SMU physicist Govinda Dhungana and Dr. Bob Kehoe discuss nearby massive Supernova 2013ej explosion

SMU Research

Originally Posted: April 26, 2016

A giant star that exploded 30 million years ago in a galaxy near Earth had a radius prior to going supernova that was 200 times larger than our sun, according to astrophysicists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

The sudden blast hurled material outward from the star at a speed of 10,000 kilometers a second. That’s equivalent to 36 million kilometers an hour or 22.4 million miles an hour, said SMU physicist Govinda Dhungana, lead author on the new analysis. READ MORE


Congratulations to Psychology graduate students Margaret Sala and Rose Ashraf

Margaret Sala has been awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. This is a three year award and very competitive.

Rose Ashraf won the award for best graduate student paper at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development held in Denver on March 17-19.


Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellow and UT Southwestern medical student, Jamie Pfaff works with children living with Sickle Cell Disease

Southwestern Medical Foundation

Originally Posted: March 28, 2016

A second-year medical student at UT Southwestern, Jamie Pfaff discovered the need for her project through a volunteer experience with Camp John Marc (CJM), an organization that provides subsidized, high-quality camping programs for children, teens, and families living with chronic medical and physical challenges.

“CJM is a special place, inspiring confidence for life while creating a joyful and healing atmosphere for hundreds of children each year,” Pfaff said. “Their emphasis on inclusion has made it an attractive organization to support.”

Upon learning that Camp Jubilee, CJM’s camp for children and teens with sickle cell disease, was struggling to maintain necessary support and volunteers, Pfaff was determined to give back to an organization that played a large role in her own desire to serve others.

To read Jamie’s story in her own words, please click here.

About The Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellowship Program

Housed in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, The Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellowship Program carries forward the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and humanitarian-physician Albert Schweitzer. The program develops young leaders who are inspired to create positive change in the health and wellbeing of communities throughout the nation and world.

Dr. Thomas Heyne, 2012 winner of Southwestern Medical Foundation’s prestigious Ho Din Award, first suggested the Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellowship chapter. It attracted the attention of Caren H. Prothro, Chair of the SMU Board of Trustees from 2010 through 2014, legendary Dallas philanthropist and friend of the Foundation, who added her financial support to ensure the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Dallas Chapter became a reality. The DFW chapter is one of only two Texas-based chapters—the Houston-Galveston chapter opened in 2008.

Southwestern Medical Foundation joined the DFW Schweitzer Fellowship Program, in partnership with longtime civic leaders in Dallas and eight local universities, to bring this innovative service and leadership-building fellowship to medical and graduate students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. READ MORE

Congratulations to Ph.D. students, Tetiana Hutchison and Aditi Malu

Department of Biological Sciences Ph.D. students, Tetiana Hutchison and Aditi Malu, have been selected to give oral presentations at the upcoming national 2016 American Society for Virology (ASV) Conference at Virginia Tech University in Blackburn, VA in June. There are a limited number of talks given by graduate students and the selection process is highly competitive.

Congrats to them both!

The titles of their abstracts are:

“The HTLV-1 latency-maintenance factor p30II promotes aberrant lymphoproliferation and mitochondrial antioxidant-signaling during viral carcinogenesis” (Tetiana Hutchison, A. Malu, and R. Harrod); and

“The HTLV-1 latency-maintenance factor p30II cooperates with the viral transactivator and inhibits Tax-induced NF-kappa-B activation and cellular senescence” (Aditi Malu, T. Hutchison, K. Smith, and R. Harrod).

Congratulations to Markets and Culture Alumna Kelly Sayres

MKCL Alumni Update: Kelly Sayres

Kelly Sayres will be pursuing a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education starting Fall 2016. Kelly graduated in 2012 and has been teaching at an impoverished elementary school in rural Central Texas.

Dedman College Alumna and Bumble Dating App Founder, Whitney Wolfe in Vogue


Originally Posted: March 7, 2016



BILLED among many in the know as “Tinder for hot boys”, dating app Bumble may only have existed for a little over a year, but its loyal users swear by it for several reasons. All dating services may claim to have a USP, and on the face of it Bumble’s seems just as gimmicky as the next, but founder Whitney Wolfe asserts that what sets Bumble apart has been the very reason that it’s performed so well. READ MORE

Grad student discovers river in Peru so hot it boils animals alive

Tech Insider

Originally Posted: February 22, 2016

Deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, an anomalous and perplexing natural wonder lies: A raging river that boils.

Once just the stuff of folklore, geophysicist Andrés Ruzo, a PhD student at Southern Methodist University, set out to find the legendary waterway himself.

He not only found it, but he confirmed that it does, in fact, surge at a scalding 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It feels like I’m in a sauna inside a toaster oven,” Ruzo said sitting on the bank of the river in his new book, The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon. (Ruzo also discussed his quest to understand its puzzling features in a recent TED talk.) READ MORE