Just got the photo -- will send this now to Rick Green.
Just got the photo -- will send this now to Rick Green.
College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
May 2020
Dean Chris Makaroff's video message to alumni
Dean Chris Makaroff's video message to alumni: "We are working hard to provide our students a great Miami education and preparing to be back on campus in the fall."
Also: Take a look at the website for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Forum.

You're Invited to Celebrate the CAS Class of 2020 on May 16, 2020

Approximately 1,700 new CAS graduates as well as the entire Miami community of faculty, staff, alumni, parents, family, and friends will be invited to our virtual online celebration on May 16 at 5 pm.
The event will be a blend of the main Miami University commencement ceremony along with the CAS divisional ceremony, with video speeches from Dean Makaroff and several notable alumni. We will be sharing more information on how you can participate very soon. Stay tuned!
Myron (Mike) Lunine

In Memoriam: Myron (Mike) Lunine

On May 4, which was the 50th anniversary of the tragic Kent State National Guard shooting of students protesting the Vietnam War, the Miami community lost its first dean of the Western College Program: Myron (Mike) Lunine.
On that historic day 50 years ago, Mike played a mediator role between the students and the National Guard, likely saving lives. He was a beloved Miami faculty member who will be sorely missed for his many contributions to our institution, our students, and our alumni.
Student News and Spotlights
2020-2021 CAS Fulbright recipients and 2 alternates
Congratulations to our nine CAS Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipients and two alternates for 2020-2021! These students represent the most offers Miami has ever received in a single year.
Hope Kirby
Hope Kirby, an undergraduate research assistant and microbiology major, was chosen as one of 2 Miami Goldwater Scholars for 2020 - Miami's 9th year in a row! Her mentor is Luis Actis.
MEn students collaborating with the city of Oxford in global climate and energy commitment
Jocelyn Swamidos and Cecil Okotah are among a group of Masters in Environmental Science (MEn) students in the Instutite for the Environment & Sustainability who are collaborating with the city of Oxford on a project involving global climate and energy commitment
Amanda Ramey
Urban and regional planning major and Army ROTC Amanda Ramey is among those who volunteered when Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ('69) authorized the activation of the Ohio National Guard to support a humanitarian mission in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Avery Treend
Avery Treend, a senior double majoring in Spanish and strategic communication, marvels at her remote learning experience in her Spanish class with senior lecturer Julie Szucs.
Miami University Bateman team for 2020
The Miami University Bateman team has received an Honorable Mention in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) national case study competition.
CAS Faculty Spotlights
Elena Albarrán
Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global & intercultural studies, has been named the CAS 2020 Distinguished Educator.
Dominik Konkolewicz and Rick Page NSF grant
Dominik Konkolewicz and Rick Page, both professors in the Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received a $182K RAPID grant award from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "RAPID: Viral Particle Disrupting And Sequestering Polymer Materials Applied To Coronavirus."
Scott Kenworthy and Katie Johnson
Scott Kenworthy (associate prof, Comparative Religion) and Katie Johnson (prof, English) recently were awarded prestigious and highly competitive Summer Stipends by the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on book projects. 
Stacey Lowery Bretz
Stacey Lowery Bretz, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry,  was named an ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Michael Crowder
Michael Crowder, professor and chair of the Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will become associate provost and dean of the Graduate School on July 1. He is also among those leading a research team to find potential drug compounds to fight antibiotic-resistant secondary infections common with COVID-19.
Carole Dabney Smith
Carole Dabney Smith, associate professor in the Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded $433K by NIH. Her 3-year project will examine a protein transport system that bacteria, such as those that cause tuberculosis and ulcers, rely on to infect humans.
Hailiang Dong
Hailiang Dong, professor in the Dept of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, was awarded nearly $312K by NSF. His 3-year project seeks to resolve a longstanding paradox between what is understood about how the nitrogen gas that is necessary for life on earth becomes bioavailable and contradictory evidence in the geologic record.
Cricket Meehan, director of the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs, was awarded more than $313K by the Ohio Dept of Education (along with Sarah Woodruff). They will examine efforts by Ohio school districts to implement student wellness and success initiatives and recommend best practices for future implementation.
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