SMU Homecoming 2017- Come Boulevard with Dedman College

SMU Homecoming: November 4, 2017 Reconnect with friends and classmates on the Boulevard before the Homecoming football game on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. and the parade on the Boulevard is at 3:15 p.m. Join us at the Dedman College tent immediately following the parade on the corner of Bishop & Binkley. You can find the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and Alumni Relations tent located on the old Natatorium site.

Inside Dedman College Newsletter, Fall 2017

Mustangs on the Move A Message from Thomas DiPiero, Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences  In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, the Red Queen tells Alice that “here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” The fast-paced lives of the students and faculty in Dedman College, who travel abroad for study and research, build out startup companies, protect the world from rogue aggression, and engage in taxing endurance sports would exhaust the Red Queen. But it’s all in a day’s work for these students, teachers, and scholars who somehow continually run twice as [...]

SMU alumnus and paleontologist Thomas Adams discovers new prehistoric crocodile

Rivard Report Originally Posted: September 7, 2017 As a paleontologist and the Witte Museum‘s curator of paleontology and geology, Thomas Adams sees his job as being something of an interpreter. “We want to tell the Texas narrative because there’s a story to be told,” Adams said. “It’s already written in rocks. We just need to translate it.” For Adams, some of that translation is informed by his own discoveries. He has unearthed a new species of prehistoric crocodile, one he named Deltasuchus motherali and outlined in a recent scholarly article. The species was about 20 feet in length and a top predator in the food chain when it roamed Texas millions of years ago. Adams, along with co-authors Chris Noto at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Stephanie Drumheller-Horton at [...]

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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 [...]

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Congratulations Dedman College Graduates!

The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences welcomed Dr. Fredrick Manthi, Head of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya

The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences welcomed Dr. Fredrick Manthi, Head of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya. Dr. Manthi's talk was titled, "The Role of The National Museums of Kenya in Modern Day Ecological Research and Environmental Issues." He spoke in Bonnie Jacob's, Ecology class Friday, May 5 in Dedman Life Sciences.  

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Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Hokkaido

Japan Times Originally Posted: May 1, 2017 Yoshi Kobayashi is a former PhD student of Dr. Louis Jacobs (Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences) and is now Associate Professor at Hokkaidō University Museum and a member of the fossil research team. Japanese researchers said Thursday they have unearthed the remains of an 8-meter-long Hadrosaurid, dating from around 72 million years ago, in the mountains of Hokkaido, making it the largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton discovered in the country. The team involving members of Hokkaido University and a museum in the town of Mukawa, Hokkaido, hailed the findings as “one of the greatest discoveries in Japanese dinosaur research history,” adding it is extremely rare for so many fossilized parts from a single dinosaur to be unearthed to enable the skeleton [...]

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Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy

PeerJ Originally Posted: April 13, 2017 SMU Earth Science professors issue new paper on "Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy."   Araújo R, Fernandez V, Polcyn MJ, Fröbisch J, Martins RMS. (2017) Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy. PeerJ5:e3119 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3119

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DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th

The January meeting for the DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th at Brookhaven College, Building H, Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX  75244. Our special speaker is Dr. Louis Jacobs, professor of geology and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University. Earning his BS degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he then went to the University of Arizona for his Masters and PhD degrees, specializing in rodent fossils.  He was then the head of the Division of Paleontology, National Museums of Kenya, before he began at SMU in 1983.  He has branched out from rodents with studies of mosasaurs, turtles, marine mammals, and of course dinosaurs.  Author of 3 popular [...]

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