‘Our Trayvon Martin’: Santos Rodriguez documentary tells story of boy murdered by white Dallas cop

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Click here to learn more about the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Endowed Scholarship which promotes Human Rights education for emerging leaders and honors the memory of a young boy whose life ended far too soon. Documentary filmmaker Byron Hunter wants to make sure younger generations know crucial elements of Dallas Latino history. He points to the rise and fall of Little Mexico, the significance of Pike Park and the tragic murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez, who was killed Russian-roulette-style by a white Dallas police officer. Hunter, who grew up in Dallas, said he wants to use the upcoming 45th anniversary of Rodriguez’s death as a teachable moment for the community. His latest documentary, Santos Vive, is set to release next [...]

By | 2018-07-20T08:06:25+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on ‘Our Trayvon Martin’: Santos Rodriguez documentary tells story of boy murdered by white Dallas cop

Bodies exhumed from unmarked cemetery in Texas

CBS News Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Dr. Catrina Whitley, Gwen Bakke, and Abigail Fisher are working on a historic African American cemetery in Houston. Dr. Whitley is a Dedman College alumna and a former adjunct lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. Gwen Bakke and Abigail Fisher are SMU anthropology Ph.D. students. Ninety-five sets of remains found have been found at a site in Texas. Dr. Catrina Banks Whitley says the remains she studied were all African-American, and it is believed they were prison inmates leased by the state to plantation owners after the emancipation of slaves. KHOU-TV reports from Sugar Land, Texas. WATCH https://youtu.be/jUznbz1YmrI  

By | 2018-07-20T07:35:20+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Bodies exhumed from unmarked cemetery in Texas

Remains of Black People Forced Into Labor After Slavery Are Discovered in Texas

New York Times Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Dr. Catrina Whitley, Gwen Bakke, and Abigail Fisher are working on a historic African American cemetery in Houston. Dr. Whitley is a Dedman College  alumna and a former adjunct lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. Gwen Bakke and Abigail Fisher are SMU anthropology Ph.D. students. Below is an article describing their findings in the July 18th issue of the New York Times. More information about their research can be found in the Washington Post. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The remains of dozens of people found at a construction site in Texas this year are mostly likely those of African-Americans who were forced to work on a plantation there around the turn of the 20th century, officials said this week. That finding, [...]

By | 2018-07-20T07:36:09+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Remains of Black People Forced Into Labor After Slavery Are Discovered in Texas

A Scientist’s Voyage From the Peruvian Amazon to Nordic Iceland

National Geographic Originally Posted: July 13, 2018   Andrés Ruzo is a graduate student in Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Geothermal scientist Andrés Ruzo is a restless spirit whose passion for science and adventure inspire him to always go further, dig deeper, and discover what’s next. In celebration of his thirst for endless exploration, National Geographic and Coors Light launched Ruzo on an epic journey and invited him to share his experiences with other explorers. In the first of four photo essays, follow Ruzo as he prepares for his trip and talks about what sparked his interest in the wild, rugged, and cold land of fire and ice—Iceland. Childhood experiences—like playing on volcanoes and hearing the legend of Peru's Boiling River (above)—sparked Andrés [...]

By | 2018-07-16T08:01:48+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on A Scientist’s Voyage From the Peruvian Amazon to Nordic Iceland

SMU Physicists Part of First Team to Observe Higgs Boson, Bottom Quarks Interaction

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 13, 2018 In a breakthrough development in the field of physics, Associate Professor Stephen Sekula and his group of researchers in the SMU Department of Physics are part of the ATLAS Experiment team to first observe the direct interaction between the Higgs boson and the bottom quark. After several years of dedicated research, the ATLAS Experiment is the first to announce their success and definitively prove the interaction between the particles, ahead of other research groups who were focused on the task. From left to right: Maddie McKay, Matthew Feickert, Peilong Wang, and (seated) Jeff Hetherly. The Higgs boson is a special particle that plays an essential role in the Standard Model of particle physics, the theory [...]

