SMU, Lift Literacy App Tied for Grand Prize in $7 Million XPrize Competition

The SMU-LIFT team, PeopleforWords, won $1.5 million as a grand prize winner and $1 million in a tie for most effective app to help adult English language learners and native English learners learn to read in the competition presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Engineering student Azucena Milan ’20 brings her research know-how to her neighborhood

Azucena jumped at the invitation to participate in the study of infrastructure conditions in Vickery Meadow. Her background and knowledge of the area allowed her to take a key research role in the project.

SMU History Professor Paves a Digital Path to the Past

SMU history professor Jo Guldi’s book, The History Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, 2014), recently was named one of the most influential books of the past 20 years by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Writing with Harvard’s David Armitage, she argues that historians need to shed their enthusiasm for micro-history and return to examining history’s big picture to better influence the future.

SMU Cox Dallas 100™ Names Revolution Retail Systems No. 1 Entrepreneurial Company In Dallas Area

Revolution Retail Systems, a Carrollton-based cash automation and recycling tech provider, is the fastest-growing entrepreneurial company in the Dallas area, according to the SMU Cox School of Business’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship.

SMU Physicist Honored for Dark Matter Research

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.

Creating a STEM-focused school in West Dallas

SMU, Dallas ISD and Toyota are collaborating to develop a STEM-focused school in West Dallas planned for opening in 2021. With a $2 million grant from Toyota Foundation USA, SMU Simmons School will help develop evidence-based STEM curriculum and coordinate social and educational support services from community non-profits.

NIH Funds Collaborative Study of Cognitive Impairment in Older Asthma Patients

SMU psychologist Thomas Ritz and UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrist Sherwood Brown will lead a $2.6 million study funded over four years by the National Institutes of Health to explore the apparent connection between asthma and diminished cognitive function in middle-to-late-age adults.

Campus Events

January 29 through February 26 4th Annual World Languages and Literatures International Film Festival - All screenings are free and open to the public.

February 21-22: SMU Grad Fair 

February 18: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge - Book presentation by author Erica Armstrong Dunbar.

Campus Exhibits

Fortuny: Friends and Followers

Meadows Museum exhibit  — through June 2

A Highway to the Pacific: The Transcontinental Railroad, Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library West — through May 19

Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library Second Floor — through August

Modern Masters Tapestries, Fondren Library  — through May

Monuments of Early Greek Printing, Bridwell Library — through May 20