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Opinion: Convictions based on the pseudoscience of hypnosis allow for the miscarriage of justice

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 19, 2020 Holly Bowen, assistant psychology professor at SMU Dallas who specializes in memory issues, for a piece challenging the legitimacy of testimony from interviews conducted while the subject is under hypnosis. Since the inception of criminal investigations, the techniques and procedures used in these inquests have been plagued by pseudoscientific claims. From spectral evidence allowed at the Salem witch trials and phrenologists interpreting bumps on the skulls of criminals, to modern-day polygraphs to detect lying and hypnosis to unlock repressed or forgotten memories, the justice system, and ultimately people’s lives, have too often been dictated by “junk” science. While spectral evidence, phrenology and polygraphs are no longer admissible in court cases, hypnosis continues to be used by law [...]

By | 2020-09-21T19:17:21-07:00 September 22nd, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Opinion: Convictions based on the pseudoscience of hypnosis allow for the miscarriage of justice

Every vote counts

SMU News Originally Posted: September 21, 2o20 DALLAS (SMU) – The upcoming presidential election will be the first opportunity to vote for many SMU students, including Wilson Russ, and the University is lining up opportunities for these new voters to learn more about the process. But Russ is going to learn the election system from a very personal angle – by volunteering to serve as a poll worker on Nov. 3. “I’m very excited to vote for the first time and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to serve as a poll worker during this turbulent 2020 year,” said Russ, a sophomore studying political science, public policy, economics. He answered a call for young volunteers to help fill the gaps left by older Americans who traditionally staff polling [...]

By | 2020-09-21T19:09:28-07:00 September 21st, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Every vote counts

Politics Are We Ready to Rehabilitate George W. Bush’s Reputation?

Texas Monthly Originally Published: October 2020 Andrew R. Graybill is a professor of history and the director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened seven years ago and anchors the southeastern corner of campus at Southern Methodist University, where I teach history. In late November 2016, I took a tour of the facility with five college friends who were visiting from the East Coast. The recent presidential election was much on our minds as we wandered through the building, contemplating various artifacts from Bush’s two terms in office. Although we were hardly fans of his presidency, one of my pals—fearful, like everyone in our group, of a Trump administration—got misty-eyed [...]

By | 2020-09-17T10:32:56-07:00 September 18th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, History, SW Center|Comments Off on Politics Are We Ready to Rehabilitate George W. Bush’s Reputation?

Latest SMU Updates and Reminders

SMU News Originally Posted: September 15, 2020 SMU has updated our COVID-19 case page with a dashboard and additional reporting details for greater transparency, including adding isolation capacity and quarantine numbers. Individual active and non-active cases continue to be listed as well. The page will continue to evolve as needed. COVID-19 testing is now available at the Health Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are required. To schedule your testing call 214-768-2141. The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center will offer free flu shots for students starting Monday, September 21. For your safety, we will be administering the vaccine at outdoor flu shot stations across campus. Check your email next week for the schedule of dates, times and locations. Due [...]

By | 2020-09-15T06:36:09-07:00 September 15th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Latest SMU Updates and Reminders

How college students are stepping up to help make returning to classes safe amid COVID-19

USA Today Originally Posted: September 1, 2020 AUSTIN — As a junior at Southern Methodist University, Austin Hickle says the challenge of safely reopening classes amid the coronavirus pandemic and affording young Texans the rewards of the college experience falls directly on the shoulders of students. "This COVID pandemic is one of our generation's defining moments. We have to step up to the plate," said Hickle, who is majoring in political science and economics and is also SMU's student body vice president. "Students have never (before) been asked to carry this (amount of) responsibility." READ MORE

By | 2020-09-11T08:11:45-07:00 September 11th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on How college students are stepping up to help make returning to classes safe amid COVID-19

Wildfire Archaeology and the Burning American West

Sapiens Originally Posted: September 9, 2020 As I type, the American West is ablaze with more than 100 devastating wildfires. Many of these are record-setting in both size and intensity. Several, including one in my home state of Colorado, have been so intense they’ve created their own thunderstorms. Science shows that wildfires have been getting more destructive over the last several decades. The question is: Why? Are they getting worse due to climate change? Or is it due to human encroachment on once remote forests? Or, counterintuitive as it may seem, are federal wildfire suppression policies to blame? In the U.S., forest fire management policies date back to the 1880s, shortly after Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872. After a roughly 50-year period in which some [...]

By | 2020-09-10T10:26:14-07:00 September 10th, 2020|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Wildfire Archaeology and the Burning American West

Virtual Allman Lecture: Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

Event Date: 09/15/2020 Event Time: 6:00 p.m. CST Event Location: Virtual Lecture held via Zoom The 2020 Allman Family Lecture Series celebrates the anniversaries of the 15th and 19th Amendments with a trio of lectures on Suffrage in America: The Power of the Vote. Susan Ware, a pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, will kick off the series with her virtual lecture on Sept. 15. https://smu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErcOqgrT0qG9CwWW794tMdvHhPK1PR3H80 Event Contact: Elizabeth Fielding

By | 2020-09-09T09:53:44-07:00 September 9th, 2020|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events|Comments Off on Virtual Allman Lecture: Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

SMU COVID-19 Dashboard

SMU News SMU has a new COVID-19 dashboard. Please use this to stay informed about quarantine numbers and isolation capacity levels. https://blog.smu.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/cases/  

Dinosaurs’ unique bone structure helped them support their large weight

CNN Originally Posted: August 19, 2020 Some dinosaurs were so big the ground would have shaken while they walked. But how did they carry such massive loads? Dinosaurs likely had a different bone structure to mammals and birds that was uniquely capable of supporting huge weights, a new study has found. A team of paleontologists, mechanical and biomedical engineers examined the upper and lower leg bones of duck-billed hadrosaurs and sauropods, long-necked and big-bodied plant eaters, whose fossils have been found on every continent. "The structure of the trabecular, or spongy bone that forms in the interior of (the)bones we studied is unique within dinosaurs," said AnthonyFiorillo, a Southern Methodist University paleontologist and one of the authors of the study that published Wednesday in the [...]

By | 2020-09-02T10:35:23-07:00 September 2nd, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dinosaurs’ unique bone structure helped them support their large weight
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