Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

  The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes mentors who play a significant role in the personal and professional development of Engaged Learning students. The award carries a certificate of merit and a stipend. Graduating seniors nominate mentors for the award. Selection is made based on student documentation of the mentor relationship (timely advice, feedback and guidance) and the quality of the completed project. Bonnie Jacobs  is a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Uma Ladd.       Rita Economos  is an assistant professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Madi Wewer. READ MORE and VIEW PAST RECIPIENTS LIST

By | 2017-05-25T10:59:29+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, named 2017 Ford Research Fellow

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 This is an excerpt of an SMU press release. Read the original by clicking here. Congratulations to Zhong Lu, Shuler-Foscue Endowed Chair and director of graduate studies in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Lu is one of four outstanding SMU professors honored for their scholarship and research with the 2017 Ford Research Fellowships. The awards were presented during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 4. Zhong Lu's geophysics research focuses on the use of satellite-borne radar to detect subtle changes in the earth’s surface preceding volcanic eruptions. He also researches volcano deformation, earthquake deformation mapping, fault geometry and modeling, and ground-water basin analysis. His work with InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) includes underground nuclear explosion monitoring, landslide [...]

By | 2017-05-25T08:48:50+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, named 2017 Ford Research Fellow

David Haynes, English, mentioned in a post about building a literary community of African American writers

Literary Hub Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 As part of the socially conscious Dallas literary scene, I have worked toward creating a space for African American writers for nearly ten years. In 2013, with novelist and Southern Methodist University professor David Haynes, I co-founded Kimbilio—Swahili for “safe haven”—to support fiction writers of the African Diaspora. But my literary advocacy developed for selfish reasons—I was alone in a new city and needed to commune with writers, especially other writers of color. When I received my MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, I returned to my career in sales and marketing with hopes that I would find time to write. After a few years, I had only written a few pages. I missed the literary [...]

By | 2017-05-23T18:06:03+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on David Haynes, English, mentioned in a post about building a literary community of African American writers

Elira Kuka, economics, appointed to prestigious national research organization

SMU Research Originally Posted: May 10, 2017 SMU economics professor wins prestigious appointment to nation’s premier organization for impartial economic research, the National Bureau of Economic Research. The National Bureau of Economic Research, the nation’s leading nonprofit economic research organization, has appointed SMU Assistant Professor Elira Kuka a faculty research fellow. Kuka is in the SMU Department of Economics. She will be a fellow in the NBER’s research program on children, a key policy area. NBER, founded in 1920, is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers and business professionals. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is the most prestigious and active research organization in economic policy and empirical analysis in [...]

By | 2017-05-22T08:36:38+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Elira Kuka, economics, appointed to prestigious national research organization

Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 Monique Scales was in SMU's Fondren Library on the afternoon of Jan. 7, 2015, when a magnitude 3.6 earthquake rumbled across Dallas and Irving. She decided then and there that she didn't know as much about earthquakes as she thought she did. Monique Scales “There were so many things that were weird about it,” Scales recalled. “Nothing was shaking – I heard it.” A little more than two years later, Scales is graduating from SMU with a master's degree in geophysics – and on the road to a career studying earthly rumblings. She’s headed next to the University of Utah to pursue a Ph.D. “I definitely want to continue research,” Scales said. “I would love to work for [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:38:21+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

Researchers Decoded How Plants Tell Time Based On A Protein

Science Times Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 Clocks could tell time clearly while it isn’t known by the majority how plants tell time. Fortunately, a research team from Southern Methodist University have been studying for a long time already on how the greeneries tell time. According to Gizmodo, the scientists from the Southern Methodist University worked alongside a team from the University of Washington, Ohio State, and Japan. The overall research team then studied everything about a protein called Zeitlupe or ZTL and another protein called FKF1 to figure out how plants tell time. ZTL was then described to change its shape after being exposed to blue light after an hour or two. The published result of the study in the journal eLife was said to be [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:15:41+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Researchers Decoded How Plants Tell Time Based On A Protein

Political Experts Weigh In On Trump-Russia Investigation

CBS DFW Originally Posted: May 17, 2017 DALLAS (CBS11) – The turmoil in Washington with President Trump and accusations of obstruction of justice have political experts in North Texas offering their thoughts. “This has been 117 days like we’ve never seen,” said Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the Director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. “We’ve never seen a president at this point have so much difficulty, and such low approval rating. This should be the honey moon period of any presidency.” Dr. Engel added the talks and calls for impeachment are getting a lot closer to becoming a reality should be considering to the Trump administration. “The fact that we are discussing impeachment openly less than 6 months into a presidency there is actually no [...]

By | 2017-05-18T09:33:11+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Political Experts Weigh In On Trump-Russia Investigation

Dedman College economics experts quoted in Forbes. Move Over, San Francisco: Dallas Tops Our List Of The Best Cities For Jobs 2017

Forbes Originally Posted: May 15, 2017 Dallas is called the Big D for a reason. Bigger, better, best: that’s the Dallas mindset. From the gigantic Cowboys stadium in Arlington to the burgeoning northern suburbs to the posh Arts District downtown, Dallasites are reinventing their metropolis almost daily. The proposed urban park along the Trinity River, my Dallas friends remind me, will be 11 times bigger than New York’s Central Park. Here’s something else for them to boast about: the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area ranks first this year on our list of the Best Cities For Jobs. It’s a region that in many ways is the polar opposite of the San Francisco and San Jose metropolitan areas, which have dominated our ranking for the last few years. (They still [...]

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Study solves mystery of how plants use sunlight to tell time via cell protein signaling

SMU News Originally Posted: May 16, 2017 Discovery may someday allow farmers to grow crops in climates where they currently won’t grow and allows scientists to make a subtle, targeted mutation to a specific native plant protein Findings of a new study solve a key mystery about the chemistry of how plants tell time so they can flower and metabolize nutrients. The process — a subtle chemical event — takes place in the cells of every plant every second of every day. The new understanding means farmers may someday grow crops under conditions or in climates where they currently can’t grow, said chemist Brian D. Zoltowski, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who led the study. “We now understand the chemistry allowing plants to maintain a natural 24-hour [...]

By | 2017-05-16T18:08:51+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Study solves mystery of how plants use sunlight to tell time via cell protein signaling
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