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July 2017

  • Hands-on learning for teachers

    Dallas middle-school teachers launched rockets and kayaked the Trinity River during a new STEM Academy presented by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development with support from the Texas Instruments Foundation and O’Donnell Foundation.

Hands-on learning for teachers

Dallas middle-school teachers launched rockets and kayaked the Trinity River during a new STEM Academy presented by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development with support from the Texas Instruments Foundation and O’Donnell Foundation.

‘Empathy, adaptability and persistence’

Kovan Barzani’s Kurdish-American mother asked him to get two degrees from SMU, “one for you and one for me.” As an undergraduate, he developed a literacy program for refugees, ran a political campaign and surpassed his parents’ expectations by earning three degrees in May.

July 11, 2017|

New aquatics center nears completion

A new chapter in the storied history of SMU’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs will begin this fall with the completion of the new $30 million Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium. The 42,000-square-foot “Nat,” located on the growing East Campus, will be dedicated during Homecoming Weekend.

July 11, 2017|

Student earns international acclaim

SMU statistics Ph.D. student Yu Lan developed a cost-saving method of predicting clinical trial outcomes on the fly, and his paper on the topic won a prestigious international award. As his advisor Daniel Heitjan explains, “He’s the No. 1 clinical trials statistics graduate student in the world.”

July 11, 2017|

Dedman Law’s winning initiative

SMU Dedman School of Law’s Professionalism Initiative has been named a recipient of the national 2017 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award, presented by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism. The award recognizes exemplary and innovative approaches to experiential learning and professional development.

July 11, 2017|

And the Tony Award goes to …

Congratulations to Michael Aronov ’98, who won a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Featured Role for Oslo, and Andy Blankenbuehler, who attended SMU in 1989 before launching a professional career, for receiving his third Tony as Best Choreographer for the musical Bandstand.

July 11, 2017|

Hoop dreams come true

Two Mustangs made it to the pros in the NBA Draft on June 22: forward Semi Ojeleye ’17 was taken 37th by the Boston Celtics, while guard Sterling Brown ’17 went 46th to the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Another Mustang standout, undrafted forward Ben Moore ’17, signed a free-agent deal with the Indiana Pacers.

July 11, 2017|

Scientist receives prestigious award

SMU chemist Alex Lippert has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award, expected to total $611,000 over five years. The award will fund the researcher’s “glow-stick chemistry” – alternative internal imaging techniques that he describes as “kind of like an MRI, but much cheaper and easier to do.”

July 11, 2017|

Mapping Mustang entrepreneurship

Engineer Josh Taylor ’17 uncovered some hidden gems during his quest to pinpoint the classes, people, programs, organizations and other resources fueling startup spirit on the Hilltop. Coming soon: an interactive version of the campus entrepreneurship map he created as an Engaged Learning Fellow.

July 11, 2017|

Evicted author to visit campus

SMU community members are encouraged to join incoming students in reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, the 2017 Common Reading selection, and attending a program by the author on August 24 at McFarlin Auditorium.

July 11, 2017|

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