SMU Aiming for State Approval to House Local Archaeological Artifacts

D Magazine Originally Posted: May 22, 2018 Archaeology is an exciting topic. There’s the digging, the unearthing of evidence, and the exercise of imagination in reconstructing life on Earth hundreds and thousands of years ago, often based on fragmentary information. Currently there’s a sort of synchronicity occurring around the topic among the Dallas’ academic, cultural, and scientific institutions. At the beginning of the year, the Nasher Sculpture Center mounted an exhibition titled “First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone.” The show was comprised of stone artifacts, some dating back more than 2 million years. Director Jeremy Strick said public response to the show was marked by “high visitation, significant repeat visitation, as well as an unusually high number of visitors who had traveled to Dallas expressly [...]

By | 2018-05-23T08:22:09+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Aiming for State Approval to House Local Archaeological Artifacts

Blending science and the arts: Sam Weber ’18

SMU News Originally Posted: May 2018 As a student researcher, Sam Weber trains others working on cell biology experiments and explores the use of the performing arts in public health education. And this spring he is directing his second 24-Hour Musical, Heathers the Musical. The Dedman College Scholar and University honors student will graduate in May with B.S. degrees in biological sciences, and health and society, and a B.A. in chemistry, with minors in Latin, classical studies, musical theatre, history and human rights. The senior dynamo is currently weighing several post-SMU academic opportunities that will lead to his ultimate goal: medical school. Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, Weber became fascinated with science by watching Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The 2001 film, the first 3-D animated feature made [...]

By | 2018-05-10T11:32:00+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Blending science and the arts: Sam Weber ’18

“I was hooked from Day One.” Karly Zrake ’18

SMU News Originally Posted: May 8, 2018 Karly Zrake’s degrees will fulfill her lifelong dream to “be the change you want to see in the world.” Karly Zrake came to SMU from her home in San Diego four years ago for one reason: SMU is one of only a handful of universities that offer an undergraduate degree in human rights. She was already discovering her life’s passion at age 7, when the second-grader and her mother developed an educationally enriching program for students with special needs. By eighth grade, Karly was raising money that would allow students with special needs to attend therapeutic music camps. And by high school, she was campaigning against bullying. When Karly collects B.A. degrees in human rights and anthropology from [...]

By | 2018-05-08T10:36:47+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on “I was hooked from Day One.” Karly Zrake ’18

Event: April 17, Dr. Lee Berger presents “Almost Human: The astonishing tale of Homo naledi”

Event Date: Tue, April 17, 2018 Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT Location: Fondren Science Building, SMU 3215 Daniel Avenue Room 123 Dallas, TX 75205 Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-lee-berger-presents-almost-human-the-astonishing-tale-of-homo-naledi-tickets-44560756422 SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Lyda Hill Foundation welcomes Dr. Lee Berger, a well-known anthropologist, as he presents, “Almost Human: The astonishing tale of Homo naledi” The lecture will be held in SMU's Fondren Science Building, Room 123. A light reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with the lecture/presentation at 6:30 p.m. Space will be limited. Parking will be available in the Q Lot (see the SMU Parking Map)

By | 2018-04-09T09:41:05+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events|Comments Off on Event: April 17, Dr. Lee Berger presents “Almost Human: The astonishing tale of Homo naledi”

State archeologist sheds light on Buckhead’s distant past at Lovett

MDJ Online Originally Posted: April 5, 2018 If you were to Google “anthropological archeologist,” you’d find a picture of David Crass, Ph.D. A mix between the athletic, earnest Teddy Roosevelt and the adventurous, playful Indiana Jones, he is an archaeologist, an anthropologist, the division director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and deputy state historic preservation officer. He gave a lecture on Native American history for the Buckhead Heritage Society at The Lovett School in Buckhead March 22. Crass is well qualified. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Wake Forest University. And Crass has a passion for Native American history. He has done [...]

