SMU-trained physicist who bolstered Big Bang theory dies at 84

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 31, 2016 James Cronin, a Southern Methodist University graduate who shared a Nobel Prize for explaining why the universe survived the Big Bang, died last Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. He was 84. His death was confirmed by the University of Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus. No cause was given. In 1964, Cronin and Val Fitch of Princeton University were conducting experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island involving matter and antimatter: particles that have the same mass but hold opposite (though equal) charges, either positive or negative, compelling them to destroy each other on contact. The researchers found that for all their similarities, the particles obeyed slightly different laws of physics: that there was, as Cronin put it, [...]

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James Cronin, Nobel laureate who overturned long-accepted beliefs about the fundamental symmetry of laws of physics , dies at 84

Washington Post Originally Posted: August 28, 2016 James W. Cronin, who shared the Nobel Prize in physics for discovering a startling breakdown in what was assumed to be the immutable symmetry of physical law, thereby helping to explain the behavior and evolution of the universe as a whole, died Aug. 25 in St. Paul, Minn. He was 84. Dr. Cronin’s death was announced by the University of Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus of physics as well as of astronomy and astrophysics. No cause was reported. Through the study of the decay of a single subatomic particle, Dr. Cronin and a colleague, Val Logsdon Fitch of Princeton University, made it possible for inferences to be drawn about the laws of nature on a scale as vast [...]

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Nobel laureate and SMU alumnus James Cronin dies

Physics World Originally Posted: August 27, 2016 American nuclear-physicist James Cronin, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize for Physics with Val Fitch, died on 25 August, at the age of 84. Cronin and Fitch – who died in February last year – were awarded the prize for their 1964 discovery that decaying subatomic particles called K mesons violate a fundamental principle in physics known as "CP symmetry." The research pointed towards a clear distinction between matter and antimatter, helping to explain the dominance of the former over the latter in our universe today. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on 29 September 1931, Cronin completed his BS in 1951 at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where his father taught Latin and Greek. Cronin moved to the [...]

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Oh, the places Dedman College students will go… (after graduation)!

Welcome to the Class of 2020

SMU News Originally Posted: August 22, 2016 Following you will find Class of 2020 Photo, Making the Class of 2020 Photo, Opening Convocation scenes, Opening Convocation speech, Camp Corral scenes, "Discover Dallas" scenes, "Discover Dallas" Storify, Corral Kick-Off, Move-In video and scenes, and AARO. SMU Class of 2020 Photo

Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Fall 2016

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Kathleen Tibbetts Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year! Here are a few Fall 2016 dates to remember: Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 21 First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 22 General Faculty Meeting: Wednesday, Aug. 24 Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 5 (University offices closed) First Faculty Senate Meeting of 2016-17: Wednesday, Sept. 7 Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24 Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 10-11 Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5 Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25 (University offices closed, no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 23) Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 5 Reading days: Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 6-7 Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 8-14 (no exams scheduled for Sunday) December Commencement Convocation: Saturday, Dec. 17 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees) Christmas/Winter Break: Friday, Dec. 23, 2016-Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 (University offices closed) READ MORE

SMU remains weapons-free under Texas ‘campus carry’ law

SMU News Originally Posted: July 27, 2016 SMU prohibits the possession of any dangerous weapon (either openly or in a concealed manner), or facsimiles of dangerous weapons such as water guns or toy guns and knives, on all University property, athletic venues, passenger transportation vehicles and any groups or building on which University activities are conducted. Student-owned sporting firearms or other weapons (including all BB and pellet guns) are the responsibility of the owner and must be stored at an appropriate location off campus. SMU has been a weapons-free campus since at least 1994. See smu.edu/policy for the full policy. Any violation of this policy is considered a serious offense. If you have questions about this policy, please contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-3388. [...]

Dedman College Research Roundup

Dedman College scientists continue to receive global recognition for their research. Check out some of the latest research articles from Dedman College faculty. Long-term daily contact with Spanish missions triggered collapse of Native American populations in New Mexico.  “Scholars increasingly recognize the magnitude of human impacts on planet Earth, some are even ready to define a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene,” said anthropologist and fire expert Christopher I. Roos, an associate professor, Department of Anthropology, and a co-author on the research. READ MORE The Moon used to spin on a different axis. "As the axis moved, so did the face of the Man in the Moon. He sort of turned his nose up at the Earth. These findings may open the door to further discoveries on the interior [...]

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