SMU Humans – Krafting a better world

Daily Campus Originally Posted: May 3, 2019 Melissa Kraft is a member of six honors societies. She is also double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Educational Studies. In April, she won the Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award at the Honors Convocation and the A. Kenneth Pye Award at the Hilltop Excellence Awards. Melissa Kraft with certification for Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award Photo credit: Erica Umphreyville Kraft is no stranger to receiving recognition for her achievements, but to Kraft the most important thing is providing care to those in her community. “In high school, I knew that I wanted to help people but I wasn’t sure at what capacity or what that would look like,” Kraft said. While Kraft may have entered SMU unsure [...]

By | 2019-05-07T06:08:30-07:00 May 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Sociology (Student)|Comments Off on SMU Humans – Krafting a better world

Congratulations to Pierce Allman ‘54 and Kelvin Beachum, Jr. ’10, ’12

SMU News Originally Posted: September 11, 2018 SMU Distinguished Alumni Awards to be presented on November 1 The University community will honor Pierce M. Allman ’54, Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 and Jane Chu ’81 with Distinguished Alumni Awards and Kelvin Beachum, Jr. ’10, ’12 with the Emerging Leader Award on November 1. The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony recognizes extraordinary achievement, outstanding character and good citizenship in an event hosted by President R. Gerald Turner and the SMU Alumni Board. Pierce Allman has been a member of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Executive Board since 1994. Beachum earned two degrees from SMU – a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Master of Liberal Studies. More on Allman and Beachum: Pierce Allman, co-owner of Dallas real [...]

By | 2018-09-11T10:24:37-07:00 September 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Congratulations to Pierce Allman ‘54 and Kelvin Beachum, Jr. ’10, ’12

Research and mentorship honored

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: July 2018 Paleobotanist Bonnie Jacobs, professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, has been named a Paleontological Society Fellow for her contributions to the field of Cenozoic paleobotany as well as her stellar mentorship of students and postdoctoral researchers. She was particularly lauded for her transformative research on the Cenozoic vegetation and climate of Africa. “The research I am working on with colleagues and students is aimed at understanding how tropical ecosystems in Africa came to be what they are today, and more specifically, how they were impacted in the past by global climate changes, first and foremost,” explains Jacobs. “I am always thrilled by the discovery of new fossils, but the most joyful, rewarding part of my work comes [...]

By | 2018-07-30T09:52:08-07:00 July 31st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Research and mentorship honored

Hometown hero: How Dallas’ first National Spelling Bee champ made spelling cool and became a journalist

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 1, 2018 Susan Yoachum graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism and political science Susan Yoachum walked into the Dallas Love Field lobby and was greeted with crowds of people “waving signs.” She started looking around, excited to see what celebrity  had come to Dallas. She only figured out who the celebrity was after “hordes of her eighth-grade classmates suddenly began to hug her.” “Oh my gosh. They’re here for me.” In a matter of days Susan had become a national name and a hometown hero. Her claim to fame? Being the first kid from Dallas to win the title of National Spelling Bee Champion. "She's a real champ," said a coach from her school. "If our basketball team trained the way [...]

By | 2018-06-25T08:15:32-07:00 July 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Hometown hero: How Dallas’ first National Spelling Bee champ made spelling cool and became a journalist

SMU Chemistry Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dedman College News Originally Posted: June 12, 2018 Peng Tao, Assistant Professor in SMU’s Department of Chemistry, was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support his research in fighting antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Tao’s innovative strategy involves developing computational methods and an advanced theoretical framework to predict protein evolution. “There are a special group of proteins called beta-lactamases in bacteria causing infections,” explains Dr. Tao. “The main function of these proteins is destroying antibiotics. And these proteins evolve very quickly leading to so-called ‘superbugs’. We are developing theoretical models to understand how these proteins carry out their functions as machines and predict how these machines may evolve when encountering new antibiotics. If successful, our models could be used by other researchers and pharmaceutical companies [...]

By | 2018-06-12T11:12:26-07:00 June 12th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Chemistry Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

  The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes mentors who play a significant role in the personal and professional development of Engaged Learning students. The award carries a certificate of merit and a stipend. Graduating seniors nominate mentors for the award. Selection is made based on student documentation of the mentor relationship (timely advice, feedback and guidance) and the quality of the completed project. Bonnie Jacobs  is a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Uma Ladd.       Rita Economos  is an assistant professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Madi Wewer. READ MORE and VIEW PAST RECIPIENTS LIST

By | 2017-05-25T10:59:29-07:00 May 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

‘Power Lines’ wins Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America

SMU News Originally Posted: January 13, 2016 Andrew Needham examines burden borne by Navajos in transforming Phoenix into modern metropolis SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies will present its annual book prize on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to historian Andrew Needham for Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest (Princeton University Press, 2014). The David J. Weber-William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America honors both the center’s founding director and founding benefactor. READ MORE

By | 2016-01-14T09:36:57-07:00 January 14th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research|Comments Off on ‘Power Lines’ wins Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America

Dr. Jie Sun, Dedman College staff, receives 2015 Charles F. Elton award for Best Paper

Congratulations to Jie Sun! Dr. Sun's co-authored paper, House Divided? STEM and Non-STEM On-Campus Student Retention Factors, has been awarded as the 2015 Charles F. Elton Best Paper by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). More below.

By | 2015-12-01T11:24:08-07:00 December 1st, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research|Comments Off on Dr. Jie Sun, Dedman College staff, receives 2015 Charles F. Elton award for Best Paper

Ezra Greenspan’s biography of William Wells Brown a finalist for Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Acclaim continues for book about escaped slave SMU English Professor Ezra Greenspan’s acclaimed biography William Wells Brown: An African American Life (W.W. Norton) is a finalist for the prestigious Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African-American experience. READ MORE

By | 2015-08-03T11:36:06-07:00 August 3rd, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Ezra Greenspan’s biography of William Wells Brown a finalist for Frederick Douglass Book Prize
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