Bright ideas: 2009 President’s Partners grants fund campus innovation

Researchers in the classroomSMU faculty and staff members have received 2009 President’s Partners grants to implement innovative projects that range from making it easier for wheelchair students to take exams to sharpening researchers’ budgeting and proposal-writing skills.

University faculty and staff members support their colleagues’ work through their contributions to the program, which can be made by credit card, check and payroll deduction. Make a contribution or apply for a grant at the President’s Partners website.

Learn more about this year’s projects under the link.


These recipients received full or partial funding for the following projects:

Ed Biehl, Chemistry, Dedman College – Chemicals used to prepare certain neuroprotecting drugs for toxicity and specific absorption rate (SAR) studies in collaborative research with UT-Dallas and Johns Hopkins University

Chelsea Brown, Political Science, Dedman College – Professionally printed materials for use by SMU students attending Model United Nations conferences and for Model UN program development

Deidre Conway and Emily Vernon, Lyle School of Engineering – Literature, computer and printer to support an intranet site to assist in improving proposal-writing and budget development skills for researchers

Peter Davis, Memorial Health Center – Portable suction machine and autoclave (sterilizer) to replace old equipment

Carola Dreidemie, Studio Art, Meadows School of the Arts – Lemur multitouch control surface to be used in classes, events, experiments and performances for mixing and analyzing visual art through music

Justin Fisher, Philosophy, Dedman College – Robot kits and related materials for a Philosophy of Cognitive Science course to give students hands-on experience with the theoretical principles presented in cognitive science

Ping Gui, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering – Waveform/Function Generator and High-Current Source-Measure Unit to support on-going research and teaching in ultrasound electronics circuits and systems

Thomas Hartsell, Dispute Resolution, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development – Video -conferencing equipment, flat-screen TV and cabling to offer distance participation in mediating through video conferencing

Debora Hunter, Studio Art, Meadows School of the Arts – Inkjet printer for use in SMU-in-Taos photography and art classes

Bruce Levy, Academic-Community Engagement (ACE) House, Dedman College – New carpeting for the ACE House in East Dallas

Carolyn Macartney, Cinema-TV, Meadows School of the Arts – Industry-standard LED panel lighting kit for student use in lighting car interiors and other sets and spaces requiring small, cool-operating light fixtures

Rebecca Marin, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Affairs – Two bi-level computer workstations to provide wheelchair students with proper seating for taking tests

Betty McHone, Office of the Chaplain, Student Affairs – Resource materials for residence hall staff and students to support the Resident Community Chaplains initiative of the Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention

Deborah Barr Truitt, Dance, Meadows School of the Arts – New ballet barres for Studio 1430 in Owen Arts Center

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