
Student News and Spotlights
Hope Kirby awarded Astronaut Scholarship
Microbiology major Hope Kirby has received the Astronaut Scholarship, one of only 60 students from across the country.
    More student highlights:
    Bethel Hanson and Hannah Horsington
    Hanson and Horsington
    Jessica Chelst
    Flynn McClellan
      CAS Alumni News and Spotlights
      Jenny Bailer '81 with President Gregory Crawford
      Jenny Bailer '81 (pictured with President Greg Crawford), health commissioner for Ohio's Butler County, has been honored with the Miami University President's Medallion.
        More alumni highlights:
        Sarah Bloomquist '94
        Bloomquist '94
        Antonio White '08
        White '08
        Fleetwood '94
        Lauren Spadafora '10
        Spadafora '10
          Jenkins '17
          Jenkins '17
          Holly Attenborough '03 & '06
          Attenborough '03, '06
          Kris Bahner '92
          Bahner '92
          Franco '20
            CAS Faculty Spotlights
            New CAS faculty for Fall 2021
            CAS proudly welcomes our new faculty for fall 2021!
              More faculty highlights:
              Katie Day Good
              Ann Hagerman
              Rodney Coates
              Suzanne Harper
              • Mike Vanni appeared on WCPO Ch. 9 (ABC) to discuss cicadas and his new study about how dead cicadas affect pond ecosystems.
              • Katie Day Good provided five tips for having a healthy relationship with screens in this article in Authority Magazine.
              • Ann Hagerman, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and one of the top researchers in the world on polyphenols, had her paper on Nature Communications featured in Science magazine.
              • Professor of Global & Intercultural Studies Rodney Coates, who presented a webinar "teach-in" on June 18 about the importance of Juneteenth in American history, was also interviewed by CBS news correspondent Jeff Pegues '92 in a podcast, CBS News Special: America Changed Forever, to discuss the historical event and new federal holiday.
              • Professor of Mathematics Suzanne Harper was selected for the 2021 OCTM Kenneth Cummins Award for College/University by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

              Zackary Hill
              Daniel Prior
              Laura Neack, Nathan French, and Homayun Sidky
              Neack, French, and Sidky
              • Associate professor of English Daisy Hernandez speaks with NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air about her book, The Kissing Bug: The True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease.
              • A TV pilot, Unfinished Murder Ballads, written by Western Program coordinator & advisor Zackary D. Hill, Matt and Josh Riffle, and poet Darren Demaree MA '09 (inspired by one of his poetry collections of the same name) was announced as an official selection in the Adapted Screenplay Contest.
              • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded associate professor of history Daniel Prior a Collaborative Research Grant for the project, Early Modern Kyrgyz Oral-derived Narrative Sources (EMKONS). His project team includes Alia Levar Wegner of the Miami University Libraries as digital project manager, as well as four other scholars from the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan.
              • Ask the Experts on Afghanistan: Professor of political science Laura Neack, associate professor of comparative religion Nathan French, and professor of anthropology Homayun Sidky provided insight about the unfolding situation in Afghanistan as U.S. troops pull out and the Taliban reasserted control of the country.

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