Listen: Senior Clements Center fellow Eric Meeks on KERA’s Think Wednesday, February 15 at noon

Senior Clements Center for Southwest Studies fellow Eric Meeks will be on KERA’s Think Wednesday, February 15 from noon-1 p.m. Meeks will discuss his work on the history of the US-Mexico borderlands in anticipation of his evening lecture at SMU on February 21st. For more information about Eric Meeks visit: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/InstitutesCenters/swcenter/Events/Lectures/Meeks

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New delta Scuti: Rare pulsating star 7,000 light years away is 1 of only 7 in Milky Way

EurekaAlert! Originally Posted: February 14, 2017 Astronomers are reporting a rare star as big -- or bigger -- than the Earth's sun and that is expanding and contracting in a unique pattern in three different directions. The star is one that pulsates and so is characterized by varying brightness over time. It's situated 7,000 light years away from the Earth in the constellation Pegasus, said astronomer Farley Ferrante, a member of the team that made the discovery at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Called a variable star, this particular star is one of only seven known stars of its kind in our Milky Way galaxy. "It was challenging to identify it," Ferrante said. "This is the first time we'd encountered this rare type." The Milky Way [...]

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Michael Flynn’s resignation raises Russian connection questions

KRLD Originally Posted: February 14, 2017 Joshua Rovner, the Tower Center's Distinguished Chair in International Politics & National Security Policy, talks with KRLD radio about the resignation of President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn. Members of Congress are calling for an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the resignation and perhaps linking it with an existing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the United States political system. Listen to Rovner's interview

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Event: Feb. 23 Fun numerical problems in subsurface flow modeling

Event Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 Location: 126 Clements Hall Time: 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm (Refreshments are served 15 minutes before the talk) SMU/UTD SIAM Student Chapter Distinguished Lecture, by Margot Gerritsen (Stanford University). Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/Math/Seminars

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Dedman College senior Patricia Nance featured in SMU Magazine

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: Spring 2017 Dedman College senior Patricia Nance, a chemistry and math major, has been developing a new polymer for breast implants to reduce infections for women who get reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. For Nance, this research is personal and has a purpose: to benefit women like her grandmother. Read more of the Spring 2017 SMU Magazine cover story. READ MORE: http://blog.smu.edu/…/05/SMU-Magazine-Spring-Summer-2017.pdf *Patricia Nance is also a DCII Hamilton Scholar

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Event: Stanton Sharp Symposium February 22-23

SMU News Originally Posted: February 9, 2017 The Russian Revolution of February and October 1917 is a defining watershed of the twentieth century and the centennial is commemorated and explored here in this two-day symposium. The Russian Revolution, like the French earlier, signaled transformations of the social, political, economic, and cultural orders within and along the borders of the Russian Empire. And it would have tremendous influence beyond, including in Europe, Asia, and Latin America; indeed, its impact was truly global. The Russian Revolution created the world’s first socialist state, the USSR, which attempted to negate or overcome the world of capitalism and markets, to build new types of government, society, family, and gender relationships according to the ideologies of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. In [...]

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Request for Proposals for Undergraduate Mayer Fellows, 2017-2018

Each academic year, DCII sponsors six undergraduate Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellows. These students have a double major or a major and minor(s), and at least one of these must be in Dedman College. With two faculty mentors, each Mayer Fellow conducts a research project that combines and integrates the perspectives of his/her major(s)/minor(s). Mayer Fellows have access to funds to use for research travel or for other expenses related to their research project. See website for details. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/Mayer

Watches were once considered a ‘silly a– fad’ — here’s what that could say about their future

Business Insider Originally posted: February 7, 2017 Wristwatches have been commonplace for nearly everyone alive today. It was hard to imagine a world where most people — both men and women — didn't have a watch mounted on their wrist. A future where we learn the time from glancing at our phones and not our wrists was inconceivable. But that certainly seems to be the future we're heading towards. And, historically, it's not an inconceivable one. Watches, when they were first being worn on the wrist in the early 1900s, were not considered to be a serious trend, and were instead worn by jokesters and Vaudeville artists. A 1916 New York Times article even referred to wristwatches as a "silly a-- fad." At the time, both gentlemen [...]

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Event: Feb. 23 The Meaning of Fossils in the New Age of Humans

Event Date: February 23, 2017 Location: Perot Museum of Nature and Science (2201 N Field St) Time: 6-8 PM The DCII, through support from the Scott Hawkins lecture series, and in collaboration with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, invite you to an evening lecture titled, “The Meaning of Fossils in the New Age of Humans”. Dr. Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, will talk about how fossils inform us about our future, particularly with regard to climate change. Please RSVP at PerotRSVP@perotmuseum.org or 214-756-5729. Business attire. Reception. Complimentary Valet. For more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events Contact: Bonnie Jacobs bjacobs@mail.smu.edu

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Tower Scholar Q&A | My time as a campaign manager

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: February 2, 2017 Kovan Barzani is a Junior from Plano, Texas triple majoring in Economics, Public Policy and Management with a minor in political science.  Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Kovan Barzani, class of 2017, managed Jim Burke’s 2016 campaign for the Texas House of Representatives District 114 in Dallas. Barzani started out as a Fellow at the Dallas County Democratic Party, and within a month he was running Burke’s campaign. Barzani is triple majoring in economics, public policy and management. Upon graduation in May he will be working for Capital One in Dallas as a business analyst. The Tower Center sat down with Barzani to hear his story. How did you become Jim Burke’s campaign manager? During my first couple of days as a [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Tower Scholar Q&A | My time as a campaign manager
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