Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 A new working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research argues that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had a “significant impact” on the educational and life decisions of undocumented immigrant youth, resulting in a 45 percent decrease in teen birth rates, a 15 percent increase in high school graduation rates and a 20 percent increase in college enrollment rates. The researchers found differential effects by gender, with most of the gains in college enrollment concentrated among women. For men alone, the effect of DACA on college enrollment was not statistically significant. DACA, which was established by former president Obama in 2012, gave certain undocumented immigrant students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children temporary protection [...]
SMU Research Originally Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 SMU and other members of a scientific consortium prepare for installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to survey the night sky from a mile-high mountain peak in Arizona As part of a large scientific consortium studying dark energy, SMU physicists are on course to help create the largest 3-D map of the universe ever made. The map will emerge from data gathered by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) being installed on the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope atop a mountain in Arizona. The map could help solve the mystery of dark energy, which is driving the accelerating expansion of the universe. DESI will capture about 10 times more data than a predecessor survey of space using an array of 5,000 swiveling [...]
The National Bureau of Economic Research Originally Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 Highlights: How did DACA impact the educational performances of those who enrolled in it? Significantly, says SMU economics coauthor Elira Kuka. -High school graduation rates increased by 15% -Teenage births declined by 45% -College attendance increased by 25% among women READ MORE
Calling all SMU Science faculty, staff and graduate students! Do you remember competing in Science Fair when you were at school? Now is your chance to sign up to judge at the 2018 Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Saturday February 24, 2018 at Fair Park in Dallas. SMU is organizing this event for middle and high school students in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. The eligibility requirements for judging are a Bachelor’s degree or beyond in the category you judge. Family members, teachers and mentors of participating students are not eligible to judge. Sign up to judge at www.drsef.org. Questions? Email DRSEFJudge@smu.edu.
SMU Magazine Originally Posted: Spring 2018 Issue Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, Samuel Gage Weber became fascinated with science by watching Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The first 3-D animated feature film made outside Hollywood was directed by SMU alumnus John Davis ’84. Weber, whose mother is a nurse, imagined being Jimmy Neutron while he played with a child’s chemistry set. Later, when he stumbled upon the Harry Potter novels and films, he says, his interest in science became intertwined with magic. In seventh grade, after Weber heard a neurologist speak to his class about the wonders of the brain, he began to make the connection between science and medicine. While his fellow students were enthralled with the brain-shaped gummies she passed around the class, Weber [...]
FOX 4 Originally Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 The Lewisville ISD superintendent got a slap on the hand this week from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his message to teachers urging them to show up and vote. The district says it was just a "get out the vote" campaign, but Paxton calls it "unlawful electioneering." Lewisville Schools superintendent Kevin Rogers, in a video posted to the district's website, encouraged teachers to vote in the March primary. “It is time to send a clear message to those who oppose public schools, to those who want to take away the core of our communities, who want to divert precious funds from public schools and give it to for profit organizations,” Rogers said in the video. The [...]
Mathematics professor Vladimir Ajaev’s work on levitation of microdroplets has been highilighted in International Physics venues.
Dedman College News Originally Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 SMU, Faculty, Dedman School of Humanities, Mathematics, Ajaev, Vladimir, PhD Vladimir Ajaev, SMU professor of mathematics and his collaborators published a paper in Physical Review Letters, one of the top scientific journals in both physics and applied mathematics. The model developed by professor Ajaev resolved a long-standing controversy about the mechanism of levitation of microdroplets supported by an upward flow of vapor. The work generated significant publicity, including news articles in Physics World and on the site of Novosibirsk State University, as well as a discussion in a popular fluid mechanics blog. READ MORE
The Collegian Originally Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 SMU English professor Ezra Greenspan discusses Frederick Douglass’ life, views and work as an abolitionist Feb. 6 on NE Campus. Photo by Ian Stover/The CollegianA local expert on abolitionist Frederick Douglass offered a Black History Month lecture to students Feb. 6 on NE Campus. Ezra Greenspan, an English professor at Southern Methodist University, is working on a biography of the renowned abolitionist and human rights activist. His lecture told of Douglass’ journey from slave to abolitionist. It also drew some parallels between Douglass’ world to that of disenfranchised people today. Greenspan contended that the inequities Douglass tried to eradicate managed to outlive him. And Greenspan challenged students to “inquire more searchingly, what the legacy of this great [...]
EurekaAlert Originally Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 High rates of injection and large volumes can perturb critically stressed faults, triggering earthquakes years after wastewater wells are shut in IMAGE: STUDY AREA FOR THE DFW AIRPORT EARTHQUAKE SEQUENCE. YELLOW TRIANGLES ARE THE 2008-2009 SMU OPERATED STATIONS. BLUE ASTERISKS ARE THE EARTHQUAKES REPORTED BY THE 2013-2016 SMU EARTHQUAKE CATALOG, INDICATING CONTINUED... view more CREDIT: SMU Efforts to stop human-caused earthquakes by shutting down wastewater injection wells that serve adjacent oil and gas fields may oversimplify the challenge, according to a new study from seismologists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. The seismologists analyzed a sequence of earthquakes at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and found that even though wastewater injection was halted after a year, the earthquakes continued. The sequence [...]
Event: Feb 22, Carolyn Smith-Morris presents a free public lecture, “The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective”
SMU News Originally Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 SMU Lecture: Lessons from the 1918 flu epidemic Feb. 22, at the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall in SMU's Meadows Museum Scientists have learned much about the flu since the 1918 flu pandemic that killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people worldwide, says SMU medical anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris: "We have a strong arsenal - medicinal, mechanical and social - against infectious disease and its ravages. But as historians of this epidemic are fond of saying, we would be wise to remain cautious." Smith-Morris will present a free public lecture, "The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall in SMU's Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop [...]