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 | 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

Six Dedman College faculty members recommended for tenure and promotion

Congratulations to the faculty members who are newly tenured or have been promoted to full professorships to begin the 2016-17 academic year. Recommended for tenure and promotion to Full Professor: Heather DeShon, Earth Sciences Scott Norris, Mathematics Rubén Sánchez-Godoy, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish) Hervé Tchumkam, World Languages and Literatures (French) Nicolay Tsarevsky, Chemistry Recommended for promotion to Full Professor: Matthew Hornbach, Earth Sciences For the full SMU faculty list READ MORE

By | August 8th, 2016|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Mathematics, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Six Dedman College faculty members recommended for tenure and promotion

Chemistry Professor David Son, his wife and children are the extended family of 170 students in an SMU residential commons.

SMU News Originally Posted: June 16, 2016 DALLAS (SMU)– For SMU chemistry professor David Son, making the decision to move his wife and two children from their comfortable suburban Plano home to an apartment in a student residential hall on the SMU campus was a family decision. "We had to consider the consequences of uprooting our children, moving them to new schools and raising them among college students," David says. Son, his wife, Heidi, 10-year-old Kaylee and 13-year-old Geoffrey have lived on the SMU campus in Boaz Commons since 2014, when the David and Heidi Son became Faculty-in Residence there. SMU introduced the Residential Commons model in August 2014 to 11 residence halls, integrating the academic, residential and social aspects of university life. Faculty members [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Chemistry Professor David Son, his wife and children are the extended family of 170 students in an SMU residential commons.

Acker Honored With Presidential Award of Excellence

SMU Athletics Originally Posted: April 29, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – Avery Acker was honored with the SMU Presidential Award of Excellence, which is awarded to three graduating seniors each year. A three-year captain for the volleyball program, Acker graduated in December with a degree in accounting and minors in chemistry and biological sciences, and will begin medical school in the fall. The setter was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, as well as American Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earning a $4,000 postgraduate scholarship. She finished her career with a 3.941 GPA, graduating summa cum laude. Acker was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American as a junior. On the court, Acker was named an All-American Honorable Mention award winner three times, and conference [...]

By | May 2nd, 2016|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Acker Honored With Presidential Award of Excellence

#MustangsGiveBack is March 24! Support a Dedman College project and make a real difference for students

What will you support at SMU? Make a gift on March 24, 2016 and be a part of Mustangs Give Back, our one-day giving challenge. Below is a list of Dedman College projects: 1. Support Dedman College Scholars for a semester.  Help us fund one semester for a Dedman College Scholar student next year! CLICK HERE   2. Introduce new students to Dallas Introduce new SMU students to Dallas with a day-long bus tour of the city’s historic sites. CLICK HERE   3. Create a new section of microeconomics Fund a new section of this always-oversubscribed course, allowing students to take it when it best fits their schedules. CLICK HERE   4. Support Minds, Brains and Robotics This will provide funding for Minds, Brains and [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Events, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Political Science|Comments Off on #MustangsGiveBack is March 24! Support a Dedman College project and make a real difference for students

Congratulations Dedman College Dean’s Research Council Award Recipients

March 18, 2016 Congratulations to the the recipients of this year's Dean’s Research Council grants. The Dean’s Research Council provides competitively awarded seed funding for faculty research and allows them to compete for larger grants and fellowships outside SMU. Sciences Peng Tao Department of Chemistry Extending the Protein Evolution Paradigm to Combat Antibiotic Drug Resistance Karen Lupo Department of Anthropology Exposing the Myth of the Pristine Rain Forest: Building the Case for the Cultural Landscapes in the Tropical Forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Jingbo Ye Department of Physics Developing an Integrated Circuit that Drives Arrays with Ultra Low Power Humanities Phillipe Chuard Department of Philosophy Time Consciousness: The Lockean View    

By | March 18th, 2016|Anthropology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Philosophy, Physics|Comments Off on Congratulations Dedman College Dean’s Research Council Award Recipients

Brian Zoltowski, Chemistry, Why Americans don’t get enough sleep

Healthline The following is from the March 2, 2016, edition of Healthline. SMU Chemistry Professor Brian Zoltowski provided expertise for this story. We all know that a good night’s rest is vital to overall health, but we may not realize how essential it is or try hard enough to get it. After all, a rough night can easily be “erased” by guzzling a good cup of coffee in the morning, right? Maybe not. Prioritizing sleep and finding solutions if you’re not getting enough is smart if you want to maintain optimal health. . . Street light radiance isn’t the only culprit. Other sources of blue light from computers, televisions, or other electronic devices could be impairing your ability to sleep. “As a society, we are [...]

By | March 10th, 2016|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Brian Zoltowski, Chemistry, Why Americans don’t get enough sleep

Doctors told Debbie Dupree that her son would be dead by the time he was 19. They were wrong. Ben is now 23 and a Dedman College alumnus.

KERA Originally Posted: January 20, 2016 When most little boys were running up and down stairs, Ben Dupree was using his arms to pull himself up the wood banister in his home in University Park. His mom, Debbie, knew something was wrong. “I can remember any step he would take, being worried that he was going to fall,” she said. Ben was 9 when he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Like an estimated one in 3,500 boys, his muscles were beginning to weaken, starting with the hips and thighs. For a while, Ben continued to walk. But when he was 15, he slipped — and he decided it was time for a wheelchair. “I kind of was almost in denial,” Ben said. “Ignoring it, [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Doctors told Debbie Dupree that her son would be dead by the time he was 19. They were wrong. Ben is now 23 and a Dedman College alumnus.
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