Dedman College alumna Avery Acker ’16 chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor

SMU Avery Acker ’16 was the Academic All-American of the Year for all of Division I volleyball. She chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. “I grew up in a very small town, and I just loved it. We hunted, we fished and we played every sport imaginable because there was really nothing else to do,”
recalls Acker. At a young age she developed a passion for playing volleyball and an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. She knew SMU was the right school for her when volleyball coach Lisa Seifert showed the same passion and commitment to success on the court and in the classroom. At SMU, Acker discovered the benefits of SMU’s Altshuler Learning [...]

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“SMU has a track record of successful graduates who change the world… take advantage of that…” ~ Edward Allegra ’16

SMU Jack Reynolds ’15, Edward Allegra ’16 and Miguel Quimbar ’17 came to SMU as strangers. Together, they founded a company that will change their lives and the lives of other asthma patients. “I was hanging out in our apartment and Jack came in super excited,” recalls Allegra, who earned a degree in economics and biology. At a meeting of the SMU Entrepreneurship Club, Reynolds (finance, and markets and culture double major) and Quimbar (chemistry and accounting) had heard about a revolutionary idea: using extremely sensitive chemical luminescence to register visibly when the biomarkers in someone’s exhaled breaths indicate the person is likely to suffer an asthma attack – before they’re even aware of it. The club’s faculty advisor and professor of practice in entrepreneurship Simon Mak [...]

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NCI grant funds SMU research into cancer-causing viruses that hide from the immune system

SMU Research Originally Posted: November 8, 2016 Genes common to both the human T-cell leukemia virus and high-risk human papillomaviruses activate survival mechanisms in cancer cells. An SMU lab, with National Cancer Institute funding, is hunting ways to inhibit those genes to halt the development of cancer. SMU virologist and cancer researcher Robert L. Harrod has been awarded a $436,500 grant from the National Cancer Institute to further his lab’s research into how certain viruses cause cancers in humans. Under two previous NCI grants, Harrod’s lab discovered that the human T-cell leukemia virus type-1, HTLV-1, and high-risk subtype human papillomaviruses, HPVs, share a common mechanism that plays a key role in allowing cancers to develop. Now the lab will search for the biological mechanism — a molecular target — [...]

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Read the Latest Inside Dedman College, Fall 2016 Newsletter

Vol. 2 Features: Dean's Message The Slope of Success Dedman College Scholars: Building on Success In and Out of the Classroom Part One: Helping Exceptional Students Find Their Way Part Two: A Lasting Impact Part Three: Preparing for the Future Student Feature A Tower Scholar’s Life in Uganda Faculty Features Grappling with Culture and Citizenship: Dr. Hervé Tchumkam Explores French Identity Sharing Ideas Across Oceans: Department of Chemistry to Host International Exchange Bringing the Past into Context: Dr. Jo Guldi and the Digital Humanities Science at an Unprecedented Scale World Changers Major in World Languages Alumni Feature ‘My Passion, My Philanthropy:’ Lauren Embrey on Giving Bold and ‘Now’ What's New Biophysics: New Major on the Hilltop

SMU to host early voting Oct. 31, Nov. 1

SMU News Originally Posted: October 26, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – Early voting for Dallas County residents will be available on the SMU campus Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.  The polling place at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, and free parking will be available in the Binkley and Moody parking garages to accommodate early voters. “It can be hard for students living on campus to find the time and transportation to get to off-campus polling places on election day, so we’re very pleased the Dallas County Commissioners chose to locate an early-voting site at SMU,” said Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs.  “This encourages our students to participate in [...]

Fondren library closed Saturday, September 17th

Fondren Library will be closed this Saturday, September 17th for Game Day. Regular hours will resume Sunday September 18th at Noon. READ MORE 

SMU climbs to 56 in U.S. News & World Report rankings

SMU News Originally Posted: September 13, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU rose to its highest ranking among the nation’s universities in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released online today. Among 220 institutions classified as national universities, SMU ranks 56, up from 61 a year ago. The new ranking again places SMU in the first tier of institutions in the guide’s “best national universities” category. In Texas, only Rice University ranks higher. SMU and the University of Texas-Austin were tied.  Among private national universities, SMU ranks 39. SMU’s increase was one of the five largest among the top 100 universities. Since 2008, SMU’s 11-point increase is one of the four largest among schools in the top 60. For the rankings, U.S. News considers measures [...]

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