Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

  The Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes mentors who play a significant role in the personal and professional development of Engaged Learning students. The award carries a certificate of merit and a stipend. Graduating seniors nominate mentors for the award. Selection is made based on student documentation of the mentor relationship (timely advice, feedback and guidance) and the quality of the completed project. Bonnie Jacobs  is a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Uma Ladd.       Rita Economos  is an assistant professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She was nominated by Madi Wewer. READ MORE and VIEW PAST RECIPIENTS LIST

By | 2017-05-25T10:59:29+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Bonnie Jacobs and Rita Economos, 2017 recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Award

Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, named 2017 Ford Research Fellow

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 This is an excerpt of an SMU press release. Read the original by clicking here. Congratulations to Zhong Lu, Shuler-Foscue Endowed Chair and director of graduate studies in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Lu is one of four outstanding SMU professors honored for their scholarship and research with the 2017 Ford Research Fellowships. The awards were presented during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 4. Zhong Lu's geophysics research focuses on the use of satellite-borne radar to detect subtle changes in the earth’s surface preceding volcanic eruptions. He also researches volcano deformation, earthquake deformation mapping, fault geometry and modeling, and ground-water basin analysis. His work with InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) includes underground nuclear explosion monitoring, landslide [...]

By | 2017-05-25T08:48:50+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Zhong Lu, Earth Sciences, named 2017 Ford Research Fellow

Volunteers teach students photography and social action through PhotoVoice

Advocate Originally Posted: May 22, 2017 Young voices from Forest-Audelia area heard at Dallas City Hall On a regular basis homeowners, city officials, law enforcement experts and press discuss the Forest-Audelia area and its problems related to crime, poverty, density and code compliance. This is the first time I know of that children who live in the neighborhood’s apartments have addressed City Hall about their experiences. Students, along with volunteers such as Suzanne Massey, wait to talk to Dallas City Council about things in their neighborhood that make them feel unsafe It began late last year when Kids-U, an afterschool program in northeast Dallas, teamed with Parkland Hospital’s Injury Prevention Center and Southern Methodist University (including a grant from its Embrey Human Rights program) to document parts of the neighborhood in which [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:51:14+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on Volunteers teach students photography and social action through PhotoVoice

David Haynes, English, mentioned in a post about building a literary community of African American writers

Literary Hub Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 As part of the socially conscious Dallas literary scene, I have worked toward creating a space for African American writers for nearly ten years. In 2013, with novelist and Southern Methodist University professor David Haynes, I co-founded Kimbilio—Swahili for “safe haven”—to support fiction writers of the African Diaspora. But my literary advocacy developed for selfish reasons—I was alone in a new city and needed to commune with writers, especially other writers of color. When I received my MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, I returned to my career in sales and marketing with hopes that I would find time to write. After a few years, I had only written a few pages. I missed the literary [...]

By | 2017-05-23T18:06:03+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on David Haynes, English, mentioned in a post about building a literary community of African American writers

Elira Kuka, economics, appointed to prestigious national research organization

SMU Research Originally Posted: May 10, 2017 SMU economics professor wins prestigious appointment to nation’s premier organization for impartial economic research, the National Bureau of Economic Research. The National Bureau of Economic Research, the nation’s leading nonprofit economic research organization, has appointed SMU Assistant Professor Elira Kuka a faculty research fellow. Kuka is in the SMU Department of Economics. She will be a fellow in the NBER’s research program on children, a key policy area. NBER, founded in 1920, is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers and business professionals. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is the most prestigious and active research organization in economic policy and empirical analysis in [...]

By | 2017-05-22T08:36:38+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Elira Kuka, economics, appointed to prestigious national research organization

Congratulations Dedman College Graduates!

Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 Monique Scales was in SMU's Fondren Library on the afternoon of Jan. 7, 2015, when a magnitude 3.6 earthquake rumbled across Dallas and Irving. She decided then and there that she didn't know as much about earthquakes as she thought she did. Monique Scales “There were so many things that were weird about it,” Scales recalled. “Nothing was shaking – I heard it.” A little more than two years later, Scales is graduating from SMU with a master's degree in geophysics – and on the road to a career studying earthly rumblings. She’s headed next to the University of Utah to pursue a Ph.D. “I definitely want to continue research,” Scales said. “I would love to work for [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:38:21+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Texas Earthquakes Provide Career Inspiration For Geophysics Master’s Graduate

Researchers Decoded How Plants Tell Time Based On A Protein

Science Times Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 Clocks could tell time clearly while it isn’t known by the majority how plants tell time. Fortunately, a research team from Southern Methodist University have been studying for a long time already on how the greeneries tell time. According to Gizmodo, the scientists from the Southern Methodist University worked alongside a team from the University of Washington, Ohio State, and Japan. The overall research team then studied everything about a protein called Zeitlupe or ZTL and another protein called FKF1 to figure out how plants tell time. ZTL was then described to change its shape after being exposed to blue light after an hour or two. The published result of the study in the journal eLife was said to be [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:15:41+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Researchers Decoded How Plants Tell Time Based On A Protein
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