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Nobel laureate Barry C. Barish to receive honorary SMU doctorate during 103rd Commencement, May 19, 2018

Barry C. BarishNobel laureate Barry Clark Barish, Ph.D., Linde Professor Emeritus of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and a leading expert on cosmic gravitational waves, will receive an honorary doctoral degree during SMU’s 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Moody Coliseum.

Barish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his work in establishing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the first observations of gravitational waves – disturbances in the fabric of space and time predicted by Albert Einstein based on his General Theory of Relativity.

He will receive the Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from SMU during the ceremony.

On Friday, May 18, Dr. Barish will give a free public lecture on campus. “Einstein, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves” will begin at 3 p.m. in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center, on the SMU campus. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 2:15 p.m. Free parking will be available in the University’s Binkley and Moody garages, accessible from the SMU Boulevard entrance to campus.

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“Dr. Barry Barish has changed the way we see the universe with his work,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “His accomplishments as an experimental physicist have broken new ground and helped to confirm revolutionary theories about the structure of our cosmos.”

“Conferring an honorary degree is an important tradition for any university,” said SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall. “For SMU, this year’s decision takes on special meaning, as the University is the home of a highly-regarded Department of Physics deeply involved in research ranging from variable stars to the Higgs boson. Dr. Barish and his record of world-changing accomplishment represent the very best of his field. He’s an outstanding example of what all our graduates can aspire to as they begin their own professional endeavors.”

Einstein predicted in 1916 that gravitational waves existed, generated by systems and regions such as binary stars and black holes and by events such as supernovae and the Big Bang. However, Einstein thought the cosmic waves would be too weak to ever be detected. Barish’s work at LIGO resulted in the first observation on Earth of these cosmic ripples on Sept. 14, 2015 — emanating from the collision of two black holes in the distant universe.

Barish was the principal investigator for LIGO from 1994 to 2005 and director of the LIGO Laboratory from 1997 until 2005. He led LIGO from its funding by the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its final design stages, as well as the construction of the twin LIGO interferometers in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana.

In 1997, Barish established the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), an organization that unites more than 1,000 collaborators worldwide on a mission to detect gravitational waves, explore the fundamental physics of gravity, and develop gravitational-wave observations as a tool of astronomical discovery. Barish also oversaw the development and approval of the proposal for Advanced LIGO, a program that developed major upgrades to LIGO’s facilities and to the sensitivity of its instruments compared to the first-generation LIGO detectors. Advanced LIGO enabled a large increase in the extent of the universe probed, as well as the discovery of gravitational waves during its first observation run.

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After LIGO, Barish became director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider (ILC)—an international team that oversaw the planning, design, and research and development program for the ILC—from 2006 to 2013. The ILC is expected to explore the same energy range in particle physics currently being investigated by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), but with more precision.

Barish joined Caltech in 1963 as part of an experimental group working with particle accelerators. From 1963 to 1966, he developed and conducted the first high-energy neutrino beam experiment at Fermilab. This experiment revealed evidence for the quark substructure of the nucleon (a proton or neutron) and provided crucial evidence supporting the electroweak unification theory of Nobel Laureates Sheldon Glashow, Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg.

Following the neutrino experiment, Barish became one of the leaders of MACRO (Monopole, Astrophysics and Cosmic Ray Observatory), located 3,200 feet under the Gran Sasso mountains in Italy. The international collaboration set what are still the most stringent limits on the existence of magnetic monopoles. Magnetic monopoles are the magnetic analog of single electric charges and could help confirm a Grand Unified Theory that seeks to unify three of nature’s four forces — the electromagnetic, weak, and strong forces — into a single force. The MACRO collaboration also discovered key evidence that neutrinos have mass.

In the early 1990s, Barish co-led the design team for the GEM (Gammas, Electrons, Muons) detector, which was one of two large detectors scheduled to run at the Superconducting Super Collider near Waxahachie. Congress canceled the accelerator in 1993 during its construction — but major elements of the GEM design and many members of its team were integrated into LHC detector projects at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Barish became Caltech’s Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics in 1991 and Linde Professor Emeritus in 2005. From 2001 to 2002, he served as co-chair of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel subpanel that developed a long-range plan for U.S. high-energy physics. He has served as president of the American Physical Society and chaired the Commission of Particles and Fields and the U.S. Liaison committee to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). In 2002, he chaired the NRC Board of Physics and Astronomy Neutrino Facilities Assessment Committee Report, “Neutrinos and Beyond.”

