Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:38:21+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

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.  

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Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Hokkaido

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-04T08:11:36+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Hokkaido

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

By | 2017-04-13T10:16:15+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy

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 [...]

By | 2017-03-02T09:18:04+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Are earthquakes gone from our area for good?

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 | 2017-02-09T07:57:16+00:00 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 [...]

By | 2017-01-31T09:59:25+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Louis Jacobs and Mike Polcyn, Earth Sciences, set to speak this week on “The Art and Science of Texas Dinosaurs”

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

By | 2017-01-19T18:52:43+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences|Comments Off on Dedman College alumna SPC Sara Corry selected as stand in for Trumps at inauguration rehearsal

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

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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 | 2016-10-18T08:11:16+00:00 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
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