SMU alumna is part of Dell Medical School’s Class of 2021 which contains almost 60 percent women

The Daily Texan Originally Posted: November 30, 2017 As a mother of three and a Southern Methodist University advertising and French alumna, Mary Beth Bennett isn’t the typical first-year medical student. However, as a member of Dell’s Class of 2021, Bennett is now part of an unconventional class where females are dominating the classroom. Dell’s second admitted class consists of 58 percent women and 42 percent men, according to data from Dell Medical School Student Affairs. Although Dell admits a small number of students, with 50 students admitted this past summer, the school’s demographics are notable compared to national averages. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, of newly enrolled medical students in the country in 2016, 49.8 percent were women and 50.2 percent [...]

By | 2017-12-05T08:22:11+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Graduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU alumna is part of Dell Medical School’s Class of 2021 which contains almost 60 percent women

SMU history professor/time expert Alexis McCrossen explores the evolution of New Year’s celebrations

SMU News Originally Posted: November 30, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – Before fireworks displays, the Tournament of Roses Parade and champagne toasts, New Year’s Day in the United States was a time to pay respect, reflect and render accounts. The revelry came later, says Alexis McCrossen, SMU professor of history. Ironically, the holiday’s deeper meaning and purpose would get lost in the annual bacchanalia. Thousands of Americans in 1927 lined up outside the White House to attend a reception hosted by President Calvin Coolidge. The tradition began with George Washington's presidency and continued through the presidency of Herbert Hoover. Photo courtesy the U.S. Library of Congress. “There’s something deeply symbolic about the new year,” McCrossen says. “Historically it’s been when individuals and communities made sense of [...]

By | 2017-12-04T10:54:54+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on SMU history professor/time expert Alexis McCrossen explores the evolution of New Year’s celebrations

SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi named Schwarzman Scholar

SMU News Originally Posted: December 4, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) — SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi was named a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, one of 140 students selected globally to receive the honor. Schwarzman Scholars are selected based on their academic aptitude, intellectual ability, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. A biochemistry, health and society major, Chi has conducted several research projects during his time at SMU. He conducted stem cell research to treat age-related macular degeneration, designed and conducted an independent research project on the healthcare literacy and access of at-risk Nong Zhuan Fei migrants, and studied cell lines’ growth rates to determine the link between genetics [...]

By | 2017-12-08T06:53:22+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, UHP|Comments Off on SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi named Schwarzman Scholar

Various opinions from SMU professors

SMU News Originally Posted: November 29, 2017 Following are links to a sample of opinions written by SMU professors that have appeared recently in various publications. They represent the independent thoughts of their authors and appear in the order in which they were published, the most recent being at the top. Trump should try quiet diplomacy By Jeffrey Engel Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History at SMUTwenty-five years ago this week, Americans rejected a far different man than the one in power today. Self-confident where Donald Trump is thin-skinned, well-mannered in a way Trump considers weak, George H.W. Bush is remembered a quarter-century out of office as an elder statesman whose call for a “kinder and gentler” nation appears quaint in retrospect.  Read [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:27:02+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Philosophy, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Various opinions from SMU professors

TEDxKids@SMU returns Nov. 30, and so does Amit

SMU News Originally Posted: November 29, 2017 Amit Banerjee is now a 19-year-old sophomore at SMU, a Hunt Leadership Scholar studying engineering and public policy. Amit Banerjee was just 13 years old when he attended his first TEDxKids@SMU conference in 2011. He was absolutely hooked. He was back in 2012 as a featured speaker, talking about the magazine he created for his Eagle Scout project – “Philanthropy Kids.” And five years later, he is part of a growing network of young people in the Dallas area who after attending as middle-schoolers, come back year after year as program volunteers in high school and college. Amit is now a 19-year-old sophomore at SMU, a Hunt Leadership Scholar studying engineering and public policy. He hasn’t missed an [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:20:05+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on TEDxKids@SMU returns Nov. 30, and so does Amit

Army veteran finds a new band of brothers (and sisters) in the SMU pep band

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: November 24, 2017 Having joined midyear, Juan Rios is still enjoying the traditions that go along with being a first-year member of the Southern Methodist University band — including a cap that bears his name and SMU's "Diamond M" logo. In addition to three-times-a-week practice, he treasures the late-night talks, campus walks and camaraderie with his band brothers and sisters. It's those moments that take Rios back to Tallil, the base south of Baghdad where he and his fellow Army mates were stationed in 2011. Being in the SMU band, he said, "reminds me of the brotherhood we had in the military." Recalling the Army's drills and ceremonies, "it's like we had our instruments there, too — but they were [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:15:40+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Army veteran finds a new band of brothers (and sisters) in the SMU pep band

Do Those Blue Light Filters on Devices Really Help You Sleep?

KQED Science Originally Posted: November 27, 2017 If you’re losing sleep over the blue light coming from your phone, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are now lots of apps that promise to improve sleep by filtering out the blue light produced by phones, tablets, computers and even televisions. But how well do these apps work? There haven’t been any big studies to answer that question. So I phoned a couple of scientists who study the link between blue light exposure and sleep. My first call is to Lisa Ostrin, an assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Ostrin owns an iPhone. And every iPhone comes with an app called Night Shift that lets you filter out blue light. So [...]

By | 2017-11-29T07:24:54+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Do Those Blue Light Filters on Devices Really Help You Sleep?

How Would a Tax Code Overhaul Impact North Texas Charities?

NBC 5 Originally Posted: November 27, 2017 After Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, part of a national call to encourage people to give to their favorite charities during the Christmas season. At the same time, Congress is back to work trying to overhaul the U.S. Tax Code before the end of the year, and some wonder if the current plan could cost charities. Under a plan presented by House Republicans, charitable giving is still tax deductible, but fewer people may end up using the deduction. In an effort to simplify the tax code, the standard deduction would nearly double so that fewer people would need to itemize deductions and would instead just take a standard deduction. But if there is less of a need to [...]

By | 2017-11-29T07:22:16+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on How Would a Tax Code Overhaul Impact North Texas Charities?

Hidden History – A Room With the View at SMU

Surfing Report Originally Posted: November 26, 2017 Dallas, Texas — At my Alma Mater, Southern Methodist University (SMU), there is a Room with, hands down, the best view of the campus and of the Dallas skyline. And, it’s a 100-year-old Secret to most Mustangs. Welcome to the Attic Apartment atop Dallas Hall. Dallas Hall sits atop an actual Hilltop at SMU and commands a view of the entire campus (voted one of the most beautiful in the nation) as well as the skyline of the city of Dallas. The building is listed on the national historical register, and its dome is quite majestic. If you look at Dallas Hall, focus on the two stone balconies beneath the grand Dome, on each side. Now look at [...]

By | 2017-11-28T08:11:30+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Hidden History – A Room With the View at SMU
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