Tower Center features SMU alumnus Denver Nicks

Tower Center blog Originally Posted: November 2019 Denver Nicks, SMU ’07, a Hunt Leadership Scholars recipient and a Tower Center alumnus, is an award-winning journalist, former staff writer for TIME, and contributor to National Geographic Travel, Rolling Stone, Uproxx, and other publications. He is also the author of the books Hot Sauce Nation: America’s Burning Obsession, PRIVATE: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History, and CONVICTION about Lyons v. Oklahoma, a pivotal case in the career of Supreme Court justice and civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall. Currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Tulane Law School, Denver took a few moments to speak with us about his time at the Tower Center and how the professors and programming provided a solid, well-rounded foundation that has [...]

By | 2020-01-13T09:20:33-08:00 January 13th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center features SMU alumnus Denver Nicks

‘The Story Collider’ at Wild Detectives shows the intersection between humanity and science

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: Nov. 21, 2019 From a journalism teacher donating her kidney to a total stranger to a middle school teacher traveling to Africa to study human fossils, people shared their stories in front of a live audience about how science has affected their lives. The Story Collider science and storytelling event made its way to Dallas’ Wild Detectives on Nov. 6 for the second time this year. The event featured five storytellers from different backgrounds. Since launching in 2010, Story Collider events have been held around the nation and even abroad. The Dallas Morning News’ science writer, Anna Kuchment, and Dallas-based television producer Aparna Kumar were the hosts, sharing anecdotes between speakers. A wide range of speakers made the packed bar [...]

By | 2019-11-26T13:58:04-08:00 November 25th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Graduate News|Comments Off on ‘The Story Collider’ at Wild Detectives shows the intersection between humanity and science

Landmark $100 million gift to SMU from Moody Foundation to create separate graduate school, fuel significant research

SMU News Originally Posted: November 12, 2019 SMU will take a major step forward in serving the talent and research needs of a challenging world, thanks to a landmark $100 million commitment from the Moody Foundation that will fund the University’s eighth degree-granting school – the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. The Moody Foundation commitment is the largest gift in SMU history. “We cannot overstate the power and reach of this gift,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “This is a transformational moment for SMU and Dallas, signaling that SMU is a premier institution with the means to be a full partner in commercial and global problem-solving, and a pipeline for leaders to tackle those challenges. “As the Texas economy booms, companies and [...]

By | 2019-11-13T07:51:23-08:00 November 15th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on Landmark $100 million gift to SMU from Moody Foundation to create separate graduate school, fuel significant research

Myria Perez selected as one of 125 women innovators across the country to be AAAS IF/THEN ambassadors

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: Sept. 9, 2019 SMU alumna Myria Perez was selected as one of 125 women innovators across the country to be AAAS IF/THEN ambassadors. Their mission? To share their stories and serve as high-profile role models for girls. The percentages don't lie, and for women, the percentages aren't good. Only 37 percent of science, technology, engineering and math professionals portrayed in television and film are women. More than a few experts see a connection between such a low figure and whether young girls will choose to pursue STEM as a career. It is time, they say, to join forces in search of a new wave of STEM superstars. And pop culture — including television and film — is one of the ways to [...]

By | 2019-09-30T08:01:29-07:00 September 30th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Graduate News|Comments Off on Myria Perez selected as one of 125 women innovators across the country to be AAAS IF/THEN ambassadors

Alumna wins Emmy for NASA Coverage

Congrats to Dr. Sue Smrekar who received her Ph.D. in Geophysics from the SMU Department of Earth Sciences in 1990. She represented NASA last night at the Emmy's where they won 'Outstanding Original Interactive Program' coverage of the NASA In Sight mission to study Mars. READ MORE

By | 2019-09-16T11:07:46-07:00 September 16th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Graduate News|Comments Off on Alumna wins Emmy for NASA Coverage

A Story About El Paso and Soccer That You Should Read

D Magazine Originally Posted: August 16, 2019 You might recognize the name Roberto José Andrade Franco. He’s a Ph.D. candidate at SMU who has written a few stories for D Magazine. Roberto is from El Paso. He was there when a North Texas man killed 22 people in a Walmart. At the time, Roberto had an assignment from Deadspin to write about soccer in Juarez. There was no way he could write about the sport without addressing the violence. The result was quite something. A taste: I’ve made that drive so many times I’ve lost count. I know where to stop for gas and which bathrooms are clean. As you drive into that open west Texas land, hours pass between glimpses of even moderate-sized cities. [...]

By | 2019-09-04T07:42:10-07:00 September 3rd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History|Comments Off on A Story About El Paso and Soccer That You Should Read

Claims data will power new research initiative developing predictive models to fight opioid crisis

Healthcare Business Originally Posted: July 11, 2019 By Bill Lucia Today, Americans are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car accident, according to the National Safety Council. And as the opioid crisis continues to ravage the U.S., it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that it is a global dilemma that extends to virtually all corners of the developed world. Big data to improve outcomes This research effort is all about the shared common goal of harnessing big data and digital technologies to deliver better outcomes in healthcare, with each member of the coalition contributing its own unique and deep expertise. The Digital Health CRC — which is the largest digital health research cooperative in the world, with funding [...]

By | 2019-07-17T08:18:54-07:00 July 17th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News, Statistical Science|Comments Off on Claims data will power new research initiative developing predictive models to fight opioid crisis

SMU Physics Major Bryson DeChambeau Hopes To Hit His Stride Ahead Of FedEx Cup

Forbes Originally Posted: June 25, 2019 Bryson DeChambeau hasn’t played Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, before but that doesn’t mean the 25-year-old golfer isn’t prepared for The Northern Trust. DeChambeau hadn’t played Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, but that didn’t prevent him from winning the first event that comprises the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs in 2018. The Northern Trust will be held from August 7-11, 2019, as DeChambeau looks to retain his crown and take a stronghold on the FedEx Cup standings. “I’ve seen it on TV with the (2017) Presidents Cup,” DeChambeau said. “I never saw Ridgewood before and I went in and won there. It’s just about what I can do at that moment in time; [...]

By | 2019-06-28T07:52:28-07:00 June 28th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Graduate News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Physics Major Bryson DeChambeau Hopes To Hit His Stride Ahead Of FedEx Cup

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
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