Check out this photo of SMU Department of Earth Sciences professor Louis Jacobs as he welcomes incoming students to the Perot Museum. He began the tour by showing students a dinosaur he dug up in Africa. #DiscoverDallas (Photo credit: Kenny Ryan)
Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year.
SMU News Originally Posted: June 8, 2017 Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year. The professors, and their dates of service: • Thomas E. Barry, Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Cox School of Business, 1970-2017 • Janis Bergman-Carton, Professor Emerita of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, 1991-2017 • Edward Biehl, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1962-2017 • Gordon Birrell, Professor Emeritus of World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1974-2017 • Dolores M. Etter, Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, 2008-2016 • Richard F. Gunst, Professor Emeritus of Statistical Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1971-2017 • C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1992-2017 • Debora Hunter, Professor Emerita of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, [...]
Myria Perez earns research internship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Congratulations to geology major and Gaffney Family Scholar, Myria Perez. She recently began a ten week research internship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. under the tutelage of Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology. Myria will be studying the taphonomy (the branch of paleontology that deals with the processes of fossilization) of marine reptiles from the Jurassic Lyme Regis along the south coast of England near Dorchester. This is the location of Mary Anning’s great discoveries of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. Mary Anning is also known as the “Mother of Paleontology.” During her internship, Myria will accompany Dr. Behrensmeyer to England where she will visit collections housing Mary Anning’s original specimens, including the University of Cambridge Museum, where she will be hosted by SMU alumnus Dr. Jason Head, and at [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 This is an excerpt of an SMU press release. Read the original by clicking here. Congratulations to Zhong Lu, Shuler-Foscue Endowed Chair and director of graduate studies in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Lu is one of four outstanding SMU professors honored for their scholarship and research with the 2017 Ford Research Fellowships. The awards were presented during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 4. Zhong Lu's geophysics research focuses on the use of satellite-borne radar to detect subtle changes in the earth’s surface preceding volcanic eruptions. He also researches volcano deformation, earthquake deformation mapping, fault geometry and modeling, and ground-water basin analysis. His work with InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) includes underground nuclear explosion monitoring, landslide [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 Monique Scales was in SMU's Fondren Library on the afternoon of Jan. 7, 2015, when a magnitude 3.6 earthquake rumbled across Dallas and Irving. She decided then and there that she didn't know as much about earthquakes as she thought she did. Monique Scales “There were so many things that were weird about it,” Scales recalled. “Nothing was shaking – I heard it.” A little more than two years later, Scales is graduating from SMU with a master's degree in geophysics – and on the road to a career studying earthly rumblings. She’s headed next to the University of Utah to pursue a Ph.D. “I definitely want to continue research,” Scales said. “I would love to work for [...]
The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences welcomed Dr. Fredrick Manthi, Head of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya
The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences welcomed Dr. Fredrick Manthi, Head of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya. Dr. Manthi's talk was titled, "The Role of The National Museums of Kenya in Modern Day Ecological Research and Environmental Issues." He spoke in Bonnie Jacob's, Ecology class Friday, May 5 in Dedman Life Sciences.
Japan Times Originally Posted: May 1, 2017 Yoshi Kobayashi is a former PhD student of Dr. Louis Jacobs (Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences) and is now Associate Professor at Hokkaidō University Museum and a member of the fossil research team. Japanese researchers said Thursday they have unearthed the remains of an 8-meter-long Hadrosaurid, dating from around 72 million years ago, in the mountains of Hokkaido, making it the largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton discovered in the country. The team involving members of Hokkaido University and a museum in the town of Mukawa, Hokkaido, hailed the findings as “one of the greatest discoveries in Japanese dinosaur research history,” adding it is extremely rare for so many fossilized parts from a single dinosaur to be unearthed to enable the skeleton [...]
Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy
PeerJ Originally Posted: April 13, 2017 SMU Earth Science professors issue new paper on "Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy." Araújo R, Fernandez V, Polcyn MJ, Fröbisch J, Martins RMS. (2017) Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy. PeerJ5:e3119 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3119
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 [...]
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 email@example.com