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Have blog, will travel

Kelsey in front of the SphinxThroughout the 2008-09 academic year, students and faculty have shared news of their research and travels around the world and at SMU on the Student Adventures blog. Highlights this spring included:

• SMU’s Model United Nations team, which was invited to represent the Vatican in the World Model U.N. 2009 Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

Alternative Spring Break bloggers, including the students, staff and faculty who volunteered in Appalachia, Tennessee, and New York City.

Shelby and Kelsey in the new Education Abroad program SMU-in-Cairo. They have climbed Mount Sinai and explored pyramids, in addition to studying at the American University in Cairo.

If you know students or faculty whom you consider Adventurers – whether they’re researching, traveling volunteering, leading or interning this summer – contact Sarah Hanan in SMU News and Communications, 214-768-7622.

Meet the bloggers at SMU Student Adventures

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.

Research Spotlight: Learning from the past

Chimu ceramic lizard, PeruAmanda Aland, a graduate student in archaeology in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student fellowship to conduct archaeological fieldwork and research in Peru.

In March 2009, Aland returns to a site on Peru’s northern coast, called Santa Rita B, where she spent several months last year excavating with the support of a National Science Foundation grant.

There, she and students under her direction unearthed evidence that the Incas had left their mark after conquering the region’s Chimú empire in the 15th century.

“We found Chimú pottery and architecture that show Inca influences,” she says, in addition to centuries-old animal matter and human remains.

During her 10-month Fulbright fellowship, Aland hopes to learn the extent of the Incas’ influence on the Chimú people through further excavation and laboratory analysis of her findings. “We want to piece together how the two empires interacted,” she says. “Did they go to war, or make peace living under new rules? We always can learn from the past.”

Aland, a Dallas native, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Southern California in 2004. At SMU, she has studied archaeological theory, methods and grant writing while directing summer field research in Peru. She earned her Master’s degree in anthropology from the University in 2006. (Above, a Chimú ceramic lizard from the Santa Rita B site.)

Read more from SMU News
See a slide show from Santa Rita B in Peru

Meet me at the fair: Career, research, study-abroad events

SMU will host a number of information and networking fairs in February 2009. Remind your students and colleagues to visit these events:

  • Career and Internship Fair Prep Day, 1-7 p.m. Feb. 11, Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level – Students learn how to polish a résumé, work a career fair and speed-network with prospective employers in preparation for the Spring 2009 Career and Internship Fair Feb. 19RSVP required for speed-networking event
  • Education Abroad Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 13, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons – Learn more about new destinations and other additions to SMU’s study-abroad programs
  • Research Day 2009, 2-5 p.m Feb. 17, Hughes-Trigg Ballroom West – More than 80 graduate students from Dedman College and the Lyle School of Engineering will present their research
  • Spring 2009 Career and Internship Fair, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 19, Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level – SMU students and alumni are invited to meet more than 80 employers from a variety of industries in the largest career event of the semester
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