For the Record: Dec. 4, 2009

Philip Van Keuren, 'Allee II Woman III'Philip Van Keuren, Art, Meadows School of the Arts, is featured in a current exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a noted Dallas gallery of contemporary art. The exhibition, titled “Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper, 1969-2009,” features a selection of his collages, drawings and photographs and will be on view at The Mac through Dec. 19. Recently, he was interviewed on WRR-FM’s “Art Matters” about his artistic work and his career. (Right, a section of Van Keuren’s 2009 diptych Allee II Woman III, Iris print.)

SMU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won three 2009 Frederick H. Teahan Awards at the PRSSA National Conference held in San Diego in November. The team won a total of $800, as well as two plaques and a trophy. Entries for the Teahan awards are submitted from among the 300 PRSSA chapters at colleges and universities nationwide. SMU won in every category it entered.

The University received top honors for Outstanding Chapter Development and Outstanding PRSA/PRSSA Chapter Relationship. Faculty adviser Christy Baily-Byers, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for her “dedication and creative chapter guidance, effective student motivation, exceptional contributions to public relations education, supportive chapter advocacy and representation within the academic department and with the PRSA sponsoring chapter and its members.”

Steve Sekula, Physics, Dedman College, has been named to membership in the BaBar Collaboration, a group of about 600 physicists and engineers from 75 institutions in 10 countries who study the subatomic particles called B mesons produced by the PEP-II storage ring in the BaBar detector at Stanford University. His efforts will focus on physics research and publications. In addition, he will publish a paper on a search for invisible decays of the Upsilon(1S) meson in Physical Review Letters. The process may be sensitive to the presence of either low-mass dark matter or a low-mass dark gauge boson. The paper is available in a preprint version online.