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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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SMU Dedman Law Scholarships Endowed In Honor Of Thomas W. Luce, III By Sarah And Ross Perot, Jr.

SMU Dedman Law Scholarships Endowed In Honor Of Thomas W. Luce, III By Sarah And Ross Perot, Jr.

A $1.75 million gift from Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot, Jr., will endow the Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program at SMU, honoring Luce’s dedication to law and community while helping infuse scholarship students with his integrity and commitment to public service. The gift creates a $1.5 million endowment and provides an additional $250,000 in operating funds for the first five years. Pictured (from left) H. Ross Perot, Thomas W. Luce, III and Ross Perot, Jr.

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SMU Reseachers Find New Compounds May Inhibit Protein Responsible for Chemotherapy Resistance

SMU Reseachers Find New Compounds May Inhibit Protein Responsible for Chemotherapy Resistance

SMU researchers have discovered three new drug-like compounds that could ultimately offer better odds of survival to prostate cancer patients. The drug-like compounds can be modified and developed into medicines that target a protein in the human body that is responsible for chemotherapy resistance in cancers, says Pia D. Vogel, professor of biochemistry at SMU and lead author on the scientific paper reporting the discovery.

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SMU Chemist Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Award

SMU Chemist Wins Prestigious National Science Foundation Award

SMU chemist Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, expected to total $650,000 over five years, to fund his research into new methods of creating polymers whose uses range from fluorescent materials to drug carriers, to everyday technologies.

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Lyle School’s Delores Etter Named To ‘100 Inspiring Women In STEM’

Lyle School’s Delores Etter Named To ‘100 Inspiring Women In STEM’

Delores Etter, founding director of the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education in SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, has been named to receive INSIGHT Into Diversity’s “100 Inspiring Women In STEM” award. The award is presented by the magazine as a tribute to 100 women whose work and achievements not only encourage others in their individual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, but also inspire a new generation of young women to consider STEM careers.

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