Salon Originally Posted: June 11, 2018 The famous moai of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) are, to many people, the face of archaeology. These massive statues made of dark, weathered stone, occasionally speckled with pale lichen, stare out across their island in the blue waters of the south Pacific. Their heads are oversized compared to their bodies, which gives them a dignity appropriate to their age; the oldest were crafted around 1200 CE. But the moai may not stand on Rapa Nui for much longer. They’re in danger from a very 21st century threat: climate change. Warmer temperatures will lead to a rise in the level of the oceans, with some researchers predicting we might see them climb by more than three feet by 2100. [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: May 30, 2018 Did you know that Dedman College has a wide range of experts that can lend expertise on subjects ranging from anthropology to volcanos? To view the full list of SMU experts CLICK HERE. To reach an SMU expert, please call SMU News & Communications at 214-768-7650 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMU News Originally Posted: May 21, 2018 The Class of 2018 has experienced incredible moments and outstanding opportunities during their four years on the Hilltop. See what made their time at SMU special and memorable. https://youtu.be/UIJlWZpoyps
Sapiens Originally Posted: May 18, 2018 Below is an excerpt from SMU research: SAPIENS: Why Aid Remains Out of Reach for Some Rohingya Refugees Even with the right to health care secured, medical assistance is elusive for urban refugees in India. The anthropology publication SAPIENS has published an article by SMU doctoral candidate Ashvina Patel. SAPIENS is an editorially independent publication of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Inc., which is dedicated to popularizing anthropology to a broad audience. The article, “Why Aid Remains Out of Reach for Some Rohingya Refugees,” published May 17, 2018. The article resulted from Patel’s 11-month stay in New Delhi, India, in which she interviewed residents of three urban refugee settlements. The purpose was to understand how issues of geopolitics and domestic policy inform [...]
D Magazine Originally Posted: May 22, 2018 Archaeology is an exciting topic. There’s the digging, the unearthing of evidence, and the exercise of imagination in reconstructing life on Earth hundreds and thousands of years ago, often based on fragmentary information. Currently there’s a sort of synchronicity occurring around the topic among the Dallas’ academic, cultural, and scientific institutions. At the beginning of the year, the Nasher Sculpture Center mounted an exhibition titled “First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone.” The show was comprised of stone artifacts, some dating back more than 2 million years. Director Jeremy Strick said public response to the show was marked by “high visitation, significant repeat visitation, as well as an unusually high number of visitors who had traveled to Dallas expressly [...]
Cullum Clark, Economics, Arlington prepared a long list of incentives to lure Amazon’s new headquarters, but it’s no longer in the running
NBCDFW Originally Posted: May 21, 2018 Last week, Arlington provided the first, substantive look at what any local city still in the running to secure Amazon’s massive HQ2 project has been willing to offer in terms of incentives. On Tuesday, Arlington announced its bid to lure the online retail giant, and its promised initial investment of $5 billion and the creation of 50,000 jobs, is “no longer moving forward in the selection process.” Along with its announcement, the city released the long list of economic incentivesit was prepared to offer Amazon - $921 million in what Arlington called “performance-based incentives.” Among the primary incentives were: - 100 percent real and business personal property tax abatement for a 10-year period - Waiver of building and impact [...]
Dedman College Announces Outstanding Professor, Student, and Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award Winners
Congratulations to the following who received prestigious Dedman College awards on May 9, 2018. Outstanding Professor: Johan Elverskog Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student: Ekiomoado Olumese Caren Prothro Faculty Service Award: Mark Chancey Johan Elverskog received the Dedman Outstanding Professor Award, Mark Chancey received the Caren Prothro Service Award, and Ekiomoado Olumese received the Dedman College Outstanding student award at the Dedman College Outstanding Faculty and Student awards on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Dallas Hall and Fondren Science building on the SMU Campus.
If you are looking for May Commencement information click here. Schedule of events Commencement Speaker Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 103rd Commencement Weekend, May 18 and 19, 2018. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni. On Saturday [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: May 2018 As a student researcher, Sam Weber trains others working on cell biology experiments and explores the use of the performing arts in public health education. And this spring he is directing his second 24-Hour Musical, Heathers the Musical. The Dedman College Scholar and University honors student will graduate in May with B.S. degrees in biological sciences, and health and society, and a B.A. in chemistry, with minors in Latin, classical studies, musical theatre, history and human rights. The senior dynamo is currently weighing several post-SMU academic opportunities that will lead to his ultimate goal: medical school. Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, Weber became fascinated with science by watching Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The 2001 film, the first 3-D animated feature made [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: May 8, 2018 Karly Zrake’s degrees will fulfill her lifelong dream to “be the change you want to see in the world.” Karly Zrake came to SMU from her home in San Diego four years ago for one reason: SMU is one of only a handful of universities that offer an undergraduate degree in human rights. She was already discovering her life’s passion at age 7, when the second-grader and her mother developed an educationally enriching program for students with special needs. By eighth grade, Karly was raising money that would allow students with special needs to attend therapeutic music camps. And by high school, she was campaigning against bullying. When Karly collects B.A. degrees in human rights and anthropology from [...]