It’s 7,000 light years away from Earth, but a rare pulsating star identified recently by SMU astrophysicists could shed new light on scientists’ understanding of the universe’s expansion. As big as or bigger than our sun, the new delta Scuti is one of only seven known stars of its kind in our Milky Way galaxy.
Shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree in dance performance at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, Michael Trusnovec ’96 joined Paul Taylor’s renowned modern dance company. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News published on February 7, 2017, he talked about his lifelong obsession with dance and obsessively watching videotapes of Paul Taylor Dance Company performances in the library as an SMU student.
Coming this fall: SMU’s new master of science degree in engineering entrepreneurship. The program will focus on technology development through a business lens with the aim of providing managers and entrepreneurs with the skills they need to start and lead new technology ventures.
Skill-building projects in coding, programming and robotics are among the new additions to the SMU Summer Youth Program at SMU-in-Plano. Weekly workshops are offered for students entering grades K-12 from June 5 through August 4. Popular classes fill early, so register today. Use the code ALUMSY17 at checkout for 20 percent off. Read more at SMU Summer Youth Programs.
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Cardiologist John Harper ’68 says the biology and chemistry courses he took at SMU provided the foundation that got him through medical school, but the English degree he earned from the University and a lifetime love of reading have made him a truly successful doctor. He’ll return to campus to share his erudite approach to better medicine at the annual Literature + Medicine Conference on April 1 .
It was a night of fun, food and fellowship as alumni, faculty, students and members of the community celebrated achievement at the sixth annual Black Excellence Ball on February 25. Black Alumni of SMU joined the Association of Black Students (ABS) to present “Mustang Masquerade.”
Nationally respected criminal justice scholar Pamela R. Metzger has been named director of SMU Dedman School of Law’s new Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center. Beginning July 1, Metzger will oversee the new center’s independent research and development of educational opportunities focused on issues ranging from wrongful convictions to over-incarceration.
Applications are now being accepted for the SMU Department of Chemistry’s new Ph.D. degree in theoretical and computational chemistry, an intensive and success-oriented program designed to prepare students for a future in one of the fastest growing fields in chemistry.
What’s the key to juggling the demands of graduate school and competitive rowing? “I started drinking a lot of coffee, especially with early morning practices,” says Gabrielle (Gabby) Petrucelli ’16 says. A four-year starter for the SMU women’s soccer team as an undergraduate, Petrucelli is working toward a master of science in accounting (MSA) at SMU’s Cox School of Business while testing the waters as a first-year member of the SMU rowing team.