Medical Device Startup Founded by Dedman College Alumni Secures Investment

While studying at SMU, alumni Edward Allegra, Miguel Quimbar and Jack Reynolds discovered innovative research that could revolutionize the way asthma is treated. This discovery led to the conception of BioLum Sciences. Edward Allegra, a Dedman College alumnus who majored in Economics with a minor in Anthropology, serves as CEO of BioLum. Jack Reynolds, another Dedman College alumnus who double majored in Markets and Culture and Finance, serves as CFO/COO. Miguel Quimbar, who received a minor in Chemistry from Dedman College as well as a major in Accounting, serves as CTO. The three drew from their diverse academic backgrounds and combined their varied skill sets to found the medical device startup in Dallas. BioLum based in Dallas has recently closed a lead investment from Intelis [...]

By | 2017-09-11T07:52:37+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Anthropology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Sociology, Sociology (Alumni)|Comments Off on Medical Device Startup Founded by Dedman College Alumni Secures Investment

Dreamers Look to Congress to Keep Them in America

CBN News Originally posted: September 6, 2017 Jose Santoyo, an SMU Human Rights alumnus, is quoted in this article. WASHINGTON – The ball is now in Congress' court for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals or DACA.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday  that the Trump administration plans to end the Obama era program. It protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and provides them with social security numbers so they can go to school and work. The administration is giving Congress six months to pass a legislative fix before they stop renewing permits. Thousands of DACA recipients, like Jose Santoyo, are counting on Congress to meet that deadline because their futures are now uncertain. "In social spaces, you always made to feel you belong," [...]

By | 2017-09-07T08:23:03+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events|Comments Off on Dreamers Look to Congress to Keep Them in America

Bumble’s CEO Takes Aim At LinkedIn

FastCompany Originally Posted: August 28, 2017 Whitney Wolfe is an SMU Dedman College alumna. She is also the CEO of Bumble. The feminist dating app is adding more than 50,000 new users per day. With the launch of a new networking vertical, founder Whitney Wolfe is expanding her ambitions—for Bumble and for women. Whitney Wolfe wants Bumble to be about expanding access—not just to love, but to opportunity. [Photo: Valerie Chiang] Like many single millennials, Ashley and Connor met cute the modern way: They matched on Bumble, the dating app where people swipe through potential partners but only women are allowed to initiate a conversation, and started texting. But when Ashley asked an innocent question about work, Connor launched into a misogynistic rant in which he called [...]

By | 2017-08-28T11:08:23+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Graduate News|Comments Off on Bumble’s CEO Takes Aim At LinkedIn

SMU grad Hope Hicks takes expanded White House communications role amid search for Scaramucci replacement

Washington Post Originally Posted: August 16, 2017 Hope Hicks, President Trump’s trusted confidant and adviser, is taking on expanded communications responsibilities while the White House searches for a new communications director to replace Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired from the job after just 10 days, according to a White House official. Hicks will work with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an interim and unofficial capacity to fill the role of the communications director while the White House works to find a permanent replacement — a search with which Hope will assist. READ MORE

By | 2017-08-16T07:30:56+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on SMU grad Hope Hicks takes expanded White House communications role amid search for Scaramucci replacement

Bryson DeChambeau gets first PGA Tour victory with insane comeback at John Deere Classic

SportsDay Originally Posted: July 16, 2017 Bryson DeChambeau added to an SMU tradition Sunday by winning the John Deere Classic. DeChambeau, 23, came from four strokes behind with birdies on four of the final six holes. He defeated third-round leader Patrick Rodgers by one stroke for his first career PGA Tour victory and earned a spot in this week's British Open. The John Deere was also the site, in 1982, of the first Tour victory of the late Payne Stewart, who like DeChambeau attended SMU. Dallas golfer Jordan Spieth also earned his first victory at the Deere in 2013 and won again in 2015. DeChambeau teared up when told his fellow Mustang also had won the Deere. "Didn't know that Payne Stewart's first win was [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:23:25+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Physics|Comments Off on Bryson DeChambeau gets first PGA Tour victory with insane comeback at John Deere Classic

Meet Hope Hicks, Dedman College alumna, now one of Trump’s youngest advisers

Business Insider Originally Posted: July 6, 2017 Hope Hicks, 28, was born in Greenwich, a town of 60,000 on the southwest tip of Connecticut that's a favorite spot for hedge fund headquarters. She was a model, actress, and lacrosse player as a child, before getting her English degree at Southern Methodist University. Hicks didn't intend on playing such a large role in a presidential campaign, instead falling into the gig through a job at the Trump Organization. But she now finds herself as one of President Donald Trump's youngest advisers, serving as assistant to the president and director of strategic communications in the White House. Hicks has been with Trump — to use his words — "from the beginning." She stuck on his campaign through [...]

By | 2017-07-07T08:05:12+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English|Comments Off on Meet Hope Hicks, Dedman College alumna, now one of Trump’s youngest advisers

Watch: SMU grad Hope Anderson talks about how mentorship made the difference in her education

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: June 27, 2017 Hope Anderson, who graduated from SMU with degrees in history, sociology and human rights, talks about how mentorship made the difference in her education. Watch: https://youtu.be/7cj_gWdsPuA 

By | 2017-06-29T10:32:03+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, History, Sociology, Sociology (Alumni)|Comments Off on Watch: SMU grad Hope Anderson talks about how mentorship made the difference in her education

‘The March Continues’ for Hope Anderson

SMU News Originally Posted: June 27, 2017 Newly minted SMU graduate Hope Anderson is one of only 30 American and European college students selected to receive a human rights fellowship honoring civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and focused on restorative justice in Atlanta. Anderson will participate in a John Lewis Fellowship July 5-30, collaborating on a public policy-blueprint for resolving some of Atlanta’s biggest social problems, from the school-to-prison pipeline to residential segregation. As part of her fellowship, sponsored by Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, “we’ll be exploring what civil rights means in 2017,” says Anderson, a Richardson native who earned SMU degrees in human rights, history and sociology May 20. “We’ll also be looking [...]

By | 2017-06-27T08:55:52+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events|Comments Off on ‘The March Continues’ for Hope Anderson

Professor Herma Hill Kay, an SMU english major and pioneer in legal teaching

Wall Street Journal Originally Posted: June 23, 2017 Professor Herma Hill Kay was an SMU english major and a pioneer in legal teaching. She became the first woman to lead an elite law school, serving as the dean of UC Berkeley School of Law from 1992 to 2000. Ms. Kay was particularly focused on making marriage and divorce safer for women. Her expertise helped influenced a wide range of legislation. MORE As a sixth-grader in South Carolina in the 1940s, Herma Hill Kay won a classroom debate in which she was the only student willing to argue that the South shouldn’t have won the Civil War. Her civics teacher told her afterward, “If you were my daughter, I’d send you to law school.” Ms. Kay’s [...]

By | 2017-06-28T09:17:28+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English|Comments Off on Professor Herma Hill Kay, an SMU english major and pioneer in legal teaching
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