Dedman College Celebration 2010Three outstanding members of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences community were honored April 14 at the 2010 Dedman College Award Celebration.

Fred Olness, professor of physics and 2009-10 Faculty Senate president, was named Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. He is a specialist in elementary particle physics phenomenology with an emphasis in quantum chromodynamics, and his research seeks to determine the fundamental building blocks of nature and what holds them together. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005 and has conducted research with the Theoretical Physics Group at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He has written more than 100 research articles and is co-author (with Robert L. Zimmerman) of the textbook Mathematica for Physics, now in its second edition. Olness joined the SMU faculty in 1991 and has received numerous awards, including the Ford Research Fellowship in 2009, the “M” Award in 2007, and the Distinguished University Citizen Award in 2006.

Political science, finance and French major Charanya Krishnaswami received the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student Award. A President’s Scholar from Plano, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Robert Stewart Hyer Society and the University Honors Program. She served as community service coordinator for her Residence Hall Council and as vice president of SMU Mock Trial. In addition, she was a student editor and Henry S. Miller Research Fellow with SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career with the United Nations as a human rights lawyer.

Kyle Bagwell (’83), the Donald L. Lucas Professor of Economics at Stanford University, received the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award. He works in various fields of economics, including industrial organizations, international economics and game theory. A Fellow of the Econometric Society, he is co-author (with Robert W. Steiger) of The Economics of the World Trading System. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Stanford Center for International Development, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and a reporter for the American Law Institute project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. Bagwell earned undergraduate degrees in economics and mathematics from Dedman College in 1983 and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford in 1986.

(Above, left to right: Charanya Krishnaswami ’10, Fred Olness and Kyle Bagwell ’83 at the 2010 Dedman College Celebration.)