Dedman College News Originally Posted: June 12, 2018 Peng Tao, Assistant Professor in SMU’s Department of Chemistry, was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support his research in fighting antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Tao’s innovative strategy involves developing computational methods and an advanced theoretical framework to predict protein evolution. “There are a special group of proteins called beta-lactamases in bacteria causing infections,” explains Dr. Tao. “The main function of these proteins is destroying antibiotics. And these proteins evolve very quickly leading to so-called ‘superbugs’. We are developing theoretical models to understand how these proteins carry out their functions as machines and predict how these machines may evolve when encountering new antibiotics. If successful, our models could be used by other researchers and pharmaceutical companies [...]
Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award
The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes mentors who play a significant role in the personal and professional development of Engaged Learning students. The award carries a certificate of merit and a stipend. Graduating seniors nominate mentors for the award. Selection is made based on student documentation of the mentor relationship (timely advice, feedback and guidance) and the quality of the completed project. Bonnie Jacobs is a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Uma Ladd. Rita Economos is an assistant professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Madi Wewer. READ MORE and VIEW PAST RECIPIENTS LIST
SMU News Originally Posted: January 13, 2016 Andrew Needham examines burden borne by Navajos in transforming Phoenix into modern metropolis SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies will present its annual book prize on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to historian Andrew Needham for Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest (Princeton University Press, 2014). The David J. Weber-William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America honors both the center’s founding director and founding benefactor. READ MORE
Congratulations to Jie Sun! Dr. Sun's co-authored paper, House Divided? STEM and Non-STEM On-Campus Student Retention Factors, has been awarded as the 2015 Charles F. Elton Best Paper by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). More below.
Acclaim continues for book about escaped slave SMU English Professor Ezra Greenspan’s acclaimed biography William Wells Brown: An African American Life (W.W. Norton) is a finalist for the prestigious Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African-American experience. READ MORE
Associate Professor of Political Science Pamela Corley was recently awarded the Hughes-Gosset Award for the best article published in the Journal of Supreme Court History in the previous year. Professor Corley received this prestigious award at the Supreme Court Historical Society during the Annual Meeting on June 1, 2015. The title of Professor Corley’s article is “Revisiting the Roosevelt Court: The Critical Juncture from Consensus to Dissensus” and she co-authored the work with Amy Steigerwalt (Georgia State University) and Artemus Ward (Northern Illinois University). Professor Corley (second from left) is pictured receiving the award from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Year of the Student Blog Elishah Ramos ’15 was one of 10 students who received the “M” award, SMU’s highest commendation, at the University’s 18th annual Honors Convocation, in April. “I’m pretty excited about it. It was a surprise for me. I know so many other students who work so hard for the University and are equally deserving of this award. So it’s humbling for me to be acknowledged in this way,” says Elishah, who also has served as an SMU Ambassador and is the first in his family to go to college. An esteemed University tradition, Honors Convocation is a celebration of academic excellence achieved by SMU students. And Elishah, a double major in markets and culture and Spanish and a human rights minor, [...]
Congratulations to Ezra Greenspan, a finalist for the Carr P. Collins Award for Best Book of Non-fiction and two SMU history PhD alumni, Ramirez Award and Alicia M. Dewey, both finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters most scholarly book. READ MORE Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 24, 2015 By: Michael Merschel The venerable Texas Institute of Letters has named finalists for its annual awards, which honor the state’s best writing. Fiction finalists are Elizabeth Crook, for Monday, Monday; Manuel Luis Martinez, for Los Duros; and Smith Henderson, for Fourth of July Creek. In nonfiction, it’s Michael Morton, for Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace; Southern Methodist University’s Ezra Greenspan, for William Wells Brown: An African American Life; and Cristin [...]
Aubrey Richardson, double major in Sociology and Psychology, was awarded the Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship from Region II of the Alpha Chi National College Honors Society. The Pryor Fellowship is presented to a graduating senior who plans to pursue full time academic work in graduate or professional school the following year. In addition to her excellent academic record, Ms. Richardson is the President of Dedman College Ambassadors and the Mustang Fitness Club.
SMU’s Department of Residence Life and Student Housing honored 45 exceptional University educators, 26 Dedman College professors, at the 2015 HOPE Awards Banquet. HOPE (Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence) Award recipients are named through student staff member nominations as professors who “have made a significant impact to our academic education both inside and outside of the classroom.” Congratulations to all of the Dedman College 2015 HOPE Award honorees: Adriana Aceves, Mathematics Paul Avey, Tower Center for Political Studies Greg Brownderville, English David Michael Crow, Psychology LeeAnn Derdeyn, English/Discernment and Discourse Melissa Dowling, History/Classical Studies John Duca, Economics James K. Hopkins, History Vanessa Hopper, English Matthew Keller, Sociology Michael Lattman, Chemistry David Lee, Anthropology Judy Newell, Mathematics Rachel Ney, World Languages and Literatures/French Jennifer O’Brien, Chemistry Wei [...]