Nicholas Dorer | M&M 16

The Physics of Magnetism

Instructor: Dr. Mahmud Khan teaches introductory physics courses at Miami. Through these classes he demonstrates magnetism’s elegance along with what it can do to solve real world problems.

Responsibilities at Miami: Khan’s responsibilities involve teaching both graduates and undergraduates, mentoring his students, conducting research of his own, and assisting in any way needed.

Inspiration for this Summer Scholars course: “The concept of magnetism always fascinates me,” Khan said. “The Earth is a giant magnet itself, and if Earth was not a magnet, surviving in this Planet would become impossible. In addition, magnetism plays many other crucial roles in our daily lives that we overlook and are not aware of.” To pursue his interests, Khan conducts research on magnetism and magnetic materials. As part of his role as teacher and mentor, he enjoys sharing the concepts of magnetism with those younger than him so they can see  how important research and discovery in the field of magnetism is.

Hope for students:Students will learn the about fundamental concepts of magnetism including the concept of magnetic field,” Khan said. “They will understand and appreciate the crucial role magnetism plays in our daily lives.”

Student projects: In this module, students will work on various projects. One of the projects will be of dc motors. Along with the project, they will conduct experiments of magnetism.

Student success: In this module, to appreciate the basic science is crucial for success in today’s technologically oriented society. To become more aware of basic science, specifically physics. This awareness has the potential to interest students in this field as their college education, then following after college.

Final presentation: Students will incorporate a demonstration into their presentation.


Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design

Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design students analyze this work in class. — Contributed photo

Instructor: Professor Christie Lear, who teaches studio and design courses as a visiting assistant professor and first year advisor.

Responsibilities at Miami: Lear is a visiting assistant professor and first year advisor at Miami who teaches studio and design courses.

Inspiration for Summer Scholars course: This course was offered to help high school students visualize themselves as architecture and interior design majors.

Hope for Students: Through this course, students have gained a sense of the design process.

Student Projects: Students analyzed a poem by Kenneth Patchen, created action sculptures from scrap, and researched Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder.

Student Success: The field of design is large and has many positions that need to be filled. Their are a variation of successful jobs that will be open.


Exploring the Sports Industry

Instructor: Professor Shane Fudge, who teaches and advises students who are in the SLAM program.

Responsibilities at Miami: Professor Fudge teaches core curriculum for the SLAM program along with advising students that take the Management concentration of SLAM.

Inspiration to offer this Summer Scholar course: This field is misunderstood by high school students, leading freshman to think they are in the wrong field. By offering this course, students have a precursor to the field.

Hope for StudentsThrough this course, students will learn more about the business side of sports that is not so visible and how sports affects society and culture today.

Student ProjectsAfter interpretation of Sports Industry data, students will deliver a sports event to the whole Summer Scholar Program.

Student Success: With a sports management degree, students could find themselves as part of Marketing , Coaching, Media, or Administration for both amateur or professional sports organizations.

Meet Simon Heinrich 

Simon Heinrich wins first place in a swim competition. — Photo contributed by Simon Heinrich.

Simon Heinrich, 17, is from Normal, Illinois, which is two hours from Chicago. He lives with his mom, dad, and two younger sisters. He is a humorous person and enjoys spending his free time with his friends. When he has time away from Swimming, Cross-country and his friends, he will read superhero comics or watch superhero movies, as he is interested in Superheroes. Researching the prestigious public ivies, he stumbled upon Miami University and noticed, “Miami truly has a beautiful campus”. He values Miami University as a possible destination for his next four years not just because of the campus but the academics as well. At the summer scholar program, he decided to take Health & How to Change the World to preview his possible major of Pre-med or Biology. He has dreams of one day of being a doctor in order to achieve his passion of helping people live right. The University of Alabama, containing an ideal location and a very strong Medical and Biology program, is his dream school. He knows, “Alabama is the school that I want to go to.”

Meet Daniel Simmons

Daniel Simmons is active in sports in Cincinnati but is considering  a future in architecture. — Photo contributed by Daniel Simmons. 

Daniel Simmons, 17, is from Madeira, Ohio who is involved with his school. He lives with his mom, dad, and sister in their home an hour away from Miami University. Simmons is heavily involved in sports at his school as he has played football for five years and has also played rugby, lacrosse and wrestling. At home, he likes to play video games and eat food with his family. He has always been interested in Miami University and believed, “This program is a great opportunity to see if Miami is the school for me.” At the summer scholar program, for him it was a no decision to go with the Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design module. He has known that his ideal major would be Architecture. He is fascinated by how buildings today are designed and the work behind the scenes to plan what the final product will look like. Of the module, he stated, “For me, I always have liked architecture. To me, I want Architecture to be part of my career.” At the Summer Scholar Program, he was given the chance to try out his possible major, and he has enjoyed it.

The State of the News Media Industry

Back in the day, before modern technology, newspapers were where everybody got their news. As technology grew, so did the methods of how the news was delivered. The radio and television created a quicker than ever way to deliver the news. But the Internet has destroyed all previous methods. We have gone from getting our news within days, to hours, to minutes and seconds. The news media industry will never be the same and must adapt to survive.

News media is different from when it has been ever before. In the newspaper, articles were printed. On the radio and television, stories told, today, they are posted online sometimes in the forms of articles but for the most part in form of tweets and posts. Publishers are transitioning to the biggest new social media app. The Cincinnati Enquirer has started using snapchat. They are adapting to where their audience is to survive.

By the time I will have graduated college, and if I decided to go into journalism. I would see myself being a sports writer most likely following the local teams or work for a national company like ESPN. As I have done with the sunday paper, I would read the weekly scoop on the Reds, I could see myself being that writer.

At the program, I have seen deeper traits of the media industry that I would not have seen if I would have not taken the module. I learned that because the news is online, it does not mean it is original. Sometimes one publisher is first to the story that is published. Sometimes another publisher will base their story off of another publisher.

Through the module I’ve learned that Journalism is hard. But it is rewarding. Journalists are part of smaller staffs that are asked to cover more. But through that they experience more. They get to see more and report that to their audience. Journalism has changed more recently than I ever thought it would.