Dedman College student named EO Dallas winner in the Global Student Entrepreneur awards

Edward Allegra of BioLum Sciences to Represent Dallas in U.S. Finals

DALLAS – November 16, 2015 – Edward Allegra, a Southern Methodist University (SMU) student, became the proud winner of the Dallas qualifying competition for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Edward Allegra, 22 years old, bested his competitors with an innovative smartphone-based medical device that is able to monitor and help manage asthma. Allegra is co-founder and runs the company while also attending college. The judges selected Allegra based on his vision for BioLum as well as his desire to make a mark with a product that can improve the quality of others’ lives and the way asthma is diagnosed and managed.

In order to qualify for this award, Allegra had to be an undergraduate student and the owner of a for-profit (revenue generating) business that has operated for at least six consecutive months.

Founded in April 2015, BioLum is the developer of a smartphone based medical device that is able to monitor and help manage asthma. This is accomplished by utilizing chemiluminescence to detect and quantify specific disease biomarkers found in exhaled breath condensate. The BioLum device will enable users to monitor their condition with a mobile health platform, which can indicate lung condition and function. The device will aid in treatment programs as patients manage their symptoms, as is the trend with emerging mobile health technologies. BioLum’s smartphone integrated technology offers a valuable opportunity to gather global data about this illness that plagues millions. The device will help doctors identify when asthma is the worst (time of year), where it is the worst (location/region), triggers that cause it as well as how to best prevent asthma from occurring and what medications treat the illness.

The company has raised $118,000 in capital and prize money to develop the product and begin a research study at SMU. BioLum will begin a clinical study for the product in January, which will also start the company’s FDA regulatory process.

“Our goal is to get the BioLum device in the hands of asthma patients all over the world as a low-cost personal health management system. BioLum will gather data about asthma and help the world deal with growing health problems,” said Edward Allegra, president BioLum.

“In our first year of the EO Dallas student competition we discovered an impressive group of undergraduate entrepreneurs,” said Jessica Nunez, chair, EO Dallas GSEA. Students like Edward Allegra of BioLum are pioneering the next generation of great business ventures. I am honored that we can bring them global visibility through this EO program.”

This Dallas entrepreneur will go on to compete at the U.S. national competition in Miami on February 11, 2016. The winner of the National Competition will attend the GSEA Global Finals to compete with the world’s top student entrepreneurs and have a chance to win over US$150,000 in cash and donated business services. Allegra will also receive a valuable prize package including:
· $1,000 prize money
· One-year EO Dallas Accelerator Membership | Value: $2,500
· Three-Month Mentorship, EO Dallas Forum of Entrepreneurs | Value: Priceless
· BizOwners Ed, 5-week Entrepreneurial Program, Gallery Participant | Value: $2,000
· Lunch and Internet Marketing, Globe Runner | Value: $1,000
· Marketing Communications Consultation, TruePoint Communications | Value: $1,000
· Logo Creation, Worlds of Wow! | Value: $2,500

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition undergraduate students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 1,700 of the prominent student entrepreneurs from more than 32 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA is generously supported by Thomas Franchise Solutions. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to www.gsea.org and follow GSEA on Twitter at @EO_GSEA.

Historian David McCullough will receive the Medal of Freedom from the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

SMU News

Originally Posted: November 16, 2015

David McCullough, the prolific writer frequently referred to as “America’s greatest historian,” will receive the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

McCullough will speak at a 4:30 p.m. Q&A-style forum moderated by SMU Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The event will be free for students, faculty and staff, who are requested to confirm their attendance at rsvp@smu.edu. After the event, McCullough will accept the Medal of Freedom Award at a private dinner.

The Tower Center Medal of Freedom is presented every two years to an individual or individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity.

McCullough has twice won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book award. He has received the United States’ highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his “lifelong efforts to document the people, places and events that have shaped America.”

“David McCullough is a national treasure. His historical work is breathtaking in scope,” says Joshua Rovner, SMU Tower Center Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security. “No one has done more to engage Americans in their own political history, warts and all. He is also a dazzling writer, with a rare talent for transforming complex events into truly engrossing narratives.”

His newest book, The Wright Brothers (Simon & Schuster, 2015), is a New York Times bestseller about the American Dream story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, two brothers from Ohio who profoundly changed history on a winter day in 1903.

McCullough’s 11 books include two Pulitzer Prize-winners: Truman (1993), about the seemingly ordinary man from Missouri who was perhaps the most courageous president in history, and John Adams (2001), a work focusing on founding father/second U.S president that became one of the most widely read American biographies of all time and spawned a seven-part HBO mini-series produced by Tom Hanks.

Fueled by his belief that “history is the study of people,” McCullough’s books have been translated and published in 10 languages, and more than nine million copies are in print. McCullough is one of the rare writers whose books never have been out of print.

Throughout his highly productive career, McCullough has been an editor, teacher, lecturer and familiar presence on public television as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience and narrator of numerous documentaries including Ken Burns’ The Civil War. His is also the narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit.