Barish was born in 1936 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Jewish immigrants from a part of Poland that is now part of Belarus. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and earned his B.A. degree in physics and his Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of California-Berkeley in 1957 and 1962. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Barish is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.

In 2002, Barish received the Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. His honors also include the 2016 Enrico Fermi Prize from the Italian Physical Society, as well as the Henry Draper Medal, the Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, the European Physical Society’s Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize, and Fudan University’s Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award (all in 2017).

Barish holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Bologna, the University of Florida, and the University of Glasgow.

> Visit the SMU Commencement homepage: smu.edu/commencement

Philanthropist and actor Jeff Bridges to deliver final 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, May 1

Jeff BridgesPhilanthropist, artist, musician and Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges will deliver the final talk in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Emmy Award-winning Dallas film critic Gary Cogill will moderate the sold-out Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture. The event begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

The Tate Series will announce the events in the 2018-19 series before Bridges’ lecture. Arrive early and be among the first to know next year’s lineup.

> Follow Jeff Bridges on Twitter: @TheJeffBridges

A seven-time Oscar nominee, Jeff Bridges has been active in Hollywood since 1970. He won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as a faded country-western musician in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. His most recent nomination was for his role as Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton in the 2016 film Hell or High Water.

Outside of the big screen, Bridges is the founder of the End Hunger Network and national spokesman for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Bridges has also produced and narrated a new documentary, Living In the Future’s Past, exploring the origins and impulses of humans as a species, as well as the environmental challenges facing the world. The 2018 USA Film Festival has scheduled a free screening with director Susan Kucera in attendance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station. Tickets will be available at 6 p.m. at the USA Film Festival table inside the theater.

The evening lecture is sold out. All SMU community members are invited to the free Wells Fargo/Turner Construction Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for Jeff Bridges to #TalkTate.

On the night of the event, students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

> Follow the Tate Series on social media: Twitter – @SMUtate | Instagram – @smutate

Shawn Achor, expert in the science of happiness, to speak in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Disinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, April 10

Shawn AchorShawn Achor, best-selling author and noted researcher in the science of happiness, will deliver the Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

The lecture takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in McFarlin Auditorium.

> Follow Shawn Achor on Twitter @shawnachor

A native Texan, Achor is considered a leading expert on human potential. His research into happiness and positive psychology has unveiled evidence that changing one’s mindset about stress alters the physical effects of stress.

In 2007, Achor founded GoodThink, a company that offers coaching services and seminars focused on positive psychology to improve workplace performance. He is the author of the New York Times best-sellers The Happiness Advantage (Crown Publishing, 2010) and Before Happiness (2013). His most recent work is Big Potential, published in January 2018, in which he advocates for an approach to success and happiness based on “how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other.”

Achor received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and earned an M.A. in Christian and Buddhist ethics from Harvard Divinity School.

The Happy Secret to Better Work,” a speech Achor delivered at TEDxBloomington in May 2011, has accumulated more than 17 million views and ranks among the 25 most popular TED Talks of all time.

All SMU community members are invited to the free Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for Shawn Achor to #TalkTate.

On the night of the event, students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

> Follow the Tate Series on social media: Twitter – @SMUtate | Instagram – @smutate

David Petraeus, former CENTCOM commander and CIA director, to deliver Tate Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Gen. David PetraeusDavid Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will deliver The Jones Day Lecture in SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

One of the most decorated military officers in U.S. history, Petraeus served for 37 years in the U.S. Army and rose to the level of four-star general. He commanded coalition forces during the Iraq War and was named commander of United States Central Command. After retiring from the military, Gen. Petraeus served as director of the CIA.

Currently, Petraeus is a member of the global investment firm KKR. He also serves as chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which provides analysis of geopolitical and macro-economic trends, as well as environmental, social, and governance issues.

