Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: July 28, 2018 Santosh D’Mello, professor of biological sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. The second award will fund research investigating the mechanisms underlying MeCP2 duplication syndrome, a rare inherited neurodevelopmental that occurs almost exclusively in men. “We hope our research will contribute to a better understanding of these devastating brain disorders so that effective [...]

By | 2018-08-07T18:50:54+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner

SMU Video Originally Posted: July 10, 2018 “SMU makes my passion for accounting and biology easy to maneuver. SMU’s approach to interdisciplinary study has shaped me into a more critical thinker who can approach a problem from both business and scientific perspectives. And as I prepare for medical school, my dual degree plan gives me a competitive edge. I am able to pursue diverse internship opportunities, including those that focus on the business and clinical aspects of health care.” — W. Holt Garner, Accounting and Biology double major and Chemistry minor. https://youtu.be/eqww8B51c0E  

By | 2018-08-07T18:37:18+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner

Watch: Big on Research – Roxana Farokhnia

YouTube Originally Posted: July 10, 2018 “SMU was the school for me because I wanted a personalized experience in college, where my professors would know me and care about where I want to go in life. My work in the Vogel-Wise Lab allows me as a pre-health student to not only participate in cutting-edge research on finding ways to help cancer patients who don’t respond to chemotherapy, but also develop my own project and create meaningful connections with professors.” — Roxana Farokhnia, Biology and Health and Society double major on the Pre-Health track. WATCH https://youtu.be/zas3BGb3Uu0  

By | 2018-08-06T10:23:39+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Big on Research – Roxana Farokhnia

SMU alum moves company headquarters to Houston, announce residency at the world’s largest medical complex

PR Log Originally Posted: July 25, 2018 Edward Allegra, co-founder and CEO of BioLum Sciences graduated from SMU in 2014 with degrees in biology and economics. BioLum Sciences Announces Residency at JLABS @ TMC BioLum Sciences is pleased to announce residency at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS at the Texas Medical Center (JLABS @ TMC) - the world's largest medical complex. As a result, BioLum has relocated its company headquarters from Dallas, TX to Houston, TX. "The TMC ecosystem provides us with numerous opportunities for collaborations and partnerships that will undoubtedly play key roles in the commercialization of our technology," said Edward Allegra, co-founder and CEO of BioLum Sciences. "We couldn't be more excited to be surrounded by other startups and industry leaders who are at [...]

By | 2018-08-02T08:52:11+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU alum moves company headquarters to Houston, announce residency at the world’s largest medical complex

Free college in Oak Lawn Park started by SMU professor, hippies

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 17, 2018 There was once a place you could attend a class on astrology, a legal seminar held by an attorney, and a discussion of electronic music led by a composer — all in one night. For free. It was called Dallas' Free University, an open-air series of classes and discussions held in Oak Lawn Park. Why Oak Lawn Park? At the time, Oak Lawn Park had a mixed reputation. One Newsreader called the park a hippie haven. That was not a compliment. Another reader saw the park as an important gathering place for young people interested in free expression. This tension was one reason Oak Lawn Park was chosen to be the spot for Free University. The idea for the makeshift free college started when [...]

By | 2018-07-17T12:17:56+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Free college in Oak Lawn Park started by SMU professor, hippies

SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 11, 2018 Dr. Santosh D’Mello, professor and former chair of the SMU Department of Biological Sciences was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 milion by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two different fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. Dr. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. Using a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, Dr. D’Mello and his team will examine whether elevating FoxP1 levels protects the brain from the pathological loss of brain cells and improves behavioral performance. The second award will fund research [...]

By | 2018-07-11T13:42:59+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants

Dedman College faculty members honored with 2018 Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award

Forum Originally Posted: June 1, 2018 Congratulations to Alan Brown and Pia Vogel recently honored with SMU’s 2018 Thomas W. Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award. Alan Brown, Psychology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Pia Vogel, Biological Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Science Read the full article here: Three faculty members honored with 2018 Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Awards  

By | 2018-06-21T10:38:15+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Dedman College faculty members honored with 2018 Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award

May Commencement Information

If you are looking for May Commencement information click here. Schedule of events Commencement Speaker Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 103rd Commencement Weekend, May 18 and 19, 2018. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni. On Saturday [...]

Blending science and the arts: Sam Weber ’18

SMU News Originally Posted: May 2018 As a student researcher, Sam Weber trains others working on cell biology experiments and explores the use of the performing arts in public health education. And this spring he is directing his second 24-Hour Musical, Heathers the Musical. The Dedman College Scholar and University honors student will graduate in May with B.S. degrees in biological sciences, and health and society, and a B.A. in chemistry, with minors in Latin, classical studies, musical theatre, history and human rights. The senior dynamo is currently weighing several post-SMU academic opportunities that will lead to his ultimate goal: medical school. Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, Weber became fascinated with science by watching Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The 2001 film, the first 3-D animated feature made [...]

By | 2018-05-10T11:32:00+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Blending science and the arts: Sam Weber ’18

International health advocate: Ben Chi ’18

SMU News Originally Posted: May 2018 Benjamin H. Chi, a biochemistry, health and society major, is SMU’s first Schwarzman Scholar. The Schwarzman program provides a one-year master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing. When SMU senior Benjamin Chi travelled to the city of Harbin in northern China for diabetes research in 2016, it signaled a major milestone in his growing passion for healthcare. Now a senior, he’s headed back to China after graduation for a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsingua University, courtesy a prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman Scholars program is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace. Schwarzman Scholars live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending [...]

By | 2018-05-09T12:32:51+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on International health advocate: Ben Chi ’18
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