Texas Tribune Originally Posted: April 17 This week's State Board of Education debate about high school biology standards and governing how to teach students about the theory of evolution could come down to a single word: evaluate. At a February meeting, board members took a preliminary vote to modify those curriculum standards, keeping in language that would require students to challenge evolutionary science. Republican board member Barbara Cargill, who led the charge to keep in the controversial language, has said requiring students to "evaluate" certain biological processes is necessary for thorough biology instruction. Critics say keeping the word "evaluate" in those standards casts doubt on evolution in a way that could open the door to teaching creationism. The board is set to hold that debate Tuesday and will take another [...]
Watch: Dr. Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor of British History and Digital History gives keynote speech at the 2017 Honors Convocation.
https://youtu.be/ZoqHfkz-ysE At the 2017 Honors Convocation at SMU Dr. Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor of British HIstory and Digital HIstory at Dedman School of Humanities and Sciences, gave the keynote speech in McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus with an introduction by SMU President, Dr. R. Gerald Turner. https://youtu.be/ZoqHfkz-ysE
Date: April 26, 2017 Location: Caruth Hall 314 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM The Scientific Computation (CSC) spring workshop series will provide a hands-on experience that will guide researchers from the basics of using SMU’s supercomputing resources to advanced parallelization usage. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory “Introduction to Research Computing” workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/csc
Students involved with the DISD American Indian Education Program visited Dallas Hall and the Clements Center April 20, 2017. Steven Denson, Adjunct Professor of Management and Director of MBA Diversity Initiatives in the SMU’s Cox School of Business brought by the group to visit the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and its assistant director Ruth Ann Elmore to learn about its Native American programming and its research being conducted by former and current fellows.
SMU News Originally Posted: April 18, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) — Noted SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell joins actress Carol Burnett, musician John Legend, playwright Lynn Nottage, immunologist James Allison and other renowned leaders in various fields as a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The class of 2017 will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brettell joins 228 new fellows and foreign honorary members — representing the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector — as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies. “Caroline Brettell is an internationally recognized leader in the field of migration, and one of Dedman College’s most productive scholars,” said Thomas DiPiero, dean of SMU’s Dedman [...]
CT NewsJunkie Originally Posted: April 14, 2017 An Op-Ed in the online Connecticut news outlet CTNewsJunkie.com tapped the expertise of SMU Assistant Professor of Physics Stephen Sekula. Last week was a newsworthy week — at least for this high school English teacher. In a story out of Hartford last Wednesday, the state Board of Education officially eliminated the requirement that standardized test scores be tied to teacher evaluations. The move, while controversial, was a common-sense decision that recognizes the many problems created by evaluations based on standardized tests. A newsworthy development, indeed, for anyone interested in education. Even so, a more newsworthy event for me occurred on Tuesday when Southern Methodist University professor Stephen Sekula visited English and science classes at his alma mater and [...]
SMU honors outstanding achievement, service at 2016-17 Hilltop Excellence Awards, Honors Convocation
SMU News Originally Posted: April 18, 2017 SMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2016-17 Hilltop Excellence Awards Monday, April 17. Earlier in the day, the University honored its best students at the 20th Honors Convocation. The address was delivered by Jo Guldi, assistant professor of history in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. > Find a complete list of award winners from Honors Convocation 2017 A native Dallasite, Guldi studies the history of Great Britain and the British Empire, landscape history, legal history, property law, infrastructure, digital methods, international development, and agrarian studies. As a digital and data historian, she also oversees the lecture series “Data is Made Up of Stories: University-wide Futures From the Digital Humanities,” [...]
Event Date: April 19, 2017 Location: Caruth Hall 314 Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM The Scientific Computation (CSC) spring workshop series will provide a hands-on experience that will guide researchers from the basics of using SMU’s supercomputing resources to advanced parallelization usage. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory “Introduction to Research Computing” workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/csc
KERA Originally Posted: April 11, 2017 Guilt, social pressure and even a doctor’s recommendation aren't enough to motivate low-income families to vaccinate their teenagers for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), according to research from Southern Methodist University. But a follow-up study from SMU finds that if parents persuade themselves of the benefits of the vaccinations, more teenagers in low-income families receive protection from the sexually transmitted, cancer-causing virus. LISTEN
Event Date: 04/26/2017 Location: Dallas Hall 306 Time: 6:00 p.m. Reception and 6:30 p.m. Panel True or False? Social media advances social justice activism. Come and hear attorneys, activists, and a media executive present their perspectives on the effects of social media on conversations about justice in Dallas. Presented by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events