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Event 12/8: Statistics Tutorial: A Minimum Distance Approach

Event Date: 12/8/16 Location: The Forum, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. with refreshments Join Dr. Cornelis Potgieter (Statistics) for a tutorial providing an overview of some of the tools often used in statistical analysis. These tools include methods of parameter estimation and statistical inference, methods which can often be formulated using a minimum distance framework. The notions of parametric and nonparametric statistics will be introduced and discussed in the context of this minimum distance framework. Several examples to illustrate the methods will be discussed. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events  

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Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

Joshua Rovner in Washington Post: This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election

Washington Post Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton thinks James B. Comey cost her the presidency. Eleven days before the election, the FBI director informed congressional leaders that newly discovered information might be relevant to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. That inquirywas never formally closed, but months earlier, Comey made it clear that he would not seek prosecution. His new message was vague but provocative, and the campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump immediately used it to reinforce its claim that the email story was “worse than Watergate.” At the time Clinton was surging in the polls, and Trump’s campaign seemed to be imploding under the weight of poor debate performances and accusations of sexual assault. Some [...]

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Event: Nov. 30. A Cubic Scaling Algorithm For Excited States Calculations In pp-RPA

Event Date: November 30, 2016 Location: Clements Hall 126 Time: 3:30--4:30 (Refreshments are served 15 minutes before the talk) Mathematics Colloquium Talk by Haizhao Yang (Duke University) Link for more information: https://wiki.smu.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=104268135  

By | November 23rd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Mathematics|Comments Off on Event: Nov. 30. A Cubic Scaling Algorithm For Excited States Calculations In pp-RPA

Jo Guldi, History, Leaving Behind the Yellow Submarine

Boston Review Originally Posted: November 22, 2016 The final scene of the 1968 animated Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine, shows the character of Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D., pirouetting through the cosmos, borne by a constantly expanding flower. He is the nerd-hero; he has triumphed over the closed-minded, music-hating threat of the Blue Meanies, proving that even the cruelest of adversaries can be transformed by the power of beauty, love, and a classical education. Yet when we first meet him, Jeremy is pitiable, a “Nowhere Man”: a bulbously shaped, furry, pink-tailed creature who alone remains in the void when a Vacuum Monster sucks the world into his snout and then devours himself. He babbles in Latin about his articles, his essay for The New Statesman, his educational pedigree, and [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Jo Guldi, History, Leaving Behind the Yellow Submarine

Dedman College alumnus Kelvin Beachum Helps Fight Childhood Hunger

Parade Originally Posted: November 17, 2016 Kelvin Beachum is one of the most feared offensive tackles in the NFL. He dominated the offensive line with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2012-15 and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the off-season. However, I recently found that the Beachum is more teddy bear than grizzly bear when he’s off the field. Ending childhood hunger is one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he traveled to Honduras to witness World Vision’s efforts to combat hunger globally. He was surprised to find that finding a clean source of water is just as difficult as finding food in the Central American country. “We take a clean glass of water for granted,” Beachum says. “In Honduras, kids are walking miles and miles for clean water.” Parade talked with [...]

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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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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

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