Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


Nov. 16, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Four Southern Methodist University graduates who have entered the medical profession will discuss various perspectives on the profession during a Dec. 7 symposium at SMU.

The symposium will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first floor of SMU’s new Dedman Life Sciences Building, which is located at 6501 Airline Road.

The symposium is part of the opening events for the Dedman Life Sciences Building, which will be dedicated Dec. 6. It is sponsored by SMU’s Department of Biological Sciences and funded by the Bob Smith, M.D. Foundation Inc. of Dallas, which also provided a $1 million gift for construction of the $18 million Dedman Life Sciences Building.

Speakers for the symposium include Harvey Carter (‘78) from the Carter Eye Center in Dallas, Deborah Fuller (‘80) from Complete Women’s Health Care in Dallas, Frederick Leach (‘83) from the National Institutes of Health and Melissa Frei-Jones (‘98), a medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“Providing an excellent premedical experience is an important mission of the Department of Biological Sciences, and we have been delighted by our success through the years,” said department chair Larry Ruben. “The new Dedman Life Sciences building will allow us to develop even better services for our premedical students. The Physician Alumni Panel is an opportunity for former students and current premeds to inaugurate the new facilities in the Dedman Life Science Building while discussing different career paths within the field of medicine.”

The symposium is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, call Lenda Callaway at 214-768-3212. Parking is available in the garage at the intersection of Airline Road and Daniel Avenue directly across from the new Dedman Life Sciences Building.