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, [...]

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Tough Turtle: Dino-Killing Asteroid Spared Sea Creature

Live Science Originally Posted: November 8, 2016 Shortly after an asteroid smashed into Earth about 65.5 million years ago, obliterating much of life on Earth,an ancient sea turtle with a triangular-shaped head swam along the relatively arid shores of southern Africa, a new study finds. The creature, a newly identified species, lived about 64 million years ago during the Paleocene, an epoch within the Paleogene period, the researchers said. The animal is closely related to earlier seaturtles that lived before the asteroid struck, an event known as the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary, which marks the mass extinction that killed about 75 percent of all species on Earth, including the nonavian dinosaurs. "If these sea turtles do, in fact, form a tightly knit group, evolutionarily speaking, then the [African] specimen provides proof [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Tough Turtle: Dino-Killing Asteroid Spared Sea Creature

Read the Latest Inside Dedman College, Fall 2016 Newsletter

Vol. 2 Features: Dean's Message The Slope of Success Dedman College Scholars: Building on Success In and Out of the Classroom Part One: Helping Exceptional Students Find Their Way Part Two: A Lasting Impact Part Three: Preparing for the Future Student Feature A Tower Scholar’s Life in Uganda Faculty Features Grappling with Culture and Citizenship: Dr. Hervé Tchumkam Explores French Identity Sharing Ideas Across Oceans: Department of Chemistry to Host International Exchange Bringing the Past into Context: Dr. Jo Guldi and the Digital Humanities Science at an Unprecedented Scale World Changers Major in World Languages Alumni Feature ‘My Passion, My Philanthropy:’ Lauren Embrey on Giving Bold and ‘Now’ What's New Biophysics: New Major on the Hilltop

SMU to host early voting Oct. 31, Nov. 1

SMU News Originally Posted: October 26, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – Early voting for Dallas County residents will be available on the SMU campus Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.  The polling place at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, and free parking will be available in the Binkley and Moody parking garages to accommodate early voters. “It can be hard for students living on campus to find the time and transportation to get to off-campus polling places on election day, so we’re very pleased the Dallas County Commissioners chose to locate an early-voting site at SMU,” said Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs.  “This encourages our students to participate in [...]

Department of Earth Sciences alumni display SMU pride at Hokkaido University Museum

On the right is Dr. Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, a professor at Hokkaido University, Soporo, Japan.  He received a master’s and Ph.D. In Earth Sciences from SMU.  On the left is Yosuke Nishida, now an editor for Springer based in Tokyo, who received his MS in Earth Sciences from SMU.  The photos were taken in the Hokkaido University Museum.

By | October 18th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Department of Earth Sciences alumni display SMU pride at Hokkaido University Museum

Dale Winkler, Shuler Museum of Paleontology, featured in a series of essays on the Trinity Project, published on Frontburner

D Magazine, Frontburner Originally Posted: October 11, 2016 In addition to Pioneer Cemetery, there’s another quiet space in Dallas that holds the bones of ancestors: the Shuler Museum of Paleontology, located on the SMU campus. The Shuler Museum has no fully assembled skeletons of prehistoric carnivores on premises or other dazzling displays (though the day I visited, there was a stack of giant turtle shells in plaster jackets in the hallway, outside the entrance). For one, the museum is a shoebox of a space located on the basement floor of the Earth Sciences building. There isn’t the room for that sort of thing. Second, the fossils here function as teaching and research collections. A casual visit from a non-expert like me requires an appointment and [...]

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Touring the Perot’s Giant Gems of the Smithsonian with a Local Gem and Mineral Hunter

Dallas Observer Originally Posted: October 11, 2016 It all started with a load of gravel hauled in from around the Trinity River. When Bill Candler, former president of the Oak Cliff Gem and Mineral Society, was 5 years old he found a few fossils out in the driveway and displayed them in his bedroom. He was incensed when he later discovered them in the driveway once again after his mother had thrown them out. He was a rock hound. This weekend, Candler toured the Perot Museum of Science and Nature’s Giant Gems of the Smithsonian collection, which has never been seen together anywhere. Resting among the colored brilliance, sits a golden topaz weighing more than 10 pounds. “We find topaz here in Texas,” Candler said. [...]

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Special DPS – SMU Lecture! October 4

Tuesday, Oct 4th, 7:30 PM, 153 Heroy Hall, Southern Methodist University Dr. Barbara Seuss of Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, will speak on "The Buckhorn Asphalt Quarry - An upper Carboniferous 'Impregnation Lagerstätte' ". In the Arbuckles near Sulphur, Oklahoma, a Pennsylvanian asphalt seep preserved aragonitic shells, tiny larvae and protoconchs, and delicate ornamentation and microstructure of many species. The deposit contains the best preserved Paleozoic molluscs in the world. Dr. Seuss will discuss the geology of the deposit, its facies and fauna, isotopic analyses, and bio-erosion and predation observed in some of the fossils. SMU faculty, students, and DPS members and friends are invited to this free lecture. Parking will be free in the lot just W of Heroy Hall. For more information: Dr. [...]

By | October 2nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Special DPS – SMU Lecture! October 4
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