Seismic denial?

Dallas News Originally Posted: November 17, 2016 A white Chevy Suburban with "Railroad Commission of Texas" emblazoned on its side rolled north on Interstate 35. Behind the wheel sat Milton Rister, the commission's director. Trim and balding, Rister was a veteran political operator who had held influential positions within the Texas Republican Party for decades. He could smell political disaster from miles away - and this one reeked. As he neared the town of Azle, northwest of Dallas, Rister said to himself: Please let there be only 50 people there. For weeks, telephones at commission headquarters in Austin had been ringing about earthquakes hitting Azle, which had never felt a quake before. Suddenly, ground was shaking under hayfields and homes, rattling windows, knocking pictures off shelves, [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Seismic denial?

Event: Data Mining Tutorial: Methods and Tools

Event date: November 30, 2016 Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall 147 Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Join Dr. Michael Hahsler (Lyle) as he presents a tutorial on Data Mining. The event will cover an introduction to data mining, the data mining process and the core methods used by data mining professionals and highlight how they are related to the fields of statistics, optimization and machine learning. The tutorial will also review available tools and examples. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events

By | November 21st, 2016|DCII, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Event: Data Mining Tutorial: Methods and Tools

From Dinosaurs to Data Networks: Texas and the Arctic in the Anthropocene

Medium Originally Posted: November 6, 2016 “Report from the Top of the World!” The flier caught my attention immediately. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, DC wanted to send graduate journalism students to the Norwegian Arctic as part of a new internshipprogram. I applied because I wanted to gain a global perspective on my research and reporting. Less than a year later, I found myself standing on an empty beach near Bugøynes on the northern coast of Norway, silent except for the call of a distant bird and the lapping of cold water against the shore. Towering overhead were the sharp black rocks and dark islands of the fjords, silhouetted by midnight sun that glowed a soft, radiant white behind a sheet of fog. [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on From Dinosaurs to Data Networks: Texas and the Arctic in the Anthropocene

Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:

Austin American Statesman Originally Posted: November 14, 2016 In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20. “We’re not going to reply; we’re not going to address what was said during the campaign,” Paulo Carreño King, Mexico’s undersecretary to North America, told the American-Statesman on Monday during the first visit by a high-ranking Mexican official to Austin since Trump won the election last week. “What we think is more important is that we push forward an agenda [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:

Event on 12/5- Data is Made Up of Stories: University-wide Futures from the Digital Humanities Series Direct Encounters with History: Summer of Darkness and the Performance of Archive

Event Date: December 5, 2016 Location: The Forum, Hughes Trigg Student Center Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. RSVP: https://smudigitalhumanities.eventbrite.com Andrew and Anindita Basu Sempere present a case study of the Summer of Darkness iOS app, a digital humanities project that tells the story of "The Year Without Summer" through real-time notifications, weather animations, and excerpts of letters, journals, and literary works. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events  

By | November 15th, 2016|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events|Comments Off on Event on 12/5- Data is Made Up of Stories: University-wide Futures from the Digital Humanities Series Direct Encounters with History: Summer of Darkness and the Performance of Archive

Trump presidency: Five bumpy White House transitions

BBC News Originally Posted: November 11, 2016 Dedman College expert Jeffrey A. Engel, Ph.D., is quoted in this BBC story originally published on Nov. 11. Jefferey Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. He is an expert on the U.S. presidency and American diplomatic history. By Courtney Subramanian BBC News, Washington Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES President Barack Obama took the first step in passing the presidential baton to his successor Donald Trump after the two spoke for more than an hour in what was meant to be a brief meeting. "He's a good man," said Mr Trump, the soon-to-be 45th president, of his predecessor. But that compliment belied years of clashes between the two men. Mr Trump has referred [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Trump presidency: Five bumpy White House transitions

Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 The contentious 2016 election came to an end early Nov. 9 with a result that surprised many — Donald Trump won the presidency. In his victory speech, Trump promised to be a president for all Americans. “Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. Below, Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield gives his insight on what to possibly expect out of an unexpected Trump presidency. Tower Center: What was your initial reaction to the election results? Jim Hollifield: I was surprised but not too surprised. If the vote was going to be decided by white working class voters in the upper-Midwest then Clinton would lose the election, and that’s essentially what happened. These [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Watch: Donald Trump’s Victory was Unexpected

Fox 4 Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 Professor Jeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, looks at Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday in the race for the White House, including how Trump makes the transition from campaign rhetoric to presidential rhetoric. https://youtu.be/djYdvKSZjg4

By | November 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Watch: Donald Trump’s Victory was Unexpected

Politlcal Polls Were Unable To Predict 2016 Election Results

CBS DFW Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 There is shock and awe among many Americans today who woke to find a different candidate headed to the White House than even the experts predicted. Dr. Matthew Wilson, an associate professor of Political at Southern Methodist University (SMU) has some opinions as to what turned the tide in the election. Wilson said the 2016 election is one that will be studied for a long time. And that it revealed a range of problems with everything from the polling industry, to which states are in play, to who is mostly likely to vote. Wilson says the presidential election not only jarred millions of American voters but was also a shock the people who specialize in predicting the outcomes. [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Politlcal Polls Were Unable To Predict 2016 Election Results
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