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Research finds prescription drug misuse among college students most common during weekdays

NIH-funded study focused on pain relievers, stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers

October 20, 2021

College students who misuse prescription drugs do so more often during the week and when they are alone at home, according to a recent study.

SMU remembers Peter O’Donnell, Jr., SMU trustee and renowned Dallas humanitarian

SMU mourns the loss of civic leader and philanthropist Peter O’Donnell, Jr., who passed away on October 10, 2021, at the age of 97.

October 13, 2021

“Peter’s devotion to SMU and Dallas was an inspiration to us all,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “His loss will be sorely felt by those who were witness to and impacted by his monumental support of the arts and education. His legacy stretches far beyond the borders of SMU and Dallas, and his memory will be honored through the cultural initiatives and improvements made possible through his work.”

SMU researchers partner with CAE USA to improve pilot training

October 12, 2021

Researchers at SMU’s AT&T Center for Virtualization are testing the effectiveness of an innovative approach they developed to improve pilot training and better understand what stress factors pilots may experience in the cockpit.

Fostering enterprising spirit

Bill ’74 and Kim Shaddock commit $6 million to Cox School of Business

October 01, 2021

A gift from Kim and William (Bill) Shaddock ’74 will establish Shaddock Hall as part of the building renovation project of the Cox School of Business. The $6 million contribution will foster educational excellence through dedicated spaces for learning, research and collaboration.

New landslides on US West Coast detected by SMU scientists

Team of Dallas-based university researchers use satellite radar imagery to reveal hundreds of unseen landslides occurring in western states

September 27, 2021

SMU geophysicists have used satellite imagery to identify more than 600 slow-moving landslides occurring near the U.S. West Coast. Fewer than 5% of these landslides in California, Oregon and Washington state had previously been identified.

New SMU grant from National Science Foundation takes math off the chalkboard and onto the streets

September 14, 2021

Koshi Dhingra, founder and CEO of talkSTEM, and Candace Walkington, associate professor, SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, are co-investigators on a five-year $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant studying how STEM walks can help students see the world through the lens of math.

Titan-in-a-glass experiments hint at mineral makeup of Saturn moon

August 26, 2021

SMU researchers have recreated Titan's conditions in small glass cylinders, revealing fundamental properties of two organic molecules that are believed to exist as minerals on Saturn's largest moon.

A New Era of Engagement

Inspiring a new chapter for the Meadows Museum, Linda P. and William A. Custard commit $3 million, matched by an additional $3 million from The Meadows Foundation, to establish a new cultural institute within the Meadows Museum.

August 26, 2021

The gift of $3 million gift from Linda P. Custard ’60, ’99 and William A. Custard ’57 is the largest personal contribution in the history of the Meadows Museum. With matching funds of $3 million from The Meadows Foundation, it will establish the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture at the Meadows Museum.

CT scan of an ancient reptile skull reveals little evolutionary change over 22 million years

August 25, 2021

A CT scan of the skull of a long-necked plesiosaur shows the cranial architecture of these long-extinct marine reptiles didn’t evolve much over 22 million years that they lived during the Cretaceous time.

Frosty: A micro-fabricated optical seismometer to measure minute forces in a mighty environment

August 17, 2021

A NASA-sponsored team at Michigan Aerospace Corporation and Southern Methodist University (SMU) is developing a microfabricated all-optical seismometer called Frosty that can gather data in the harsh environments encountered on icy worlds such as Europa.

SMU remembers Cary Maguire, Sr., community leader

August 11, 2021

SMU mourns the loss of Cary M. Maguire, Sr., trustee emeritus and former SMU Board of Trustees member, who passed away on Tuesday, August 10, at the age of 93. Maguire, a long-standing leader in the community, was among some of SMU’s most active and generous donors, as well as a dedicated and innovative leader in the energy industry.