By | 2018-04-06T02:20:19+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on State archeologist sheds light on Buckhead’s distant past at Lovett

Watch: SMU medical anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris featured on Good Morning Texas

Good Morning Texas Originally Posted: February 26, 2018 https://youtu.be/z03mkl2wTIU Scientists have learned much about the flu since the 1918 flu pandemic that killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people worldwide, says SMU medical anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris: "We have a strong arsenal - medicinal, mechanical and social - against infectious disease and its ravages. But as historians of this epidemic are fond of saying, we would be wise to remain cautious." Smith-Morris gave a free public lecture, "The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective," on Feb. 22. In 1918, with many suffering from the flu at the same, the most basic public services were crippled or even closed – including transportation, waste management and emergency rooms. Normal societal activities began to collapse, Smith-Morris says, and [...]

By | 2018-02-27T09:22:51+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Watch: SMU medical anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris featured on Good Morning Texas

SMU hosts lecture on 1918 flu epidemic

Daily Campus Originally Posted: February 25, 2018 Members of the SMU community filled the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall in Meadows Museum on Feb. 22 to learn about the evolution of the flu virus since 1918. During a flu season that has seen abnormally large numbers of illnesses, hospitalizations and death, SMU’s Godbey Anniversary Lecture Series hosted Associate Professor of Anthropology Carolyn Smith-Morris to speak on “The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective.” According to Smith-Morris, the flu pandemic of 1918 took the lives of 50 to 100 million people throughout the world, and while the epidemic of 2018 is nowhere near as destructive, Americans have seen a rise in flu related illnesses and deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season. Although the numbers are [...]

By | 2018-02-26T09:13:08+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU hosts lecture on 1918 flu epidemic

LISTEN: What Pandemics Of The Past Can Teach Us About This Year’s Flu Outbreak

KERA Originally Posted: February 21, 2018 This flu season is making regular headlines, especially in North Texas, where more than 100 people have died. It doesn't compare to the flu crisis the world endured a century ago, but we can still learn from it. Some experts estimate about one-third of the world's population came down with the flu in 1918, and from 50 to 100 million people died. Carolyn Smith-Morris, a medical anthropologist at Southern Methodist University, said people were living in fear and panic during this time. "What we saw then is, in my work, something that we're likely to see [again] should we have a pandemic today," she said. "There are many differences from 1918, but the similarities are in the social reactions — [...]

By | 2018-02-21T08:36:58+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Anthropology, DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on LISTEN: What Pandemics Of The Past Can Teach Us About This Year’s Flu Outbreak

At SMU, Sam Weber ’18 Explores His Love Of Two Vastly Different Fields

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: Spring 2018 Issue Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, Samuel Gage Weber became fascinated with science by watching Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The first 3-D animated feature film made outside Hollywood was directed by SMU alumnus John Davis ’84. Weber, whose mother is a nurse, imagined being Jimmy Neutron while he played with a child’s chemistry set. Later, when he stumbled upon the Harry Potter novels and films, he says, his interest in science became intertwined with magic. In seventh grade, after Weber heard a neurologist speak to his class about the wonders of the brain, he began to make the connection between science and medicine. While his fellow students were enthralled with the brain-shaped gummies she passed around the class, Weber [...]

By | 2018-02-15T09:40:09+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on At SMU, Sam Weber ’18 Explores His Love Of Two Vastly Different Fields

Event: Feb 22, Carolyn Smith-Morris presents a free public lecture, “The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective”

SMU News Originally Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 SMU Lecture: Lessons from the 1918 flu epidemic Feb. 22, at the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall in SMU's Meadows Museum Scientists have learned much about the flu since the 1918 flu pandemic that killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people worldwide, says SMU medical anthropologist Carolyn Smith-Morris: "We have a strong arsenal - medicinal, mechanical and social - against infectious disease and its ravages. But as historians of this epidemic are fond of saying, we would be wise to remain cautious." Smith-Morris will present a free public lecture, "The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall in SMU's Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop [...]

By | 2018-02-12T08:45:24+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Anthropology, DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Event: Feb 22, Carolyn Smith-Morris presents a free public lecture, “The 1918 Flu Epidemic: A 2018 Perspective”
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