Newsweek Originally Posted: August 30, 2018 Higgs boson, the once-theoretical particle that backs up our best scientific model of the universe, has been observed decaying for the first time—and this is excellent news as it means everything we understand about our physical world still holds true. The discovery of Higgs boson in 2013 provided support for the Standard Model of particle physics. It describes three of the four fundamental forces in the universe—the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and the gravitational force—and explains how matter interacts. While incomplete, it is our best understanding of how the universe works. By observing the Higgs boson decaying, scientists have more evidence in support of the Standard Model. Scientists working at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider made [...]
Date: Sept. 11, 2018 Location: EY Gallery Time:5:30-7:30 p.m. Contact: Lourdes Molina Five writers from Bogotá39, a group of the top Latin American writers under the age of 40, will discuss their work and its relationship with politics. Special guests: literary translator Christina MacSweeney and Dallas's own Will Evans from Deep Vellum Publishing. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP: smu.edu/B39 Link for more information: www.smu.edu/b39
Dedman College News Originally Posted: September 5, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett Kendell graduated from SMU with a B.A. in Human Rights, a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in May 2018. This fall, she will be returning to campus to work as a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. Originally, she had planned to minor in human rights. However, when Kendell participated in the EHRP Poland trip during her first year, she was so moved both emotionally and academically by the work and the information she was learning, that after fall semester of her sophomore year, she declared human rights as her second major. "The Embrey Human Rights Program has not only changed the way I see [...]
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The Atlantic Originally Published: August 28, 2018 The Atlantic article references a recent study by three economists—Dartmouth College’s Na’ama Shenhav, Bucknell University’s Esra Kose, and Southern Methodist University’s Elira Kuka that suggests women’s suffrage improved education and contributed to kids staying in school longer. When the United States ratified the Nineteenth Amendment nearly a century ago, the law’s immediate impact extended far beyond giving women the right to vote. Women’s suffrage—widely viewed as one of the 20th century’s most important events—coincided with a growing (if gradual) embrace of gender equality, increased social spending, and a greater tendency among politicians to take a progressive stance on legislative proposals. Evidence suggests that women’s suffrage also corresponded with a significant increase in municipal spending on charities and hospitals, as well as on social programs; one study found that when women [...]
SMU Research Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Stephen Sekula says observation of the Higgs particle transforming into bottom quarks confirms the 20th-century recipe for mass Scientists conducting physics experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of the Higgs boson transforming, as it decays, into subatomic particles called bottom quarks, an observation that confirms that the “Standard Model” of the universe – the 20th century recipe for everything in the known physical world – is still valid. This new discovery is a big step forward in the quest to understand how the Higgs enables fundamental particles to acquire mass. Many scientists suspect that the Higgs could interact with particles outside the Standard Model, such as dark matter – the unseen matter that does [...]
A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.
Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts. Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted. AAC&U commissioned the Washington, D.C.-based Hart Research Associates to survey two groups: 500 or so business [...]
Event Date: September 20 Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Location: Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) Learn More: http://blog.smu.edu/cph/event/age-of-eisenhower-america-and-the-world-of-the-1950s/ Description: This event will feature Will Hitchcock from the University of Virginia as he discusses his latest book, Age of Eisenhower: America and the World of the 1950s.