In Memoriam – Edward R. Biehl, Ph.D.

Edward R. Biehl, Ph.D. passed away yesterday, October 14, 2019.  Professor Biehl’s career in the Chemistry Department, including department chair, spanned from 1962 until he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2017. He was the recipient of many teaching, research and professional awards and authored many publications.  Arrangements are pending. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Professor Biehl.

By | 2019-10-16T06:51:27-07:00 October 16th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on In Memoriam – Edward R. Biehl, Ph.D.

Why do birds migrate at night?

SMU Research Originally Posted: September 12, 2019 Migratory birds are known to rely on Earth's magnetic field to help them navigate the globe. And it was suspected that a protein called cryptochrome, which is sensitive to blue light, was making it possible for birds to do this. Yet many of these animals are also known to migrate at night when there isn't much light available. So it wasn't clear how cryptochrome would function under these conditions in birds. A new study led by UT Southwestern Medical Center in collaboration with SMU (Southern Methodist University), though, may have figured out the answer to that puzzle. Researchers found that cryptochromes from migratory birds have evolved a mechanism that enhances their ability to respond to light, which can [...]

By | 2019-09-24T11:07:52-07:00 September 26th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Why do birds migrate at night?

Foreign politics aren’t stopping Chinese international students

Daily Campus Originally Posted: September 25, 2019 He says the American Dream is broken. “I used to want to be a doctor in the medicine field,” Zitong Huang says. “Because of President Trump, my green card got delayed.” Huang is an SMU international student from Beijing, China who is majoring in Chemistry with minors in Business and Spanish. But that was not his original plan. Huang came to the U.S. to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Huang says he would have to get his green card to stay in the U.S. long enough to earn his medical degree. Because of current immigration policies, he would have to wait about 10 to 15 years for a green card. “I’m to waste another ten years to get my green [...]

By | 2019-09-25T08:17:17-07:00 September 25th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Foreign politics aren’t stopping Chinese international students

‘Titans in a Jar’ Possible Answer to Crucial Questions Ahead of 2026 NASA’s Space Exploration

Science Times Originally Posted: July 3, 2019 It may be possible for Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers to determine if icy moon of Saturn, Titan, has ever been home to life long before NASA completes an exploration visit to its surface by a drone helicopter. In late June, NASA announced that its "Dragonfly" mission would launch toward Saturn's largest moon in 2026 with an expectation to arrive in 2034. The purpose of the mission is to use a rotorcraft to visit dozens of promising locations on Titan to investigate the chemistry, atmospheric, and surface properties that could lead to life. Also in June, SMU got an award of a $195,000 grant to reproduce what is happening on Titan in a laboratory setting. The Houston-based Welch [...]

By | 2019-07-04T20:48:44-07:00 July 5th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on ‘Titans in a Jar’ Possible Answer to Crucial Questions Ahead of 2026 NASA’s Space Exploration

Three Dedman College students receive prestigious fellowships and awards

Dedman College News Originally Posted: June 24, 2019 Congratulations to three accomplished Dedman College students. Megan Brown and Megan Latoya are 2019-2020 Fulbright Fellowship winners and Siddhakshi Solanki won the highly competitive Boren and Gillman Scholarships. According to an SMU press release, Brown and Latoya, both Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Anthropology, “are two of over 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.” Megan Brown will be going to Monteverde, Costa Rica and Megan Latoya will be going to Recife, Brazil. [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:28:39-07:00 June 25th, 2019|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Three Dedman College students receive prestigious fellowships and awards

Dallas Cowboys’ Legend and Video Gamers Help Fight Cancer

SMU Research Originally Posted: May 23, 2019 Gamer’s play contributes to SMU research The worlds of eSports, professional sports, philanthropy and cancer researching collided on Saturday for an online streaming event to raise funds for children with cancer, their families and Children’s Health in Dallas. Three-time Super Bowl winner and NFL Hall of Famer, Michael Irvin, and two-time Madden NFL champion, Drini Gjoka, joined to compete in a gaming tournament alongside patients and patient families at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. The tournament consisted of a live Madden NFL 19 streaming game via Twitch and ExtraLife. Stream viewers were asked to make contributions to Children’s Health in support of its Dallas emergency room renovation. At the same time, technology created by BALANCED Media | Technology helped Southern Methodist University (SMU) [...]

By | 2019-05-23T06:54:32-07:00 May 31st, 2019|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dallas Cowboys’ Legend and Video Gamers Help Fight Cancer

Today, March 5: SMU Giving Day

One day. For 24 hours on March 5, the entire SMU community will come together to give back and celebrate the causes we care about – supporting students, improving cities, educating teachers, fighting for justice, fueling champions – together, the possibilities are endless. Please consider supporting a Dedman College cause: Dedman College Scholars Dean’s Research Council SMU Human Rights SMU Fund for Dedman College Data Hackathon Challenges: Dean’s Research Council Match Gifts made to the Dedman College Dean’s Research Council will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Thank you to generous donors, Dr. Anthony Aramoonie ‘94 and Nicole Aramoonie for making this possible! Dedman College Scholars Challenge Support scholarships and help us meet the challenge from longtime SMU supporters Carl Sewell ’66 and Peggy Higgins [...]

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 | 2018-11-12T11:07:52-07:00 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

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 | 2018-08-28T10:01:16-07:00 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.
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