Washington Post Originally Posted: June 25, 2020 The world feels broken right now — not just cracked in a few places but shattered in a million pieces. It’s been this way for centuries, of course, but many Americans — white Americans — are just starting to wake up and grapple with the depth of this country’s deeply rooted racism, as well as the role they played in making it so. As a white parent, I feel a deep responsibility to provide my children with the tools and awareness to help rebuild our society into something better. I know I’m not alone, but I also know many white parents don’t know how or where to start. Research suggests that we need to confront our unfounded assumptions [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 23, 2020 What if university computer scientists, biologists and historians collaborated to use modern artificial intelligence and machine learning to examine a massive trove of infectious disease research papers, text mining for abstract patterns, elusive insights and hard-to-spot trends related to COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses? Imagine the energy such a group could generate if their students, working remotely and cut off from the normal distractions of student life, jumped in to volunteer for the project? Welcome to the nascent Southern Methodist University Artificial Intelligence Lab. READ MORE
Dallas Observer Originally Posted: June 22, 2020 Despite last week's record number of new COVID cases statewide, many Texans have ditched wearing a mask out in public. It’s no wonder: Recommendations from health officials are being consistently subverted by some government authorities. Friday, Dallas County Commissioners approved an order that requires businesses to enforce mask wearing for employees and customers. Yet President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott have both made their disdain for facial coverings clear. Trump largely refuses to wear one and makes disparaging remarks about those who do. Abbott tried to keep municipal leaders from enforcing citywide mask mandates. READ MORE
Carl Dorvil shares what he’s learned about creating something from nothing — and thriving even in hard times.
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 25, 2020 Carl Dorvil attended SMU on scholarships and graduated with degrees in public policy, economics and psychology, and then got his MBA. The DEC Network’s Fridays Are for Founders is a weekly virtual forum that gives entrepreneurs opportunities to learn from each other while struggling with the impacts of COVID-19. In this video, Trey Bowles and Delanie Majors talk to serial entrepreneur Carl Dorvil, who started tutoring and mentoring company Group Excellence (GEX) in 2004, while he was a junior at SMU. It was, at one time, the fastest growing public company in North Texas. After selling GEX, Dorvil went on to start other companies. Now he is partner and CEO of Dog for Dog, which he calls Toms [...]
Forbes Originally Posted: June 22, 2020 SMU alumna Neha Husein '19 is featured in this article. What is a courageous conversation that you have recently had? Courageous conversations are defined by the difficulty of the subject matter and the bravery of the subject discussing the topic. “Whether we’re leading companies, building our career, raising a family, or fighting for justice, we all need to be able to communicate when it’s uncomfortable, confusing, and difficult, and do it in a way that actually builds trust and strengthens our relationships,” shares Sofiya Deva of Warm Robots. Nine leaders and influencers were selected to be part of Warm Robots’ inaugural “Council of Courage” that who then offered their own experiences and definitions of what a courageous conversation is. [...]
The Hill Originally Post: June 20, 2020 Holly Bowen is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SMU Dallas where she teaches and directs research on topics including memory, emotion, motivation and aging. Think back to the last time you went on a mission to stock up on supplies due to COVID-19. What route did you take around the store? Can you describe the employee who bagged your groceries? What was the make and model of the car parked next to you? It’s likely this memory is difficult to retrieve and the details surrounding it have faded. After all, this was a stressful and uncertain time and your focus might have been elsewhere. It was some time ago and you have probably forgotten. Now, [...]
Originally Posted: June 16, 2020 Plans unfolding for SMU's fall semester 2020 will be guided by science, common-sense expectations, and the traditional Mustang spirit At SMU, we intend to rise to the challenge of the fall 2020 academic semester in a way that fully embraces both the outstanding personalized education that is our hallmark, and our community’s health and safety. While the ongoing pandemic has prompted us to revise fall plans, SMU will work to ensure that students have the opportunity to receive face-to-face instruction from our excellent faculty as well as experience all the campus has to offer. We all have a role to play in keeping the campus healthy. Therefore, our approach will be guided by science and common-sense expectations: The University will take [...]