Bodies exhumed from unmarked cemetery in Texas

CBS News Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Dr. Catrina Whitley, Gwen Bakke, and Abigail Fisher are working on a historic African American cemetery in Houston. Dr. Whitley is a Dedman College alumna and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. Gwen Bakke and Abigail Fisher are SMU anthropology Ph.D. students. Ninety-five sets of remains found have been found at a site in Texas. Dr. Catrina Banks Whitley says the remains she studied were all African-American, and it is believed they were prison inmates leased by the state to plantation owners after the emancipation of slaves. KHOU-TV reports from Sugar Land, Texas. WATCH https://youtu.be/jUznbz1YmrI  

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Remains of Black People Forced Into Labor After Slavery Are Discovered in Texas

New York Times Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Dr. Catrina Whitley, Gwen Bakke, and Abigail Fisher are working on a historic African American cemetery in Houston. Dr. Whitley is a Dedman College  alumna and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. Gwen Bakke and Abigail Fisher are SMU anthropology Ph.D. students. Below is an article describing their findings in the July 18th issue of the New York Times. More information about their research can be found in the Washington Post. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The remains of dozens of people found at a construction site in Texas this year are mostly likely those of African-Americans who were forced to work on a plantation there around the turn of the 20th century, officials said this week. That finding, announced [...]

By | 2018-07-18T18:58:12+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Remains of Black People Forced Into Labor After Slavery Are Discovered in Texas

The Boom in Urban Housing Prices is Holding Back Economic Growth

The Catalyst Originally Posted: Summer 2018 An Essay by J.H. Cullum Clark, Director for the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Shifts in the dynamics of cities have impacted housing markets, causing prices for high-demand neighborhoods to skyrocket and leaving long commutes for those who can't afford the prices.  How can we avoid housing becoming a limiting factor in economic mobility? Stockton, California, to San Francisco is a 81.6 mile drive -- and not an uncommon commute. (Google Maps) Last year the New York Times ran a story on Ms. Sheila James, a 62-year-old woman who commutes two hours and 50 minutes each way between her home in Stockton, California, and her $81,000-a-year government job in San Francisco. The number of Americans like Ms. James with extreme commutes is growing, but their [...]

By | 2018-07-18T10:03:08+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on The Boom in Urban Housing Prices is Holding Back Economic Growth

Free college in Oak Lawn Park started by SMU professor, hippies

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 17, 2018 There was once a place you could attend a class on astrology, a legal seminar held by an attorney, and a discussion of electronic music led by a composer — all in one night. For free. It was called Dallas' Free University, an open-air series of classes and discussions held in Oak Lawn Park. Why Oak Lawn Park? At the time, Oak Lawn Park had a mixed reputation. One Newsreader called the park a hippie haven. That was not a compliment. Another reader saw the park as an important gathering place for young people interested in free expression. This tension was one reason Oak Lawn Park was chosen to be the spot for Free University. The idea for the makeshift free college started when [...]

By | 2018-07-17T12:17:56+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Free college in Oak Lawn Park started by SMU professor, hippies

A Scientist’s Voyage From the Peruvian Amazon to Nordic Iceland

National Geographic Originally Posted: July 13, 2018   Andrés Ruzo is a graduate student in Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Geothermal scientist Andrés Ruzo is a restless spirit whose passion for science and adventure inspire him to always go further, dig deeper, and discover what’s next. In celebration of his thirst for endless exploration, National Geographic and Coors Light launched Ruzo on an epic journey and invited him to share his experiences with other explorers. In the first of four photo essays, follow Ruzo as he prepares for his trip and talks about what sparked his interest in the wild, rugged, and cold land of fire and ice—Iceland. Childhood experiences—like playing on volcanoes and hearing the legend of Peru's Boiling River (above)—sparked Andrés [...]

