Maguire Public Service Fellows to help at-risk communities

SMU News Originally Posted: May 28, 2020 DALLAS (SMU) – This summer, ten SMU students will serve as Maguire Public Service Fellows, with much of their work focused on research and programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maguire Center, with financial assistance from the Irby Family Foundation, awards summer fellowships to SMU students who wish to devote time to public service or ethics research. Over the past 20 years, the Maguire Center has awarded summer fellowship stipends totaling over $400,000 to 181 SMU students, including volunteers in more than 150 agencies across 18 states, 25 countries, and five continents. “I’m very proud of this group’s desire to serve others during this unprecedented time. This pandemic is likely to be a defining moment in their lives and their dedication to [...]

By | 2020-05-28T09:16:39-07:00 May 28th, 2020|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Maguire Public Service Fellows to help at-risk communities

Watch as Dedman College faculty and staff join together to congratulate the 2020 grads

"We are especially proud to be welcoming you to the Dedman College alumni community." -Thomas DiPiero, Dean, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences WATCH https://youtu.be/gLmOCgyIWDE

Help us shine a virtual spotlight on the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads!🎓

All you have to do is post to your favorite social network (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), tag us @SMUDedman and add the hashtag #2020DedmanCollegeGrads. Be creative and share your favorite SMU memories, give shoutouts to your favorite Dedman College professors and let us know your future career plans. Need some examples? Check out the social wall here: smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook Don't forget the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads and keep coming back to visit the smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook so you can see what your friends are posting. We can't wait to hear from you!

We intend to be open in fall 2020

SMU News Originally Posted: April 30, 2020 Dear SMU Community, It’s time to look to the future. I am pleased to announce that SMU intends to safely open our University for on-campus teaching, learning and student living for the fall semester. We are looking forward to delivering the unique academic experience that defines SMU, and to rekindling the energy our students bring to campus. Clearly, we will work within the boundaries of governmental guidelines as we plan for the beginning of fall classes. Be assured, every phase of our return to campus will launch with the health and safety of our campus population in mind. Your University is committed to managing this process aggressively and efficiently, using data and verifiable research to make good decisions. [...]

How SMU computer science professors are using their resources to help find a coronavirus vaccine

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 24, 2020 Frederick R. Chang is a cyber security professor, chair of the Department of Computer Science at Southern Methodist University and the founding director of the SMU AI Lab. Jo Guldi is an associate professor of history at SMU, where she teaches text mining and is a founding member of the SMU AI Lab. They wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News. What if university computer scientists, biologists and historians collaborated to use modern artificial intelligence and machine learning to examine a massive trove of infectious disease research papers, text mining for abstract patterns, elusive insights and hard-to-spot trends related to COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses? Imagine the energy such a group could generate if their students, [...]

By | 2020-04-24T12:39:24-07:00 April 24th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on How SMU computer science professors are using their resources to help find a coronavirus vaccine

Religious Resistance to Quarantine Has a Long History

Inside Source Originally Posted: March 10, 2020 About the Author: Bianca Lopez is a professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She wrote this for InsideSources.com. In numerous parts of the United States, certain stripes of Christianity and quarantine orders stand in direct opposition, resulting in deadly outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ignoring or refusing to follow social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines, congregations from California to Florida have continued to assemble for worship services and thereby put themselves and their communities in peril. Examples include Sacramento County in California where more than 100 of the county’s 314 coronavirus cases are related to churches. Some of the congregations have ceased meeting in church buildings but continued to gather in homes, even [...]

By | 2020-04-13T06:12:23-07:00 April 13th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Religious Resistance to Quarantine Has a Long History

SMU May and June classes move online

SMU News Originally Posted: April 6, 2020 Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff: As the continuation of health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19 remains uncertain for the coming months, SMU has decided to move May and June term classes online. Enrollment for May and June classes for current SMU students opens Monday, April 13, and the priority enrollment deadline is Friday, April 24. The University has not yet decided how classes that are scheduled to start in July will be offered. That information, as well as the enrollment date for July classes, will be announced later. If you have questions about May or June terms, SMU Intersessions staff are available from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. MWF on Zoom or by scheduling an appointment by emailing intersessions@smu.edu. Many of the courses [...]

SMU spring commencement postponed to August 15

SMU News Originally Posted: April 2, 2020 Please watch this message from Dr. Turner announcing a postponement of SMU’s spring commencement to Saturday, August 15, 2020. Although the ceremony date is moving, you will still receive your degree on May 16th. Transcripts with your degree will be available in early June and your diploma will be mailed to you. Watch

Keep Learning. Keep Teaching. Keep Working. Resources for SMU Students, Faculty and Staff

  Updates on Coronavirus Ongoing updates from SMU including travel advisory. SMU has been closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in China and has now sparked outbreaks around the world. Read more updates here. OIT Resources:  Keep Learning: https://www.smu.edu/OIT/AcademicTech/Keep-Learning Keep Teaching: https://www.smu.edu/OIT/AcademicTech/Keep-Teaching Keep Working: https://www.smu.edu/OIT/AcademicTech/Keep-Teaching/Keep-Working Dedman College resources: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Resources/Faculty-Staff/RemoteResources

SMU Classes Move Online Through End of Spring Semester

SMU News Originally Posted: March 20, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing even further the number of people working on campus. Effective Monday, March 23, the University moves to essential personnel only status until April 3.  Employees will be contacted directly by their appropriate vice president or athletics director with guidance on their individual units’ operating plans. All faculty and staff, whether salaried or hourly, will continue to be paid during this period. Please remember to report your [...]

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