Flashback: SMU alum won Nobel Prize

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 8, 2017 Editor's note: Take a look back at The Dallas Morning News archives. In October 1980, Dallas-raised James Cronin became the first SMU graduate to win a Nobel Prize. Although Cronin's prize-winning physics work was done while working at Long Island, N.Y.'s Brookhaven National Laboratory, he credited his Dallas education for inspiring him to pursue a life of scientific study. Teachers at Highland Park High School remembered him fondly. SMU's Dr. Harold Jeskey recalled that his colleague, physics department chairman Frank C. McDonald, made it clear that "one of his great, great prides was Jimmy Cronin." The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted that while Cronin's work was "without direct practical applications," it held "great importance for the understanding of elementary matter [...]

By | 2017-10-10T17:52:08+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Flashback: SMU alum won Nobel Prize

Did y’all hear about SMU physics professor Jeff Chalk?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 22, 2017 If everybody had a physics teacher like Jeff Chalk, we might already have flying cars and moon colonies. The SMU professor who died earlier this month at age 87 was famous for zany demonstrations in class designed to get non-majors jazzed about science. Lying on a bed of nails while another prof took a sledge hammer to a concrete block on his chest, drinking liquid nitrogen, his students surely remember the physics principles he set out to teach. But he wasn't just a showman. Chalk endeavored to learn the names of all his students, even those in his online classes, and worked hard to help undergrad scientists get into grad school. Cheers to a life well-lived. READ MORE

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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  

A Total Eclipse of the First Day of School

SMU Research Originally Posted: August 23, 2017 Dedman College, SMU Physics Department host Great American Solar Eclipse 2017 viewing Thousands of students, faculty and townspeople showed up to campus Monday, Aug. 21 to observe the Great American Solar Eclipse at a viewing hosted by Dedman College of Humanities and Sciencesand the SMU Department of Physics. The festive event coincided with the kick-off of SMU’s Fall Semester and included Solar Eclipse Cookies served while viewing the rare astronomical phenomenon. The eclipse reached its peak at 1:09 p.m. in Dallas at more than 75% of totality. “What a great first day of the semester and terrific event to bring everyone together with the help of Dedman College scientists,” said Dedman Dean Thomas DiPiero. “And the eclipse cookies weren’t bad, either.” [...]

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Watch: Dedman College and the Department of Physics host a Solar Eclipse 2017 viewing party

WATCH Thousands of students, faculty and townspeople showed up on campus Monday, Aug. 21, to view the Great American Solar Eclipse at a viewing hosted by Dedman College and the Physics Department. https://youtu.be/6fjYGPNy8tY  

By | 2017-08-22T11:07:34+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Watch: Dedman College and the Department of Physics host a Solar Eclipse 2017 viewing party

No need for glasses to safely view the eclipse tomorrow — thanks to Dedman College & the Department of Physics

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 20, 2017 Can't find solar eclipse glasses? Here are some Dallas-area events where you can get them Southern Methodist University Can't make any events to get free eclipse glasses? The SMU physics department will make viewing the solar eclipse without glasses a little easier. The department will use mirrors to safely project the eclipse into the rotunda of Dallas Hall, eliminating the need for eclipse glasses. The event will be from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dallas Hall is at 3225 University Blvd. in University Park. READ MORE

By | 2017-08-20T18:21:43+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Physics, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on No need for glasses to safely view the eclipse tomorrow — thanks to Dedman College & the Department of Physics

Dedman College and Physics will project solar eclipse into Dallas Hall Rotunda on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

SMU Forum Originally Posted: August 18, 2017 SMU physics professors have devised a remarkable way to watch next Monday’s historic solar eclipse: They will use mirrors to turn the historic Dallas Hall Rotunda into a giant viewing chamber. Weather permitting, Associate Professor of Physics Stephen Sekula will host for students and the public a homebrew viewing tunnel attached to a telescope on the lawn of Dallas Hall. The total eclipse of the sun will take place on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The Rotunda event is sponsored by SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Department Physics. The Rotunda image and the viewing tunnel will provide crisp images of the eclipse, and also correspond to NASA’s recommendation to avoid looking directly at the sun, Sekula said. Both methods eliminate the [...]

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