No need for glasses to safely view the eclipse tomorrow — thanks to Dedman College & the Department of Physics

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 20, 2017 Can't find solar eclipse glasses? Here are some Dallas-area events where you can get them Southern Methodist University Can't make any events to get free eclipse glasses? The SMU physics department will make viewing the solar eclipse without glasses a little easier. The department will use mirrors to safely project the eclipse into the rotunda of Dallas Hall, eliminating the need for eclipse glasses. The event will be from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dallas Hall is at 3225 University Blvd. in University Park. READ MORE

By | 2017-08-20T18:21:43+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on No need for glasses to safely view the eclipse tomorrow — thanks to Dedman College & the Department of Physics

Dedman College and Physics will project solar eclipse into Dallas Hall Rotunda on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

SMU Forum Originally Posted: August 18, 2017 SMU physics professors have devised a remarkable way to watch next Monday’s historic solar eclipse: They will use mirrors to turn the historic Dallas Hall Rotunda into a giant viewing chamber. Weather permitting, Associate Professor of Physics Stephen Sekula will host for students and the public a homebrew viewing tunnel attached to a telescope on the lawn of Dallas Hall. The total eclipse of the sun will take place on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The Rotunda event is sponsored by SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Department Physics. The Rotunda image and the viewing tunnel will provide crisp images of the eclipse, and also correspond to NASA’s recommendation to avoid looking directly at the sun, Sekula said. Both methods eliminate the [...]

By | 2017-08-18T19:33:08+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College and Physics will project solar eclipse into Dallas Hall Rotunda on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Earth Sciences Professor Welcomes Incoming SMU Students to the Perot Museum

Check out this photo of SMU Department of Earth Sciences professor Louis Jacobs as he welcomes incoming students to the Perot Museum. He began the tour by showing students a dinosaur he dug up in Africa. #DiscoverDallas (Photo credit: Kenny Ryan)

By | 2017-08-17T18:34:17+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Earth Sciences Professor Welcomes Incoming SMU Students to the Perot Museum

Female Change Makers Gather at SMU for Leadership Fostering

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: June 8, 2017 As a professional football player and member of team USA at the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship, Jen Welter won gold medals.  Her paycheck for the season — $12 or $1 per a game. “Your worth is not defined by what anybody would pay you,” said Welter, who in 2015 became the first female coach in the NFL. “My value was priceless. The budget was $12, but I had to be willing to bet on myself.” Welter advised women gathered for the 2017 Women Ambassadors Forum this week at Southern Methodist University to be good enough to get a foot in the door. “The responsibility is once you’re in that room, you pull other people in with [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:28:56+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Female Change Makers Gather at SMU for Leadership Fostering

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

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

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

SMU Leading Ladies: Karly Zrake

Her Campus Originally Posted: May 13, 2017 SMU prides itself on "World Changers Shaped Here" and junior Karly Zrake is no short of that title. Karly is a junior from San Diego, California double-majoring in human rights and anthropology with a minor in education. She's a member of Alpha Chi Omega and a Dedman College Scholar, where she serves on prospective and admitted student panels as part of the Dedman College Ambassadors. She's also very involved with the Embrey Human Rights Program as the Administrative Director for the Student Leadership Initiative. On top of all of that, she's been selected as a Mustang Corral Guide for the third consecutive summer this coming August! We had a chance to ask Karly some question about her busy and [...]

By | 2017-11-16T10:12:52+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU Leading Ladies: Karly Zrake

Graduating SMU student pays her mom’s love forward with a life-saving resource guide for mothers in Dallas (and beyond)

SMU News Originally Posted: May 9, 2017 Sunday, May 14, will officially launch a week of celebrations for SMU senior Dominique Earland. Not only is that her birthday, but it will fall on Mother’s Day – just as it did in 1995, the year Dominique was born. And after she receives two undergraduate degrees at SMU's May Commencement, her academic accomplishments and the life path she has chosen to pursue will track directly back to the lessons about love, nurturing and vulnerability that she learned from her mother. After Texas’ maternal mortality rate spike last year made international headlines, and the state's family-planning resources continued to decline, Dominique focused her Community Outreach Fellowship, funded by SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP), to create a 36-page life-saving toolkit for women [...]

By | 2017-05-11T07:59:09+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty), Sociology (Student), Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Graduating SMU student pays her mom’s love forward with a life-saving resource guide for mothers in Dallas (and beyond)
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