Lower-dose chemotherapy can be made more effective in killing HPV-induced cervical cancer cells by inhibiting a key survival factor

SMU study suggests that inhibiting the TIGAR protein is key to new treatment strategy for virus-induced cancers

August 11, 2021

Researchers at SMU have found a way to make chemotherapy drugs more lethal to HPV-infected cervical cancer cells without collateral damage to normal cells, a study suggests.

The science behind the medals

August 04, 2021

Ever wonder how speed and distance shape how Olympians run? The New York Times sent a crew to SMU to observe and record three elite runners on the world's fastest treadmill in human speed expert Peter Weyand’s  Locomotor Performance Laboratory.

SMU remembers Mary Anne Sammons Cree ’51

July 26, 2021

Dallas philanthropist and civic leader Mary Anne Sammons Cree passed away July 21, 2021, leaving a legacy of leadership, generosity and nature-inspired landmarks that will delight Dallas residents for generations to come.

Sparking student success

The Hegi Family commits $1 million to SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center

July 23, 2021

A $1 million gift from the Hegi Family will empower students to navigate today’s fast-changing work environment and find lifelong career success through the renovation and expansion of SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center.

'Smart contract' uses computer code, blockchain technology to reduce the need for a lawyer when the deceased leaves no will

July 15, 2021

A recent graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law has written computer language for a smart contract that, if adopted by courts, could make it much easier and less expensive for someone to sort out the estate of a loved one who dies without a will.

How racial bias shaped Dallas highways

SMU graduate student publishes book about forgotten history, seeks infrastructure change

July 13, 2021

For SMU engineering graduate student Collin Yarbrough, a classroom assignment to evaluate the design of Dallas’ Central Expressway resulted in a recently published book about the long-forgotten history of Dallas’ racist past buried beneath the city’s freeways.

Pets on board: Meet the multispecies American family

New book defines trend – pets really are part of the family

July 13, 2021

Do you sign your pets’ names to your holiday card? Have you ever sent your dog to day care? Do you shop regularly for cat or dog toys? Welcome to a new breed of American family – the multispecies family.

The American Society of Biomechanics Honors Peter Weyand with Hay Award

July 13, 2021

SMU's Peter Weyand will receive the Jim Hay Memorial Award for Research in Sports and Exercise from the American Society of Biomechanics during its annual conference in August. The award recognizes “originality, quality, and depth of biomechanics research that addresses fundamental research questions relevant to extraordinary demands imposed in sport and exercise.”

SMU and Air Force Academy forge agreement for mentorship, collaborative research opportunities for cadets and faculty

July 12, 2021

SMU's AT&T Center for Virtualization has signed a four-year agreement with the United States Air Force Academy to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects and joint research, providing opportunities for both USAF cadets and SMU students.

SMU professor awarded NSF grant for models to better aid evacuees after natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, Katrina

'We can do better with a systems approach...instead of catching up after each hurricane'

July 01, 2021

Halit Üster, an engineering professor at SMU, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $315,580 to investigate integrated evacuation planning and disaster preparedness models that offer relief to evacuees in a more robust, predictive, timely and cost-effective manner than was seen in past natural disasters.

Four professors named SMU 2021 Ford Research Fellows

Cash prizes will support their noteworthy research

June 23, 2021

Four outstanding SMU faculty researchers have been named as 2021 Ford Research Fellows. This year’s recipients are Alejandro Aceves, Joseph Camp, Heather DeShon, and Xin-Lin Gao, all of whom will be honored by the SMU Board of Trustees this fall.

Juneteenth message from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

June 18, 2021

Juneteenth is a celebration of the beginning of the long march toward weaving the African American experience into the larger tapestry of American history.

Ten years of ancient genome analysis has taught scientists 'what it means to be human'

June 17, 2021

A ball of 4,000-year-old hair frozen in time tangled around a whalebone comb led to the first-ever reconstruction of an ancient human genome just over a decade ago.

Economics professor and campus leader Tom Fomby receives SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award

June 17, 2021

SMU’s Tom Fomby, Professor of Economics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is the 2021 recipient of the Faculty Career Achievement Award for his contributions to the teaching, scholarship and service missions of the University.

