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Historian David McCullough Receives SMU Tower Center Medal Of Freedom

Historian David McCullough Receives SMU Tower Center Medal Of Freedom

David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer often called “America’s greatest historian,” received the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies November 18. The award is given by the Tower Center every two years to an individual or individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity. Shown at the presentation are (from left) President George W. Bush, David McCullough, First Lady Laura Bush ’68, Penny Tower Cook and SMU Trustee Jeanne Tower Cox ’79.

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SMU Polo Teams Riding High In Club Sports

SMU Polo Teams Riding High In Club Sports

Polo has existed at SMU sporadically throughout the University’s 100-year history. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that the men’s and women’s teams formally registered as club sports with the University, a process that was approved in 2011. In the years since, both teams have combined for three national tournament appearances: The men’s team came within a point of reaching the national finals last year and both are primed for further postseason runs this spring.

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Congratulations! SMU Engineering Students Win National Competition

Congratulations! SMU Engineering Students Win National Competition

Three SMU graduate students in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering were awarded first place in a national student wastewater engineering design competition. The SMU design team – Kaylee Dusek, Allison Leopold and Abigail Klaus – competed against 10 universities at the 88th annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago, where they won the national title September 27.

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Congratulations! SMU’s Eddie Allegra ’16 And BioLum Team

Congratulations! SMU’s Eddie Allegra ’16 And BioLum Team

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Congratulations! SMU Volleyball Captures AAC Crown

Congratulations! SMU Volleyball Captures AAC Crown

The SMU volleyball team won its first conference championship, clinching at least a share of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championship with a 3-1 win against Houston (25-14, 25-15, 26-28, 25-17) in Moody Coliseum November 15.

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SMU Human Rights Awards First Santos Rodriquez Memorial Scholarship

SMU Human Rights Awards First Santos Rodriquez Memorial Scholarship

Karly Zrake ’18, sophomore human rights and anthropology major, is SMU’s first recipient of the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is named in honor of Santos Rodriguez, a 12-year-old whose 1973 shooting death by a Dallas police officer remains one of the nation’s most troubling civil rights incidents. Pictured are Zrake and Santos’ mother, Bessie Rodriguez, who attended a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tribute to her son November 2 at a Seattle park named in his honor.

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Substance Or Buzz: SMU Graduate Students Crack Interdisciplinary Code

Substance Or Buzz: SMU Graduate Students Crack Interdisciplinary Code

A job ad analysis by a group of Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute graduate fellows – Meghan Wadle, Michael Aiuvalasit, Carson Davis, Angel Gallardo, Bingchen Liu and Tim McGee – suggests some academic positions aren’t actually interdisciplinary. Among their findings: Jobs that appear truly interdisciplinary tend to be at institutions that have dedicated centers for such work. In a story about the research in Inside Higher Ed, Wadle says she’s lucky to have been exposed to faculty members familiar with emerging interdisciplinary methodologies.

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SMU Alumnus Honors His Father With New Energy Investment Lab

SMU Alumnus Honors His Father With New Energy Investment Lab

SMU alumnus Bryan Sheffield ’01 has honored his father with a generous gift to the University to create the Scott Sheffield Energy Investment Lab. Shown at the dedication of the lab at the Cox School of Business are (from left) SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Scott Sheffield, Kimberley Sheffield, Cary Maguire, Bruce Bullock, Bryan Sheffield ’01, Cox Dean Al Niemi, Kit Sheffield ’04 and his wife, Lisa Bulgakova Sheffield ’16.

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Top Quark: SMU Physicists Calculate New Measurement Of Key Subatomic Particle

Top Quark: SMU Physicists Calculate New Measurement Of Key Subatomic Particle

SMU physicists have achieved a new precise measurement of the top quark, a key subatomic particle. The new value from SMU confirms the validity of recent measurements by other physicists, but it also adds to growing uncertainty about aspects of physics’ Standard Model, particularly testing the strong force theory.

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Jonathan Stolk Named Executive Director Of Caruth Institute For Engineering Education

Jonathan Stolk Named Executive Director Of Caruth Institute For Engineering Education

Jonathan Stolk has been appointed executive director of SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and professor in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. “His role within the Simmons and Lyle Schools will strengthen the collaborations that have been developed between our two schools, as well as establish exciting new opportunities throughout SMU,“ says Simmons School Dean David Chard.

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