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

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

Minecraft Players Are Helping SMU Researchers Find Better Cancer-Fighting Drugs

KERA News Originally Posted: March 14, 2018 Minecraft is a popular video game that's sort of like virtual Lego. Players find and build stuff by themselves, or online with friends. It's a simple formula that's attracted millions of fans — and Southern Methodist University professors. Corey Clark, deputy director for research at SMU Guildhall, and John Wise, an associate professor of biological sciences, are part of a team hoping to take advantage of the game's large user base in the search for better cancer-fighting drugs. LISTEN On their quest to disable a biological pump Wise: These pumps are normally in our bodies, protecting us from exposures to toxins. They keep bad things out of our cells, and that’s a really good thing. But this good thing gets perverted in cancers. A cancer cell will [...]

By | 2018-03-14T08:21:19+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Minecraft Players Are Helping SMU Researchers Find Better Cancer-Fighting Drugs

At SMU, Sam Weber ’18 Explores His Love Of Two Vastly Different Fields

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: Spring 2018 Issue Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, Samuel Gage Weber became fascinated with science by watching Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The first 3-D animated feature film made outside Hollywood was directed by SMU alumnus John Davis ’84. Weber, whose mother is a nurse, imagined being Jimmy Neutron while he played with a child’s chemistry set. Later, when he stumbled upon the Harry Potter novels and films, he says, his interest in science became intertwined with magic. In seventh grade, after Weber heard a neurologist speak to his class about the wonders of the brain, he began to make the connection between science and medicine. While his fellow students were enthralled with the brain-shaped gummies she passed around the class, Weber [...]

By | 2018-02-15T09:40:09+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on At SMU, Sam Weber ’18 Explores His Love Of Two Vastly Different Fields

Dedman College Alumna and Highly Respected Student Nurse, Jacqueline Jones, will be Presented in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

PR News Channel Originally Posted: December 18, 2017 The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Jones to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders In Healthcare. Jacqueline Jones is a Student Nurse at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she is currently training to become a Registered Nurse. Jacqueline Jones holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in Arlington, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018. Jacqueline is already certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Jacqueline has rapidly become known for her expertise and enthusiasm as a [...]

By | 2017-12-19T05:45:42+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Anthropology|Comments Off on Dedman College Alumna and Highly Respected Student Nurse, Jacqueline Jones, will be Presented in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

What’s in a name?

SMU News Originally Posted: December 11, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – Biko McMillan was supposed to be named "Stanley," after his grandfather. But his father wanted a name that came with a legacy, so he named him after Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist and leader of its 1960s and '70s black consciousness movement. "When I think of my name, it's a lot to carry," says McMillan. The SMU senior biological sciences and Spanish major from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, is graduating Dec. 16. But McMillan is well on his way to living up to his name, says Creston Lynch, SMU director of multicultural affairs and a mentor to McMillan. “Biko is an amazing example of how SMU shapes leaders," Lynch says. After commencement McMillan [...]

By | 2017-12-11T08:36:30+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on What’s in a name?

SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi named Schwarzman Scholar

SMU News Originally Posted: December 4, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) — SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi was named a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, one of 140 students selected globally to receive the honor. Schwarzman Scholars are selected based on their academic aptitude, intellectual ability, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. A biochemistry, health and society major, Chi has conducted several research projects during his time at SMU. He conducted stem cell research to treat age-related macular degeneration, designed and conducted an independent research project on the healthcare literacy and access of at-risk Nong Zhuan Fei migrants, and studied cell lines’ growth rates to determine the link between genetics [...]

By | 2017-12-08T06:53:22+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, UHP|Comments Off on SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi named Schwarzman Scholar

John Ubelaker, Biology, Heat, drought, wildfire and insects threaten an iconic pine

Ensia Originally Posted: September 26, 2017 Among the rolling mesas north of Taos, New Mexico, a lush piñon pine tree reaches skyward from a rocky slope. John Ubelaker bends to its base and counts the number of branches swirling from the ground to the crown. “Young one,” he says of the tree. “It’s about 20 or so years old. Lucky one, too. It survived the dieback.” The retired Southern Methodist University biologist hands me a palm-sized cone sticky with sap. His blue eyes are bright and excited. “It takes three years for the piñon to form cones with nuts inside,” he explains. “But the cycle is moisture dependent. It won’t happen without enough water.” Over the past 10 years, northern New Mexico has seen a [...]

By | 2017-09-29T08:33:24+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on John Ubelaker, Biology, Heat, drought, wildfire and insects threaten an iconic pine

Pia Vogel and John Wise, Biological Sciences, Corey Clark, Guildhall, SMU researchers, gamers partner on cancer research

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: June 5, 2017 The collective brain and computer power of 25,000 “Minecraft” game players could help researchers at Southern Methodist University find a new cancer-fighting drug. Game developers and researchers at SMU are partnering with a worldwide network of gamers who play the popular game in a crowdsourcing effort to beat the disease. The project is being led by biochemistry professors Pia Vogel and John Wise of the SMU Department of Biological Sciences, and Corey Clark, deputy director of research at SMU Guildhall, the university’s graduate video game development program. “Crowdsourcing as well as computational power may help us narrow down our search and give us better chances at selecting a drug that will be successful.”  Pia Vogel “Crowdsourcing as well as computational [...]

By | 2017-06-13T07:15:00+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Pia Vogel and John Wise, Biological Sciences, Corey Clark, Guildhall, SMU researchers, gamers partner on cancer research

Researchers level up to tap human intuition of video gamers in quest to beat cancer

Science Blog Originally Posted: May 9, 2017 Video gamers have the power to beat cancer, according to cancer researchers and video game developers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. SMU researchers and game developers are partnering with the world’s vast network of gamers in hopes of discovering a new cancer-fighting drug. Biochemistry professors Pia Vogel and John Wise in the SMU Department of Biological Sciences, and Corey Clark, deputy director of research at SMU Guildhall, are leading the SMU assault on cancer in partnership with fans of the popular best-selling video game “Minecraft.” Vogel and Wise expect deep inroads in their quest to narrow the search for chemical compounds that improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs. “Crowdsourcing as well as computational power may help us narrow down our search and give us better [...]

By | 2017-05-10T08:24:12+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Researchers level up to tap human intuition of video gamers in quest to beat cancer
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