Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

“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 | 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

SMU Honors Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader

SMU News Originally Posted: October 31, 2016 Philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates, during a campus ceremony in November. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni are philanthropic leader Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83, financial services leader John C. Tolleson ’70 and real estate magnate Richard W. Weekley '67. Kevin Lavelle ’08, founder of a revolutionary men’s clothing company, will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the last 15 years. The Distinguished Alumni Award presentation and dinner will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, on the SMU Main Quad. Purchase tickets online or call 214-768-4575. 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU Honors Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader

NPR: How Domestic Violence In One Home Affects Every Child In A Class

NPR Originally Posted: September 26, 2016 NPR journalist Gabrielle Emanuel covered the research of SMU government policy expert Elira Kuka for an All Things Considered segment on NPR as part of its series on “The Mental Health Crisis In Our Schools.” The segment examined the impact on an entire school classroom when one student is victimized by domestic violence at home. Kuka, an assistant professor in the SMU Department of Economics, and her colleagues found that new data shows violence in the home hinders the academic performance not only of the student who is abused, but also of their classmates, too. Kuka’s research focus is on understanding how government policy affects individual behavior and well-being, the extent to which it provides social insurance during times of need, and its effectiveness in alleviation [...]

By | October 4th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on NPR: How Domestic Violence In One Home Affects Every Child In A Class

Dedman College 2016 Election Experts

SMU NEWS Need insightful perspectives and accurate interpretations of all things election relation? See Dedman College experts below: POLITICS Jeffrey A. Engel, Director of the Center for Presidential History He is an award-winning American history scholar and an expert on the U.S. presidency and American diplomatic history. He has authored or edited six books, including Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War Cal Jillson, Professor of Political Science One of the nation’s foremost political experts, he regularly provides journalists thoughtful insight on Texas and U.S. politics. He is the author of the political classic Pursuing the American Dream, as well as Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy and American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change Joshua Rovner, Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Dedman College 2016 Election Experts

Graduating entrepreneur ready to take Biolum mobile asthma management device to next level

SMU News Originally Posted: May 12, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – Edward Allegra started his SMU journey as a biology major, thinking he wanted to become a physician. But during his sophomore year, when he began attending meetings of the SMU Entrepreneurship Club, everything changed. Edward Allegra won the first annual Global Student Entrepreneur Award. Medical school is no longer in the picture, but Allegra will be graduating from SMU May 14 with degrees in biology and economics, already hard at work marketing a mobile health device for asthma diagnosis and management he developed with a team of SMU students. The imaging system can signal the presence and severity of an asthma attack by detecting and quantifying the disease biomarkers in exhaled breath. The BioLum Sciences [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Graduating entrepreneur ready to take Biolum mobile asthma management device to next level

The Department of Economics will host conference April 29 and 30 in honor of Professor Shlomo Weber

  Shlomo Weber, Dedman Economics Faculty The Department of Economics will host a conference in honor of Professor Shlomo Weber to recognize his contributions to economics research and to the lives of the many collaborators and colleagues he has worked with throughout his academic career. The one and a half day conference will begin at 1:30pm on Friday, April 29th and concluding at 5pm on Saturday, April 30th. During the conference, the 2007 Nobel Laureate, Eric Stark Maskin from Harvard University will speak about “Elections and Strategic Voting: Condorcet and Borda.” Professor Maskin is an American economist recognized with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger Myerson "for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory." Maskin's lecture will be on Saturday, April 30 from 10:30-11:30 in Dedman Life Sciences Building, [...]

By | April 21st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on The Department of Economics will host conference April 29 and 30 in honor of Professor Shlomo Weber

SMU recognizes outstanding achievement at 2015-16 Hilltop Excellence Awards, Honors Convocation

Congratulations to the Dedman College faculty and students who were recognized at the 2016 Awards Extravaganza on Monday, April 18. Recipients of the Outstanding Professor Awards presented by the Rotunda yearbook include: • B. Sunday Eiselt, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Anthropology • Laurence Winnie, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies, William P. Clements Department of History Receiving the Extra Mile Awards, presented by Students for New Learning for graciousness and sensitivity to students with learning differences: • Sheri Kunovich, associate professor, Department of Sociology • Laurie Nuchereno, adjunct lecturer, Department of Economics For the full list of faculty, staff and student award recipients click here.    

By | April 19th, 2016|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Events, Faculty News, History, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty), Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU recognizes outstanding achievement at 2015-16 Hilltop Excellence Awards, Honors Convocation
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