On Being an Anthropologist in the Era of Big Data

SMU Adventures Originally Posted: August 3, 2017 Megan B. is a graduate student studying anthropology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She is spending the summer studying environmental advocacy with the Trinity River Audubon Society. READ MORE  

By | 2017-08-06T19:20:02+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on On Being an Anthropologist in the Era of Big Data

Community invited to SMU Reads event Aug 24.

SMU READS Originally Posted: August 4, 2017 Book lovers throughout the Dallas community are invited to participate in an annual SMU tradition, SMU Reads, during summer 2017. This year’s compelling selection is Evicted by Matthew Desmond. The community is invited to a presentation by the author at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 24, in McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus. The presentation is free and open to the public. READ MORE

By | 2017-08-04T15:46:10+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Community invited to SMU Reads event Aug 24.

SMU, UTA Scientists To Help Unlock Mystery of Neutrinos

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: August 2, 2017 Construction of a huge particle detector in South Dakota could lead to a change in how we understand the universe, and scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University in Dallas will play roles in helping to unlock the mystery of neutrinos. Ground was broken a mile underground recently at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) that will house the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). SMU physicist Thomas E. Coan, and UTA Physics professors Jonathan Asaadi and Jaehoon Yu will be among scientists from more than 100 institutions around the world who will be involved in the experiment. DUNE will be [...]

By | 2017-08-03T11:39:55+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Anthropology|Comments Off on SMU, UTA Scientists To Help Unlock Mystery of Neutrinos

The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts

The Atlantic Originally Posted: August 1, 2017 Growing up in Southern California, Mai-Ling Garcia’s grades were ragged; her long-term plans nonexistent. At age 20, she was living with her in-laws halfway between Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert, while her husband was stationed abroad. Tired of working subsistence jobs, she decided in 2001 to try a few classes at Mount San Jacinto community college. Nobody pegged her for greatness at first. A psychology professor, Maria Lopez-Moreno recalls Garcia sitting in the midst of a lecture hall, fiddling constantly with a cream-colored scarf. Then something started to catch. After a spirited discussion about the basis for criminal behavior, Lopez-Moreno took this newcomer aside after class and asked: “Why are you here?” Garcia blurted out a tangled [...]

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Protein Discovery Could Lead to Better Diagnosis of Stress

Technology Networks Originally Posted: July 31, 2017 A new discovery could lead to identifying new ways to predict, diagnose and eventually treat stress. "We found a protein, previously known to be only in testicles, that’s also in everyone’s saliva, and it’s a marker of acute psychological stress and feelings of negative mood or emotional distress,” said UAlberta medical researcher Dean Befus about his research, which he conducted with Thomas Ritz from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Concentrations of the protein, CABS1 (calcium-binding protein spermatid specific 1), were measured in participants’ saliva as they self-reported stress, when they were put under acute psychological stress (asked to present to a group) and in real-life stress situations (students undertaking exams). “In all three studies reported on in [...]

By | 2017-07-31T19:42:22+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Protein Discovery Could Lead to Better Diagnosis of Stress

Trump Tries to Regroup as the West Wing Battles Itself

New York Times Originally Posted: July 29, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Trump enters a new phase of his presidency on Monday with a new chief of staff but an old set of challenges as he seeks to get back on course after enduring one of the worst weeks that any modern occupant of the Oval Office has experienced in his inaugural year in power. With his poll numbers at historic lows, his legislative agenda stalled and his advisers busy plotting against one another, Mr. Trump hoped to regain momentum by pushing out his top aide, Reince Priebus, and installing a retired four-star Marine general, John F. Kelly, to take command. But it is far from certain that the move will be enough to tame a [...]

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Newfound dino named in honor of Louis Jacobs, SMU vertebrate paleontologist who mentored three of the study’s researchers.

Live Science Originally Posted: July 27, 2017 Live Science Senior Writer Laura Geggel covered the discovery of a new Cretaceous Period dinosaur from China that is named for paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, an SMU professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Jacobs mentored three of the authors on the article. First author on the paper was Junchang Lü, an SMU Ph.D. alum, and co-authors Yuong–Nam Lee and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, both SMU Ph.D. alums. The Live Science article, Newfound dino looks like creepy love child of a turkey and ostrich, published July 27, 2017. The dinosaur’s name, Corythoraptor jacobsi, translates to Jacobs’ helmeted thief. The scientific article “High diversity of the Ganzhou Oviraptorid Fauna increased by a new “cassowary-like” crested species” was published [...]

By | 2017-07-28T07:52:49+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Newfound dino named in honor of Louis Jacobs, SMU vertebrate paleontologist who mentored three of the study’s researchers.

Having an attractive husband can trigger dieting problems for women

NewsShopper Originally Posted: July 24, 2017 A handsome husband can be bad for women's health by triggering dangerous dieting, according to new research. Yet unsurprisingly the same does not apply to men. Even if their wife is a stunner, they feel no pressure to look after themselves. The findings show a partner's looks can be a driving force behind the desire to seek a slim body - but only for women. Psychologist Tania Reynolds said: "The results reveal having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive." But that extra motivation to diet did not exist among women judged more attractive than their husbands. As for men they are prone to letting themselves go whether [...]

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Researchers find correlation between attractiveness and dieting behaviors

WTXL 27 Originally Posted: July 25, 2017 How attractive do you see yourself compared to your significant other? A recent study by Florida State researchers shows your answer to that may have a bigger effect than you think, especially when it comes to dieting behaviors. Researchers had each participant complete a lengthy questionnaire, focusing in part on their desire to diet or have a thin body. A full-body photograph was taken of every participant and rated on a scale of 1 to 10. WATCH

By | 2017-07-25T11:00:22+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Researchers find correlation between attractiveness and dieting behaviors
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