“I met Michael Jordan during the first week of my internship,” recalls Mark Lau ’06. “Right then I knew that Nike was the place I wanted to work.” Now global director of the company’s EKIN Experience, Lau stays in touch with fellow Mustangs as co-president of SMU’s Portland alumni chapter.
A new study by SMU researchers identifies the nuts and bolts of a chemical bond in a key protein, unlocking the mystery of how plants tell time so they know when to bloom, metabolize nutrients and perform other functions. The findings pave the way for an array of agricultural and horticultural developments.
Thousands of domestic abuse offenders convicted in Dallas County are required by law to turn over their firearms, yet only 60 guns have been surrendered in two years. A plan devised by SMU law students aims to increase the effectiveness of the gun-surrender program, thus improving survivor safety.
SMU has joined a consortium of institutions led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to establish a new data center that will advance statistical research opportunities for faculty, graduate students and other researchers in fields ranging from the social, behavioral and economic sciences to health care to urban planning.
Don’t miss out on the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, July 20–23. Register now for an unforgettable weekend featuring in-depth, hands-on courses supplemented by field trips that make the most of the Northern New Mexico setting. You’ll also have time to explore and sightsee at your own pace.
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SMU Trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 has been named the 2017 Folsom Leadership Award recipient by the Methodist Health System Foundation. The prestigious award will be presented on October 25. Co-chairs of the event include Nancy Ann ’65 and Ray Hunt ’65, Lottye and Bobby B. Lyle ’67, The Honorable Jeanne L. Phillips ’76 and Gail and Gerald Turner.
The SMU Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni – Peter T. Dameris, BBA ’82; Kirk L. Rimer, MBA ’89; and Liz Youngblood, MBA ’05 – and Outstanding Young Alumni – Amber Venz Box, BA ’09; Baxter Box, MBA ’11; and Vik Thapar, MBA ’09 – at its annual awards luncheon on May 19.
Mustang basketball fan favorite Jonathan Wilfong ’17 has already put his business studies to work expanding his national literacy charity. He could have gone to a smaller school and played more, “but I knew what I wanted to study … SMU offered the best of both worlds.”
Anthropologist Caroline Brettell joins actress Carol Burnett, musician John Legend, immunologist James Allison and other renowned leaders in various fields as a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author or editor of nearly 20 books, Brettell’s research centers on ethnicity, migration and the immigrant experience.