Staff, The Miami Student

IT Services accepts fee proposals

Proposals to use portions of the student technology fee are now being accepted.

These proposals will be for student-focused technology projects on the Oxford campus. Approximately $525,000 is available and students, faculty and staff members are welcome to apply.

To be awarded parts of the fees, applicants must submit a proposal through a competitive process.

The deadline to submit the fee proposal is Monday, Feb. 14.

There will be a question and answer session Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. The session will be presented by IT Services in Shriver Center 241.

All proposals will be reviewed by the university senate IT Policy Committee and approved by the IT Strategic Advisory Council.

Professor helps identify dinosaur

Brian Currie, an associate professor of geology at Miami University, was part of an international team that helped discover a new species of dinosaur near the Andes Mountains.

With a long neck and weighing only 10 to 15 pounds, Eodromaeus, or “dawn runner,” is a previously unknown dinosaur that roamed regions of South America more than 230 million years ago.

Currie, along with a team of paleontologists and geologists, reported the find in the Jan. 14 issue of the Journal of Science, which helps chronicle the birth of the dinosaurs.

In 2009, Currie was also part of a team that uncovered evidence of Ardi, the oldest reported hominid skeleton.

Series hosts auction and wine tasting gala

Miami University’s Performing Arts Series is hosting the 21st annual Wine Tasting Gala and Auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at Millett Hall.

Affordable to rare wines will be available along with appetizers from Kona Bistro.

The silent auction includes weeklong getaways, event tickets and private dinner parties among others.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $59 per person. Tickets for premium pours are an additional $5, six for $25 or 15 for $60.

Proceeds go to outreach activities like workshops, master’s classes, coffeehouses and discussion with visiting professional artists in the series. These events are provided at no cost for regional students and area community members. The event is sponsored by Kona Bistro.