TODAY: Understanding and Promoting Minority Mental Health: Virtual Reality, Community-engaged Focus Groups, and Beyond… With Dr. Pricilla Lui, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm REGISTER HERE Harold Simmons 117 or by Zoom. Dr. Lui conducts research on minority mental health and health disparities.She is interested in how people from diverse sociocultural backgrounds make sense of the world, and how their lived experiences associated with culture, ethnicity, and race affect their psychopathology and addictive behaviors.Using a social ecological framework, she studies intercultural contact (e.g., acculturation, discrimination), close social relationships (e.g., romantic relationship, intergenerational conflict), and intrapersonal characteristics (e.g., personality, cultural orientations) as determinants of psychopathology, primarily alcohol (mis)use. Through this program of research, Dr. Lui  seeks to inform and influence clinical interventions that are most effective in alleviating distress and improving psychological functioning across diverse ethnocultural groups.To the extent that knowledge on the prediction and explanation of human psychology only is as good as [...]

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My college years were in the tumultuous 1960s. Graduates today must keep idealism alive.

USA Today Originally Posted: May 9, 2021 “I anticipate many of my students in the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Program, where I teach, will remain active in social justice causes for Black Lives Matter, women’s and LGBTQ rights, anti-hate activism, and beyond.” Rick Halperin, director of the SMU Dallas Human Rights Program, contemplates the future of his graduating human rights scholars while recalling his personal journey of protests as an undergraduate 50 years ago. Published in USA Today https://www.usatoday.com/.../college.../4942261001/

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Fashion Group International of Dallas and SMU Professor Maryann Cairns are spearheading the city’s initiatives in eco-friendly fashion

D Magazine Posted: April 27, 2021 The fashion industry in Dallas is pioneering initiatives and programs to support the next generation of environmentally conscious fashion professionals locally. In recent years, the industry at large has laid the groundwork to encourage sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions exacerbated by the materials the designers use. Locally, Fashion Group International of Dallas and the Cairns Lab at Southern Methodist University are emblematic of an encouraging shift to make fashion sustainable in Dallas. FGI has launched scholarship funds for environmentally-minded designers while SMU is putting data behind the problem to identify solutions. Spearheaded by Professor Maryann Cairns, an environmental anthropologist at SMU, the research center aims to quantify the impact the fashion industry has on [...]

By | 2021-04-29T06:52:45-07:00 April 29th, 2021|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Fashion Group International of Dallas and SMU Professor Maryann Cairns are spearheading the city’s initiatives in eco-friendly fashion

April 22, Retention of Underrepresented Faculty: Strategic Approaches & Initiatives

Date: April 22, 2021 Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Zoom. Registration required at SMU.EDU/DedmanDiversityEventZoom link will appear in the registration confirmation. For questions please contact Jill Kelly.Event details:Beronda L. Montgomery, PhD is MSU Foundation Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. She is also a member of the Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory. Montgomery conducts research on the means by which plants and cyanobacteria are able to monitor and adjust to changes in their external environments. The ability of these largely immobile organisms to adapt to dynamic environments increases their survival and maximizes productivity. Dr. Montgomery received an NSF CAREER Award and was an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer. She has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy [...]

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Big Path Capital Dell Family Creates Endowment Fund for SMU Human Rights Program

Yahoo Finance Originally Posted: April 5, 2021 J.D. Dell, managing director and partner at Big Path Capital, the leading investment bank for impact companies and private equity funds, and Ann Marie Dell, who is currently enrolled in a Southern Methodist University doctorate program, are pleased to announce a $500,000 commitment toward the endowment of the Human Rights Program in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Ann is in her final semester of coursework in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies program in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Ann’s concentration and research focus is in the area of Human Rights and Holocaust studies under Human Rights Program Director Dr. Rick Halperin. The Dells’ initial $250,000 gift will establish the Ann and J.D. Dell Endowment [...]

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Cold Weather, Warm Neighbors

Park City People Originally Posted: April 5, 2021 Residents mobilize to help each other during historic Texas blizzard While many Texans were without necessities like power and water during the winter storm in February, North Texans came together to help each other through it. Information posted in a group chat for SMU human rights students prompted several to volunteer at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which housed 700 people during the storm. “It was amazing to see that you got people out there that actually really care for helping the community, especially during times like this,” Bri Tollie said. The SMU political science junior with a minor in human rights spent 10 hours at the convention center one day but said she and other [...]

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Whitney Wolfe Herd to speak at Commencement

SMU News Originally Posted: Marche 21, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) – Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble Inc., became the youngest woman to take a company public when she celebrated the initial offering of her dating app shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market in February. The 31-year-old entrepreneur and SMU alumna will draw lessons from her remarkable life story as the featured speaker at SMU’s May Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 15. The outdoor ceremony, scheduled for 8 a.m. in Ford Stadium, will be streamed live at https://www.smu.edu/live. “Whitney Wolfe Herd may be the youngest commencement speaker we have ever had,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Our graduates will feel a sense of kinship with her as it has been only ten years since she walked [...]

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