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 | 2019-09-30T08:01:29-08:00 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 | 2019-09-16T11:07:46-08:00 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 | 2019-07-30T11:33:53-08:00 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 | 2019-04-26T06:58:42-08:00 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 | 2018-10-23T07:43:29-08:00 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

Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd Swiped Right To A $230 Million Fortune

Fortune Originally Posted: July 11, 2018 Whitney Wolfe Herd '11 is a Dedman College alumna and Executive Board member. Some users of Bumble, Whitney Wolfe Herd’s dating app, are lucky enough to swipe right and find love, a new friend or a job opportunity. Wolfe Herd, though, may be the luckiest of all: The app, which Forbes values at $1 billion, has brought its 29-year-old founder a $230 million fortune. While Wolfe Herd missed the cut for this year’s Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, Forbes predicts it won’t be too long before she joins the ranks, assuming Bumble keeps growing at the rate it has. Bumble’s biggest competitor is Tinder, founded in 2012 as one of the first “swiping” dating apps,using a customer's location to find matches. Wolfe [...]

By | 2018-07-13T08:56:20-08:00 July 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd Swiped Right To A $230 Million Fortune

SMU alumna works to earn LPGA

Hays Free Press Originally Posted: June 27, 2018 Lindsey McCurdy graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in advertising and a minor in psychology. A year after graduating from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a degree in advertising and a minor in psychology, Hays High alum and golfer Lindsey McCurdy is grinding away in mini-tournaments across the United States in order to reach her goal of qualifying for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). After McCurdy barely missed the LPGA last year, she had to re-enter qualifying school and is now currently in the middle of the qualifying process with her ninth week on the road playing in tournaments. “It’s been good, it’s been busy,” McCurdy said. “I’m glad to finally start to play [...]

By | 2018-06-27T11:45:36-08:00 June 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Psychology|Comments Off on SMU alumna works to earn LPGA

Dedman College alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd on Time’s “world’s most influential people list.”

Time Magazine Originally Posted: April 2018 Whitney Wolfe Herd is unashamed to admit that being labeled a feminist never used to appeal to her. But after the tumultuous end to her tenure at Tinder—the dating-app company she co-founded, and then sued for sexual harassment—the term seemed less like a slur and more like an admission of who she truly was: a woman who refused to be silenced by men and who is driven to succeed on her own merits. She left Tinder and soon became determined to put women in the driver’s seat when it comes to the world of online dating. Enter Bumble. The genius of this app is that while both men and women can indicate interest, only women can initiate conversation, thus [...]

By | 2018-04-19T10:13:22-08:00 April 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research|Comments Off on Dedman College alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd on Time’s “world’s most influential people list.”

West Dallas Teens Road Trip To The Border And Back, Exploring Mexican-American History

KERA Originally Posted: March 13, 2018 KERA story published Tuesday, March 13, 2018 on SMU Graduate History alumna Carla Mendiola. She is teaching high school students chicana/o history. A man dressed in gold and black blows a trumpet shell. A teenage boy beats on a drum. They’re part of a group that performs traditional Aztec dances. On Saturday morning, they’re inside the gym at the Wesley-Rankin Community Center in West Dallas. Some of the kids watching may have seen these colorfully dressed dancers before, but few of them know what the dances mean. The performance was the first lesson of spring break. A group of West Dallas teenagers is spending the time off from school learning about history – specifically, Mexican-American history. The kids left Dallas over the [...]

By | 2018-03-14T07:04:10-08:00 March 14th, 2018|Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History|Comments Off on West Dallas Teens Road Trip To The Border And Back, Exploring Mexican-American History
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