Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

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 Honors Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader

SMU News Originally Posted: October 31, 2016 Philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates, during a campus ceremony in November. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni are philanthropic leader Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83, financial services leader John C. Tolleson ’70 and real estate magnate Richard W. Weekley '67. Kevin Lavelle ’08, founder of a revolutionary men’s clothing company, will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the last 15 years. The Distinguished Alumni Award presentation and dinner will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, on the SMU Main Quad. Purchase tickets online or call 214-768-4575. 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients [...]

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Lunch and Lecture by Tina Wasserman: “Beyond Brisket and Bagels: A Tour Of Jewish Food”

Event date: Wednesday, October 26 Location: Heroy Hall 153 Time: Noon-12:55 pm Tina Wasserman, author of the acclaimed cookbook "Entree to Judaism A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora," is a renown cooking instructor living in Dallas. Wasserman was elected in 1994 to Les Dames d’Escoffier, an International Culinary Society. She will discuss the history of Jewish food and its cultural significance. The talk includes lunch and a hands-on lesson in food art. RSVP by Oct. 20 to jewishstudies@smu.edu. Link for more information: www.smu.edu/Dedman/academics/programs/jewishstudies/events  

By | October 13th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on Lunch and Lecture by Tina Wasserman: “Beyond Brisket and Bagels: A Tour Of Jewish Food”

Benefactors behind two Tower Center programs honored by D CEO Magazine with Latino Business Awards.

SMU News and D CEO Magazine Originally Posted: September 6, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Latino Leadership Initiative in the Cox School of Business, as well as the benefactors behind two other SMU programs in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, have been honored by D CEO Magazine with Latino Business Awards. Launched in November 2013, the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) distinguishes SMU as the only university working across the entire Latino talent pipeline for corporate America.  The initiative is designed to help meet the nation’s growing need for corporate leaders as national demographics evolve through management and organizational development, research into Latino corporate workplace retention and community outreach. D CEO named the Latino Leadership Initiative its “Outstanding Latino Nonprofit” for 2016. Nearly a year [...]

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Helping West Dallas Teens Develop a Blueprint for College and Careers

Schweitzer Fellow Hillary Evans partners with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand to develop a college readiness / health professions program for high school students.  Schweitzer Fellow and UT Southwestern medical student Hillary Evans understands the importance of higher education and early exposure to the medical field. Growing up in a small west Texas town, she wasn’t always aware of the opportunities available outside of her home. Through her involvement with the school basketball team, she began to see just what could be possible through education. “In high school, the basketball team not only gave me the chance to discover how many different avenues are available and reinforced my drive to pursue medicine to help others,” she explained. As an undergraduate, Evans participated in a volunteer program [...]

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SMU-trained physicist who bolstered Big Bang theory dies at 84

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 31, 2016 James Cronin, a Southern Methodist University graduate who shared a Nobel Prize for explaining why the universe survived the Big Bang, died last Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. He was 84. His death was confirmed by the University of Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus. No cause was given. In 1964, Cronin and Val Fitch of Princeton University were conducting experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island involving matter and antimatter: particles that have the same mass but hold opposite (though equal) charges, either positive or negative, compelling them to destroy each other on contact. The researchers found that for all their similarities, the particles obeyed slightly different laws of physics: that there was, as Cronin put it, [...]

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SMU alumnus Tim Seibles named Virginia’s poet laureate

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Originally Posted: August 23, 2016 Tim Seibles, professor of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, was named poet laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Professor Seibles teaches in the master of fine arts in creative writing program at Old Dominion. Professor Seibles joined the faculty at Old Dominion University in 1995. He was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012 for his collection Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012). Professor Seibles is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He taught for 10 years in the Dallas public school system before earning a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. READ MORE

By | August 30th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU alumnus Tim Seibles named Virginia’s poet laureate

James Cronin, Nobel laureate who overturned long-accepted beliefs about the fundamental symmetry of laws of physics , dies at 84

Washington Post Originally Posted: August 28, 2016 James W. Cronin, who shared the Nobel Prize in physics for discovering a startling breakdown in what was assumed to be the immutable symmetry of physical law, thereby helping to explain the behavior and evolution of the universe as a whole, died Aug. 25 in St. Paul, Minn. He was 84. Dr. Cronin’s death was announced by the University of Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus of physics as well as of astronomy and astrophysics. No cause was reported. Through the study of the decay of a single subatomic particle, Dr. Cronin and a colleague, Val Logsdon Fitch of Princeton University, made it possible for inferences to be drawn about the laws of nature on a scale as vast [...]

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We Can’t Resurrect T. Rex and We Don’t Want To

Inverse Originally Posted: August 22, 2016 Molecular biology Ph.D. candidate Lauren Ammerman has looked into and Jurassic megafauna would be a megaproblem. The Jurassic Park franchise, like the dinosaurs it reanimates, won’t be ignored. Michael Crichton’s masterpiece makes a lot of cameos in academic papers. Still, it’s rarely the focus of true inquiry. It is, after all, kind of easy to dismiss. But Lauren Ammerman, a molecular biology Ph.D. candidate at Southern Methodist University, doesn’t want to be dismissive. This is why, as a senior at Baylor University, she authored an honors thesis about what happens when Jurassic gene editing meets the rewilding movement meets the ultimate alpha predator. She made herself — and this is truly awesome — an expert on what would happen if we brought back [...]

By | August 28th, 2016|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on We Can’t Resurrect T. Rex and We Don’t Want To
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