SMU is helping to build hardware for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility in South Dakota, future home to the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.
At the all-University Commencement ceremony on May 19, featured speaker Randall L. Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T, challenged members of the Class of 2018 to “make every effort not to live your life in a straight line.” The day was filled with hugs, laughter and pony ears as the new graduates looked back on their four exciting years on the Hilltop and forward to their futures as world changers.
As a Freedom School volunteer, mechanical engineering major Jabari Ford ’20 showed young boys that a love of learning can take them anywhere. He says they changed him, too. “I’ve developed a passion for these kids that I’ve never had before.”
Building on unprecedented accomplishments over the past decade, SMU has launched a three-year giving “stampede” focused on yearly investments that strengthen current efforts in every area of the University. Learn more about Pony Power: Strengthening the Stampede in SMU Magazine.
SMU education experts, Guildhall game developers and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) collaborated as PeopleForWords to create a mobile puzzle-solving app for adult learners. The team has been named one of eight national semifinalists advancing in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE.
The New York Times covered SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory researchers’ study of Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest human, that reveals the mechanics of his stride may vary between his right and left legs, upending conventional wisdom that an uneven gait slows down runners.
Mustang fans will be treated to gridiron action, giveaways and a movie at the SMU Football Fan Day scrimmage on Saturday, August 26 in Ford Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the kickoff at 6 p.m. The Mustangs open the 2017 season on September 2 at home against Stephen F. Austin.
Lead researcher Junchang Lü ’04 and colleagues Yuong-Nam Lee ’95 and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi ’04 have discovered a new dinosaur in China, a giant bird-like creature with a distinctive head crest. They christened it Corythoraptor jacobsi (“Jacobs’ helmeted thief”) in honor of their SMU mentor, renowned paleontologist Louis Jacobs.
Morgan Bolton ’17, a three-year starter at point guard for women’s basketball, and Sylvia de Toledo ’17, a four-year starter for the equestrian team, have been nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through athletics, academics, leadership and service.
Parker Holloway ’17 created the curriculum and spent the summer sparking engineering interest through hands-on challenges during weekly camps for middle and high school students held in the Deason Innovation Gym at SMU.
While studying summer camps offered by Trinity River Audubon Center, Maguire Center Public Service Fellow Megan Brown, a Ph.D. student in anthropology, pondered the impact of big data on her field, concluding “a deeper understanding of human stories is what gives these numbers any meaning at all.”
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