College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
November 2018
Elena Albarrán (far left) with her Mexican history class
Associate professor of history and global & intercultural studies Elena Albarrán (far left) and her Mexican history class look for learning on the other side of the border. 
Alumni give career advice; PR teams wins awards; solar power at Miami, more!
Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday last week. Here again is our monthly update for the College of Arts & Science (CAS).
As ever, this represents only a small sample of the activities and accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni from across our dozens of majors and programs. To provide your own updates or to submit details for a full-fledged CAS Alumni Spotlight, please submit our revised online form.
Next month, for our final newsletter of the year, we will offer an earlier, "mini" update that will address your responses to our CAS Alumni Survey -- be sure to submit yours if you haven't done so already.
Many thanks for all you do to support our CAS students.
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry

Western Program announces its launch of Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation in fall 2019
New solar array powers change at Institute for Food farm
New solar array powers change at Miami's Institute for Food farm
CAS alumni participate in career panels to offer tips to students in MJF, GEO, GLG, and IES
CAS alumni participate in career panels to offer tips to students in Media, Journalism & Film as well as geography, geology & environmental earth science
Student News and Spotlights
Support CAS Students! Learning experiences in everything from American Studies to Zoology
Veronica Ruiz-Krause, first graduating GIC co-major
Senior premedical studies co-major Sara Al-Zubi (right) was named a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.
Miami's Bateman Team (below), which participates nationally in an annual competition by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), took home two Blacksmith Awards this month for its work for the nonprofit organization With Purpose.
  • Senior strategic communications and psychology major Maddie Malloy was named PRSSA Student of the Year.
  • Her instructor, Shara Clark, won an Award of Excellence for her online video PSA, #SkipTheStraw.
PRSSA Bateman team 2018
L to R: Alec Hoelker, Vivian Drury, Shara Clark, Maddie O'Toole, Allison Pierce, and Maddie Malloy. 
CAS Faculty News
Damon Scott, Mila Ganeva, Michael Loadenthal, John Bailer, Claire McLeod, and Cameron Hay-Rollins
Every year, assistant professor of geography Damon Scott teaches GEO 493 - Urban Field Experience, a geography capstone in which urban & regional planning students travel to Chicago to learn about contemporary urban planning issues from community leaders, planning professionals, and neighborhood organizations. 
Professor of German Mila Ganeva has published her book, Film and Fashion Amidst the Ruins of Berlin: From Nazism to the Cold War (Camden House, 2018).
Michael Loadenthal, visiting professor of sociology & social justice, has conducted research exploring the reasons for this year's spike in hate crimes across the United States.
University Distinguished Professor and chair of statistics John Bailer has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Professor of chemistry Ellen Yezierski and associate professor of psychology Jay Smart both win Distinguished Teaching Awards (pictured, bottom right)
In August, assistant professor of geology & environmental Earth science Claire McLeod was awarded a $334K research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), "Advancing Undergraduate Geosciences through Integrated Training Experiences (AUGITE)."
Cameron Hay-Rollins, chair and professor of anthropology, received a research award in October from the Switzerland-based global healthcare company Novartis, "Differentiating Enthesitis among Patients with Rheumatic Disease."
CAS Alumni News and Spotlights
On November 9, Dr. Eric Nofzinger ('81, psychology and chemistry) visited Miami to talk with psychology majors about his career as a renowned expert in the science of sleep and sleep disorders. He is currently the founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ebb Therapeutics.
"I did sleep research for the vast majority of my career, and the inspiration started here at Miami," Nofzinger said. "I took a course in dream psychology and human behavior."

Lisa Vielee
Lisa Vielee ('90, English - journalism), co-owner & VP of Well Done Marketing, was appointed by the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis to its governing board of directors.
James Heinen
James Heinen ('03, chemistry) was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media with its 2018 Up & Coming Awards, which recognize early-career lawyers who demonstrate professional excellence while making a positive impact on their profession and communities. 
Tamara Bundy
Tamara Bundy (MAT, '09) was presented by the Ohioana Library with the 2018 Ohioana Book Award in the category of middle grade/young adult literature for Walking with Miss Millie (2017, Penguin Books USA).
Liesel M. Schmader
Liesel M. Schmader ('13, sociology) has joined Allegro Realty as an associate, where she consults clients in all facets of the commercial real estate industry.
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