Courageous Conversations: 9 Leaders Telling Brave Stories

Forbes Originally Posted: June 22, 2020 SMU alumna Neha Husein '19 is featured in this article. What is a courageous conversation that you have recently had? Courageous conversations are defined by the difficulty of the subject matter and the bravery of the subject discussing the topic. “Whether we’re leading companies, building our career, raising a family, or fighting for justice, we all need to be able to communicate when it’s uncomfortable, confusing, and difficult, and do it in a way that actually builds trust and strengthens our relationships,” shares Sofiya Deva of Warm Robots. Nine leaders and influencers were selected to be part of Warm Robots’ inaugural “Council of Courage” that who then offered their own experiences and definitions of what a courageous conversation is. [...]

By | 2020-06-26T08:48:02-07:00 June 26th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events|Comments Off on Courageous Conversations: 9 Leaders Telling Brave Stories

Paleontologist Myria Perez Wants More Women in Science and for Everyone to Be Safe

Dallas Observer Originally Posted: May 15, 2020 Myria Perez is much smaller than her coworkers, and the only one who's non-extinct. The Houston-born paleontologist is a fossil preparator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “My duty is to take care of, prepare, prep, clean up fossils that are brought into our lab for our research and collection,” she says of her job at the museum. Perez's love affair with paleontology began when she was little. "Like most kids, I kind of caught that fossil fever," she says, looking back at her childhood. "Kids become very obsessed with paleontology and with dinosaurs. ... I never grew out of it." That fever grew deeper when Perez became a volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science [...]

By | 2020-05-18T07:40:33-07:00 May 18th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences|Comments Off on Paleontologist Myria Perez Wants More Women in Science and for Everyone to Be Safe

Hallie Hovey-Murray ’16 brings a fresh voice to autism advocacy

SMU News Originally Posted: March 10, 2020 Almost everyone has something that makes them “different.” But that distinction can become your strength, says Hallie Hovey-Murray ’16. She speaks from experience. Just weeks before graduating from SMU, she wrote an op-ed that began, “Hi, my name is Hallie, and I have autism.” Soon after the piece was published, Hallie’s inbox blew up with invitations to tell her story. A history major in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, she earned her bachelor’s degree at 20 and decided to use her new-found celebrity to shine a light on autism. She returned to her home state of Virginia to study law, and became the only contestant with autism to compete in the Miss Virginia pageant. For her [...]

By | 2020-03-11T07:54:28-07:00 March 11th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, History, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Hallie Hovey-Murray ’16 brings a fresh voice to autism advocacy

‘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

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

Bumble founder and SMU alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd on Master of Scale

Master of Scale Originally Poster: July 29, 2019 About this episode: Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd knows: The smallest feature can make or break your product. This is what Wolfe Herd tapped into when she founded a dating app that required a whole new way of communication. She has become a master of understanding what her users want, and then making the small changes to Bumble that help them achieve their goals. Listen

By | 2019-07-30T11:33:53-07:00 July 30th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research|Comments Off on Bumble founder and SMU alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd on Master of Scale

I’m A Mom And A Vaccine Researcher. Here’s Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children

Huffington Post Originally Posted April 25, 2018 SMU Department of English​ alumna Kari Nixon pens a personal story for Huffington Post​. I never thought I’d become a mother. The idea of handling someone else’s bodily fluids as, like, a day job, was abhorrent to me. And yet, at 29, I found myself walking across a graduation stage to shake George W. Bush’s hand after receiving my Ph.D. ― all while very, very, cumbersomely pregnant. In fact, security had to make an exception and allow me to have a bottle of water (not much was allowed in with a former president around, and all) because I ― or, well, my uterus, rather ― kept threatening to go into labor. I often describe May and June of [...]

By | 2019-04-26T06:58:42-07:00 April 25th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Graduate News|Comments Off on I’m A Mom And A Vaccine Researcher. Here’s Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children

Watch: In the Elevator With Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd

WSJ Originally Posted: November 16, 2018 How Much Swiping is Too Much? WSJ's Joanna Stern "bumps into" Bumble's CEO in the WSJ elevator and finds out what profile images work best, when to swipe right and how be a successful woman in tech. Photo: Andria Chamberlin for the Wall Street Journal. WATCH

By | 2018-11-28T08:19:16-08:00 November 28th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Watch: In the Elevator With Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd

Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11: Empowering women to make the first move

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: October 2018 BY MEREDITH MCBEE ’19 Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11 is inside her second-floor office at the Bumble headquarters in Austin, Texas, pacing back and forth. One hand clutches her phone, while her free hand slices the air. She buzzes around the room, navigating her way through the plush pink chairs as if she is running an obstacle course. Herd is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a social connection app that empowers women to make the first move. In just four years, her female-centric business has grown to more than 35 million users in 160 countries. In tech speak, her company is a unicorn, a startup valued at a billion dollars or more. Wolfe Herd is something of a mythological [...]

By | 2018-10-23T07:43:29-07:00 October 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11: Empowering women to make the first move
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