Medical anthropologists like SMU’s Carolyn Smith-Morris are helping the biomedical community untangle the social roots of diabetes

Sapiens Originally Posted: August 22, 2017 Mary (a pseudonym) was 18 years old and halfway through her second pregnancy when anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris met her 10 years ago. Mary, a Pima Indian, was living with her boyfriend, brother, parents, and 9-month-old baby in southern Arizona. She had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during both of her pregnancies, but she didn’t consider herself diabetic because her diabetes had gone away after her first birth. Perhaps her diagnosis was even a mistake, she felt. Mary often missed her prenatal appointments, because she didn’t have a ride to the hospital from her remote home on the reservation. She considered diabetes testing a “personal thing,” so she didn’t discuss it with her family. As Smith-Morris’ research revealed, Mary’s story [...]

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Watch: Welcome Back to the Hilltop!

SMU News Originally Posted: August 14, 2017 https://youtu.be/OdXg_K1Yk00 SMU’s faculty and staff prepared all summer for our students’ return to the Hilltop. Now we only have one week until we kick off the fall semester! From fostering innovation in the classroom to building spirit in the commons, the students bring campus to life. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Dr. K.C. Mmeje, Vice President for Student Affairs  

On Being an Anthropologist in the Era of Big Data

SMU Adventures Originally Posted: August 3, 2017 Megan B. is a graduate student studying anthropology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She is spending the summer studying environmental advocacy with the Trinity River Audubon Society. READ MORE  

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SMU, UTA Scientists To Help Unlock Mystery of Neutrinos

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: August 2, 2017 Construction of a huge particle detector in South Dakota could lead to a change in how we understand the universe, and scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University in Dallas will play roles in helping to unlock the mystery of neutrinos. Ground was broken a mile underground recently at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) that will house the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). SMU physicist Thomas E. Coan, and UTA Physics professors Jonathan Asaadi and Jaehoon Yu will be among scientists from more than 100 institutions around the world who will be involved in the experiment. DUNE will be [...]

By | 2017-08-03T11:39:55+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Anthropology|Comments Off on SMU, UTA Scientists To Help Unlock Mystery of Neutrinos

The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts

The Atlantic Originally Posted: August 1, 2017 Growing up in Southern California, Mai-Ling Garcia’s grades were ragged; her long-term plans nonexistent. At age 20, she was living with her in-laws halfway between Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert, while her husband was stationed abroad. Tired of working subsistence jobs, she decided in 2001 to try a few classes at Mount San Jacinto community college. Nobody pegged her for greatness at first. A psychology professor, Maria Lopez-Moreno recalls Garcia sitting in the midst of a lecture hall, fiddling constantly with a cream-colored scarf. Then something started to catch. After a spirited discussion about the basis for criminal behavior, Lopez-Moreno took this newcomer aside after class and asked: “Why are you here?” Garcia blurted out a tangled [...]

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SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

USA Today College Originally Posted: July 17, 2017 This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on College Factual, a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY. Texas is a large state with numerous higher education institutions. You have your choice of public or private schools, along with schools that focus on research or are grounded in the liberal arts. Each of these schools offers students something unique. Below are the top 10 colleges in Texas, based on College Factual’s ranking system. These schools rise to the top of over 60 four-year institutions in the state. You [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:15:03+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

SMU News Originally Posted: July 10, 2017 "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is this fall's common reading selection, which every incoming SMU student is expected to read. There will be small-group discussions on the book written by Matthew Desmond. READ MORE  

Official University Calendar : 2017-2018

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017–2018 www.smu.edu/registrar/academic_calendar.asp This calendar includes an addendum listing religious holidays for use in requesting excused absences according to University Policy 1.9. For religious holidays not listed, contact the Office of the Chaplain. Graduate programs in the Cox School of Business, Perkins School of Theology and Dedman School of Law, and the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling within the Simmons School of Education and Human Development have different calendars. Dates that the offices of the University will be closed will be announced at a later date. PDF

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