In Memoriam – Edward R. Biehl, Ph.D.

Edward R. Biehl, Ph.D. passed away yesterday, October 14, 2019.  Professor Biehl’s career in the Chemistry Department, including department chair, spanned from 1962 until he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2017. He was the recipient of many teaching, research and professional awards and authored many publications.  Arrangements are pending. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Professor Biehl.

By | 2019-10-16T06:51:27-07:00 October 16th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on In Memoriam – Edward R. Biehl, Ph.D.

Why do birds migrate at night?

SMU Research Originally Posted: September 12, 2019 Migratory birds are known to rely on Earth's magnetic field to help them navigate the globe. And it was suspected that a protein called cryptochrome, which is sensitive to blue light, was making it possible for birds to do this. Yet many of these animals are also known to migrate at night when there isn't much light available. So it wasn't clear how cryptochrome would function under these conditions in birds. A new study led by UT Southwestern Medical Center in collaboration with SMU (Southern Methodist University), though, may have figured out the answer to that puzzle. Researchers found that cryptochromes from migratory birds have evolved a mechanism that enhances their ability to respond to light, which can [...]

By | 2019-09-24T11:07:52-07:00 September 26th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Why do birds migrate at night?

Foreign politics aren’t stopping Chinese international students

Daily Campus Originally Posted: September 25, 2019 He says the American Dream is broken. “I used to want to be a doctor in the medicine field,” Zitong Huang says. “Because of President Trump, my green card got delayed.” Huang is an SMU international student from Beijing, China who is majoring in Chemistry with minors in Business and Spanish. But that was not his original plan. Huang came to the U.S. to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Huang says he would have to get his green card to stay in the U.S. long enough to earn his medical degree. Because of current immigration policies, he would have to wait about 10 to 15 years for a green card. “I’m to waste another ten years to get my green [...]

By | 2019-09-25T08:17:17-07:00 September 25th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Foreign politics aren’t stopping Chinese international students

‘Titans in a Jar’ Possible Answer to Crucial Questions Ahead of 2026 NASA’s Space Exploration

Science Times Originally Posted: July 3, 2019 It may be possible for Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers to determine if icy moon of Saturn, Titan, has ever been home to life long before NASA completes an exploration visit to its surface by a drone helicopter. In late June, NASA announced that its "Dragonfly" mission would launch toward Saturn's largest moon in 2026 with an expectation to arrive in 2034. The purpose of the mission is to use a rotorcraft to visit dozens of promising locations on Titan to investigate the chemistry, atmospheric, and surface properties that could lead to life. Also in June, SMU got an award of a $195,000 grant to reproduce what is happening on Titan in a laboratory setting. The Houston-based Welch [...]

By | 2019-07-04T20:48:44-07:00 July 5th, 2019|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on ‘Titans in a Jar’ Possible Answer to Crucial Questions Ahead of 2026 NASA’s Space Exploration

Three Dedman College students receive prestigious fellowships and awards

Dedman College News Originally Posted: June 24, 2019 Congratulations to three accomplished Dedman College students. Megan Brown and Megan Latoya are 2019-2020 Fulbright Fellowship winners and Siddhakshi Solanki won the highly competitive Boren and Gillman Scholarships. According to an SMU press release, Brown and Latoya, both Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Anthropology, “are two of over 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.” Megan Brown will be going to Monteverde, Costa Rica and Megan Latoya will be going to Recife, Brazil. [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:28:39-07:00 June 25th, 2019|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Three Dedman College students receive prestigious fellowships and awards

Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Noelle Kendall ’19 is majoring in biological sciences and earning minors in chemistry and french in addition to her Tower Scholars Program minor in public policy and international affairs. We asked her about her experience as a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar and about why science and public policy matter to her. READ MORE

By | 2018-11-12T11:07:52-07:00 November 12th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner

SMU Video Originally Posted: July 10, 2018 “SMU makes my passion for accounting and biology easy to maneuver. SMU’s approach to interdisciplinary study has shaped me into a more critical thinker who can approach a problem from both business and scientific perspectives. And as I prepare for medical school, my dual degree plan gives me a competitive edge. I am able to pursue diverse internship opportunities, including those that focus on the business and clinical aspects of health care.” — W. Holt Garner, Accounting and Biology double major and Chemistry minor. https://youtu.be/eqww8B51c0E  

By | 2018-08-07T18:37:18-07:00 August 7th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Watch: Big on Business – W. Holt Garner

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

KIPP students get an inside look at professor Zoltowski’s lab

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 26, 2018 KIPP at SMU is a free 5-week college experience for students entering their junior or senior year at a KIPP charter school. During the summer, participants will live on campus at SMU, take one college level course with University faculty, earn college credit and live the life of a college student. These specific students were from all across Texas and had a variety of academic interests. Professor Zoltowski discussed some of the research he's currently conducting in the chemistry department. KIPP, which stands for Knowledge Is Power Program, is a charter school company that works to close the college graduation gap between students from rich and poor families. The schools are usually in ZIP codes with large [...]

By | 2018-07-26T10:26:37-07:00 July 26th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on KIPP students get an inside look at professor Zoltowski’s lab

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
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