John Ubelaker, Biology, Heat, drought, wildfire and insects threaten an iconic pine

Ensia Originally Posted: September 26, 2017 Among the rolling mesas north of Taos, New Mexico, a lush piñon pine tree reaches skyward from a rocky slope. John Ubelaker bends to its base and counts the number of branches swirling from the ground to the crown. “Young one,” he says of the tree. “It’s about 20 or so years old. Lucky one, too. It survived the dieback.” The retired Southern Methodist University biologist hands me a palm-sized cone sticky with sap. His blue eyes are bright and excited. “It takes three years for the piñon to form cones with nuts inside,” he explains. “But the cycle is moisture dependent. It won’t happen without enough water.” Over the past 10 years, northern New Mexico has seen a [...]

By | 2017-09-29T08:33:24+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on John Ubelaker, Biology, Heat, drought, wildfire and insects threaten an iconic pine

Watch: SMU Economics Center Director on NBC DFW RE: GOP tax plan

NBC 5 Originally Posted: September 28, 2017 Republicans in Congress are now turning their attention to overhauling the tax code. There are three key points of the tax reform proposal you should know for how they could affect your earnings. WATCH

By | 2017-09-28T17:52:42+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Watch: SMU Economics Center Director on NBC DFW RE: GOP tax plan

Listen: Neil Foley, History, Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

Ballpark Podcast Originally Posted: September 27, 2017 The current US president is not the first American leader to use inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and push anti-immigration policies, but Donald Trump’s presidency has certainly brought these issue to the forefront of American politics. This episode we’re diving into the fear, resentment, and history behind racism towards Latinos, and in doing so, we’ll see that this is far from a recent phenomenon. This episode features Neil Foley, Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University. He the author of Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity and Mexicans and the Making of America, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2015. Our discussion includes Susannah Crockford, Research Officer for Inform and [...]

By | 2017-09-27T12:52:06+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Listen: Neil Foley, History, Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

Heather DeShon, Earth Sciences, new study finds that the fault that produced North Texas’ largest quake could produce an even bigger one

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 25, 2017 The  town that experienced a 4-magnitude earthquake in May 2015 — the strongest quake ever recorded in North Texas  — sits on a fault with the potential to produce an event 10 times larger,  suggests a new study led by scientists at Southern Methodist University. The report also concluded there was “substantial evidence” that the quake, near the Johnson County town of Venus, was triggered by the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas operations. The study was the latest to investigate North Texas’ earthquake surge, which began in 2008 and has generated more than 200 tremors. The most recent widely felt event was a 3.1-magnitude quake that struck near the border of Irving and Dallas on Aug. 25. READ [...]

By | 2017-09-26T08:03:38+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Heather DeShon, Earth Sciences, new study finds that the fault that produced North Texas’ largest quake could produce an even bigger one

David Weber, Dedman emeritus, first-person accounts of sites explore history, identity of the West in new book First Impressions

Albuquerque Journal Originally Posted: September 25, 2017 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico has a prominent and deserved presence in the newly released book “First Impressions: A Reader’s Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest.” That prominence is marked by the fact that seven of the 15 places referenced in the book are in the state. The seven have imbued New Mexico with its recognizable enchantment ——Santa Fe, Acoma Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Canyon, El Morro/Inscription Rock and the Taos Valley; the latter is really three iconic sites in one —— Taos Pueblo, the town of Taos and Ranchos de Taos. As you can see, in this context “place” is broadly defined. Likewise, the meaning of book’s title. “First Impressions” refers to the [...]

By | 2017-09-26T07:59:15+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on David Weber, Dedman emeritus, first-person accounts of sites explore history, identity of the West in new book First Impressions

Researchers ask, how did that leaf get so big?

Dallas Innovates Originally Poster: September 22, 2017 The work of Southern Methodist University paleobotanist Bonnie F. Jacobs to help crack the mystery of leaf size recently got some recognition in Australian Geographic. Jacobs, a professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, worked with a team of international researchers from — the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Estonia, Spain, China, and the U.S. — and their work was published earlier this month as a cover story in Science. The team looked at 7,600 plant species over the past 20 years and pooled and analyzed the data with new theory in the field. Their goal is to create equations that can predict the maximum viable leaf size anywhere in the world based on two factors — daytime overheating and night-time freezing. That [...]

By | 2017-09-24T19:19:10+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Researchers ask, how did that leaf get so big?

Congrats! Dedman College alumna Katie Logsdon and Dr. Smith-Morris, Anthropology, published in Midwifery Journal

Originally Posted: September 22, 2017 "As an undergraduate at SMU, I knew many opportunities existed for me to conduct research... Dr. Smith-Morris immediately encouraged me in my ideas and refined my research."-Katie Logsdon, #DedmanCollege '17, whose manuscript on her undergraduate research in Amsterdam with the SMU Department of Anthropology's Dr. Smith-Morris was published in the October edition of Midwifery Journal. Congratulations on this accomplishment, Katie! Read her research here: http://ow.ly/FWe030fkshV

By | 2017-09-22T10:53:22+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Congrats! Dedman College alumna Katie Logsdon and Dr. Smith-Morris, Anthropology, published in Midwifery Journal

Did y’all hear about SMU physics professor Jeff Chalk?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 22, 2017 If everybody had a physics teacher like Jeff Chalk, we might already have flying cars and moon colonies. The SMU professor who died earlier this month at age 87 was famous for zany demonstrations in class designed to get non-majors jazzed about science. Lying on a bed of nails while another prof took a sledge hammer to a concrete block on his chest, drinking liquid nitrogen, his students surely remember the physics principles he set out to teach. But he wasn't just a showman. Chalk endeavored to learn the names of all his students, even those in his online classes, and worked hard to help undergrad scientists get into grad school. Cheers to a life well-lived. READ MORE

By | 2017-09-22T10:45:53+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Did y’all hear about SMU physics professor Jeff Chalk?

Event: Oct. 30, Porting Applications to MICs and GPUs

Event Date: October 30 Location: Fondren Library E110 Time:12:00 - 2:00 PM The Fall 2017 CSC workshop series provides a hands-on experience that guides researchers from the basics of using SMU’s HPC resources to specific topics in parallelization and debugging. Additionally, the topics will cover information useful for researchers to quickly begin to use the new compute capabilities provided by our new cluster ManeFrame II. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory “Intro. to ManeFrame II” workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Academics/CSC/Education/Workshops  

By | 2017-09-21T16:41:02+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Event: Oct. 30, Porting Applications to MICs and GPUs

Event: Oct. 23, Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks

Date: October 23 Event Location: Fondren Library E110 Time:12:00 - 2:00 PM The Fall 2017 CSC workshop series provides a hands-on experience that guides researchers from the basics of using SMU’s HPC resources to specific topics in parallelization and debugging. Additionally, the topics will cover information useful for researchers to quickly begin to use the new compute capabilities provided by our new cluster ManeFrame II. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory “Intro. to ManeFrame II” workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Academics/CSC/Education/Workshops  

By | 2017-09-21T16:06:22+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Event: Oct. 23, Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks
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