SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions. It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here's a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings.
1st proton collisions at the world’s largest science experiment expected to start the first or second week of June
The schedule announcement came during an international physics conference on the SMU campus from senior research scientist Albert De Roeck, a staff member at CERN and a leading scientist on one of the Large Hadron Collider's key experiments in Geneva. “It will be about another six weeks to commission the machine, and many things can still happen on the way,” said De Roeck. The LHC in early April was restarted for its second three-year run after a two-year pause to upgrade the machine to operate at higher energies. At higher energy, physicists worldwide expect to see new discoveries about the laws that govern our natural universe.
SMU Geothermal Lab students are finalists in U.S. Department of Energy’s National Geothermal Student Competition
A group of SMU graduate students in the SMU Geothermal Laboratory has been selected as one of three finalist teams in a prestigious national geothermal energy competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy competition challenges student teams to conduct research aimed at breakthroughs in geothermal energy development.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Community College Humanities Association a grant of $201,415, which will allow the association to sponsor the 2012 NEH Summer Institute "The Legacy of Ancient Italy: The Etruscan and Early Roman City."
P. Gregory Warden, University Distinguished Professor of Art History and associate dean for academic affairs in SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, is the major professor and co-director of the Institute, which will be held June 5-25, 2012, in Italy. The NEH grant makes it possible for 24 college and university teachers to participate in the three-week project in Italy exploring the legacy of Etruscan and early Roman culture.
SMU Anxiety Research & Treatment Program researchers Jasper Smits and Mark Powers will explain how new science is affecting the treatment of common anxiety disorders at the Godbey Lecture Series "lunch-and-learn" sessions April 12 and April 19.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has raised SMU's classification among institutions of higher education, reflecting dramatic growth in the University's research activity since it was last measured in 2005.
SMU is now categorized as a research university with "high research activity," a significant step up from its last assessment in 2005 as a doctoral/research university. The Carnegie Foundation assigns doctorate-granting institutions to categories based on a measure of research activity occurring at a particular period in time, basing these latest classifications on data from 2008-2009.
"SMU's rise in the Carnegie classification system is further evidence of the growing quality and research productivity of our faculty. We are building a community of scholars asking and answering important research questions and making an impact on societal issues with their findings," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
The work of SMU archaeologist Fred Wendorf was featured in the Sept. 8, 2010, edition of The Taos News. Fred Wendorf is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at SMU and the author of Desert Days: My Life as a Field Archaeologist, as well as more than 30 other books. In 1987, he became the first SMU faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
The article "Dr. Fred Wendorf leads off UNM-Taos/SMU lecture series" retells Wendorf's contribution to preserving the history of Ft. Burgwin.
Physicists may see data as soon as late summer from the prototype for a $278 million science experiment in northern Minnesota that is being designed to find clues to some fundamental mysteries of the universe, including dark matter.
But it could take years before the nation's largest "neutrino" detector answers the profound questions that matter to scientists.