P-glycoprotein removes Alzheimer’s-associated toxin from the brain

June 16, 2021

A team of SMU biological scientists has confirmed that P-glycoprotein (P-gp) has the ability to remove a toxin from the brain that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Janille Smith-Colin awarded National Academies 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship

June 10, 2021

Janille Smith-Colin, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in SMU's Lyle School of Engineering, has been named one of the seven recipients of the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowships by the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

SMU Law's Covid-19 Helpline Recognized by State Bar of Texas for Free Pandemic-related Legal Services

June 10, 2021

SMU Dedman School of Law’s COVID-19 Legal Helpline has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 State Bar of Texas’ W. Frank Newton Award for its exceptional dedication to legal services for low-income North Texans. The award, which recognizes individuals and groups whose work exemplifies a deep commitment to pro bono service, will be presented during the State Bar’s virtual Annual Meeting on Friday, June 18.

SMU Student Researcher Earns Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

June 08, 2021

Carefully nurturing the cancer cells she uses in SMU biology professor Pia Vogel’s research lab is routine for SMU junior Gabrielle Gard, who has been working in sophisticated research labs since she was a junior in high school. Her dogged pursuit of hands-on research is just one of the reasons she has received a 2021-22 Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious national science awards presented to undergraduate students.

SMU Student Body President Austin Hickle Sees the Road to Change Through Public Policy

Receiving a prestigious Truman Scholarship will help SMU student body president fuel the journey

June 08, 2021

Austin Hickle had something of an epiphany last summer: If college campuses like SMU were going to successfully return to on-campus learning in fall 2020, student engagement would be key to compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Game. Set. Match.

May 07, 2021

Jennifer ’86 and Mark Styslinger ’87 and the Altec/Styslinger Foundation commit $4 million to name the new Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU.

Energizing Business Education

Sharoll and Bryan S. Sheffield ’01 commit $15 million to the Cox School of Business

April 08, 2021

A $15 million gift from Sharoll and Bryan S. Sheffield ’01 to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will empower future entrepreneurs by creating new technology-equipped collaborative spaces.

Bridwell Library to house World Methodist Museum collections

April 01, 2021

Important collections from the World Methodist Museum incorporating material from the lives of John and Charles Wesley are moving to SMU's Bridwell Library.

A message from Dr. Turner

March 26, 2021

Dr. Turner shares a letter of support for the Asian community

Whitney Wolfe Herd to speak at Commencement

March 24, 2021

Bumble CEO/Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, who began sharpening her entrepreneurial skills as a student at SMU, will deliver her alma mater's May Commencement Address.

SMU remembers Ruth Prouse Morgan Ph.D., professor emerita and SMU’s first female provost

March 09, 2021

SMU mourns the loss of educator, trailblazer and University leader Ruth Prouse Morgan who served as a professor of political science at SMU for 20 years and as the University’s first female provost from 1986–1993.

SMU to remain test-optional for Fall ‘22 and Spring ‘23

February 25, 2021

SMU will remain test-optional for first-year undergraduate applicants seeking admission and scholarships for both fall 2022 and spring 2023.

Endowing Excellence in Education and Research

Mary and Rich Templeton commit $5 million to the Lyle School of Engineering

February 21, 2021

A $5 million gift from longtime SMU supporters Mary and Rich Templeton will bolster student excellence and doctoral research in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering through endowed scholarships and fellowships.

SMU community to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with unity circle

Jan. 27 ceremony, ‘Dream Week,’ honors civil rights leader as students begin spring semester studies

January 25, 2021

Jan. 26-27: Every year SMU honors Martin Luther King Jr. with Dream Week when students return to classes for the spring semester. Contribute service on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and join a Unity Circle on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2021

Every year our nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. – the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage Americans to improve our communities. But in many ways this year’s MLK Day will be very different than in years past.

Message from President Turner on Violence at Capitol

January 07, 2021

The violence and disruption at the U.S. Capitol yesterday were deplorable, as is any attempt to erode the rule of law, our founding principles of freedom, and the institutions and symbols of our great nation.