Grant and fellowship application deadlines approaching

A reminder of upcoming deadlines for fellowship and grant applications:

• SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility is accepting applications for the 2009-10 Maguire Teaching Fellow Award, which provides cash awards of $3,000 to professors who design an ethics-related course or curricular unit in their field of study. Deadline to apply is Feb. 12, 2009; the recipient will be announced March 5. For details, instructions and a list of past Fellows’ courses, visit the Maguire Center website.

• SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement provides Faculty Development Grants of up to $500 each for up to 18 faculty members who seek to develop courses with a service-learning component. Applicants must attend a service-learning workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. either on Feb. 18 or Feb. 19, 2009, where grant materials will be be distributed. The deadline to RSVP for either workshop is Feb. 13, 2009. For more information, visit the Leadership and Community Involvement website, or contact Geoff Whitcomb, 214-768-4406.

The Aspen Institute and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) will cosponsor a Wye Faculty Seminar July 18-24, 2009 in Queenstown, Maryland. The seminar is a one-week roundtable on the role of the arts and sciences in developing citizens for participation in American society. SMU may nominate up to two faculty members for consideration. Interested faculty members should submit a CV and a one-page rationale of interest in participation to Kathleen Hugley-Cook, Office of National Fellowships, before March 1, 2009. A campus committee will be convened to determine nominees.

$10 million Huffington gift will endow Department of Earth Sciences

Earth SciencesOne of SMU’s oldest and most distinguished academic departments has new resources to support the growing impact of its research and teaching, thanks to a gift of more than $10 million from the Honorable Roy M. Huffington of Houston. The gift endows the Department of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College, now renamed the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

With this new gift, announced March 27, Huffington has given SMU over $20 million in the last two years and a total of more than $31 million over many years of support for the University. In fall 2006, he provided just over $10 million in endowments for faculty support and student scholarships at SMU. Huffington received his bachelor’s degree in geology from SMU.

“SMU’s research and teaching in the earth sciences is already internationally recognized, producing successful scientists who help us understand the history of our planet as well as the prospects for developing future energy resources,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Roy Huffington’s generosity will enable the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences to make an even greater impact on the challenges faced on a global level.”

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