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

Watch: Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, discusses Iran nuclear deal

Fox4 Originally Posted: May 9, 2018 Dr. Jeff Engel, the director of SMU's Center for Presidential History, stops by Good Day to talk about the Iran nuclear deal. President Trump made a campaign promise and followed through. But how will it affect talks in North Korea? Will it have an impact on American business. Watch

By | 2018-05-09T12:37:20+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Watch: Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, discusses Iran nuclear deal

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

SMU physicist and her students join national laboratories, other universities in high-stakes hunt for elusive dark matter

SMU Research Originally Posted: May 7, 2018 SMU physicist and her students join national laboratories, other universities in high-stakes hunt for elusive dark matter “One of our major concerns is background particles that can mimic the dark matter signature in our detectors.” — Jodi Cooley SMU physicist Jodi Cooley is a member of the international scientific team that will use a powerful new tool to understand one of the biggest mysteries of modern physics. The U.S. Department of Energy has approved funding and start of construction for SuperCDMS SNOLAB, a $34 million experiment designed to detect dark matter. SuperCDMS will begin operations in the early 2020s to hunt for hypothetical dark matter particles called weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs. “Understanding the nature of dark matter is one [...]

By | 2018-05-07T08:54:39+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU physicist and her students join national laboratories, other universities in high-stakes hunt for elusive dark matter

Congratulations to Klaus Desmet and Bonnie Wheeler

SMU Forum Originally Posted: May 4, 2018 Klaus Desmet, Ruth and Kenneth Altshuler Centennial Interdisciplinary Professor in Economics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has been appointed Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the International Trade & Investment and Political Economy program. It is a major recognition honoring senior scholars who have made deep impact in their fields, says Economics Chair Santanu Roy: “The NBER is the most prestigious national think tank that brings together researchers in economic policy and empirical economic analysis.” Bonnie Wheeler, Associate Professor of English and Director of Medieval Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, won the 2018 Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies, presented by the Medieval Academy of America. “Professor [...]

By | 2018-05-04T09:46:41+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Klaus Desmet and Bonnie Wheeler

Cal Jillson, Political Science, lends expertise to Houston Chronicle RE: NRA and the Democrats.

Houston Chronicle Originally Posted: May 2, 2018 “The NRA has weathered the storm after the (Parkland) shooting, and I think they're looking for this convention in Dallas, not to lick their wounds, but to get their war hoop back up about the Second Amendment,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Dallas' Southern Methodist University. AUSTIN — Derek Robledo can't wait until the National Rifle Association's annual convention opens in Dallas on Friday. He won’t be inside listening to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and most all of the state's Republican officials cheering the Second Amendment. Instead, the 20-year-old University of Texas student will be outside railing against the NRA’s outsized political influence that be blames for the continued [...]

By | 2018-05-04T07:17:59+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, lends expertise to Houston Chronicle RE: NRA and the Democrats.

Watch: Strengthening gender diversity in the STEM pipeline

Texas Instruments Originally Posted: April 30, 2018 Quynh-Anh Dang -- university biochemistry student, former Girl Scout and current ambassador, and organizer of a STEM fair for underprivileged students. https://youtu.be/1QmQJIklggo  

By | 2018-05-04T07:07:29+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Strengthening gender diversity in the STEM pipeline

Event: May 8, Faculty Book Fest 2018

Event Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Location: Dallas Hall Rotunda Time: 5:00 PM Take a break on reading day and join us for the second annual faculty book fest! Featuring books from faculty across campus, the book fest is a celebration of all books published by SMU faculty in 2017. Enjoy refreshments and raffle prizes and hear from the authors themselves!  

By | 2018-05-02T11:01:37+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Event: May 8, Faculty Book Fest 2018

Barry C. Barish, Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist, to Receive Honorary Doctorate From SMU During 103rd Commencement, May 19

SMU News Originally Posted: May 1, 2018 Nobel laureate Barry Clark Barish, Ph.D., Linde Professor Emeritus of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and a leading expert on cosmic gravitational waves, will receive an honorary doctoral degree during SMU's 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Moody Coliseum. Barish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his work in establishing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the first observations of gravitational waves – disturbances in the fabric of space and time predicted by Albert Einstein based on his General Theory of Relativity. He will receive the Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from SMU during the ceremony. The entire event will be livestreamed at smu.edu/live. On Friday, May [...]

By | 2018-05-01T09:27:27+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Physics|Comments Off on Barry C. Barish, Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist, to Receive Honorary Doctorate From SMU During 103rd Commencement, May 19

Challenge From Carl and Peggy Sewell Sparks Successful Drive for Dedman College Scholarships

SMU News Originally Posted: April 27, 2018 $400,000 challenge yields more than $834,000 in commitments for 20 new scholarships   DALLAS (SMU) – A $400,000 challenge from longtime SMU supporters Carl Sewell '66 and Peggy Higgins Sewell '72 has generated more than $834,000 in gifts and pledges for merit-based scholarships combined with unique programming for academically gifted students in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Dedman College Scholars are chosen to inspire their peers, challenge their professors and contribute to the university’s academic reputation. The new funding will allow SMU to offer 20 new four-year scholarships, effectively doubling the number available in past years. "The Sewells' call to action, and the response of 17 new donors and donor families who met their challenge, is giving [...]

By | 2018-04-30T11:40:50+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Challenge From Carl and Peggy Sewell Sparks Successful Drive for Dedman College Scholarships
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