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SMU’s Maria Richards To Guide Global Geothermal Energy Organization

SMU’s Maria Richards To Guide Global Geothermal Energy Organization

Maria Richards, SMU Geothermal Laboratory coordinator in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, has been named president-elect of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC). She will become the 26th president of the global energy organization beginning in 2017.

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Hands-on History: Political Science Students Conduct Supreme Court Research In The Library Of Congress

Hands-on History: Political Science Students Conduct Supreme Court Research In The Library Of Congress

Over spring break, students in the University Honors Program political science class “The Supreme Court Seminar” are spending six days in Washington, D.C., doing original research in the papers of former Supreme Court Justices housed in the Library of Congress. Read about their experiences on the SMU Adventures blog.

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From The Pocket Watch To The Smart Watch: SMU’s Alexis McCrossen Talks Timepieces

From The Pocket Watch To The Smart Watch: SMU’s Alexis McCrossen Talks Timepieces

Alexis McCrossen, professor of U.S. cultural and social history at SMU and author of Marking Modern Times: A History of Clocks, Watches, and other Timekeepers in American Life, discussed the history of timepieces with host John Hockenberry on the “The Takeaway” radio program.

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Center For Presidential History At SMU Explores The Election Of 2004

Center For Presidential History At SMU Explores The Election Of 2004

The Election of 2004 is the first installment in the Center for Presidential History’s Collective Memory Project, an ongoing non-partisan oral history collaboration dedicated to enhancing the archival record of various presidential administrations.

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SMU’s Fred Chang And His Mission To Clean Up Cyberspace

In this SMU Magazine exclusive, Fred Chang discusses cyber issues with Kim Cobb, director of media relations in SMU’s Office of Public Affairs. The Dallas Morning News described Fred Chang as a “cyber warrior” when he joined SMU in September 2013. His roles at SMU reflect the breadth of his

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Supervolcano Discovery Unites Italian Alps Cultures

Supervolcano Discovery Unites Italian Alps Cultures

“Excluding natural disasters, it is an unusual event when geology brings together people in a spirit of cooperation,” says SMU geologist and volcanologist James Quick. But discovery of a 282 million-year-old fossil supervolcano in northwest Italy did just that. The supervolcano is a central geological feature within the new Sesia-Val Grande Geopark, a recent UNESCO designation.

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News From Meadows: Class Led By MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Explores Ebola Impact Through Art

News From Meadows: Class Led By MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Explores Ebola Impact Through Art

Rick Lowe, a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and an adjunct instructor in Meadows School of the Arts, worked with students in the Art and Social Practice class this fall on a project in Vickery Meadow, one of Dallas’ most international neighborhoods. The project took an unexpected turn when the first case of Ebola in the United States was diagnosed in a patient visiting the neighborhood. The Meadows students refocused their eforts, joining forces with Tasby Middle School Principal Anthony Mays (shown in a hard hat in the photo above by Meadows student Sally Kim ’15) to use art in exploring the impact of Ebola on the community.

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SMU Physicists Contribute To Nobel Prize-winning Discovery

SMU’s experimental physics group played a pivotal role in discovering the Higgs boson – the particle that proves the theory for which two scientists received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize to theorists Peter W. Higgs of Scotland and François

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Study Finds Fruit Flies Fed Organic Diets Are Healthier

A high school student from Plano, Texas, under the guidance of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer, recently participated in a new study looking at the potential health benefits of organic versus non-organic food. Specifically, research conducted by Ria Chhabra and Bauer found that fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded

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SMU Research Team Studies Player ‘Flopping’ In Sports

SMU biomechanics experts have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to study the practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports. The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study. Flopping is a player’s deliberate act of falling,

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