A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, McCullough graduated from Yale with honors in English literature. He is an avid reader, traveler and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture. He also is a devoted painter. He and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and 19 grandchildren.

The Tower Center, located within SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, supports teaching and research programs in international and domestic politics with an emphasis on global studies and national security policy. It also educates undergraduates in international relations, comparative politics and political institutions.

Past Tower Center Medal of Freedom recipients include former Secretary of States James A. Baker III and Colin L. Powell; U.S. Senator John McCain; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; and former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as former First Lady Laura Bush.

For more details about The Tower Center, visit http://www.smu.edu/towercenter or call 214-768-3954. Follow them on Twitter @SMUTowerCenter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/towercenter.

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Congratulations to Dedman College undergraduate Edward Allegra. His team, BioLum Sciences, will advance to Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.

SMU News

Originally Posted: November 12, 2015

SMU ‘Big iDeas’ winners advance to Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Since its launch in 2008, student teams have been awarded grants through SMU’s Big iDeas program to research and improve issues facing the Dallas area and beyond, ranging from energy and education to health and campus living.

This year, two of the contest’s winners will compete against university undergraduates from other area schools in the regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

The event will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, on the SMU campus in Dallas Hall’s McCord Auditorium. It is open to SMU students and the neighboring community. Those interested can RSVP here.

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards is a worldwide forum for student entrepreneurs who have successfully developed and run their own business. The nominees compete in regional qualifying competitions for the chance to advance to the global finals in Bangkok, Thailand, in May 2016. The participating student teams from SMU are:

BioLum Sciences: Winning both the SMU Pitch Contest in 2014 and the Business Plan Competition in 2015, BioLum Sciences is the developer of a medical device used to help manage asthma. It allows users to test their symptoms, monitor daily progress, and understand the cause of their asthma. BioLum uses a smartphone based imaging system to detect and quantify the disease biomarkers found in the user’s exhaled breath. This technology has the potential to reduce the current 40% misdiagnosis of asthma in the US.

Team members are students Edward Allegra, Miguel Quimbar and Jack Reynolds. READ MORE

Life on the Hilltop: Bonnie Wheeler’s Dedication to Scholarship and Students

Inside Dedman College

Originally Published: November 5, 2015

Bonnie Wheeler, Associate Professor and Director of Medieval Studies, was given a “40 years at SMU” party this August, and it came with a joyful twist: hosts Kathryn and Stephen Arata announced their intent to establish The Bonnie Wheeler Centennial Professorship in Medieval European Literature. The professorship will be housed in the English Department, Wheeler’s institutional home at SMU.

Wheeler wears many hats as a scholar-teacher. She founded the interdisciplinary SMU Medieval Studies Program in 1978 (and has directed it ever since). Here students can choose a minor, major, or M.A. Its graduates go into every career with the knowledge that, when they get to Paris or Istanbul, they will be able to impress their companions with information about the art, literature, and history of these places. READ MORE

Dedman College Alumni Celebrated at Homecoming

Congratulations to Dedman College alumni Bess Enloe ’60, finance educator and the Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters ’02, ’06, ’12. Mrs. Enloe will receive a Distinguished Alumni award while Rev. Waters will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the past 15 years. READ MORE

2015 Eugene and Millicent Goldschmidt Graduate Student Award

PhD graduate student, Tetiana Hutchison, has been selected to receive a 2015 Eugene and Millicent Goldschmidt Graduate Student Award  from the Texas Regional Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Congratulations to her on winning this highly competitive award!

Grad Ketetha Olengue: A heart-felt mission to help others

Ketetha-OlengueFor SMU graduating senior Ketetha Olengue, wearing a pacemaker isn’t a hindrance. It’s what spurs her desire to help people battling both heart conditions and “the human condition,” she says.

On Saturday, Ketetha will earn two degrees that will send her on her way to becoming a cardiologist: a B.S. in computer science from the Lyle School of Engineering and a B.A. in biology from Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences. After four successful years as a SMU President’s Scholar (a merit-based scholarship paying full-tuition and fees), Ketetha can now celebrate her acceptance into the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, where she’ll receive a full-tuition scholarship.

Ketetha traces her physical and emotional strength to one of her life’s lowest moments, when, at age 9, the first of three pacemaker surgeries left her with a significant scar. Her maternal grandmother, in Burkina Faso, Africa, told her, “Do not cry. It is a souvenir.” From then on Ketetha would see her congenital heart condition “as what makes me different,” she says, “and what will help me make a difference in the lives of others.” READ MORE

Dedman College students receive prestigious national fellowships and awards

Congratulations to the Dedman College students awarded prestigious national fellowships and awards during the 2014-15 academic year, including Fulbright Grants and a fellowship to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. These students include:

Fulbright Scholar:

Whitney Goodwin
Michaela Wallerstedt
Kandi Doming

Institute for Responsible Citizenship Scholar:

Garrett Fisher

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellow:

Tracy Nelson

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Nicole Hartman

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