College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
February 2018
MU2DC students in January 2018
Miami students from the MU2DC J-Term course pause before the White House during a busy week meeting with and shadowing Miami alumni who work in and around Capitol Hill
Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
For our CAS update this month, we are largely focusing on our students -- particularly some of their activities and accomplishments during Miami's January term.
In many of these experiences, students interacted with prominent members of our vast alumni network, one that permeates every field imaginable. Two Miami study-away programs that we're highlighting this month, Inside Hollywood and MU2DC, offer immersive shadowing opportunities that embed students one-on-one with prestigious alums in Los Angeles and Washington DC, respectively, to learn some of the ins-and-outs of their potential careers.
We're also highlighting CAS student Jack Ackerman, a senior individualized studies and entrepreneurship major who was selected to join the prestigious Silicon Valley Bank Trek Class of 2018. This is a group of approximately 30 brilliant and innovative young entrepreneurs from around the world who gathered in San Francisco to collaborate, network, and engage with founders from high-tech companies like Google X, Ross Intelligence, and EventBrite.
In other news, I'm pleased to announce that CAS, in collaboration with the College of Education, Health & Society (EHS) is offering our Public Health major, now with both BA and BS options distributed in four different tracks: Human Disease & Epidemiology, Health Policy & Administration, Public Health Promotion, and Behavioral Public Health. A new website will be unveiled very soon. We will also soon reveal our new Plant Biology website, which showcases our many faculty, students, and strengths in plant biology.
Thank you as always for your support of CAS and the liberal arts. Your engagement with our students, as this month's stories demonstrate, make a profound, lifelong impact on not only their career goals but also how they think, learn, and innovate.
See you next month!
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry

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MU2DC reveals to students what’s behind the curtain of DC’s complex web of politics
This past January term, a group of ten political science majors, including Olivia FrymanEthan MorganOmar Museitif, and Darsh Parthasarathy, participated in the second annual offering of the MU2DC 3-credit online and experiential learning course.
During its third week, MU2DC embeds Miami students in the extensive DC community of alumni, taking them on an intensive, immersive tour of how the 21st century American political process generally works -- and sometimes doesn’t.
Inside Hollywood gives students a foot in the door to the entertainment industry
Braydon Hayes, a senior and double major in history and media and culture, embarked on the 3-week J-Term Inside Hollywood program, which takes advantage of the strong Miami alumni network in the Los Angeles area to provide students with close-up observations, shadowing opportunities, and job connections.
"The people out here are super willing to help because they were in our position once," said Hayes. "Miami alumni helped them out, and now they are trying to help us out to return the favor."
CAS senior is learning how to change the world, one innovation at a time
"At Miami I have come to appreciate the quality in which my faculty and peers carry themselves, and these traits hold true in all of the alumni I have met as well," said Jack Ackerman, an senior entrepreneur who created his own company, HangarShare, and participated in the SVB Trek Program in San Francisco during J-Term.
"What was fascinating about the Trek Program was the educational diversity of the participants — medicine, environmental studies, engineering, neuroscience, economics, business, and many others," Jack said. "I was one of more than 20 students from all over the world, all founders in the emerging technology space."
More of our exemplary students
For our ongoing CAS Student Spotlight series, students talk about their experiences hiking along Spain's famous Camino de Santiago, shadowing a pediatric urologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, viewing Shakespearean plays in London's historic Globe Theatre, meeting with politicial staffers as an advocate to end poverty and hunger, presenting a research paper at a conference in Lithuania, and much more.
Rachel Baker
Anna Melberg
Sammi Marshall
Christopher Beecroft
Christopher Beecroft
Imani Fields
Jessi Wright
Jessi Wright
Recent CAS faculty news
  • Kimberly Hamlin receives the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics for her biography of Helen Hamilton Gardener
  • Michael Brudzinski and Brian Currie join with other geologists to explore relationship of fracking and earthquakes in Ohio
  • Ann Hagerman is named Chemist of the Year for the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society in  recognition of her extensive contributions in the chemistry of polyphenols.
Kimberly Hamlin
Kimberly Hamlin
Michael Brudzinski
Michael Brudzinski
Brian Currie
Brian Currie
Ann Hagerman
Ann Hagerman
Alumni on campus
Independent consultant on diplomacy for global health Judith Kaufmann (left; political science & history, 1968) returned to her alma mater to give a special keynote address on "The Politics and Diplomacy of Global Health." Her talk was part of the Department of Anthropology's student global health case competition. Read the press release.
Three CAS alums served as competition judges: Jonathan Lawson (international business and Latin American studies, 2011), Margo Rosner (anthropology, 2012), and Chelsea Abshire (microbiology, 2015). 
Judith Kaufmann Jonathan Lawson (international business and Latin American studies, 2011), Margo Rosner (anthropology, 2012), and Chelsea Abshire (microbiology, 2015)
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