"A scientific theory is a very well-tested explanation, built from facts, confirmed hypotheses, and inferences." — SMU physicist Stephen Sekula An Op-Ed in the online Connecticut news outlet CTNewsJunkie.com tapped the expertise of SMU Associate Professor of Physics Stephen Sekula. The writer of the piece, High School English teacher Barth Keck at Haddam-Killingworth High School, [...]
The best in SMU undergraduate and graduate research work was on full display at Research Day in the Hughes Trigg Student Center.
DFW Fox 4 TV reporter Steve Eagar expressed "nerd-level" excitement about NASA's announcement Feb. 22 of the discovery of seven new Earth-like planets. Eagar interviewed SMU professor Robert Kehoe, who leads the SMU astronomy team from the Department of Physics.
Science journalist Alison Klesman with the online science news magazine Astronomy covered the discovery of a variable star by SMU professor Robert Kehoe and the astronomy team in the SMU Department of Physics.
New delta Scuti discovered at SMU is rare pulsating star 7,000 light years away and one of only seven in Milky Way galaxy.
SMU physicist Jodi Cooley, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, writes in the latest issue of Physical Review Letters about hunt by physicists worldwide for dark matter — the most elusive and abundant matter in our Universe.
CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its experiments are back in action, now taking physics data for 2016 to get an improved understanding of fundamental physics.
A giant star that exploded 30 million years ago in a galaxy near Earth had a radius prior to going supernova that was 200 times larger than our sun, say astrophysicists at SMU. The massive explosion, Supernova 2013j, was one of the closest to Earth in recent years. Analysis of the exploding star's light curve and color spectrum found its sudden blast hurled material from it at 10,000 kilometers a second.
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.