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Department of English faculty member pens a new novel

Lori Stephens, lecturer in the Department of English, was recently featured in LitTalk: A DFW Author Panel Series to discuss her new novel, Blue Running.  Describe Blue Running and a bit of the creative process and inspiration. Fourteen-year-old Bluebonnet Andrews is on the run across the Republic of Texas. A gun accident killed her best friend, but […]

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English faculty member writes in response to police brutality

Sanderia Smith, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of English, recently wrote a piece for The New Yorker called Racial Injustice in response to the victims of police brutality across the country. What inspired you to write Racial Injustice? I wrote this piece, Racial Injustice, because there were so many African American men and women being murdered by the police. […]

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Dedman College Announces 2023 Faculty Awards

Congratulations to the following: Ryszard Stroynowski Dedman Family Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Russ Caren Prothro Award Robert Gregory and Joe Kobylka Perrine Prize

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The Department of Earth Sciences passionately trains the next generation of researchers

Heather DeShon, Professor and Chair of the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, described a recent geophysics field study in California led by Beatrice Magnani and Chris Hayward. Describe the field study in Mono Lake. The Spring Field Studies to Mono Lake, CA was an outstanding success. We took 18 undergraduates, four graduate students, […]

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Opinion: The Ten Commandments Bill: Thou shalt not play favorites

Austin American Statesman – By Mark Chancey and Marc Zvi Brettler. Chancey is a professor of religious studies at SMU Dallas. Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Distinguished Professor in Judaic Studies at Duke University The Ten Commandments bill passed through the Texas State Senate last month faster than the Hebrews through the Red […]

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Nature Portfolio highlights research by Earth Sciences professor, Alexander Chase

Nature Portfolio – Chemical Communication Drive Microbial Community Structure Microbial communities are assemblages organized by various ecological and evolutionary processes that contribute to the different types and number of species across environments. At broad biogeographic patterns, certain microbial taxa are largely associated with particular environments (e.g., Cyanobacteria in marine systems) due to conserved phylogenetic traits. […]

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SMU celebrates 10 years of impact with the Bush Center

SMU NEWS – When the George W. Bush Presidential Center opened to the public on the SMU campus on May 1, 2013, it launched a strong but independent partnership with the University that continues to provide measurable benefits to the North Texas community. From bringing world leaders to Dallas, to boosting the regional economy through jobs and tourism, […]

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SMU Biosciences professor receives NIH grant for research on epilepsy

Newswise — An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making them 16 times more likely to die suddenly compared to the general population. SMU biology researcher Edward Glasscock has received a 5-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study that he hopes will lead to the identification of biomarkers […]

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Congratulations to Heather DeShon, recently elected president of the Seismological Society of America

Dedman College News – Heather DeShon, Department Chair and Professor in Dedman College’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, was elected SSA president and has already assumed duties as president-elect. According to the website, SSA is “committed to advancing seismology and sharing research with the public to help build an earthquake-aware world.” Congratulations!

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Research pushes back the prehistoric timeline for apes in Africa by more than 10 million years

SMU News – Evidence of an early savannah grass growing millions of years earlier than previously known may fundamentally change the understanding of life in the prehistoric world. A pair of studies funded by the National Science Foundation and published in the journal Science document the earliest evidence for locally abundant open-habitat grasses in eastern Africa and how those environments […]