By | 2018-07-13T13:31:59+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Graduate News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU Physicists Part of First Team to Observe Higgs Boson, Bottom Quarks Interaction

New Research from the SMU Department of Psychology: Intimate Partner Violence, Police Involvement, and Women’s Trauma Symptoms

SMU Research Originally Posted: June 22, 2018 Police involvement after domestic violence reports associated with more trauma symptoms for women. Research just published from SMU Psychology graduate student Caitlin Rancher with professors Ernie Jouriles and Renee McDonald. READ MORE

By | 2018-06-25T08:46:55+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Psychology|Comments Off on New Research from the SMU Department of Psychology: Intimate Partner Violence, Police Involvement, and Women’s Trauma Symptoms

The Trump administration is right about the problem at the border. But its ‘solutions’ would just make things worse.

Washington Post Originally Posted: June 22, 2018 By: Mary E. Mendoza, assistant professor of history and Latinx studies at Penn State University and the David J. Weber Fellow for Study of Southwestern America at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. As immigration policy again dominates the news, President Trump’s administration has resorted to creative justifications for its draconian policies, including demands for a border wall. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might just have trotted out the most creative rationale, arguing: “It’s a national security issue, a national defense issue, it’s a humanitarian crisis, and oh, by the way, it’s an environmental crisis,” implying that a wall would help solve all of these problems. Perhaps Zinke is right about the broad dimensions of the [...]

By | 2018-06-25T08:32:46+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History|Comments Off on The Trump administration is right about the problem at the border. But its ‘solutions’ would just make things worse.

CPH Postdoctoral Fellow Paul Renfro offers historical perspective on the crisis at the border for the Washington Post

Washington Post Originally Posted: June 19, 2019 The real reason we’re locking children in cages We don't think nonwhite children deserve the same protections as “innocent” white ones. By Paul M. Renfro. Renfro is a postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University, and beginning in August 2018, he will be a Dean’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of history at Florida State University. Americans are horrified by images and stories coming from the southern border. The U.S. government is brutalizing children and families — keeping children in cages, separated from their parents — purportedly in the name of border security. As outrage has increased, the spotlight has heated up, spurring politicians to speak out and contemplate action. As shocking and aberrant as this saga might seem — [...]

By | 2018-06-19T10:39:43+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History|Comments Off on CPH Postdoctoral Fellow Paul Renfro offers historical perspective on the crisis at the border for the Washington Post

Colossal Cretaceous Marine Reptiles Prepared By SMU Scientists And Students Will Be On Display At The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Nov. 9

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Originally Posted: May 30, 2018   The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibition Nov. 9 revealing how millions of years ago, large-scale natural forces created the conditions for real-life sea monsters to thrive in the South Atlantic Ocean basin shortly after it formed. “Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas” will offer visitors the opportunity to dive into Cretaceous Angola’s cool coastal waters, examine the fossils of striking marine reptiles that once lived there and learn about the forces that continue to mold life in the ocean and on land. Over 134 million years ago, the South Atlantic Ocean basin did not yet exist. Africa and South America were one contiguous landmass on [...]

By | 2018-05-30T12:27:39+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Colossal Cretaceous Marine Reptiles Prepared By SMU Scientists And Students Will Be On Display At The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Nov. 9

SMU Alumnus Edward Allegra Receives ELITE 2018 Entrepreneur Award

PM 360 Originally Posted: May 23, 2018 Congratulations to Dedman College alum Edward Allegra who recently received an ELITE 2018 Entrepreneur award from PM360. The award recognizes the most influential people in the healthcare industry. READ MORE Edward C. Allegra Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder BioLum Sciences Innovating Asthma Management Having suffered with childhood asthma, Edward C. Allegra is all too familiar with the challenges of living with the disease and the feeling of suffocation and panic asthmatics experience when symptoms become overwhelming. Coming from a family of altruistic doctors, Edward’s mission in life has always been to provide the biggest positive impact possible on humanity and the health of patients around the world. And while he set out on a pre-med track at Southern Methodist University [...]

By | 2018-05-24T14:32:07+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU Alumnus Edward Allegra Receives ELITE 2018 Entrepreneur Award
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