CNBC Originally Posted: December 27, 2017 Saudi crown prince's lavish buys: Some see hypocrisy, others say they're no big deal Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been linked to multimillion-dollar purchases of artwork, real estate and yachts. Some warn the purchases send the wrong signal at a time when the powerful crown prince is spearheading an anti-corruption campaign. Others say the purchases have nothing to do with the crackdown and many Saudis aren't bothered by Crown Prince Mohammed's spending. A series of recent reports have connected Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince — an avowed anti-corruption crusader — to lavish real estate, art and yacht purchases. To some, the spending is a sign of hypocrisy and a threat to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's legitimacy. [...]
SMU Magazine Originally Posted: December 5, 2017 SMU is eager to serve and partner with Dallas, just as Northwestern University serves Chicago and Columbia University serves New York. We are ready to leverage SMU’s academic vitality and strong relationships with the Dallas region for expanded community service and impact. Dallas is a city in a hurry, taking its place as a global business and knowledge center. Major corporations like Toyota and (perhaps) Amazon recognize that Dallas has a stake in the tech-driven future. What you need to know is that SMU has skin in that game. We are a 21st century university, data empowered and actively seeking solutions to societal problems through interdisciplinary collaborations between the humanities, the sciences, the arts and the world of [...]
SMU YouTube Originally Posted: November 30, 2017 SMU students welcomed in the Christmas season with their festive annual tradition, Celebration of Lights. Students entertained the crowd with carols, President R. Gerald Turner read the Christmas Story and the evening ended with Silent Night and the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree along with Dallas Hall and surrounding trees. Watch https://youtu.be/nquthP3zEVU
Have a safe and happy holiday. SMU is closed December 25-January 1.
Sapiens: Can Medical Anthropology Solve the Diabetes Dilemma? As the number of sufferers continues to rise, some researchers are moving in new directions to figure out how culture and lifestyle shape disease outcomes. LiveScience: Newfound dino looks like creepy love child of a turkey and ostrich A new giant bird-like dinosaur discovered in China has been named for SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, Corythoraptor jacobsi, by the scientists who identified the new oviraptorid. Cosmos: Painting with light in three dimensions A new technique uses photoswitch molecules to create three-dimensional images from pure light. SMU Guildhall and cancer researchers level up to tap human intuition of video gamers in quest to beat cancer Massive computational power of online “Minecraft” gaming community bests supercomputers. Nation’s electric grid [...]
Tower Center Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 The Tower Center interviewed HCM Tower Scholar Isabelle Gwozdz about her senior year practicum as an intern with the Embrey Human Rights Program and her involvement in establishing the SMU Chapter of the Student Alliance Against Human Trafficking. Gwozdz is majoring in political science with minors in history, French and English, and will graduate in May. Tell us about your experience with the Embrey Human Rights Program. It’s been pretty awesome. I’m not a human rights major or minor, but it’s something I’ve been interested in and so I thought it would be cool to have that experience for my practicum placement. I’ve been focusing on human trafficking because the Human Rights Symposium in September featured people from the Dallas [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 Since SMU launched its bachelor of arts degree in human rights in 2012 – becoming one of only five in the U.S. to offer it – 79 students have embraced the ultimate “world changer” degree to embark on careers ranging from medicine to business to politics. Five years later, SMU seniors Abigail Buck and Grace Caputo will earn the same uncommon distinction at Commencement Convocation Dec. 16. They also plan to follow career paths very similar to the first pioneering duo to earn the degree: Samantha Matthews and Shireen Tavakoli. Samantha recently returned to Dallas to work as executive director of a nonprofit affiliated with the Texas Legends basketball team (an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks) after earning [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2017 As the son of refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his college experience. Before he graduated from SMU, he triple majored, managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job. WATCH https://youtu.be/LDeci0nhrx8