We Can’t Resurrect T. Rex and We Don’t Want To

Inverse Originally Posted: August 22, 2016 Molecular biology Ph.D. candidate Lauren Ammerman has looked into and Jurassic megafauna would be a megaproblem. The Jurassic Park franchise, like the dinosaurs it reanimates, won’t be ignored. Michael Crichton’s masterpiece makes a lot of cameos in academic papers. Still, it’s rarely the focus of true inquiry. It is, after all, kind of easy to dismiss. But Lauren Ammerman, a molecular biology Ph.D. candidate at Southern Methodist University, doesn’t want to be dismissive. This is why, as a senior at Baylor University, she authored an honors thesis about what happens when Jurassic gene editing meets the rewilding movement meets the ultimate alpha predator. She made herself — and this is truly awesome — an expert on what would happen if we brought back [...]

By | August 28th, 2016|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on We Can’t Resurrect T. Rex and We Don’t Want To

Meet the Scientist: Eveline Kuchmak, an SMU alumna and current Manager of Temporary Exhibitions at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Rock Report Originally Posted: July 18, 2016 Meet: Eveline Kuchmak Another Southern Methodist University alumna (Pony Up!), Eveline graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Economic Sociology. Growing up she “lived for trips to art and science museums, space camp, Pony Club veterinary workshops, and the latest issue of National Geographic.” She was homeschooled for much of her childhood and her parents always made sure she had a healthy dose of curiosity. After graduation, she attended archaeological field school in New Mexico which only reinforced her desire to discover new things and share these experiences. This path has led her to a career inspiring others through science museums. She began working at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in education and public programs; [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Sociology, Sociology (Alumni)|Comments Off on Meet the Scientist: Eveline Kuchmak, an SMU alumna and current Manager of Temporary Exhibitions at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Meet the Scientist, Paleontology

Originally Posted: June 29, 2016 SMU alumna, Katharina Marino, who used to prepare fossils in the Shuler labs and then worked as an educator at the Perot Museum, is now pursuing a Master's degree in science communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  She has started a blog in which she interviews scientists.  Her first interviewee is another SMU alum, Yuri Kimura, who received her Ph.D. at the same time Katharina received her Bachelor's degree.  Please click the link below to read this very nice interview from two of our finest. https://therockrecord.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/meet-dr-yuri-kimura/

2016-2017 Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellows Named

DFW Schweitzer Fellows will launch health and wellbeing initiatives within underserved communities while completing leadership training Dallas, TX, June 23, 2016—The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced the selection of its second class of Dallas-Fort Worth Albert Schweitzer Fellows—9 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named. Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities. Each project is implemented in collaboration with a community-based health and/or social service organization. This year’s Fellows will address an [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on 2016-2017 Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellows Named

Congratulations to Psychology graduate students Margaret Sala and Rose Ashraf

Margaret Sala has been awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. This is a three year award and very competitive. Rose Ashraf won the award for best graduate student paper at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development held in Denver on March 17-19.  

By | March 29th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Psychology|Comments Off on Congratulations to Psychology graduate students Margaret Sala and Rose Ashraf

Grad student discovers river in Peru so hot it boils animals alive

Tech Insider Originally Posted: February 22, 2016 Deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, an anomalous and perplexing natural wonder lies: A raging river that boils. Once just the stuff of folklore, geophysicist Andrés Ruzo, a PhD student at Southern Methodist University, set out to find the legendary waterway himself. He not only found it, but he confirmed that it does, in fact, surge at a scalding 200 degrees Fahrenheit. "It feels like I'm in a sauna inside a toaster oven," Ruzo said sitting on the bank of the river in his new book, The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon. (Ruzo also discussed his quest to understand its puzzling features in a recent TED talk.) READ MORE

By | February 23rd, 2016|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Graduate News|Comments Off on Grad student discovers river in Peru so hot it boils animals alive

Anthropology Graduate Student Shay Cannedy and four of her peers to organize SMU’s first Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: January 20, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – Whether the topic is immigrants from Mexico or refugees from Syria, much of public opinion on these complex issues appears driven by emotion rather than fact. That’s what prompted SMU Anthropology Graduate Student Shay Cannedy and four of her peers to organize SMU’s first Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium, which will feature a renowned refugee expert and a Syrian refugee living in Dallas. The symposium, “Whose Protection? Interrogating Displacement and the Limits of Humanitarian Welcome,” is open to the public Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28-29, in room 144 of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall on SMU’s campus. Delivering the symposium’s keynote address is George Mason University Professor David Haines, a renowned expert on refugee resettlement in [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on Anthropology Graduate Student Shay Cannedy and four of her peers to organize SMU’s first Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium

History Ph.D. writes about the history of Latino conservatism

News Taco Originally Posted: December 17, 2015 By Aaron Sanchez, Commentary & Cuentos Aaron E. Sanchez is the editor of Commentary and Cuentos, a blog focused on issues of race, politics, and popular culture from a Latino perspective. The posts place these issues in historical, cultural, and intellectual context to better understand our present. Aaron received his Ph.D. in history from Southern Methodist University. He is a happy husband, proud father, and an avid runner. The coming presidential election has brought Latinos into the spotlight. Primarily, Democratic presidential hopefuls have reached out to the community, hiring key immigration activists and political actors. Yet, it is the Republican Party that has brought forward two Latino presidential candidates, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. But how did a [...]

By | December 24th, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History|Comments Off on History Ph.D. writes about the history of Latino conservatism
Load More Posts