Inspired by refugee parents, SMU grad unites three degrees with community outreach to empower others

SMU News Originally Posted: May 31, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – As a newly minted SMU graduate with three degrees, Kovan Barzani not only has exceeded his Kurdish-American parents’ expectations, but also reinforced their decision to flee Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime for “peace and peace of mind” in the U.S. While weighing three college scholarships during his last year at Liberty High School in Frisco, Kovan recalls his mother’s singular request, delivered with a smile: “Be sure to get at least two degrees – one for you and one for me.” As it happens, Kovan chose SMU precisely because it could offer not two but the three degrees he sought – in economics, public policy and management – while helping him cultivate the three virtues most valued by his family: [...]

By | 2017-06-09T07:55:57+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Inspired by refugee parents, SMU grad unites three degrees with community outreach to empower others

Why Texas ban on ‘sanctuary cities’ divides local law enforcement

Christian Science Monitor Originally Posted: May 17, 2017 The following is from the May 12, 2017, edition of The Christian Science Monitor. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story. Atlanta—From his 844-square mile territory of Texas cordgrass marshes and mesquite prairies, Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback responded to a ban on "sanctuary cities" in his state with a virtual tip of the Stetson. A number of Texas sheriffs and most major city police chiefs opposed the groundbreaking law signed on Sunday by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. They say it coerces local cops to do federal immigration enforcement and would have a “chilling” effect on the state’s massive immigrant community. Sanctuary cities bar police from cooperating with federal immigration agents without a [...]

By | 2017-05-31T12:01:07+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Why Texas ban on ‘sanctuary cities’ divides local law enforcement

In Dallas’ Hispanic communities, fear seeps into everyday routines

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: May 30, 2017 This is an excerpt of a Dallas Morning News article. To read the full article click here.   Trying to feel safe Chrystyna Kouros, an assistant psychology professor at Southern Methodist University, said the fear spreading through many Hispanic communities alters more than just routines. Kouros said the angst can also affect the way people sleep and how families interact with each other. “If you don’t feel safe, your sleep is disrupted. You are not able to perform at your potential and your capacity,” Kouros said. She added that children whose families may be affected by this type of stress may have a harder time focusing in the classroom. “You may want to go to school, but [...]

By | 2017-05-31T11:47:26+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on In Dallas’ Hispanic communities, fear seeps into everyday routines

Could the U.S. and China end up in a terrible war that neither wants?

Washington Post Originally Posted: May 30, 2017 Is a dangerous pattern emerging in U.S.-China relations? International relations scholar Graham Allison coined the term “Thucydides Trap” in 2012 to explain how a rising power can instill fear in an existing power, leading to hostility and mistrust that can escalate into war. In his new book, Allison argues that China and the United States are falling into this trap, which owes its name to Greek historian Thucydides’s famous history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, which proved disastrous for both sides. Fast-forward a couple of millennia, and some observers worry that Washington and Beijing are heading toward the same fate. READ MORE

By | 2017-05-31T11:44:30+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Could the U.S. and China end up in a terrible war that neither wants?

Watch: Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks to CBS News 11

CBS 11 Originally Published: May 30, 2017 SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks about the possibility of a special legislative session to address a bathroom bill. Jillson says the Texas governor, who must decide whether to call a special session, is caught between social conservatives, who oppose the bill, and the business community, which favors the bill. Watch https://youtu.be/3SSBEYfq6eg

By | 2017-05-31T11:04:31+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Watch: Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks to CBS News 11

Watch: SMU Year in Review 2016-2017

SMU News Originally Posted: May 25, 2017 https://youtu.be/XALcoZZb8uM  

Myria Perez earns research internship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Congratulations to geology major and Gaffney Family Scholar, Myria Perez. She recently began a ten week research internship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. under the tutelage of Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology. Myria will be studying the taphonomy (the branch of paleontology that deals with the processes of fossilization) of marine reptiles from the Jurassic Lyme Regis along the south coast of England near Dorchester. This is the location of Mary Anning’s great discoveries of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. Mary Anning is also known as the “Mother of Paleontology.” During her internship, Myria will accompany Dr. Behrensmeyer to England where she will visit collections housing Mary Anning’s original specimens, including the University of Cambridge Museum, where she will be hosted by SMU alumnus Dr. Jason Head, and at [...]

By | 2017-05-31T10:36:28+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Myria Perez earns research internship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

SMU Researchers Find West Virginia Geothermal Spots

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: May 26,2017 The state of West Virginia has been home to coal-driven energy for nearly two centuries. Now, there could be another energy source directly under the Mountain State’s surface discovered by researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The researchers, examining previously overlooked oil and gas data, located several hot patches of earth, some as hot as 392 degrees Fahrenheit. These hot patches are situated roughly three miles under the state’s surface. In fact, scientists believe West Virginia could be sitting on the largest geothermal hot spot in the United States. GEOTHERMAL PATCHES WERE IN OVERLOOKED OIL AND GAS DATA SMU’s Geothermal Lab Coordinator Maria Richards told the Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg, West Virginia that the hot patches were discovered [...]

By | 2017-05-30T09:18:10+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Researchers Find West Virginia Geothermal Spots

Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

  The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes mentors who play a significant role in the personal and professional development of Engaged Learning students. The award carries a certificate of merit and a stipend. Graduating seniors nominate mentors for the award. Selection is made based on student documentation of the mentor relationship (timely advice, feedback and guidance) and the quality of the completed project. Bonnie Jacobs  is a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Uma Ladd.       Rita Economos  is an assistant professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Madi Wewer. READ MORE and VIEW PAST RECIPIENTS LIST

By | 2017-05-25T10:59:29+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, named 2017 Ford Research Fellow

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 This is an excerpt of an SMU press release. Read the original by clicking here. Congratulations to Zhong Lu, Shuler-Foscue Endowed Chair and director of graduate studies in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Lu is one of four outstanding SMU professors honored for their scholarship and research with the 2017 Ford Research Fellowships. The awards were presented during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 4. Zhong Lu's geophysics research focuses on the use of satellite-borne radar to detect subtle changes in the earth’s surface preceding volcanic eruptions. He also researches volcano deformation, earthquake deformation mapping, fault geometry and modeling, and ground-water basin analysis. His work with InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) includes underground nuclear explosion monitoring, landslide [...]

By | 2017-05-25T08:48:50+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, named 2017 Ford Research Fellow
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