Paleobotanist Bonnie Jacobs Elected Fellow of Paleontological Society

Dedman College News Originally posted: June 15, 2018 Paleobotanist and Professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences Bonnie Jacobs has been named a Paleontological Society Fellow for her contributions to the field of Cenozoic paleobotany as well as her stellar mentorship of students and postdoctoral researchers. She was particularly lauded for her transformative research on the Cenozoic vegetation and climate of Africa. “The research I am working on with colleagues and students is aimed at understanding how tropical ecosystems in Africa came to be what they are today, and more specifically, how they were impacted in the past by global climate changes, first and foremost,” explains Dr. Jacobs. “I am always thrilled by the discovery of new fossils, but the most joyful, [...]

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Save the Date: Smithsonian to Exhibit SMU Paleontology Research

SMU Research Originally Posted: June 6, 2018 Save Nov. 9, 2018 on your calendar. That's when the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History opens a new exhibit on never-before-seen fossils from Angola. The never-before-seen fossils were discovered, excavated and prepared by SMU faculty and student researchers. They tell the story of how the South Atlantic Ocean formed millions of years ago, and provide clues to understand our planet's present and future. READ MORE Ancient “Sea Monsters” Reveal How the Ever-Changing Planet Shapes Life, Past and Present Never-Before-Seen Fossils From Angola Bring a Strange Yet Familiar Ocean Into View The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibition Nov. 9, 2018 revealing how millions of years ago, large-scale natural forces created the conditions [...]

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Colossal Cretaceous Marine Reptiles Prepared By SMU Scientists And Students Will Be On Display At The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Nov. 9

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Originally Posted: May 30, 2018   The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibition Nov. 9 revealing how millions of years ago, large-scale natural forces created the conditions for real-life sea monsters to thrive in the South Atlantic Ocean basin shortly after it formed. “Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas” will offer visitors the opportunity to dive into Cretaceous Angola’s cool coastal waters, examine the fossils of striking marine reptiles that once lived there and learn about the forces that continue to mold life in the ocean and on land. Over 134 million years ago, the South Atlantic Ocean basin did not yet exist. Africa and South America were one contiguous landmass on [...]

By | 2018-05-30T12:27:39+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Colossal Cretaceous Marine Reptiles Prepared By SMU Scientists And Students Will Be On Display At The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Nov. 9

Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, featured in Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine Originally Posted: May 25, 2018 Excerpt from an article titled Lone Star Rising in the May 2018 issue of Fortune Magazine: Zhong Lu, a geophysics professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is part of a scientific team that has used satellite imagery to study what it regards as alarming land subsidence throughout the Permian. Over time, he believes, water from decaying oil-and-gas-related wells has leaked, dissolving subterranean salt layers and causing the ground to shift and ultimately, in places, to cave in. He warns that the industry needs to better shore up its aging wells against leaks. “We’re not trying to point fingers,” he tells me. “Everybody is enjoying the prosperity of oil and gas. But there’s technology we can use to [...]

By | 2018-05-30T09:20:08+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, featured in Fortune Magazine

May Commencement Information

If you are looking for May Commencement information click here. Schedule of events Commencement Speaker Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 103rd Commencement Weekend, May 18 and 19, 2018. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni. On Saturday [...]

Verify: Is West Texas sinking?

WFAA 8 Originally Posted: April 18, 2018 A new research report, from Southern Methodist University and funded by NASA, found a "…large swath of West Texas oil patch is heaving and sinking at alarming rates." A new research report, from Southern Methodist University and funded by NASA, found a “…large swath of West Texas oil patch is heaving and sinking at alarming rates.” To find out if West Texas is sinking, first I'm going to the guy who wrote the report, Dr. Zhong Lu. He's a geophysicist who studies the earth using satellites. By shooting a radar beam from space -- like a measuring stick -- a satellite can calculate elevation changes down to the centimeter. Lu did that over a 4000 square mile area. [...]

By | 2018-04-19T10:14:00+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Verify: Is West Texas sinking?

SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 17, 2018 The SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address was given by Dr. Maria Dixon Hall, senior advisor to the provost, associate professor of Organizational Communications Studies, and adjunct professor of Homiletics, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, with an introduction by SMU President, Dr. R. Gerald Turner. https://youtu.be/_gxbpFpzAUc    

SMU Research Day 2018

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 15, 2018 https://youtu.be/xok6MaHgFGY    

Congrats to the 2018 Research Day Winners

SMU Graduate Studies: Research Day A list of Dedman College winners can be found below. For the complete winners list CLICK HERE. To download Research Day abstracts CLICK HERE . 2018 Poster Session Winners Department Award Author Anthropology Dean's Award Megan Bartrum Biology Dean's Award (split) Aditi Malu Biology Dean's Award (split) Amila Nanayakkara Biology Du Xin Award Lauren Ammerman Chemistry Dean's Award (split) Caleb Bunton Chemistry Dean's Award (split) Jian Cao Chemistry Dean's Award (split) Niraj Verma Chemistry Dean's Award (split) Hongyu Zhou Earth Sciences Dean's Award Yusuf Eshqi Molan Economics Dean's Award Priyanka Chakraborty Mathematics Dean's Award Jennifer Swenson Psychology Dean's Award Chelsea Carson Psychology Dean's Award Margaret Sala Statistical Science Dean's Award (split) Ryan McShane Statistical Science Dean's Award (split) Xiaojie Xhu   2018 Three Minute [...]

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