The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute is pleased to announce a call for applications for the inaugural semester of the DCII Graduate Student in Residence (GSiR) Program. The purpose of the DCII GSiR Program is to support advanced Dedman College graduate students as they pursue research on topics of interdisciplinary interest and impact. The program is designed to give graduate students the dedicated space to develop their research agendas and the opportunity to engage with other students (and faculty) who share their interdisciplinary interests. GSiRs will be given access to a private office for Spring Semester 2021, within the DCII’s offices in the new Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation (alongside the Data Science Institute, Center for Research Computing, AT&T Center for Virtualization, Visualization [...]
LAWCHA Pandemic Book Talk Rob Chase was a Clements Center Research Fellow. This event is a discussion about the book he furthered during his fellowship year. LEARN MORE About the event: LAWCHA’s Pandemic Book Talks feature talks by LAWCHA members whose books launched in the midst of (or just before) the pandemic. Book talks will feature a presentation and discussion. Join us November 19 for Robert Chase, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). At 7pm on November 19 Robert Chase, Associate Professor of History at Stony Brook University, will give a 30-minute talk on Zoom about his new book, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in [...]
Aug. 7, 1933 - Dec. 12, 2019 Dr. Dovalee Dorsett passed away December 12, 2019. After marriage and kids, she returned to school and obtained a PhD from SMU Statistics Department in 1982. She was Director of the Statistical Consulting Center in the Department until 1986 and in 1987 moved on to teach at Baylor from 1987 to 2005.
Recent SMU PhD student in Computational and Applied Mathematics joins Columbia University on a prestigious Junior faculty position
Columbia University in the City of New York Originally Posted: July 1, 2020 The APAM Department is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Lu Zhang as the Ju Tang Chu and Wu Ping Chu Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics Lu Zhang’s research interests are in the area of numerical and theoretic analysis of Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) and applied mathematics in general. In particular, she focuses on developing high order discontinuous Galerkin methods in studying various PDEs with physical and biological backgrounds, such as advective wave equations, semi-linear wave equations, chemotaxis models, population dynamics models, etc. PDEs serve as the basic languages that describe the spatial-temporal dynamics of the phenomena within the physical and biological sciences. The challenges brought by the structural complexity and [...]
Clements Fellow Sarah Pearsall’s Book, Polygamy: An Early American History, reviewed in The New York Review of Books.
The New York Review of Books Originally Posted: April 9, 2020 The Mormon leader Brigham Young had more than fifty wives. Many of them lived in adjacent homes, the Beehive House and the Lion House, in Salt Lake City, which Young founded in 1847 as the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Polygamy, which the Mormons publicly announced as a church doctrine in 1852, provoked responses ranging from outrage to amusement among many Americans. Numerous anti-Mormon exposés appeared, with titillating titles like Awful Disclosures of Mormonism and Wife No. 19, or, The Story of a Life in Bondage. Bawdy jokes circulated, like this one from a comic newspaper: “Brigham Young cannot be said to rule with a rod of iron, [...]
Texas Tech Originally Posted: March 30, 2020 Pan was a postdoctoral fellow in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and received his doctoral degree in geology in 2007 from the Program in Paleobotany, Department of Geological Sciences (now the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences) at Southern Methodist University. Full article Museum of Texas Tech University Appoints New Executive Director Texas Tech University Provost Michael Galyean announced today (March 30) that Aaron David Pan will serve as the next executive director of the Museum of Texas Tech University. Chosen after a nationwide search, Pan will assume the duties of executive director on May 18, 2020. He also will have a faculty appointment as associate professor [...]
Clements Center Research Fellowships provide senior or junior scholars with an essential element for producing successful books, and that is time. The Center is pleased to announce its fellows for academic year 2020-2021. Link for more information: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Research/Institutes-and-Centers/SWCenter/Fellowships/Announce
Dallas Weekly Originally Posted: Feb. 18, 2020 Distinguished geoscientist James Quick will open the doors to a new era of research and interdisciplinary collaboration as Inaugural Dean of SMU’s newly created Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. SMU announced the creation of the Moody School in November 2019, made possible by a landmark $100 million gift from the Moody Foundation. The investment in graduate-level education is fueling SMU’s move to join the finest universities in the country in its development of research with impact, delivered by top-notch faculty and graduate students. Quick, a volcanologist of international stature, joined SMU in 2007 as the University’s first Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, with the responsibilities of supporting increases in research activity and the [...]
Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: Jan. 29, 2020 As an undergraduate, I seldom felt overwhelmed by coursework. I found praise easily. I wrote an award-winning honors thesis and graduated summa cum laude. When I heard horror stories about graduate school, I knew I would be an exception. I was wrong. Although I lost 10 pounds in my first semester in Southern Methodist University’s history Ph.D. program from the stress of coursework, I want to avoid being all doom and gloom. I can confidently say that I have never learned so much in such a short period of time. After my first semester of coursework at the university, 12 significant lessons particularly stand out. I hope this list will prove beneficial for other current and future [...]