SMU alumnus and paleontologist Thomas Adams discovers new prehistoric crocodile

Rivard Report Originally Posted: September 7, 2017 As a paleontologist and the Witte Museum‘s curator of paleontology and geology, Thomas Adams sees his job as being something of an interpreter. “We want to tell the Texas narrative because there’s a story to be told,” Adams said. “It’s already written in rocks. We just need to translate it.” For Adams, some of that translation is informed by his own discoveries. He has unearthed a new species of prehistoric crocodile, one he named Deltasuchus motherali and outlined in a recent scholarly article. The species was about 20 feet in length and a top predator in the food chain when it roamed Texas millions of years ago. Adams, along with co-authors Chris Noto at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Stephanie Drumheller-Horton at [...]

By | 2017-09-12T07:00:17+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on SMU alumnus and paleontologist Thomas Adams discovers new prehistoric crocodile

How scientists (including an SMU Dedman College seismologist) monitor North Korea’s nuclear tests

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 8, 2017 At 9:30 p.m. Central time last Saturday, detectors around the world picked up signs of a massive explosion in the vicinity of North Korea's nuclear test site. The country claimed, for the second time in less than two years, that it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than the bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The last time North Korea said it had a hydrogen bomb, in January 2016, experts quickly dismissed its claim. This time, some say it's a possibility. "The magnitude of this event is bigger than any U.S. or Russian test since the early '70s," said Brian Stump, a seismologist at Southern Methodist University, which operates [...]

By | 2017-09-10T18:40:44+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on How scientists (including an SMU Dedman College seismologist) monitor North Korea’s nuclear tests

SMU Student Senate is raising funds for disaster relief through their Help for Houston campaign

In support of all who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, the SMU Student Senate is raising funds for disaster relief through their Help for Houston campaign. The campaign will be accepting donations through this Saturday. Please consider donating:  https://giving.smu.edu/disaster-relief/?utm_campaign=%2Fhelpforhouston

By | 2017-08-30T14:10:16+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, Events, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Sociology (Student), Statistical Science, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU Student Senate is raising funds for disaster relief through their Help for Houston campaign

Watch: The 2017-18 School Year Starts at SMU

SMU News Originally Posted: August 27, 2017 Welcome to a new year on the Hilltop. Watch remarks by SMU officials, various events, move-in day and behind-the-scenes preparations  for school's start. Watch  

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Dallas: USGS

NBC 5 Originally Posted: August 25, 2017 The United States Geological Survey said a preliminary 3.1 magnitude earthquake rattled Dallas Friday morning. The epicenter of earthquake was recorded just north of Texas 114 near the Irving-Dallas border at about 6:40 a.m. No damage reports have been received. Seismologists with Dallas' Southern Methodist University have been investigating the earthquake cluster, which lies along the Quachita Tectonic Front, to see if they are being induced or if they are naturally occurring. No determination has yet been made. Most of the quakes in the cluster have ranged between a 1.8 and 2.5 magnitude, but some tremors have been stronger. The largest tremblors recorded in the cluster were 3.5 and 3.6 magnitude quakes in January 2015. The intensity of those [...]

By | 2017-08-25T06:40:45+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on 3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Dallas: USGS

Earth Sciences Professor Welcomes Incoming SMU Students to the Perot Museum

Check out this photo of SMU Department of Earth Sciences professor Louis Jacobs as he welcomes incoming students to the Perot Museum. He began the tour by showing students a dinosaur he dug up in Africa. #DiscoverDallas (Photo credit: Kenny Ryan)

By | 2017-08-17T18:34:17+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Earth Sciences Professor Welcomes Incoming SMU Students to the Perot Museum
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