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Originally Posted: March 31, 2016
The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University will host Dr. Jodi Cooley, international dark matter expert and associate professor of physics at Southern Methodist University (SMU), as part of the Wallace Herbert Memorial Astronomy Lecture Series.
Cooley’s presentation titled, “Whispers in the Dark” will take place at 7:00 p.m. April 6 in the auditorium of University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus. She will discuss her research on dark matter with an international group of physicists. The lecture is free to attend and open to the public.
Dark matter is believed to account for 85 percent of the matter in the universe and is, at the moment, unidentified and invisible. Cooley’s work within several collaborations, including the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search detector at the Soudan Underground Laboratory in Minnesota, the CDMS and Germanium Observatory for Dark Matter, is intended to explore options to identify this matter. READ MORE
Originally Posted: March 22, 2016
Bryson DeChambeau explains the timing for turning pro after the 2016 Masters. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel. WATCH
March 18, 2016
Congratulations to the the recipients of this year’s Dean’s Research Council grants. The Dean’s Research Council provides competitively awarded seed funding for faculty research and allows them to compete for larger grants and fellowships outside SMU.
Department of Chemistry
Extending the Protein Evolution Paradigm to Combat Antibiotic Drug Resistance
Department of Anthropology
Exposing the Myth of the Pristine Rain Forest: Building the Case for the Cultural Landscapes in the Tropical Forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Department of Physics
Developing an Integrated Circuit that Drives Arrays with Ultra Low Power
Department of Philosophy
Time Consciousness: The Lockean View
Originally Posted: February 29, 2016
It’s been easy to turn Bryson DeChambeau into a caricature. Last summer, as he was on his way to becoming just the fifth person to win the NCAA Championship and U.S. Amateur in the same year, the SMU physics major with the funny clubs and the quirky swing was portrayed as Victor Frankenstein with a sharp short game. It’s true that DeChambeau is a disciple of Homer Kelley’s The Golfing Machine, the dense, scholarly tome that scientifically breaks down the swing into 24 components with endless variables. And it took tremendous mechanical know-how and extensive testing to perfect DeChambeau’s one-of a-kind set of Edel irons, each of which is the same weight and length (37.5″, a typical 7-iron). But to call DeChambeau a mad scientist ignores the artist within. On the wall of his bedroom in his family’s home in Fresno, Calif., hangs a stippled drawing depicting Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron at Merion; it took DeChambeau four months to create it. He brings the same creativity to the links, having shaped a dazzling array of shots last summer en route to the historic double-dip that had previously been achieved only by Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore. READ MORE
Event Date: February 29, 2016
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Dedman Life Science Building room 131
Join Jerome R. Busemeyer, Provost Professor of Psychology from Indiana University, as he discusses his work and findings from applying mathematical principles abstracted from quantum theory to cognitive and decision sciences. Sponsored by the DCII’s “Cognitive Science” Research Cluster and the Department of Physics.
Contact for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/ResearchClusters
SMU graduate and undergraduate students presented results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research on February 10. Dedman College students received an impressive 20 awards.
Research Day aims to foster communication between students in different disciplines, give students the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, and share the outstanding research being conducted at SMU with their peers and industry professionals from the greater Dallas community.
Originally Posted: February 8, 2016
Have you ever wanted to sell your old items online with people nearby? Well now, there’s an app for that.
5miles, a hyper-local marketplace app using GPS location, offers an easy way for consumers to buy and sell items on their phone. The app was launched in January 2015 and gained five million users in one year with $10 million in transactions in Dallas alone. READ MORE
Listen to Associate Professor of Physics, Stephen Sekula, as he commemorates one of the greatest scientific discoveries of modern times: Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. This lecture is part of the SMU Godbey Lecture Series sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. For information on future events, visit: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events
Originally Posted: January 26, 2016
Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? We’ve asked the question before (more than once, in fact), and it looks like it may be in order again: 5miles, an app developed in China but being rolled out in the U.S. first as a quick way for people to list and buy items locally, has raised $30 million in funding to beat the classifieds leader at its own game. It has a couple of ace cards in its hand to help: 5miles was created to be mobile-first; it comes with some AI-based vetting features; and it costs absolutely nothing to use.
This latest round, a Series B, brings the total raised by the company to over $50 million. With this latest funding, 5miles’ valuation is over $300 million, TechCrunch understands.
5miles first launched in the U.S. in January 2015 after being founded by Lucas Lu, a physics PhD who had also worked at Alibaba and was a CTO at Chinese marketplace app Light in the Box. Although the app was built in China, Lu had done graduate work at Southern Methodist University, so when it came to launching the app he went back to Dallas as a starting point. READ MORE