Petraeus earned his B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet in the top 5 percent of his class. In 1983, he earned the General George C. Marshall Award as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

All SMU community members are invited to the free Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for David Petraeus to #TalkTate.

The evening lecture is sold out. Students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

> Follow the Tate Series on social media: Twitter – @SMUtate | Instagram – @smutate

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker to speak in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Feb. 27

Darren Walker, president, Ford FoundationDarren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, will deliver The Oncor Lecture in SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

As president of the nation’s second largest philanthropic fund, Walker has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He led the philanthropy committee to bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historical bankruptcy.

Prior to joining Ford, Walker was vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of Harlem’s largest community development organization, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Walker oversaw a comprehensive revitalization program of central Harlem, including over 1,000 new units of housing. He also had a 10-year career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.

> Follow Darren Walker on Twitter: @darrenwalker

In addition, Walker is a member of the Commission on the Future of Rikers Island and chair of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, High Line, Arcus Foundation and PepsiCo. In 2016, TIME magazine featured him on its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of 10 honorary degrees and university awards.

Walker was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, which recognized him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009.

> Visit the Ford Foundation online: fordfoundation.org

All SMU community members are invited to the free Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for Darren Walker to #TateTalk.

The evening lecture is sold out. Students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

— Written by Kenny Ryan

> Follow the Tate Series on social media: Twitter – @SMUtate | Instagram – @smutate

Emily Lawler, whose reporting shed light on USA Gymnastics sex-abuse scandal, to speak at SMU Thursday, March 1, 2018

Emily LawlerJournalist Emily Lawler has spent more than a year reporting on a decades-spanning sex-abuse scandal involving a Michigan State University sports-medicine specialist. On Thursday, March 1, 2018, she will visit SMU to discuss the story that has made global headlines and helped spark the #MeToo movement.

Lawler, capitol and business reporter with the MLive Media Group in Lansing, has written extensively about the sexual assault and child-pornography charges surrounding former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, including his trial and conviction. She continues to follow the story and its implications for journalism, political and public affairs, and public relations.

She will speak at 5:30 p.m. March 1 in 241 Umphrey Lee Center and will be available for questions and answers until 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Sandra Duhé, Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts.

Save the date: Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad to speak at 2018 SMU Women’s Symposium on Wednesday, March 7

Ibtihaj Muhammad, Stars and Stripes

U.S. saber fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympic Games, will deliver the Emmie V. Baine Lecture during the 53rd SMU Women’s Symposium. The all-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Muhammad was a member of the U.S. national fencing team that won gold in the 2014 World Championships and at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. She earned a bronze medal in women’s team saber at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first female Muslim-American athlete to medal in Olympic competition. She will speak during the lunchtime session on the Symposium’s 2018 theme, “Hit Like a Girl.”

> Follow Ibtihaj Muhammad on Twitter: @IbtihajMuhammad

During the Rio Olympics, Muhammad became an international symbol of diversity and tolerance. In 2017, she also inspired Mattel’s first hijab-wearing Barbie, designed in her image. The doll, which is part of the Barbie “Sheroes” collection, comes dressed in fencing gear as well as a headscarf. It will go on sale later this year.

A native of Maplewood, New Jersey, Muhammad holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and African and African-American studies from Duke University. She is a member of the Peter Westbrook Foundation fencing club, founded by the five-time U.S. Olympic Team member and 1984 men’s individual saber bronze medalist who was the first African-American to win a national fencing title.

> Find a complete 2018 Women’s Symposium schedule here

The SMU Women’s Symposium, created in 1966 as part of the University’s commemoration of its 50th anniversary, attracts hundreds of attendees each year. One of the longest-running events of its kind, the symposium features workshops, lectures and networking sessions designed to broaden and amplify women’s perspectives on campus and in the community.

The event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. SMU faculty, staff and students receive discounted registration. Sign-up is requested by Thursday, March 1, 2018.

> Register online at smu.edu/womsym

David Baldwin discusses ‘Navigating the Belief Economy’ in Temerlin Advertising Institute’s ExxonMobil Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

David BaldwinTo reach the next generation of customers, brands must address those customers’ beliefs and ethical concerns, says David Baldwin. The ad man, author and filmmaker is guest speaker for the 2018 ExxonMobil Lecture on advertising, media and communication ethics, sponsored by SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute in Meadows School of the Arts.

