Monthly Archives: April 2018

New writing center for English language learners

From Liz Wardle, Howe Center for Writing Excellence:

The new English Language Learner Writing Center (ELL WC) has begun offering limited services this semester. It will become fully operational at several sites around campus in the fall.

I am writing to let you know that the ELL WC website is now operational, so you can share it with your students and colleagues: The site includes information on how to make appointments, as well as resources such as grammar tutorials.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a department workshop or one-on-one consultation regarding working effectively with multilingual writers, please contact the ELL WC Coordinator, Dr. Larysa (Lora) Bobrova.

Broader impacts 101

From Heather Johnston, OARS, regarding a workshop of interest to those who are considering submission to NSF funding mechanisms:

In response to feedback provided through our February survey on professional development, OARS is pleased to offer a Broader Impacts 101 workshop on Friday, May 4, from 10:00 to 11:15am in 134 King Library (AIS). The workshop will provide a general overview of broader impacts, including:

  • The history of the National Science Foundation’s broader impacts (BI) criterion
  • Strategies for conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating BI activities
  • Tips for leveraging existing resources to build a “BI identity”
The presenter is Liz Nysson, a member of the steering committee for the National Alliance for Broader Impacts and assistant director of the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute in Miami University’s College of Engineering and Computing.
Register today!

Diversity events 4/28 – 5/5

Telling a People’s Story Museum Exhibition
When: Now through 6/30
Where: Miami University Art Museum
Description: This museum exhibition is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books. Through 95 books and 130 illustrations, the exhibition emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience.

Elevate: Diversity and Inclusion Career Symposium
When: Saturday, April 28, 12-1pm
Where: 152 Shideler
Description: This symposium will bring “together students, professionals, and administrative staff to equip you with the necessary tools to successfully prepare you for any workplace environment. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.”

Human Flow
When: Sunday, April 29, 2:30-6pm
Where: Kreger Hall 221
Description: Human Flow is a documentary about the global refugee crisis. At the conclusion fo the film, a virtual Q&A session will be held with the documentary’s director, Al Weiwei. This event is in association with the Film Studies 301 course but is free and open to the public.

Make your own sushi
When: Wednesday, May 2 6-9pm
Where: Armstrong Pavilion C
Description: Miami Activities and Programming is hosting a free event for attendees to make and enjoy sushi.

Racial banishment in the American metropolis: Freedom is a place, but where is that place?
When: Thursday, May 3, 5-6:30pm
Where: Heritage Room, Shriver Center
Description: Dr. Ananya Roy is a Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her research and scholarship challenge white supremacy and white power.

Lavender Graduation
When: Saturday, May 5, 12-3pm
Where: McGuffey Hall 322
Description: Lavender Graduation honors LGBTQ+ students’ achievements and contributions to Miami University.

Opportunity to participate in department course sharing bank

From Christina Fitzpatrick, who has been leading efforts to collect materials to benefit new instructors and those with new preparations:

The department is seeking volunteers who would like to share a copy of their course files for general use in the department. By providing a course bank, the department is hoping to improve teaching materials and free up your schedule to pursue other teaching activities (e.g., teaching research). If you would like to share your course you can make a copy of your existing CANVAS course that removes student information in a matter of minutes. If you would like to learn more or to share your course materials, please contact Christina Fitzpatrick (

Diversity events 4/23 – 4/28

Telling a People’s Story Museum Exhibition
When: Now through 6/30
Where: Miami University Art Museum
Description: This museum exhibition is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books. Through 95 books and 130 illustrations, the exhibition emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience.

Poison in the Ivy: Race relations and the reproduction of inequality on elite college campuses
When: 4/23 6-8pm
Where: Upham Hall, room 001
Description: Dr. W. Carson Byrd, an Assistant Professor of Pan African Studies and Sociology at the University of Louisville, will present a talk as part of the Penny Lecture Series.

The Long March Toward Civil Rights
When: 4/24, 2:50-3:50pm
Where: Art Museum
Description: Dr. Rodeny Coates will present an Art Museum Lecture on the history of and continued journey toward African American and Black people achieving civil rights.

Pride Gayla
When: 4/27 6-9pm
Where: 221 High Street (Hamilton Campus)
Description: Miami Hamilton’s LGBTQ and Ally Organization (MUH Pride) is hosting a dinner, dance and drag show, featuring Roxie D. Mocracy, Savannah Judd, Kisha Summers, Diana Thirst, and Amaya Sexton.

Family Style Shabbos Dinner
When: 4/27 7-8:30pm
Where: Chabad at Miami University
Description: This event is open to all people, regardless of background, prior knowledge, or affiliation. A candle-lighting ceremony and dinner will begin at 7pm.

