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August 10, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Miami University Honors Forney with Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

 K. Jean Forney , portrait

Dr. K. Jean Forney

The Miami University Alumni Association announced Dr. K. Jean Forney, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University, as one of this year’s exceptional alumni who have been named as 18 of the Last 9 Award recipients for 2019, according to a news release.

Based on the popular “30 under 30” model, the program is sponsored by the alumni association and recognizes 18 remarkable Miami alumni from the past nine years. Selected from a pool of more than 140 nominees, the 2019 recipients exhibit accomplishments and demonstrated passions in fields ranging from entrepreneurship and politics to medicine and education.

This year’s honorees are: Viktor Barricklow ’15, Robin Beavers ’12, Courtney Cochran ’10, Wenyin Deng ’14, K. Jean Forney ’11, Amanda Grandjean ’13, Kyle Hoff ’10, Alisha Jones ’10, Kelsey E. McHugh ’10, Megan Moore ’12, Kathryn Werner Niergarth ’10, Scott Noonan ’10, Lillian L. Schwales ’12, Greg Shendel ’10, Brandon Smith ’10, Lance Theobald ’10, Alex Tyree ’11 and Raleigh Wilson ’10.

Forney is an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio University who specializes in eating disorders. Jean studies how psychological, social and biological factors interact in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Her research utilizes a variety of tools, including social network analysis and hormonal assessments.

Based on the popular “30 under 30” model, the program is sponsored by the alumni association and recognizes 18 remarkable Miami alumni from the past nine years. Selected from a pool of more than 140 nominees, the 2019 recipients exhibit accomplishments and demonstrated passions in fields ranging from entrepreneurship and politics to medicine and education.

“Each year we are so impressed with how much our graduates have achieved in such a relatively short time,” said Kim Tavares MBA ’12, executive director of the alumni association. “However, this program is more than recognizing professional accomplishment. It celebrates Miamians who exemplify the Miami tradition of Love and Honor to make a difference in the world.”

Honorees will return to campus Oct. 3-4 as they speak in classrooms, meet with student groups and reconnect with faculty. The 18 of the Last 9 Award ceremony is Oct. 4.

Nominations for this annual event come from throughout the Miami community and focus on alumni who have started a business, been recognized in their field or made a significant influence on a movement. Started in 2013, this is the seventh edition of the 18 of the Last 9 award.

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