SMU student earns prestigious international fellowship to study in China

North Texas E-News Originally Posted: December 17, 2020 Jared Burleson was studying in Jiangsu, China, the summer after his first year at SMU, taking advantage of the study abroad benefits that come with being a President’s Scholar, SMU’S highest academic merit award. While waiting in line for tea at a local shop, he overheard two men speaking English, then recognized one of them as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Kosterlitz. Jared introduced himself, and began chatting with the world-renowned scientist who was in China with another colleague to encourage international scientific collaboration.  “I had never heard of the physics community in China,” Jared says. “I was inspired by my conversation with them to continue studying Chinese and someday work with the particle physics research community in China.” [...]

By | 2020-12-18T07:19:42-08:00 December 18th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU student earns prestigious international fellowship to study in China

Seven Years from the “Day of Infamy” to “Human Rights Day”

History News Network December 12, 2020 Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Program at SMU Dallas, pens a piece challenging Americans to remember the December WWII dates of the Pearl Harbor bombing and the institution of Human Rights Day seven years later. READ MORE https://bit.ly/3gN3rqF

By | 2020-12-14T07:51:13-08:00 December 16th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Seven Years from the “Day of Infamy” to “Human Rights Day”

Convincing people to get COVID vaccine is vital — here’s how to do it

FOX 4 Originally Posted: December 12, 2020 Austin Baldwin, psychology professor at SMU Dallas, and Jasmin Tiro, associate professor of Population and Data Sciences at UT Southwestern, for a piece mapping out public health strategies to overcome “vaccine hesitancy” among the public. Published at FoxNews.com: https://fxn.ws/2Kgmn5h

By | 2020-12-14T07:58:21-08:00 December 14th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Convincing people to get COVID vaccine is vital — here’s how to do it

SMU senior Jared Burleson selected as a Schwarzman Scholar

SMU News Originally Posted: December  11, 2020 Congratulations to SMU senior Jared Burleson for his selection as a Schwarzman Scholar. Jared is a senior pursuing double majors in Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Chinese. He plans to observe how Chinese physicists are working with the government on new collider physics experiments. Jared plans to work as a research physicist and utilize an understanding of public policy to advocate for collider physics experiments and government funding. Jared has previously conducted research with the ATLAS Experiment at CERN and with the EIC at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Click here for more about the program and to see the directory of scholars who make up Schwarzman’s Class of 2022. 154 students were chosen from more than 3,600 [...]

By | 2020-12-11T13:15:12-08:00 December 11th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU senior Jared Burleson selected as a Schwarzman Scholar

Science in the City at SMU takes participants to the dark universe

SMU News Originally Posted: December 10, 2020 Science in the City is a free, family-friendly public event series that connects the Dallas-Fort Worth community with local researchers working at the frontiers of their field. SMU partners with The Dallas Morning News and other research and educational institutions every year to share the great science and technology occurring on our campus. This year, Jodi Cooley and Stephen Sekula, who are both physics professors at SMU, explained the nature of gravity using the simple idea of a trampoline. They also illustrated why objects in space such as planets or stars are attracted to one another. And why it is that we can “see” black holes, even though their pull of gravity is so strong that even light can’t escape it. Learn [...]

By | 2020-12-15T08:25:19-08:00 December 11th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Science in the City at SMU takes participants to the dark universe

Study: Drug offenders more likely to face food insecurity

Medical Xpress Originally Posted: December 10, 2020 People who have a drug-related felony conviction are more likely to face food insecurity than people who have never been arrested. That's what researchers from SMU (Southern Methodist University) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, found after interviewing more than 1,000 people at North Texas Food Bank food pantries. The finding is significant because food insecurity - defined as a consistent lack of access to enough food for a healthy life - is known to have a variety of consequences for both children and adults. Children who don't get the necessary nutrition from food are much more likely to have health- and education-related issues, such as anemia and impaired cognitive development. Adults, meanwhile, are more prone to develop diabetes, heart disease and other chronic [...]

By | 2020-12-11T13:37:31-08:00 December 10th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Study: Drug offenders more likely to face food insecurity

Historical Society Chartered By SMU

Daily Campus Originally Posted: December 5, 2020 The Historical Society became an officially chartered SMU organization during the Fall 2020 semester. Wardah Alvi, who currently serves as its president, accentuated the group effort put forth by other members to create the organization as it now stands. “This isn’t a one-person thing,” said Alvi. “Everybody brings something to the table . . . and we worked really hard to implement those ideas.” Marketing Team member Emily Vye emphasized the role that social media played in expanding the Historical Society. The group actively posted online starting in April and now has themed posts weekly like “Movie Monday,” “Fun Fact Friday,” and “Saturday Spotlight.” Posts feature anything from a discussion on history in film to introducing faculty and students of the SMU History Department. [...]

By | 2020-12-08T07:24:02-08:00 December 8th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Historical Society Chartered By SMU

SMU professor receives NSF grant to model transport of microscale respiratory droplets

December 4, 2020 Contact: Vladimir Ajaev, Principal Investigator, ajaev@smu.edu Vladimir Ajaev, Principal Investigator Dallas, TX - SMU Department of Mathematics professor Vladimir Ajaev has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop mathematical models describing the spread of diseases through tiny droplets formed in the respiratory airways. The project focus is on the transmission of tuberculosis however its broader societal impacts include potential applications to other infectious diseases such as influenza and COVID-19. “Infectious diseases transmitted by tiny droplets of respiratory fluids affect tens of millions of people worldwide. Better understanding of the mechanism of transmission of infections can lead to improvements in both treatment and protection strategies,” says Vladimir Ajaev, principal investigator. The project will include a multiscale framework that investigates the dynamics of an individual evaporating droplet [...]

By | 2020-12-07T06:40:50-08:00 December 4th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Mathematics|Comments Off on SMU professor receives NSF grant to model transport of microscale respiratory droplets

Wielding the psychology of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance

SMU News Originally Posted: November 17, 2020 DALLAS (SMU) – Understanding the psychology of vaccine acceptance is key to convincing the majority of Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, says SMU health behavior researcher Austin Baldwin. Pfizer and BioNTech’s Nov. 9 announcement of a promising COVID vaccine candidate, followed by Moderna’s Nov. 16 vaccine announcement, sent stocks soaring and kindled hope across the globe. But a STAT/Harris Poll conducted just days before these announcements found just 58 percent of the American public said they would likely get a COVID vaccine if it lowered their risk by at least half, and those between the ages of 18 and 34 were less likely. Health experts say 70 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated [...]

By | 2020-12-02T08:53:02-08:00 December 2nd, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Wielding the psychology of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance

Bryson DeChambeau, with a scientist’s mind in a linebacker’s body, takes on Augusta National

SMU golfer and physics grad Bryson DeChambeau didn’t win the Master’s, but his scientific approach to the game and recollections of his problem-solving abilities from SMU physics professor Jodi Cooley received great coverage in the Washington Post,  Chicago Tribune and in the November Sports Illustrated cover story.  

By | 2020-11-30T06:25:18-08:00 December 1st, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Bryson DeChambeau, with a scientist’s mind in a linebacker’s body, takes on Augusta National
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