SMU Forum Originally Posted: May 4, 2018 Klaus Desmet, Ruth and Kenneth Altshuler Centennial Interdisciplinary Professor in Economics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has been appointed Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the International Trade & Investment and Political Economy program. It is a major recognition honoring senior scholars who have made deep impact in their fields, says Economics Chair Santanu Roy: “The NBER is the most prestigious national think tank that brings together researchers in economic policy and empirical economic analysis.” Bonnie Wheeler, Associate Professor of English and Director of Medieval Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, won the 2018 Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies, presented by the Medieval Academy of America. “Professor [...]
Houston Chronicle Originally Posted: May 2, 2018 “The NRA has weathered the storm after the (Parkland) shooting, and I think they're looking for this convention in Dallas, not to lick their wounds, but to get their war hoop back up about the Second Amendment,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Dallas' Southern Methodist University. AUSTIN — Derek Robledo can't wait until the National Rifle Association's annual convention opens in Dallas on Friday. He won’t be inside listening to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and most all of the state's Republican officials cheering the Second Amendment. Instead, the 20-year-old University of Texas student will be outside railing against the NRA’s outsized political influence that be blames for the continued [...]
Texas Instruments Originally Posted: April 30, 2018 Quynh-Anh Dang -- university biochemistry student, former Girl Scout and current ambassador, and organizer of a STEM fair for underprivileged students. https://youtu.be/1QmQJIklggo
Event Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Location: Dallas Hall Rotunda Time: 5:00 PM Take a break on reading day and join us for the second annual faculty book fest! Featuring books from faculty across campus, the book fest is a celebration of all books published by SMU faculty in 2017. Enjoy refreshments and raffle prizes and hear from the authors themselves!
Barry C. Barish, Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist, to Receive Honorary Doctorate From SMU During 103rd Commencement, May 19
SMU News Originally Posted: May 1, 2018 Nobel laureate Barry Clark Barish, Ph.D., Linde Professor Emeritus of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and a leading expert on cosmic gravitational waves, will receive an honorary doctoral degree during SMU's 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Moody Coliseum. Barish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his work in establishing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the first observations of gravitational waves – disturbances in the fabric of space and time predicted by Albert Einstein based on his General Theory of Relativity. He will receive the Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from SMU during the ceremony. The entire event will be livestreamed at smu.edu/live. On Friday, May [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: April 27, 2018 $400,000 challenge yields more than $834,000 in commitments for 20 new scholarships DALLAS (SMU) – A $400,000 challenge from longtime SMU supporters Carl Sewell '66 and Peggy Higgins Sewell '72 has generated more than $834,000 in gifts and pledges for merit-based scholarships combined with unique programming for academically gifted students in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Dedman College Scholars are chosen to inspire their peers, challenge their professors and contribute to the university’s academic reputation. The new funding will allow SMU to offer 20 new four-year scholarships, effectively doubling the number available in past years. "The Sewells' call to action, and the response of 17 new donors and donor families who met their challenge, is giving [...]
SMU Athletics Originally Posted: April 27, 2018 On Sunday night at the annual Pony Awards, SMU took a night to honor the many achievements of Mustang student-athletes this year. The most prestigious honor, the Athletic Director's S.P.I.R.I.T. Award, was presented to football's Justin Lawler and women's soccer's Claire Oates for epitomizing SMU's values of Service, Passion, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Teamwork. Click here to read the full list of nominees and award winners.
Wall Street Journal Originally Posted: April 26, 2018 Mr. Spiegelman is an emeritus professor of English at Southern Methodist University. By: Willard Spiegelman The dust jacket of his new book misidentifies Lawrence Wright as a Texas native (he was born in Oklahoma; as a child he moved to Abilene, and in 1960 to Dallas), but this is a forgivable mistake, because he writes about his state with the fervor, knowledge and ambivalence that come from deep-seated familiarity. A Pulitzer Prize winner (for “The Looming Tower,” his book about al-Qaeda), he has found his latest and best subject in “God Save Texas.” Its subtitle, “A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State,” is the tip-off: Only someone who loves his state would ever allow a political entity [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 26, 2018 The late Dr. Dennis Simon, an Southern Methodist University political science professor, appears in Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement. Ubiquitous Dallas activist Thomas Muhammad is adding yet another feather to his cap of diverse involvements. This time, he's the inspiration behind a new documentary on black nationalist and former Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X that is making the rounds nationally. Muhammad conceived and co-produced Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement. His other accomplishments include being chair of the National Black United Front's Dallas chapter and co-founder and board vice president of the South Dallas/Fair Park Innercity Community Development Corp. The film has captured attention around the nation, including [...]
San Antonio Express Originally Posted: April 29, 2018 AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has pursued a busy national and international schedule in his first term that has driven state-paid travel expenses for his security detail to more than $1 million and counting. Security accompanies Abbott whether he is pursuing job expansion for Texas, fundraising for his campaign, promoting his book, speaking at a political event or vacationing in Hawaii — the most expensive single destination reported so far for the security detail, at more than $71,000. But the title of costliest trip is a moving target. Not yet available is the security cost of Abbott’s recent nine-day business development trip to India. And at least one trip with multiple destinations cost more than his recent [...]