Navigating the Belief Economy” will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station, Dallas, followed by a Q&A. A reception and networking event will be held before the lecture from 6-7 p.m. in the Angelika lobby. The event is free, but reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

An award-winning copywriter and creative director, Baldwin is the founder of Baldwin&, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based advertising agency that was named Small Agency of the Year twice in its first five years by AdAge and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. Baldwin and his work have been recognized by The One Show, the Cannes Festival, D&AD, the Clios, the Effies, the Andy Awards, the MPA Kelly Awards, Communication Arts and more. His work and writings have been featured in numerous publications and college textbooks on advertising.

Baldwin was an executive producer for the Emmy-winning film Art & Copy and an associate producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film The Loving Story. In addition, he has written an acclaimed new book, The Belief Economy: How to Give a Damn, Stop Selling, and Create Buy-In (Lioncrest Publishing, October 2017). He will share his insights about how the Belief Economy lays the foundation needed to connect with a socially committed audience.

The former chairman of The One Club in New York City, Baldwin is also cofounder and brandmaster of the Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in Durham, makers of “the beer beer would drink if beer could drink beer.”

The ExxonMobil Lecture Series launched in 2003 to promote advertising, media and corporate ethics. ExxonMobil has endowed the lecture series through a grant to SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute. The grant supports SMU’s goal of expanding its emphasis on ethics not only in its diverse communications programs but in events offered to the public.

For more information, contact the Temerlin Advertising Institute at 214-768-1878.

> Read the full story from SMU News

Tune In: Videogame pioneer and Xbox co-creator Ed Fries to speak in SMU Guildhall’s Game Changers Speaker Series Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Ed Fries, Game Changers Speaker Series, February 2018

Ed Fries, a videogaming pioneer and entrepreneur who helped create the first version of the Xbox console, will speak at SMU at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. His visit, the latest event in the Game Changers Speaker Series, will be livestreamed by SMU Guildhall on Twitch TV.

> Watch Ed Fries at SMU on Friday, Feb. 2: twitch.tv/smuguildhall

Fries joined Microsoft in 1986 as one of the early developers of the Word and Excel applications. He founded Microsoft Game Studios and served as vice president of game publishing during much of the Xbox’s life cycle. He retired from the company in 2004 and since then has served as an adviser to dozens of studios on interactive projects ranging from esports to healthcare to virtual reality. In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

During his SMU visit, Fries will discuss the early history of the video game business and explore important topics currently facing the industry.

The Game Changers Speaker Series, established in 2015, brings industry professionals to campus to deliver special topics presentations to the SMU Guildhall student body, alumni and community as an extension of Guildhall’s mission – to educate and inspire the next generation of video game developers.

> Visit SMU Guildhall online: guildhall.smu.edu

Political-risk expert Ian Bremmer to speak in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 30

Ian BremmerIan Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and one of the world’s leading experts on political risk, will deliver the Tolleson Family Lecture in SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Dubbed a “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, Bremmer teaches classes on the discipline as Global Research Professor at New York University and is a foreign-affairs columnist and editor-at-large for TIME magazine. His most recent book, Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, was published in May 2015.

> Follow Ian Bremmer on Twitter: @IanBremmer

In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington and London, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe.

As the firm’s president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats and heads of state. He is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets — he created Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI) — and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets — “those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes” — has become an industry standard. “G-Zero,” his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders.

Bremmer has published nine books, including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: What Happens When No One Leads the World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for the Financial Times A-List and has written hundreds of articles for leading publications. He also appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks.

> Visit Eurasia Group online: eurasiagroup.net

Bremmer earned his Ph.D. degree in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is the Harold J. Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics at the Asia Society Policy Institute and serves on the President’s Council of the Near East Foundation, on the Leadership Council for Concordia, and on the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

All SMU community members are invited to the free Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for Ian Bremmer to #SMUtate.

Students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

> Follow the Tate Series on social media: Twitter – @SMUtate | Instagram – @smutate

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