Dallas is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approaches to the business of living. This is the city of Southwest Airlines, which invented a whole new style of travel. This is where TI engineers developed the idea of an integrated circuit that would become the microchip and change the way humans live, work and play.
The can-do spirit of Dallas helps fuel SMU’s intellectual environment to drive cutting-edge research, with far-reaching benefits for our world. It’s one reason why SMU is one of the fewer than 100 universities classified as “high research activity” institutions by the Carnegie Foundation.
SMU physicist Ryszard Stroynowski led a University team that played a critical role in the discovery of a brand-new particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson, an elusive particle that scientists say might help explain the structure of the universe. The experimental physics group at SMU contributed a significant portion of the expertise in the hunt for the Higgs at the CERN Laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, a global scientific collaboration of thousands of scientists, including SMU’s high-performance computing system. blog.smu.edu/research
Biomechanics experts in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development are studying NBA players flopping (deliberately falling to create the illusion of illegal contact). Their research has been funded by a grant of more than $100,000 awarded by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. blog.smu.edu/research
Dallas is a center of health care innovation. SMU biologists Pia Vogel and John Wise in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences are using the computational power of the SMU high-performance supercomputer to screen millions of drug compounds. Their goal is to find one that can be developed into a drug that re-enables chemotherapy when cancer recurs and chemotherapy appears no longer effective. blog.smu.edu/research
SMU’s Engineering and Humanity Week brings together students and leading social entrepreneurs seeking to make the world a better place. SMU students tap into their creativity and channel their ingenuity and knowledge to design innovative solutions that can help millions of people around the world. A recent project showcased student-built structures using a variety of shelter technologies to help victims of war and natural disasters as well as disadvantaged urban dwellers in the developing world. eandhweek.org
The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity makes it possible to lead local efforts with global magnitude, nearly anywhere in the world. For example, the search for solutions to dangerous water quality issues that affect millions of people in impoverished areas is driving an SMU research team’s partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). These SMU faculty and students are working in the lab and on the ground in Africa and South Asia to help develop a database that will help UNHCR planners provide safer drinking water in refugee camps in those regions. blog.smu.edu/research
The award-winning House Theatre of Chicago, founded in 2001 in the Windy City by artistic director and SMU Meadows School of the Arts alumnus Nathan Allen '00 and other SMU alumni, is critically acclaimed for creating unique theatrical experiences by successfully exploring the ideas of community and storytelling in its production of original works. thehousetheatre.com