SMU Physicist Honored for Dark Matter Research

SMU Research Originally Posted: November 28, 2018 Jodi Cooley named fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science SMU physicist Jodi Cooley has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by their peers upon the group’s members for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Cooley is one of 416 fellows to be honored during the 2019 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 16. She is being honored for her contributions to the search for dark matter scattering with nuclei, particularly using cryogenic technologies. The nature of dark matter is unknown, but is believed to make up about 85 percent of [...]

By | 2018-11-29T08:53:32-08:00 November 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Physicist Honored for Dark Matter Research

Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18

Dedman College News Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett In the 2017-18 academic year, SMU Human Rights Fellow Benjamin Chi fought to change the Texas Family Code, advocating for underage youth without guardians to give consent to their own medical care, which would allow them to attend school and improve public health. “Working as an SMU Human Rights Fellow has been the most formative experience of my undergraduate experience,” said Ben. Inspired to study human rights through his parents’ experiences of living in poverty until their thirties, Ben has been collaborating with homelessness advocates, state government officials, healthcare specialists, and youth experiencing homelessness. In the 2014-2015 school year, 113,000 students were identified as homeless, according to the Texas Homeless Education Office, an organization [...]

By | 2018-11-08T15:44:44-08:00 November 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18

SMU ranks No. 59 in 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, up from No. 61 in 2018

Texas Tribune Originally Posted: September 10, 2018 Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin are the only Texas schools to rank in the top 50 nationwide, according to rankings released today from U.S. News & World report that placed the Houston private school in the 16th spot and UT-Austin in the 49th. With about a half-dozen of the state's colleges and universities again landing in the 50-to-200 range, there were few surprises for Texas schools in the 2019 rankings. Arguably the most influential comparison of higher education institutions in the country, the report is a marketing boon to colleges that rank highly, even as critics have questioned the methodology used to determine how schools fare. Compared to 2018, Rice, Baylor University, Texas Christian [...]

By | 2018-09-12T10:21:09-07:00 September 14th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on SMU ranks No. 59 in 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, up from No. 61 in 2018

Triumph of the Spirit Awards to honor human rights leaders

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 Location: Mack Ballroom, SMU Campus Dallas, Texas Time: Dinner & Celebration 6:00 p.m. Register for the event: https://link.smu.edu/events/triumph-of-the-spirit/registration About the Honorees: "Nazi Hunters" Beate and Serge Klarsfeld. For more than five decades, this married couple has brought war criminals and to justice across the globe and helped restore the names and faces of victims. Click here to learn more.   2018 Local Awardees: The Docents of the Dallas Holocaust Museum This elite team of North Texas educators is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancinghuman rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Click here to learn more.   About the Triumph of the Spirit Awards: Thoughtfully produced to entertain and inspire, the TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT AWARDS honor the accomplishment, commitment and innovation of human [...]

By | 2018-08-09T08:17:57-07:00 August 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on Triumph of the Spirit Awards to honor human rights leaders

Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: July 28, 2018 Santosh D’Mello, professor of biological sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. The second award will fund research investigating the mechanisms underlying MeCP2 duplication syndrome, a rare inherited neurodevelopmental that occurs almost exclusively in men. “We hope our research will contribute to a better understanding of these devastating brain disorders so that effective [...]

By | 2018-08-07T18:50:54-07:00 August 9th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Brain disorder researcher awarded prestigious grants

Crunching data to crush bacteria

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: July 1, 2018 Peng Tao, assistant professor in SMU’s Department of Chemistry, received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support his research in fighting antimicrobial resistance. 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 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 to develop new generation of antibiotics with [...]

By | 2018-07-30T09:49:31-07:00 July 30th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Crunching data to crush bacteria

SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 11, 2018 Dr. Santosh D’Mello, professor and former chair of the SMU Department of Biological Sciences was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 milion by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two different fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. Dr. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. Using a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, Dr. D’Mello and his team will examine whether elevating FoxP1 levels protects the brain from the pathological loss of brain cells and improves behavioral performance. The second award will fund research [...]

By | 2018-07-11T13:42:59-07:00 July 11th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants

Congratulations to the 2018 M Award Recipients

SMU Originally Posted: June 25, 2018 About the Award The "M" Award is the most highly prized recognition bestowed upon students, faculty, staff and administrators on the SMU Campus. The recipients' efforts have been continuous during their years at the University and are not limited to a narrow vested interest. The "M" Award honorees are an inspiration to others, giving unselfishly of their time and talents in order to make the University, and indeed the world, a better place for all of us to live. As many as 10 students and 5 faculty/staff members can be selected for this prestigious award each year, but that has not always been the case. 2018 Recipients Students Faculty/Staff Anna Bender Madeleine Case Richmond Dewan Deangelo Garner Will Jones [...]

By | 2018-06-25T08:54:22-07:00 July 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to the 2018 M Award Recipients

Dedman College faculty retire with emeritus status

Forum Originally Posted: May 31, 2018 Congratulations to the following Dedman College faculty members who are retiring with emeritus status in 2017-2018 Alan S. Brown, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, 1974-2018 Louis L. Jacobs, Professor Emeritus, Paleontology, 1983-2018 Francisco Morán, Professor Emeritus, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish), 2003-2018 Wayne A. Woodward, Professor Emeritus, Statistical Science, 1981-2017 Read the full article here: Nineteen SMU faculty members retire with emeritus status in 2017-18

By | 2018-06-21T10:47:02-07:00 July 3rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Psychology, Statistical Science|Comments Off on Dedman College faculty retire with emeritus status

Dedman College faculty members honored with 2018 Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award

Forum Originally Posted: June 1, 2018 Congratulations to Alan Brown and Pia Vogel recently honored with SMU’s 2018 Thomas W. Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award. Alan Brown, Psychology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Pia Vogel, Biological Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Science Read the full article here: Three faculty members honored with 2018 Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Awards  

By | 2018-06-21T10:38:15-07:00 July 2nd, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Dedman College faculty members honored with 2018 Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award
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