Klaus Desmet and Elfi Kraka named 2018 Ford Research Fellows

FORUM Originally Posted: May 31, 2018 Four outstanding SMU scholars named 2018 Ford Research Fellows Four SMU professors received 2018 Ford Research Fellowships during the University’s Board of Trustees Meeting in May. Pictured left to right: SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Adam Herring, Klaus Desmet, Elfi Kraka, MinJun Kim, and SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall. Photo credit: SMU | Allison Slomowitz Four distinguished SMU professors were honored for their scholarship as 2018 Ford Research Fellows. The awards were presented during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 8. This year’s recipients are Klaus Desmet, Economics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Adam Herring, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; MinJun Kim, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; and Elfi Kraka, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and [...]

By | 2018-06-21T10:24:47+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on Klaus Desmet and Elfi Kraka named 2018 Ford Research Fellows

SMU Chemistry Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dedman College News Originally Posted: June 12, 2018 Peng Tao, Assistant Professor in SMU’s Department of Chemistry, was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support his research in fighting antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Tao’s innovative strategy involves developing computational methods and an advanced theoretical framework to predict protein evolution. “There are a special group of proteins called beta-lactamases in bacteria causing infections,” explains Dr. Tao. “The main function of these proteins is destroying antibiotics. And these proteins evolve very quickly leading to so-called ‘superbugs’. We are developing theoretical models to understand how these proteins carry out their functions as machines and predict how these machines may evolve when encountering new antibiotics. If successful, our models could be used by other researchers and pharmaceutical companies [...]

By | 2018-06-12T11:12:26+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Chemistry Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

May Commencement Information

If you are looking for May Commencement information click here. Schedule of events Commencement Speaker Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 103rd Commencement Weekend, May 18 and 19, 2018. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni. On Saturday [...]

Congratulations! Kenneth Martin selected as 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow

Humanity in Action Originally Posted: May 6, 2018 Humanity in Action has selected Southern Methodist University's Kenneth Martin for one of the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States. 67 students and recent graduates were selected for the 2018 Fellowship programs out of an extremely competitive pool of 564 applicants from universities and colleges across the United States. Martin will participate in the Warsaw Fellowship program. Martin will join Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore past and present examples of resistance to intolerance, with a goal of encouraging future leaders to be engaged citizens and responsible [...]

By | 2018-05-11T09:04:05+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, History, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Congratulations! Kenneth Martin selected as 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow

International health advocate: Ben Chi ’18

SMU News Originally Posted: May 2018 Benjamin H. Chi, a biochemistry, health and society major, is SMU’s first Schwarzman Scholar. The Schwarzman program provides a one-year master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing. When SMU senior Benjamin Chi travelled to the city of Harbin in northern China for diabetes research in 2016, it signaled a major milestone in his growing passion for healthcare. Now a senior, he’s headed back to China after graduation for a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsingua University, courtesy a prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman Scholars program is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace. Schwarzman Scholars live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending [...]

By | 2018-05-09T12:32:51+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on International health advocate: Ben Chi ’18

Watch: Strengthening gender diversity in the STEM pipeline

Texas Instruments Originally Posted: April 30, 2018 Quynh-Anh Dang -- university biochemistry student, former Girl Scout and current ambassador, and organizer of a STEM fair for underprivileged students. https://youtu.be/1QmQJIklggo  

By | 2018-05-04T07:07:29+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Strengthening gender diversity in the STEM pipeline

Congratulations to the SMU Student-Athletes Honored For Academic Achievements

SMU Athletics Originally Posted: April 23, 2018 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU bestowed 35 academic honors on 24 student-athletes representing 11 varsity sports programs. The women's swimming and diving team and equestrian team led all programs with five honorees. Eki Olumese, a senior on the rowing team, garnered six honors including Rhodes Scholar finalist. One of three members of the rowing program recognized, Olumese is a Gates Cambridge Scholar finalist, a Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholar, the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student, an Outstanding Senior Student in Health and Society and a Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society inductee. Rowing junior captain Emily Fogg was named a recipient of the Robert Stewart Hyer Society's 2018 University Achievement Award, and volleyball standout Montana Watts was inducted into the society. The Hyer Society [...]

By | 2018-04-23T11:53:28+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Sociology, Sociology (Student)|Comments Off on Congratulations to the SMU Student-Athletes Honored For Academic Achievements

SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 17, 2018 The SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address was given by Dr. Maria Dixon Hall, senior advisor to the provost, associate professor of Organizational Communications Studies, and adjunct professor of Homiletics, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, with an introduction by SMU President, Dr. R. Gerald Turner. https://youtu.be/_gxbpFpzAUc    

SMU Research Day 2018

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 15, 2018 https://youtu.be/xok6MaHgFGY    

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