May 31, 2012

The National Science Foundation has recognized two SMU faculty members with the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award. The NSF career grants recognize junior faculty whose research will have a broad impact on society.

In Dedman College, Assistant Professor of Physics Jodi Cooley (left) was awarded a five-year grant of $1 million toward her work with the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search, a collaboration of scientists from 14 institutions who are trying to detect the passage of dark matter through the earth deep in an abandoned Minnesota mine.

Cooley’s proposal also draws area high school physics teachers into the research.

Joseph Camp (right), the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Professor of Electrical Engineering, was awarded a five-year, $450,000 grant for developing a more affordable wireless network design and protocols to help provide Internet access to low-income individuals. He teaches in the Lyle School of Engineering.