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The winners of the 2009-10 Miami University Interdisciplinary Technology Development Challenge (MUITDC) developed an innovative and practical way to turn waste biomass into energy.
Alumni Hall may be one of Miami's oldest buildings, but inside students are learning 21st century design techniques. In ARC 406C / 506C "Case Studies in Sustainable Design" students learn about the broad spectrum of sustainable strategies in architecture and construction, while allowing deep investigation through student-created case study research.
An interdisciplinary Team is being assembled to develop plans for a new Watershed Education and Research Center for Hueston Woods State Park. The project is being supported through a planning grant from the National Science Foundation. Team members will include, students from Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design and students from relevant areas in the natural sciences, including but not limited to the fields of Zoology, Biology, Geography, Chemistry and Environmental Science.
Ancient insects migrated northward and increased in diversity and abundance during a period when global temperatures gradually warmed about 60 million years ago, according to a study by Ellen Currano, assistant professor of geology at Miami University, and colleagues. Their study - the cover article of the November issue of the journal Ecological Monographs - examined the long-term effects of temperature change on plants and insect herbivores in the fossil record of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming.