April 22, Retention of Underrepresented Faculty: Strategic Approaches & Initiatives

Date: April 22, 2021 Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Zoom. Registration required at SMU.EDU/DedmanDiversityEventZoom link will appear in the registration confirmation. For questions please contact Jill Kelly.Event details:Beronda L. Montgomery, PhD is MSU Foundation Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. She is also a member of the Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory. Montgomery conducts research on the means by which plants and cyanobacteria are able to monitor and adjust to changes in their external environments. The ability of these largely immobile organisms to adapt to dynamic environments increases their survival and maximizes productivity. Dr. Montgomery received an NSF CAREER Award and was an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer. She has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy [...]

By | 2021-04-11T07:36:34-07:00 April 11th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Diversity and Inclusion, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on April 22, Retention of Underrepresented Faculty: Strategic Approaches & Initiatives

How Anti-Asian Racism Fuels Discrimination & Violence

KERA Originally Posted: March 26, 2021 SMU professor Priscilla Lui studies racial discrimination and intercultural contact. She talks about recent incidents of hate against Asian Americans. From the recent brutal attacks that killed eight people in Atlanta to the thousands of instances of discrimination in the past year, anti-Asian hate crime is on the rise in the United States. Priscilla Lui is a professor of psychology at SMU who specializes in racial discrimination. She talked with KERA's Justin Martin. On what's behind the dramatic rise of anti-Asian violence: A lot of issues, but probably the most is Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have always had this cultural, negative stereotypes against them in a sense that they have diseases, and there's inferiority about their cultural practices and behaviors. So [...]

By | 2021-04-01T10:01:20-07:00 April 1st, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on How Anti-Asian Racism Fuels Discrimination & Violence

Climate change and migration

American Economic Association Originally Posted: April 1, 2021 Klaus Desmet discusses how accounting for spatial shifts changes estimates of how rising sea levels will affect the economy. Nobel Prize winner William Nordhaus has called climate change “the ultimate challenge for economics.” Economists increasingly have been trying to understand how rising tides and global temperatures will impact resource allocation around the globe, as well as the potential policy tools that can help curb damage to our natural world. SMU professor Klaus Desmet says that a lot of those analyses are missing a critical factor: migration. Desmet coauthored a paper in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics that examines how economic output will be affected over the next 200 years as humans move away from coastal areas threatened by rising sea levels. [...]

By | 2021-04-01T07:06:48-07:00 April 1st, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Climate change and migration

Congratulations to Alejandro Aceves, 2021 SIAM Fellow

SIAM News Originally Posted: March 31, 2021 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Announces Class of 2021 Fellows Alejandro Aceves, professor and chair of the SMU Department of Mathematics, was selected as one of 28 esteemed members of the 2021 Class of SIAM Fellows. These distinguished members were nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community. Through their contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. Congratulations! Alejandro Aceves, Southern Methodist University, is being recognized for pioneering contributions to the field of nonlinear waves and its applications to a variety of areas, most notably nonlinear optics. To read the full list of 2021 fellows CLICK HERE.

By | 2021-03-31T09:39:31-07:00 March 31st, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on Congratulations to Alejandro Aceves, 2021 SIAM Fellow

Opinion: Got geothermal? Texas does and ought to tap the resource

Austin American Statesman Originally Posted: March 29, 2021 It is easy to look back at the recent Texas cold snap and identify the fixes needed in the energy grid. The oil and gas industry will also play a role in addressing the financial impact from COVID-19. Thus, the question becomes: How can we diversify our Texas energy portfolio while providing affordable and reliable heat, electricity and cooling? One answer: Tap the Texas geothermal resources. Geothermal energy is always on, rising within the Earth. This baseload, inexhaustible resource is below us everywhere. In fact, every oil and gas well already brings geothermal heat to the surface as a byproduct. During the 1970s and ‘80s, geothermal resources along the Gulf Coast were catalogued and proven extractable. Then initiatives to put [...]

By | 2021-03-29T07:37:12-07:00 March 29th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Opinion: Got geothermal? Texas does and ought to tap the resource

A year without: How Texas survived the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 10, 2021 Several Dedman College professors were quoted in this March 10, 2021 Dallas Morning News article. Stacey Monroe barely flinched as the nurse jabbed a needle into her right arm. Wearing a N95 mask and a clear face shield, she looked straight ahead as the nurse pressed her thumb against the syringe’s plunger injecting a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s it, the nurse said after slapping on a bandage. For the next 15 minutes Monroe, 26, sat in the lobby, fiddling with her vaccine card that she placed on her lap and reflected on nearly a year’s worth of pandemic memories: The lockdown that forced her out of work. An apartment without food, cleaning supplies or toilet [...]

By | 2021-03-24T09:46:05-07:00 March 24th, 2021|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on A year without: How Texas survived the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic

New research from SMU’s Louis Jacobs, Harvard University, and Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Originally Posted: March 22, 2021 A mystery about evolution is how quickly it happens. SMU's Louis Jacobs and researchers from Harvard University and Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science took a closer look at the evolution of fossil rodent teeth to shed some insight on this. READ MORE

By | 2021-03-22T11:27:25-07:00 March 22nd, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on New research from SMU’s Louis Jacobs, Harvard University, and Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science

Watch: Dallas Literary Festival Returns

NBC-5 Originally Posted: March 22, 2021 Southern Methodist University will present the Dallas Literary Festival March 26-28. The theme of the weekend-long event: Turbulence. “I thought that was a really appropriate theme for the revitalization of this event considering where we are in this country right now,” said Sanderia Faye Smith, Executive Director of the festival and SMU assistant professor. “I want the people to see how the community has come together to bring people these well-renowned and prized authors.” The weekend’s events will include panel discussions, virtual readings and author interviews featuring: Charles M. Blow, New York Times columnist, author of "The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto." Joy Harjo, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, author of the [...]

By | 2021-03-22T06:14:37-07:00 March 22nd, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Watch: Dallas Literary Festival Returns

Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel quoted in Business Insider and Texas Standard

Originally Posted: March 21, 2021 Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel is quoted in Business Insider saying that after two impeachments, former President Trump is unlikely to ever be elected president again. He also told Texas Standard that Trump’s second impeachment trial demonstrated a remarkable disconnect between reality and senators’ votes.

By | 2021-03-21T13:35:16-07:00 March 21st, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel quoted in Business Insider and Texas Standard
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