EurekaAlert! Originally Posted: February 14, 2017 Astronomers are reporting a rare star as big -- or bigger -- than the Earth's sun and that is expanding and contracting in a unique pattern in three different directions. The star is one that pulsates and so is characterized by varying brightness over time. It's situated 7,000 light years away from the Earth in the constellation Pegasus, said astronomer Farley Ferrante, a member of the team that made the discovery at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Called a variable star, this particular star is one of only seven known stars of its kind in our Milky Way galaxy. "It was challenging to identify it," Ferrante said. "This is the first time we'd encountered this rare type." The Milky Way [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: February 7, 2017 This is an excerpt from a larger Dallas Morning News article. Pavel Nadolsky Pavel Nadolsky speaking at the Designing Integrated Systems conference last year in Hamburg. Pavel Nadolsky looks at Trump’s executive order from a mathematical perspective. Nadolsky, 47, of Dallas, is a professor of theoretical physics at Southern Methodist University. His life is dedicated to making calculations in large scale. He was born in Uzbekistan while it was still part of the Soviet Union. “It was like Texas for the United States,” he said. “The southernmost part of the Soviet Union.” When the Soviet Union collapsed, Nadolsky was studying at Moscow State University and became a Russian citizen. In 1996, unable to find scientific work in [...]
Each academic year, DCII sponsors six undergraduate Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellows. These students have a double major or a major and minor(s), and at least one of these must be in Dedman College. With two faculty mentors, each Mayer Fellow conducts a research project that combines and integrates the perspectives of his/her major(s)/minor(s). Mayer Fellows have access to funds to use for research travel or for other expenses related to their research project. See website for details. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/Mayer
SMU News Originally Posted: Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2016 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum. Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, personal and spiritual enrichment, young adult fiction and celebrity memoir. There’s a southern-themed cookbook for foodies, a literary Shakespearean riff in the form of a card game, and an arty crime caper filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. This collection has something for all reading preferences, from light to serious. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically. [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2016 One of SMU's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Recessional, which will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, then exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles some 536 degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony will take place in Moody Coliseum at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, [...]
Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2016? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list. Please complete the brief web form at www.smu.edu/news/books to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the web form a web address where News and Communications can find more information. Questions? Contact the book list editor Cherri Gann at email@example.com or 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.