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June 2017

 

  • Crowdsourcing to beat cancer

    SMU biochemists are working with Guildhall game developers to create the ultimate challenge for fans of the wildly popular Minecraft video game: beating cancer. By harnessing gamers’ massive computational power, the scientists hope to close in on their quest to improve chemotherapy drugs.

Crowdsourcing to beat cancer

SMU biochemists are working with Guildhall game developers to create the ultimate challenge for fans of the wildly popular Minecraft video game: beating cancer. By harnessing gamers’ massive computational power, the scientists hope to close in on their quest to improve chemotherapy drugs.

This song’s for you, Class of 2017 Copy

Pioneering geneticist Francis S. Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, delivered the address “his way” and brought down the house at SMU’s 102nd annual all-University Commencement ceremony on May 20 at Moody Coliseum.

July 19, 2017|

Paying her mom’s love forward

When award-winning scholar Dominique Earland ’17 crossed the stage at Commencement, she could link her academic accomplishments and the life path she has chosen directly to her loving relationship with her mother.

June 6, 2017|

Meet SMU’s new VP for Student Affairs

Kenechukwu (K.C.) Mmeje, whose career has focused on supporting a vibrant campus life and the academic mission at Loyola University Chicago and other universities, has been appointed SMU Vice President for Student Affairs. He will assume his new role in July.

June 6, 2017|

Cox recognizes outstanding alumni

The Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni Peter T. Dameris ’82, Kirk L. Rimer ’89 and Liz Youngblood ’05 along with Outstanding Young Alumni Amber Venz Box ’08, Baxter Box ’01 and Vik Thapar ’09 at its annual alumni awards luncheon on May 19.

June 6, 2017|

Like grandfather, like grandson

Scholarship and fellowship support from SMU made Arya McCarthy’s wide-ranging research possible. The recent graduate credits his late grandfather, John McCarthy, who taught biology and studied endocrine physiology at SMU for more than 40 years, with inspiring his thirst for discovery.

June 6, 2017|

Building a musical bridge

Voted Most Spirited and Loyal by his Mustang Band peers, drum captain and recent graduate Lawson Malnory ’17 shares his instrumental gifts through Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a student performance group that brings music to homeless shelters, city parks and other unexpected places.

June 6, 2017|

SMU alumnus Mark Lau ’06: Finding a perfect fit at Nike

“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.

June 6, 2017|

Tuning in to plants’ 24-hour rhythm

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.

June 6, 2017|

Making the numbers add up

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.

June 6, 2017|

Fed data center to open in 2018

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.

June 6, 2017|

Taos Cultural Institute, July 20–23

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.

June 6, 2017|

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