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For the Record: Aug. 27, 2010

Asteroid 213629 BinfordLewis Binford, Anthropology, Dedman College, has been honored with an asteroid named for him by the International Astronomical Union. The naming citation for Asteroid (213629) Binford reads, in part, “[Lewis Binford] was one of the main figures behind the development of the ‘New Archaeology’ or ‘Processual Archaeology,’ the major theoretical and methodological improvements to archaeology taking place during the 1960s to 1980s.”

The object was discovered in November 2004 on images taken in August 2002 by the 1.2-meter Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) telescope at Mt. Palomar, California. It is an MB II asteroid, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter with an orbital period of 4 years, a minimum distance to the sun of 2.38 astronomical units (AU) and an estimated size of slightly over 1 kilometer. See the asteroid’s 3D orbit diagram at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory website. (Top right, a composite of three images documenting the asteroid’s discovery, showing it as a tiny moving dot. Click the image for a larger version. Images courtesy of NEAT/NASA.)

Lynne Jackson, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, has received a 2010 Meritorious Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA). TBA President and SMU professor Brian Merrill presented the award during the organization’s annual convention and clinic in July in San Antonio. The award honors “those who have made a difference in the lives of band students in Texas” and “who exemplify the qualities of a good band director.”

Cat with serape, ca. 1860Norwick Center for Digital Services, Central University Librares, has received a $20,000 TexTreasures grant to digitize, catalog and upload 2,500 items into the University’s Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs digital collection. The annual competitive grant program is designed to help member libraries make their special collections more accessible. Funding is available for projects that involve cataloging, indexing, and digitizing local materials with statewide significance.

NCDS and DeGolyer Library will digitize 19th-century photographs from the Lawrence T. Jones Texas photography collection . This collection, which contains 5,000 photographs, depicts Texans from a variety of cultural groups: Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and American Indian, as well as locations from all regions of the state. (Bottom right, Cat posed with Mexican serape, ca. 1860 from the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs digital collection.)

For the Record: Feb. 18, 2010

Brent Sumerlin, Chemistry, Dedman College, has been selected as a 2010-2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The award carries a grant of $50,000 to support his research. The Sloan Research Fellowships “seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise,” according to the foundation’s website. The 2-year fellowships are awarded annually to 118 researchers “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.” More than 30 Sloan Research Fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.

Ron Wetherington, Anthropology, Dedman College, has been selected to receive a “Friend of Darwin” award from the National Center for Science Education. Wetherington, who also serves as director of SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, was honored for his advocacy on behalf of science by the NCSE, which supports the teaching of evolution in public schools. Read more.

For the Record: Oct. 16, 2009

The G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library, has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) for the preservation of Carib Gold (1956), an African-American crime drama set in Key West and featuring Ethel Waters, Cicely Tyson and Geoffrey Holder. The film is notable for its documentation of the Key West waterfront and shrimping fleet as they existed in the mid-20th century. The NFPF funds will allow the Jones Collection to use its print to create a new negative, prints, and videos. The new materials will be available for teaching, research and public viewing.

Elizabeth Johnston, a senior cinema-TV major in Meadows School of the Arts, has won the 2009 undergraduate scholarship presented by Women in Film.Dallas and will receive $2,500 toward her SMU tuition. Every fall, the organization awards two scholarships, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students, to Texas women studying media production. The awards were announced Oct. 8 during the Chick Flicks Film Series and Festival held at the Dallas Studio Movie Grill.

For the Record: Sept. 10, 2009

tslac-centennial-logo-120.jpgCentral University Libraries (CUL) has received a $9,000 grant and $3,000 training stipend from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission‘s “Train to Share: Interoperability Training for Cultural Heritage Institutions – Texas” program. The program will allow CUL to partner with two other Dallas institutions, representing the North Texas region, to create the “Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper” digital project. CUL will lead the partnership, which includes the Norwick Center for Digital Services and the Hamon Arts Library‘s Bywaters Special Collections; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Dallas Public Library‘s Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and Fine Arts Division.

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For the Record: April 16, 2009

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, organized and moderated a session on “Race, Social, and Gender Inequality” at the 2009 annual meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, which took place April 8-11 in San Diego, California.

Pia Vogel, Biological Sciences, Dedman College, was co-moderator for panel disussions on cancer biology and career opportunities at a Houston conference, “Frontiers of Cancer Research: Biology, Emerging Technologies and Therapeutics,” sponsored by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. The Academy was founded in 2004 to provide broader recognition of the state’s top achievers in medicine, engineering and science, and to build a stronger identity for Texas as a center of achievement in these fields. Members include Texas Nobel Laureates and more than 200 National Academy members.

The HBO special “Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football,” featuring SMU alumnus Jerry LeVias (’69), is one of 8 films being honored April 29, 2009 by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. University Archivist Joan Gosnell, Central University Libraries, helped provide photos and materials from the University Archives for the special. Heritage Hall Chair Gerry York (’58) also helped with research.

Daniel Salta, a junior double major in mechanical engineering and mathematics in the Lyle School of Engineering and Dedman College, has been accepted to the National Science Foundation‘s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program for Summer 2009. He will work with Radovan Kovacevic in SMU’s Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Lyle School. The national REU program supports the participation of students nationwide in research labs and projects.

Amy Hand, a Dedman College student double-majoring in physics and mathematics, also has been accepted to the NSF REU program for Summer 2009. She will do her research at CREOL – The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Clements Center receives Summerlee Foundation grant

Clements Center logoThe Summerlee Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The grant will support post-doctoral residential fellowships in Texas history.

The $164,220 grant, a renewal of previous grants from the foundation, will support three year-long fellowships between 2009 and 2012.

The current Summerlee Fellow is John W. Weber, who received his Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and currently is working on “The Shadow of the Revolution: South Texas, the Mexican Revolution, and the Evolution of Modern American Labor Relations.”

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