Calendar: Not-to-Miss Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. Here are our editors' picks. Plus, you'll find more selections to "save the date."
The Last Word: Shug’s Bagels Founder Justin Shugrue on His Boffo Bagel Success
by | Mar 20, 2024
They say you gotta be a New Yorker to really know bagels—which may be just one reason for Shugrue's successful 2020 launch of Shug's Bagels at 3020 Mockingbird Lane in Park Cities Plaza near SMU. 
3rd Annual OK2BX Film Festival To Screen H.S. Student-Made Films from Across the U.S.
by | Mar 19, 2024
This year's festival attracted over 100 submissions from 16 different states and three countries. The finalist student films depict stories of diversity and inclusion, and are judged in the categories of animation, inclusivity, kindness, LGBTQIA+, and smartphone.
SMU Chemist, Colleagues Develop Machine Learning Model To Help Study Stardust and Atomic Interactions
by | Mar 14, 2024
The researchers developed a novel model called ANI-1xnr that's suitable for a broad range of reactive chemistry without costly refitting—a major drawback of the MLIPs currently in use, SMU said.

New SMU Program Gets Aspiring Tech Leaders Ready for the C‑Suite

by | Feb 29, 2024
The four-month SMU Tech CxO Excellence Program welcomed its first cohort of students in early February. Classes are taught by current or previous CIOs and CTOs in top organizations across DFW—with a curriculum focused on leadership, cybersecurity, financial planning, and more.
North Texas IT Excellence: DallasCISO and DallasCIO ORBIE Awards to Honor Top Tech Leaders in Consecutive Events
by | Feb 2, 2024

The ORBIE Awards are set to recognize North Texas’ top information technology talent with back-to-back award events on Feb. 8 and 9. The DallasCISO and DallasCIO ORBIE Awards events will spotlight chief information security officers (CISOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) driving innovation and shaping the digital landscape at major North Texas organizations....

The Last Word: SMU’s J.-C. Chiao on Being Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
by | Dec 13, 2023
J.-C. Chiao has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, SMU announced Tuesday, noting that election as an NAI fellow is "the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors."
The Last Word: Dallas College’s Ben Magill On the SMU-Led Proposal Landing the Texoma National Semiconductor Tech Hub, 1 of 4 in the U.S.
by | Nov 7, 2023
In late October, Dallas won its second federal innovation hub award in two months when the Texoma Semiconductor Tech Hub landed in the city as part of 31 nationwide tech hubs designated by the Biden-Harris administration.

‘Fablets’ and More: How SMU Snagged Lead Agency Role in Federal Texoma Semiconductor Tech Hub

On Monday, the Biden administration unveiled 31 U.S. Tech Hubs in the U.S., including the SMU-led Texoma Semiconductor Hub. Here's a deep dive into how Dallas landed its second federal tech hub in two months, who's involved, and what it could mean for the region.
SMU Professor Gets $1.8M NIH Award to Study How Bodies May Work to Repair Cells
by | Sep 18, 2023
The award will help SMU biology professor Zhihao Wu determine if different "quality control pathways" in our bodies might be working together to repair damaged components in cells. The research could help lead to "new therapeutic targets" for hallmarks known to cause many human diseases, the university said.
2023 RevTech Summit: Driving Innovation, Collaboration, and Community
by | Sep 11, 2023
RevTech announced it will team up with investor Laura Baldwin to launch a dedicated fund supporting female entrepreneurs. Dallas-based brand The Citizenry also revealed its further expansion into brick-and-mortar, with a debut location set for Stonebriar Mall in Frisco this fall.
The Last Word: SMU’s Elizabeth Loboa on the Impact of a $30M Gift from The O’Donnell Foundation
by | Aug 28, 2023
Loboa was explaining a critical need that SMU and other universities are addressing—one that was got a boost last week when The O’Donnell Foundation announced its donation of $30 million to SMU to create 10 endowed academic positions in engineering and data science, as well as to support research in those fields. 

CPRIT Awards $9.5M in Cancer Research Grants to SMU and Dallas’ Baylor Research Institute

by | Aug 17, 2023
The 29 new grants approved by CPRIT's Oversight Committee include the first CPRIT Scholar award to Southern Methodist University in Dallas and state funding for Dallas' Baylor Research Institute to join a major National Cancer Institute study.
Phillips Foundation Gives SMU $1.7M Grant for SMU Impact Lab
by | Jun 23, 2023
A collaboration between the university’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business, the SMU Impact Lab aims to equip the next generation of SMU students to understand impact investing through education and practice. By aligning "profits and purpose," SMU said it's committed to advancing the idea of "investing for the greater good."
‘Dark Shadows’ Video Game Lights Up Human Trafficking Research at SMU
by | Jun 22, 2023
SMU's new federally funded data warehouse will feature a unique component—a video game called "Dark Shadows"—to help researchers extract and “clean” relevant human trafficking information from the U.S. Department of Justice’s press releases, such as victims' and perpetrators' names and crime locations.
Stream Realty Partners, Project Destined Offer CRE Training for Dallas-Area College Students
by | Jun 12, 2023
Stream and Project Destined will provide a nine-week, work-based training program to 12 students attending UT Dallas, SMU, Texas A&M University, University of North Texas at Dallas, and Texas Christian University. Students in the program will compete against each other in groups to present live real estate deals to industry leaders.