Boulevard with Dedman College for SMU Homecoming

Join Dedman College on the Boulevard! Saturday, October 2, 2021 Connect with Dedman College alumni, students, faculty, family and friends for tailgating on the Boulevard for Homecoming Weekend. Tent opens two hours before kickoff (time to be announced) The Dedman College tent location is behind the Dedman College sign on the main quad. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Dedman College tent! Food and drinks provided but you must register before Wednesday, September 29. Register

Dedman College D&I Newsletter, Fall 2021

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Welcome Back!

Originally Posted: Aug 23, 2021 Welcome back, Mustangs! Can't wait to see you in class!

Temporary mask requirement effective Aug 12

SMU News Effective August 12, SMU is temporarily requiring masks (two or more layers covering the nose and mouth) in indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, event and meeting spaces, and common areas in all buildings and residential halls regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in private spaces such as residence hall rooms for students with roommates. All events, such as Convocation and orientation, should continue as planned with masks being used indoors. This requirement is a temporary precaution during the Delta variant surge to supplement our other pandemic protocols. We will continue to monitor and review industry-specific guidance and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health authorities in order to make the best decisions for [...]

COVID-19 reminders for July term

SMU NEWS As SMU moves into Summer Session II (July term), it’s important to maintain a healthy campus by diligently following SMU’s current COVID-19 protocols. Here are some reminders. The Mustang Strong Dashboard recording COVID-19 cases at SMU is now updated weekly on Thursdays. SMU strongly encourages everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to prevent the spread and lessen the severity of the virus, if contracted. COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center for current and incoming students, SMU employees and their eligible spouse/dependents. Book an appointment through the health portal or by calling 214-768-2141 (option 1). After receiving the vaccine, please record your status in the voluntary vaccination reporting tool. The Health Center also provides COVID-19 testing for students and employees, but appointments are required, so call first at 214-768-2141 [...]

The mysterious muon could point physicists to a scientific revolution

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 13, 2021 One of my favorite quotes about science comes not from a practicing scientist but from a comedian, Dara O’Briain. He brilliantly summarized the whole point of science and how it makes progress: “Science knows it doesn’t know everything, otherwise it would just stop.” Physicists, those scientists who study energy, matter, space and time, have just discovered a vast gap in their knowledge thanks to the unpredictable behavior of the tiniest-of-tiny particles, the muon. And if history is repeated, the new generation of physicists will discover pathbreaking ideas that could lead to revolutionary technology. Like all science, physics advances because scientists come to know what they don’t know. A great example of this happened at the end of [...]

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SMU professor receives NASA funding to study distant galaxies built around massive black holes

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) – Krista Lynne Smith, an assistant professor of physics at SMU, has received a grant from NASA to study one of the most extreme objects in the universe – Active Galactic Nuclei. These objects, called AGN for short, are galaxies with a central supermassive black hole feeding on gas from what’s called an accretion disk. The two-year grant of $215,000 will allow Smith to analyze data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to answer a variety of questions about Active Galactic Nuclei and the gas that fuels them. Learning more about these extreme objects could shed light on the behavior of matter in the deeply warped spacetime around black holes and the processes by which black holes emit powerful jets into their host galaxies. TESS is [...]

By | 2021-05-26T06:55:34-07:00 May 26th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU professor receives NASA funding to study distant galaxies built around massive black holes

SMU professor receives NASA funding to study Active Galactic Nuclei

EurekAlert Originally Posted: May 19, 2021 Krista Lynne Smith, an assistant professor of physics at SMU, has received a grant from NASA to study one of the most extreme objects in the universe - Active Galactic Nuclei. These objects, called AGN for short, are galaxies with a central supermassive black hole feeding on gas from what's called an accretion disk. The two-year grant of $215,000 will allow Smith to analyze data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to answer a variety of questions about Active Galactic Nuclei and the gas that fuels them. Learning more about these extreme objects could shed light on the behavior of matter in the deeply warped spacetime around black holes and the processes by which black holes emit powerful [...]

By | 2021-05-19T08:24:52-07:00 May 19th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on SMU professor receives NASA funding to study Active Galactic Nuclei

Not just for finding planets: Exoplanet-hunter TESS telescope spots bright gamma-ray burst

SMU News Originally Posted: April 30, 2021 NASA has a long tradition of unexpected discoveries, and the space program’s TESS mission is no different. SMU astrophysicist and her team have discovered a particularly bright gamma-ray burst using a NASA telescope designed to find exoplanets – those occurring outside our solar system – particularly those that might be able to support life. It’s the first time a gamma-ray burst has been found this way. Gamma-ray bursts are the brightest explosions in the universe, typically associated with the collapse of a massive star and the birth of a black hole. They can produce as much radioactive energy as the sun will release during its entire 10-billion-year existence. Krista Lynne Smith, an assistant professor of physics at Southern Methodist University, [...]

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SMU Giving Day is April 13

SMU Giving Day is April 13. There are over 20 different ways that you can support Dedman College. Check them out by visiting https://givingday.smu.edu/pages/dedman-college or clicking through the features list below. ALBERT SCHWEITZER FELLOWSHIP DEAN’S RESEARCH COUNCIL AT DEDMAN COLLEGE DATAFEST HACKATHON DEDMAN COLLEGE RESEARCH AND ADVANCED STUDIES FUND JEWISH STUDIES DEDMAN COLLEGE CANCER RESEARCH FUND SMU HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM CENTER FOR PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OF WORLD LANGUAGE AND LITERATURES SMU DEBATE TEAM DEDMAN COLLEGE [...]

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