Are earthquakes gone from our area for good?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 1, 2017 NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect reaction to the study. North Texas is at the heart of a new scientific mystery: Where did all the earthquakes go? Quakes that started rattling the area around Dallas in 2008 came to a virtual halt last year, according to a new report by federal scientists.  That means the area's risk of experiencing a damaging quake dropped sharply — to less than 1 percent — for 2017, according to a one-year national earthquake forecast released by the U.S. Geological Survey Wednesday morning. “I was very surprised to see that we had no felt earthquakes during 2016" in North Texas, said Mark Petersen, chief of the agency’s National Seismic Hazard [...]

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Event: Feb. 23 The Meaning of Fossils in the New Age of Humans

Event Date: February 23, 2017 Location: Perot Museum of Nature and Science (2201 N Field St) Time: 6-8 PM The DCII, through support from the Scott Hawkins lecture series, and in collaboration with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, invite you to an evening lecture titled, “The Meaning of Fossils in the New Age of Humans”. Dr. Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, will talk about how fossils inform us about our future, particularly with regard to climate change. Please RSVP at PerotRSVP@perotmuseum.org or 214-756-5729. Business attire. Reception. Complimentary Valet. For more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events Contact: Bonnie Jacobs bjacobs@mail.smu.edu

By | February 9th, 2017|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events|Comments Off on Event: Feb. 23 The Meaning of Fossils in the New Age of Humans

Louis Jacobs and Mike Polcyn, Earth Sciences, set to speak this week on “The Art and Science of Texas Dinosaurs”

Baylor News Release Originally Posted: January 27, 2017 WACO, Texas (Jan. 27, 2017) – The Mayborn Museum Complex is hosting experts who will deliver lectures during a Director’s Forum on “The Art and Science of Texas Dinosaurs” Thursday, Feb. 2, and Friday, Feb. 3. The Director’s Forum is an annual lecture series at the museum intended for an adult audience. This year’s forum will feature talks by three speakers at the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. Louis Jacobs, Ph.D., will lecture on "Lone Star Dinosaurs: An Update on the State" at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Jacobs is a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and [...]

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Dedman College alumna SPC Sara Corry selected as stand in for Trumps at inauguration rehearsal

FOX News Originally Posted: January 18, 2017 Soldiers stand in for Trumps at inauguration dress rehearsal. Army officers describe what it was like on 'Fox & Friends' Watch

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Dr. Magnani, SMU seismologist and Earth Sciences professor will speak at The Story Collider

Story Collider Originally Posted: December 8, 2016 M. Beatrice Magnani, a SMU seismologist and Associate Professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences will be speaking at The Story Collider on Thursday, December 15 in California. Dr. Magnani and four additional speakers from around the country will share stories about earth and space sciences. Read about the speakers and conference here: http://www.storycollider.org/shows/2016/12/15/san-francisco-geosciences

By | December 8th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dr. Magnani, SMU seismologist and Earth Sciences professor will speak at The Story Collider

Dale Winkler, Shuler Museum of Paleontology, featured in a series of essays on the Trinity Project, published on Frontburner

D Magazine, Frontburner Originally Posted: October 11, 2016 In addition to Pioneer Cemetery, there’s another quiet space in Dallas that holds the bones of ancestors: the Shuler Museum of Paleontology, located on the SMU campus. The Shuler Museum has no fully assembled skeletons of prehistoric carnivores on premises or other dazzling displays (though the day I visited, there was a stack of giant turtle shells in plaster jackets in the hallway, outside the entrance). For one, the museum is a shoebox of a space located on the basement floor of the Earth Sciences building. There isn’t the room for that sort of thing. Second, the fossils here function as teaching and research collections. A casual visit from a non-expert like me requires an appointment and [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Dale Winkler, Shuler Museum of Paleontology, featured in a series of essays on the Trinity Project, published on Frontburner

Geophysics in Alaska 2016

SMU Adventures Originally Posted: September 27, 2016 Two SMU graduate student researchers, with SMU Professor of Geophysics Matthew Hornbach, traveled to the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, to participate in a research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to chart heat flow and chirp data on the ocean floor. This research project team, which includes two geophysicists from Oregon State University: Dr. Robert Harris and SMU alumnus Dr. Ben Phrampus ’15, is working aboard the Norseman II research vessel. READ MORE

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Watch: SMU geophysics professor discusses earthquake

FOX 4 Originally Posted: September 4, 2016 A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma Saturday morning, prompting officials to shut down dozens of waste water disposal wells within a 500-square-mile area of the quake's epicenter. The earthquake tied the record for the strongest ever recorded in Oklahoma. The earthquake epicenter was about 9 miles northwest of Pawnee. One surveillance video from a public school in North Central Oklahoma shows the moment the tremors started. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered that 35 wells be shut down due to evidence that links earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production. WATCH

By | September 6th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Watch: SMU geophysics professor discusses earthquake

Six Dedman College faculty members recommended for tenure and promotion

Congratulations to the faculty members who are newly tenured or have been promoted to full professorships to begin the 2016-17 academic year. Recommended for tenure and promotion to Full Professor: Heather DeShon, Earth Sciences Scott Norris, Mathematics Rubén Sánchez-Godoy, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish) Hervé Tchumkam, World Languages and Literatures (French) Nicolay Tsarevsky, Chemistry Recommended for promotion to Full Professor: Matthew Hornbach, Earth Sciences For the full SMU faculty list READ MORE

By | August 8th, 2016|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Mathematics, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Six Dedman College faculty members recommended for tenure and promotion

Scientists offer explanation on how oil and gas activity triggers North Texas earthquakes

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 25, 2016 In a long-awaited study, researchers have offered a possible explanation for how oil and gas activity may have triggered earthquakes in Dallas and Irving last year. The disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production and hydraulic fracturing “plausibly” set off the tremors, which shook Dallas, Irving, Highland Park and other cities from April 2014 through January 2016, said Matthew Hornbach, the study’s lead author and professor of geophysics at Southern Methodist University. While the quakes were too small to cause much damage to buildings, they spread alarm through a metro area unaccustomed to feeling the ground shift. The quakes contributed to a tenfold increase in North Texas’ earthquake hazard level, prompted the Federal Emergency Management Agency [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Scientists offer explanation on how oil and gas activity triggers North Texas earthquakes
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