By | 2018-07-16T08:01:48+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on A Scientist’s Voyage From the Peruvian Amazon to Nordic Iceland

Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 15, 2018 Media Contacts: "Santos Vive!": Carole Gayler; csmith@gaylersmith.com Human Rights Dallas; Hadi Jawad (214) 636-7011.   (Dallas, TX) -- The Santos Vive Project, a coalition of North Texas organizations headed by Human Rights Dallas, will mark the 45th anniversary of the chilling murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez on July 24, 1973. A series of events are planned to remember a dark and fateful day in Dallas history. It was 2 o'clock in the morning when police dragged young Santos and his brother David out of their beds, handcuffed them and then drove to a nearby gas station where a vending machine had been robbed the previous day. The brothers denied culpability but Office Darryl Cain was unconvinced. Both boys were placed into the police car, and to scare Santos into confessing, Officer Cain placed his pistol to Santos’ head in a [...]

By | 2018-07-15T18:58:13+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder

SMU Physicists Part of First Team to Observe Higgs Boson, Bottom Quarks Interaction

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 13, 2018 In a breakthrough development in the field of physics, Associate Professor Stephen Sekula and his group of researchers in the SMU Department of Physics are part of the ATLAS Experiment team to first observe the direct interaction between the Higgs boson and the bottom quark. After several years of dedicated research, the ATLAS Experiment is the first to announce their success and definitively prove the interaction between the particles, ahead of other research groups who were focused on the task. From left to right: Maddie McKay, Matthew Feickert, Peilong Wang, and (seated) Jeff Hetherly. The Higgs boson is a special particle that plays an essential role in the Standard Model of particle physics, the theory [...]

By | 2018-07-13T13:31:59+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Physicists Part of First Team to Observe Higgs Boson, Bottom Quarks Interaction

George W. Bush, Bill Clinton discuss politics during joint appearance

Fox 4 Originally Posted: July 12, 2018   SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson was quoted in a July 12th story on Fox 4 news. Two former presidents sat down for a conversation about the past, present and future of American politics. Former President George W. Bush visited President Bill Clinton at his presidential library in Little Rock. The two are celebrating their presidential leadership scholars. The two presidents have become close friends since leaving office. At times during the conversation, the mood was light.  But they also tackled complicated issues like immigration and the growing divide between many Americans. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton came together at the Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas to talk politics and the current state of affairs. [...]

By | 2018-07-15T18:51:18+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Religious Studies|Comments Off on George W. Bush, Bill Clinton discuss politics during joint appearance

SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 11, 2018 Dr. Santosh D’Mello, professor and former chair of the SMU Department of Biological Sciences was recently awarded two prestigious research grants totaling $2.5 milion by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study two different fatal brain disorders. The first grant of $1.29 million will be used to study Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain degenerative disease. Dr. D’Mello’s team will investigate whether the abnormal loss of brain cells in patients with Huntington’s disease is due to the reduction in levels of a protein called FoxP1. Using a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, Dr. D’Mello and his team will examine whether elevating FoxP1 levels protects the brain from the pathological loss of brain cells and improves behavioral performance. The second award will fund research [...]

By | 2018-07-11T13:42:59+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million in New NIH Grants

Congratulations to the 2018 M Award Recipients

SMU Originally Posted: June 25, 2018 About the Award The "M" Award is the most highly prized recognition bestowed upon students, faculty, staff and administrators on the SMU Campus. The recipients' efforts have been continuous during their years at the University and are not limited to a narrow vested interest. The "M" Award honorees are an inspiration to others, giving unselfishly of their time and talents in order to make the University, and indeed the world, a better place for all of us to live. As many as 10 students and 5 faculty/staff members can be selected for this prestigious award each year, but that has not always been the case. 2018 Recipients Students Faculty/Staff Anna Bender Madeleine Case Richmond Dewan Deangelo Garner Will Jones [...]

By | 2018-06-25T08:54:22+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to the 2018 M Award Recipients
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