Earth Sciences Professor Welcomes Incoming SMU Students to the Perot Museum

Check out this photo of SMU Department of Earth Sciences professor Louis Jacobs as he welcomes incoming students to the Perot Museum. He began the tour by showing students a dinosaur he dug up in Africa. #DiscoverDallas (Photo credit: Kenny Ryan)

By | 2017-08-17T18:34:17+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Earth Sciences Professor Welcomes Incoming SMU Students to the Perot Museum

Watch: Welcome Back to the Hilltop!

SMU News Originally Posted: August 14, 2017 https://youtu.be/OdXg_K1Yk00 SMU’s faculty and staff prepared all summer for our students’ return to the Hilltop. Now we only have one week until we kick off the fall semester! From fostering innovation in the classroom to building spirit in the commons, the students bring campus to life. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Dr. K.C. Mmeje, Vice President for Student Affairs  

Newfound dino named in honor of Louis Jacobs, SMU vertebrate paleontologist who mentored three of the study’s researchers.

Live Science Originally Posted: July 27, 2017 Live Science Senior Writer Laura Geggel covered the discovery of a new Cretaceous Period dinosaur from China that is named for paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, an SMU professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Jacobs mentored three of the authors on the article. First author on the paper was Junchang Lü, an SMU Ph.D. alum, and co-authors Yuong–Nam Lee and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, both SMU Ph.D. alums. The Live Science article, Newfound dino looks like creepy love child of a turkey and ostrich, published July 27, 2017. The dinosaur’s name, Corythoraptor jacobsi, translates to Jacobs’ helmeted thief. The scientific article “High diversity of the Ganzhou Oviraptorid Fauna increased by a new “cassowary-like” crested species” was published [...]

By | 2017-07-28T07:52:49+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Newfound dino named in honor of Louis Jacobs, SMU vertebrate paleontologist who mentored three of the study’s researchers.

SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

USA Today College Originally Posted: July 17, 2017 This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on College Factual, a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY. Texas is a large state with numerous higher education institutions. You have your choice of public or private schools, along with schools that focus on research or are grounded in the liberal arts. Each of these schools offers students something unique. Below are the top 10 colleges in Texas, based on College Factual’s ranking system. These schools rise to the top of over 60 four-year institutions in the state. You [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:15:03+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

SMU News Originally Posted: July 10, 2017 "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is this fall's common reading selection, which every incoming SMU student is expected to read. There will be small-group discussions on the book written by Matthew Desmond. READ MORE  

Official University Calendar : 2017-2018

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017–2018 www.smu.edu/registrar/academic_calendar.asp This calendar includes an addendum listing religious holidays for use in requesting excused absences according to University Policy 1.9. For religious holidays not listed, contact the Office of the Chaplain. Graduate programs in the Cox School of Business, Perkins School of Theology and Dedman School of Law, and the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling within the Simmons School of Education and Human Development have different calendars. Dates that the offices of the University will be closed will be announced at a later date. PDF

Study of Texas oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Originally Posted: June 21, 2017 Oil and gas drilling in Texas shale plays pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, a consortium of the state's top scientists concluded. In the most comprehensive analysis of the environmental and social impacts of drilling and hydraulic fracturing, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas found that the shale oil boom that delivered so much prosperity to Texas also has degraded natural resources, overwhelmed small communities and even boosted the frequency and severity of traffic collisions as workers and equipment rush to oil fields. Fracking, which uses a high-pressured concoction of water, sand and chemicals to free oil and gas from dense [...]

By | 2017-06-21T08:31:21+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Study of Texas oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes

Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year.

SMU News Originally Posted: June 8, 2017 Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year. The professors, and their dates of service: • Thomas E. Barry, Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Cox School of Business, 1970-2017 • Janis Bergman-Carton, Professor Emerita of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, 1991-2017 • Edward Biehl, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1962-2017 • Gordon Birrell, Professor Emeritus of World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1974-2017 • Dolores M. Etter, Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, 2008-2016 • Richard F. Gunst, Professor Emeritus of Statistical Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1971-2017 • C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1992-2017 • Debora Hunter, Professor Emerita of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, [...]

By | 2017-06-15T09:40:41+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Anthropology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, English, History, Philosophy, Statistical Science, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year.
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