Category Archives: Faculty News

Brian Zoltowski, Chemistry, good and the bad about blue light

KERA The Bright Side And Dark Side Of Blue Light By JUSTIN MARTIN Light is necessary for life on earth, but scientists believe that too much of a certain wavelength can cause everything from crop diseases to changes in the … Continue reading

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Anne Lincoln, Sociology, cited in a story about changing the paradigms regarding women in math/science careers

Science Magazine Originally posted: December 4, 2014 Science, argued physicist and philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn in his seminal 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, makes fundamental advances when new, unfamiliar intellectual paradigms replace older, accepted ones that can … Continue reading

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Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, part of a research team whose principle won a Science of Risk award from Lloyd’s

A research paper published earlier this year in Nature Communications has been awarded a Science of Risk prize by Lloyd’s at a ceremony last week [27 November]. The research, led by Dr Juliet Biggs of the University of Bristol, looked … Continue reading

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Sam Ross Sloan Selected as Peruna Professor

Congratulations to Lecturer of English, Sam Ross Sloan! In this the Year of the Faculty, SMU students voted for professors they feel are exceptional and inspiring. The winners were honored with a surprise visit from our beloved mascot Peruna in … Continue reading

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Rapid Readings Presented by Greg Brownderville and 13 SMU poets

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Andrea Meltzer, Psychology, contraception may affect how happy women are with their husbands

Medical Xpress by Kathleen Haughney Originally Posted: December 3, 2014 Choosing a partner while on the pill may affect a woman’s marital satisfaction, according to a new study from Florida State University and Southern Methodist University. In fact, the pill … Continue reading

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Santanu Roy, Chair, Economics, appointed University Distinguished Professor

Paul Ludden, SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announced the appointment of three new University Distinguished Professors. Congratulations to the following: Professor Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts Professor Suku Nair, Chair, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School … Continue reading

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Brian D. Zoltowski, Chemistry, Study funded by NIH is decoding blue light’s mysterious ability to alter body’s natural clock

Blue light from artificial lighting and electronic devices knocks circadian rhythms off-kilter, resulting in health problems, sleep, cancer development, mood disorders, drug addiction, crop disease and even confused migratory animals Arabidopsis thaliana is a small flowering plant that is widely … Continue reading

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Timothy Myer, Earth Sciences, Jurassic climate for part of western U.S. more complex

The climate 150 million years ago of a large swath of the western United States was more complex than previously known, according to new research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. It’s been held that the climate during the Jurassic was … Continue reading

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Kathleen Wellman, History, Texas State Board of Education allows conservatives to decide content in textbooks

The Atlantic Originally posted: Nov. 25, 2014 Last Tuesday, the Texas State Board of Education held a public hearing to choose which new social studies textbooks will be recommend to school districts in the state. The board was expected to … Continue reading

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