Undergraduate Research Forum next week

Most of you are likely aware of this–if not involved as mentors of students presenting–but I wanted to make sure to pass this on from Martha Weber, ORU:

Miami’s 24th annual Undergraduate Research Forum will honor our dedicated Miami mentors  and celebrate the intellectual accomplishments of our student researchers. Established in 1994, this university-wide forum has showcased the creative and scholarly activities of undergraduates engaged in research. During the interactive poster sessions both student researchers and mentors celebrate and promote undergraduate dedication to learning and scholarly achievement.

Over 560 Miami students are registered to present at the annual Undergraduate Research Forum on April 25, 2018. Fifty-two oral presentations involving 61 students will take place in rooms on the Shriver Center third floor. Three interactive poster sessions involving over 500 student presenters will take place in the Shriver John Dolibois Rooms. Student research on display covers a wide variety of topics and may have been carried out as part of a class, an independent study, a community project, a service-learning project, a creative project, etc.

You can find an ADA-compliant download of the program here.

COMPASS seeking editors

Do you have talented students who are interested in writing, publishing, or plan to pursue careers in academia where an understanding of peer review and the publication process would be useful? Consider encouraging them to apply for the editorial board of COMPASS, the department’s undergraduate research journal. Students complete PSY 394 (2 cr.) for training, after which they serve on the editorial board until graduation.

If you have interested students, please have them complete the application or contact me or the current student executives for more information: Andrew Higgins, President; Eva Demeropolis, Managing Editor.

Talk in STA of potential interest

Naomi Altman (Penn State) will give an address in the Department of Statistics speaker series addressing the recent discussion around the use and misuse of the p-value in statistics and hypothesis testing. This has implications for our field and should make for an interesting lecture:


Naomi Altman
(Penn State University)

“Minding Your P’s and Q’s”

Thursday, April 12, 2018
4:15 pm
298 UPH


Diversity events this week

White Demographobia: Race, statistics, and the construction of Latino threat
When: 4/16 6-8pm
Where: Upham Hall 001
Description: As part of the “Critical Inquiry and Penny Lecture Series,” Dr. Michael D. Rodriguez will give a talk on race, statistics, and the construction of Latino threat.

Safe Zone 201
When: 4/17 5pm
Where: Mosler 504 (Hamilton Campus)
Description: Safe Zone 201 builds on the knowledge gained in Safe Zone 101 and focuses specifically on what it means to be an LGBTQ+ ally.

Food, Faith, and Family Tradition: American and Muslim Women’s Collaboration
When: 4/18 4:30-6pm
Where: Interfaith Center, 16 S. Campus Ave.
Description: The American and Muslim Women’s Collaboration will host a food- and recipe-sharing event where people will discuss faith and food-related traditions. All are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share, if possible.

The Crisis in Ukraine
When: 4/19 1-2:30pm
Where: Harrison Hall 210
Description: “Andre Kamenshikov is a sociologist from Moscow, Russia who has worked for over 20 years in Russia and Ukraine at a variety of non-governmental organizations focused on human rights and conflict resolution/promoting peace.”

Radiant Child: Radiant Illustrator, Art Museum Lecture by Javaka Steptoe
When: 4/19 1:15-2pm
Where: Miami University Art Museum
Description: Steptoe will “talk about his career and what it means to be an illustrator of African-American themed books.” Cosponsored with the Department of Teacher Education.

“Why Can’t I Just Chill?” Strategies for healing from racial battle fatigue
When: 4/19 5-6:30pm
Where: 320 King Library
Description: Dr. Stephen Quaye will share “preliminary findings from a qualitative study of the strategies Black student affairs educators use to navigate and heal from racial battle fatigue.”

Asian Culture Festival
When: 4/20 5-8pm
Where: Oxford Memorial Park (Uptown Park, 2 E. High St.)
Description: Asian Culture Fest “is hosted by the Asian American Association to promote different cultures represented in Asia and to allow the community and Miami students to learn more about the diverse Asian countries. There’ll be free food, prizes, and performances!”

Rockin’ Road to Dublin
When: 4/20 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Hall Auditorium (101 S. Campus Ave)
Description: “This stylish, can’t-miss spectacle combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a rock concert, and the drama of a Broadway theater production. Tickets are $24 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $12 for youth/students.

Celebrating graduate student awards

Several of our graduate students have received some notable recognition that I am proud to share! Feven Ogbaselase received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her work with Dr. Aaron Luebbe; Tony Drew received the College of Arts & Science Graduate Student Teaching Award for his work in PSY 293 (Mentor, Jay Smart); and Marie Parsons (Mentor, Elise Clerkin) and Dorian Dodd (Mentor, April Smith) received a P.E.O. Scholar Award. Join me in congratulating these deserving students.