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

SMU Dedman College alumnus Stephen Poulin ’12 starts apparel company to help veterans

The Beacon- Wicked Local  Originally Posted: April 26, 2017 With a logo that couples the East India Company symbol during the Revolutionary War with the Navy SEAL trident, Tea Party Rebels is more than a tribute to the patriotic, rebellious Boston colonists in 1773 and their defiant act against British-imposed taxation. The new business weaves the New England rebellious spirit into its clothing-- which benefits today’s patriots though various charity organizations. Spearheading it all is Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Class of 2008 graduate, Stephen Poulin, who has launched Tea Party Rebels LLC, his own apparel company created to benefit veterans, active servicemen and servicewomen and also first responders through a portion of the sales. Tea Party Rebels sells clothing that’s printed by a former Navy SEAL. Poulin, [...]

By | 2017-05-08T14:25:48+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Psychology|Comments Off on SMU Dedman College alumnus Stephen Poulin ’12 starts apparel company to help veterans

Dedman College Senior Olivia Nguyen Turned Her Parents’ Immigrant Challenges Into Passion For Helping First-Generation College Students

SMU News Originally Posted: May 4, 2017 As a child, Olivia Nguyen saw her immigrant Vietnamese parents struggle with adjusting to a country where they didn’t know the language or culture. Because both wanted higher education, they also had to deal with the unfamiliar vernacular and customs of college. Nguyen, a senior in SMU’s Dedman College majoring in biology and world languages (French and Chinese), has taken knowledge of her parents’ challenges to help others facing the same sorts of hardships — specifically, high school students who’ll be first-generation college students. She’s a student leader in SMU’s College Bound program, which prepares high schoolers for the admissions process and gives them tools for campus success. Nguyen’s parents escaped their home country in the 1970s during [...]

By | 2017-05-04T09:04:39+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Dedman College Senior Olivia Nguyen Turned Her Parents’ Immigrant Challenges Into Passion For Helping First-Generation College Students

Dedman College alumna Avery Acker ’16 chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor

SMU Avery Acker ’16 was the Academic All-American of the Year for all of Division I volleyball. She chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. “I grew up in a very small town, and I just loved it. We hunted, we fished and we played every sport imaginable because there was really nothing else to do,”
recalls Acker. At a young age she developed a passion for playing volleyball and an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. She knew SMU was the right school for her when volleyball coach Lisa Seifert showed the same passion and commitment to success on the court and in the classroom. At SMU, Acker discovered the benefits of SMU’s Altshuler Learning [...]

By | 2016-11-17T20:49:33+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Dedman College alumna Avery Acker ’16 chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor

“SMU has a track record of successful graduates who change the world… take advantage of that…” ~ Edward Allegra ’16

SMU Jack Reynolds ’15, Edward Allegra ’16 and Miguel Quimbar ’17 came to SMU as strangers. Together, they founded a company that will change their lives and the lives of other asthma patients. “I was hanging out in our apartment and Jack came in super excited,” recalls Allegra, who earned a degree in economics and biology. At a meeting of the SMU Entrepreneurship Club, Reynolds (finance, and markets and culture double major) and Quimbar (chemistry and accounting) had heard about a revolutionary idea: using extremely sensitive chemical luminescence to register visibly when the biomarkers in someone’s exhaled breaths indicate the person is likely to suffer an asthma attack – before they’re even aware of it. The club’s faculty advisor and professor of practice in entrepreneurship Simon Mak [...]

By | 2016-11-17T20:23:01+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on “SMU has a track record of successful graduates who change the world… take advantage of that…” ~ Edward Allegra ’16
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