Congratulations! Kenneth Martin selected as 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow

Humanity in Action Originally Posted: May 6, 2018 Humanity in Action has selected Southern Methodist University's Kenneth Martin for one of the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States. 67 students and recent graduates were selected for the 2018 Fellowship programs out of an extremely competitive pool of 564 applicants from universities and colleges across the United States. Martin will participate in the Warsaw Fellowship program. Martin will join Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore past and present examples of resistance to intolerance, with a goal of encouraging future leaders to be engaged citizens and responsible [...]

By | 2018-05-11T09:04:05+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, History, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Congratulations! Kenneth Martin selected as 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow

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

Lunch With D CEO and Dedman College alumnus: Dr. Jeffrey Whitman

D CEO Originally Posted: April 2018 “Everybody who thinks enough of their teeth to get them checked, should get their eyes checked,” says the familiar-looking man in the blue scrubs.    Dr. Jeffrey Whitman is responding after I tell him I can’t remember the last time I got my eyes examined, even though I get an annual physical and my teeth cleaned every six months. I started using cheap reading glasses on my 40th birthday, nearly 25 years ago. I’m using my cheap glasses now to order lunch at Cindi’s New York Deli and Bakery on North Central Expressway north of Royal Lane, across the highway from the new multimillion-dollar Key-Whitman Eye Center, where Whitman is president and chief surgeon.  We both order the chicken [...]

By | 2018-04-16T08:15:06+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Lunch With D CEO and Dedman College alumnus: Dr. Jeffrey Whitman

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

Unprecedented Findings

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: January 9, 2018 For decades, Alex Lippert dreamed of creating a hologram akin to the one in the first Star Wars film, where R2-D2 shows a light image of Princess Leia. At 35, Lippert had a “eureka” moment to use molecules that switch from colorless to fluorescent when ultraviolet light hits them. Lippert, an assistant chemistry professor at Southern Methodist University, in July announced that he had done the hologram one better by building projection technology that creates a three-dimensional display viewable from any direction. “It doesn’t require moving parts. It uses low-power light sources, which are safer than other displays that employ intense lasers. And, we were able to fabricate the first-generation prototype for under $5,000,” he said. Armed with [...]

By | 2018-01-11T08:11:09+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Unprecedented Findings

12 Dedman College professors receive 2018-19 Sam Taylor Fellowships

SMU Forum Originally Posted: December 15, 2017 Twenty-five SMU faculty members have received 2018-19 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research, “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.” Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation and the project’s sensitivity to value questions [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:03:21+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Anthropology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History, Physics, Psychology, Statistical Science, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on 12 Dedman College professors receive 2018-19 Sam Taylor Fellowships

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

Better than Star Wars: Chemistry discovery yields 3-D table-top objects crafted from light

Phys.org Originally Posted: July 11, 2017 A scientist's dream of 3-D projections like those he saw years ago in a Star Wars movie has led to new technology for making animated 3-D table-top objects by structuring light. The new technology uses photoswitch molecules to bring to life 3-D light structures that are viewable from 360 degrees, says chemist Alexander Lippert, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who led the research. The economical method for shaping light into an infinite number of volumetric objects would be useful in a variety of fields, from biomedical imaging, education and engineering, to TV, movies, video games and more. "Our idea was to use chemistry and special photoswitch molecules to make a 3-D display that delivers a 360-degree view," Lippert said. "It's not a [...]

By | 2017-07-11T10:00:56+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Better than Star Wars: Chemistry discovery yields 3-D table-top objects crafted from light

Alex Lippert’s research uses chemistry to develop affordable, glowing internal imaging techniques

SMU News Originally Posted: June 15, 2017 SMU chemist Alex Lippert has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, expected to total $611,000 over five years, to fund his research into alternative internal imaging techniques. NSF CAREER Awards are given to tenure-track faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research in American colleges and universities. Lippert, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Science, is an organic chemist and adviser to four doctoral students and five undergraduates who assist in his research. Lippert’s team develops synthetic organic compounds that glow in reaction to certain conditions. For example, when injected into a mouse’s tumor, the [...]

By | 2017-06-28T09:16:24+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Alex Lippert’s research uses chemistry to develop affordable, glowing internal imaging techniques
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