Congrats to Biology Ph.D. students, Lacin Yapindi and Tetiana Hutchison

Dedman College News Originally Posted: November 5, 2018 Updated Nov. 12, 2018 - Lacin Yapindi won a second place award for the best oral presentation. Tetiana Hutchison won a second place award for best poster. The two biology Ph.D. students presented at the 2018 Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi on Nov 8-10, 2018. Congratulations! Robert Harrod, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences announced today that two of his Ph.D. students, Lacin Yapindi and Tetiana Hutchison, were selected to present at the 2018 Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi on Nov 8-10, 2018. The event promotes the science of microbiology throughout the state through meetings, [...]

By | 2018-11-19T12:12:26+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on Congrats to Biology Ph.D. students, Lacin Yapindi and Tetiana Hutchison

Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Noelle Kendall ’19 is majoring in biological sciences and earning minors in chemistry and french in addition to her Tower Scholars Program minor in public policy and international affairs. We asked her about her experience as a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar and about why science and public policy matter to her. READ MORE

By | 2018-11-12T11:07:52+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18

Dedman College News Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett In the 2017-18 academic year, SMU Human Rights Fellow Benjamin Chi fought to change the Texas Family Code, advocating for underage youth without guardians to give consent to their own medical care, which would allow them to attend school and improve public health. “Working as an SMU Human Rights Fellow has been the most formative experience of my undergraduate experience,” said Ben. Inspired to study human rights through his parents’ experiences of living in poverty until their thirties, Ben has been collaborating with homelessness advocates, state government officials, healthcare specialists, and youth experiencing homelessness. In the 2014-2015 school year, 113,000 students were identified as homeless, according to the Texas Homeless Education Office, an organization [...]

By | 2018-11-08T15:44:44+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18

A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.

Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do  A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts. Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted. AAC&U commissioned the Washington, D.C.-based Hart Research Associates to survey two groups: 500 or so business [...]

By | 2018-08-28T10:01:16+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.

Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: July 28, 2018 Santosh D’Mello, professor of biological sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. The second award will fund research investigating the mechanisms underlying MeCP2 duplication syndrome, a rare inherited neurodevelopmental that occurs almost exclusively in men. “We hope our research will contribute to a better understanding of these devastating brain disorders so that effective [...]

By | 2018-08-07T18:50:54+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner

SMU Video Originally Posted: July 10, 2018 “SMU makes my passion for accounting and biology easy to maneuver. SMU’s approach to interdisciplinary study has shaped me into a more critical thinker who can approach a problem from both business and scientific perspectives. And as I prepare for medical school, my dual degree plan gives me a competitive edge. I am able to pursue diverse internship opportunities, including those that focus on the business and clinical aspects of health care.” — W. Holt Garner, Accounting and Biology double major and Chemistry minor. https://youtu.be/eqww8B51c0E  

By | 2018-08-07T18:37:18+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner

Watch: Big on Research – Roxana Farokhnia

YouTube Originally Posted: July 10, 2018 “SMU was the school for me because I wanted a personalized experience in college, where my professors would know me and care about where I want to go in life. My work in the Vogel-Wise Lab allows me as a pre-health student to not only participate in cutting-edge research on finding ways to help cancer patients who don’t respond to chemotherapy, but also develop my own project and create meaningful connections with professors.” — Roxana Farokhnia, Biology and Health and Society double major on the Pre-Health track. WATCH https://youtu.be/zas3BGb3Uu0  

By | 2018-08-06T10:23:39+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Big on Research – Roxana Farokhnia

SMU alum moves company headquarters to Houston, announce residency at the world’s largest medical complex

PR Log Originally Posted: July 25, 2018 Edward Allegra, co-founder and CEO of BioLum Sciences graduated from SMU in 2014 with degrees in biology and economics. BioLum Sciences Announces Residency at JLABS @ TMC BioLum Sciences is pleased to announce residency at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS at the Texas Medical Center (JLABS @ TMC) - the world's largest medical complex. As a result, BioLum has relocated its company headquarters from Dallas, TX to Houston, TX. "The TMC ecosystem provides us with numerous opportunities for collaborations and partnerships that will undoubtedly play key roles in the commercialization of our technology," said Edward Allegra, co-founder and CEO of BioLum Sciences. "We couldn't be more excited to be surrounded by other startups and industry leaders who are at [...]

By | 2018-08-02T08:52:11+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU alum moves company headquarters to Houston, announce residency at the world’s largest medical complex

Free college in Oak Lawn Park started by SMU professor, hippies

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 17, 2018 There was once a place you could attend a class on astrology, a legal seminar held by an attorney, and a discussion of electronic music led by a composer — all in one night. For free. It was called Dallas' Free University, an open-air series of classes and discussions held in Oak Lawn Park. Why Oak Lawn Park? At the time, Oak Lawn Park had a mixed reputation. One Newsreader called the park a hippie haven. That was not a compliment. Another reader saw the park as an important gathering place for young people interested in free expression. This tension was one reason Oak Lawn Park was chosen to be the spot for Free University. The idea for the makeshift free college started when [...]

By | 2018-07-17T12:17:56+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Free college in Oak Lawn Park started by SMU professor, hippies

SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 11, 2018 Dr. Santosh D’Mello, professor and former chair of the SMU Department of Biological Sciences was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 milion by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two different fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. Dr. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. Using a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, Dr. D’Mello and his team will examine whether elevating FoxP1 levels protects the brain from the pathological loss of brain cells and improves behavioral performance. The second award will fund research [...]

By | 2018-07-11T13:42:59+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants
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