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2020 and 2021 Faculty Career Achievement Award Celebration

SMU News Originally Posted: September 12, 2021 This week, President Turner and Provost Loboa welcomed community members and distinguished guests to a ceremony honoring Dr. Caroline Brettell, University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Tom Fomby, Professor of Economics as the 2020 and 2021 recipients of SMU’s Faculty Career Achievement Award.  The Faculty Career Achievement […]

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Karsten Warholm is proof that Texas should adopt Norway’s approach to youth athletics

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 4, 2021 Kelly McKowen is an assistant professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News. Any parent who has visited a park in Dallas on the weekend has likely seen something like this: a dad, dressed more or less like a […]

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Stoking the fires of change

SMU News Originally Posted: July 12, 2021 An unusually hot, dry spell bakes the landscape. Ready to say goodbye to summer, friends gather for Labor Day barbecues in neighborhoods surrounded by forest. Winds whip up and embers fly. In the blink of an eye, 1,500 structures are set aflame. That hypothetical scenario cooked up by […]

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Ten years of ancient genome analysis has taught scientists ‘what it means to be human’

SMU News Originally Posted: June 17, 2021 A ball of 4,000-year-old hair frozen in time tangled around a whalebone comb led to the first ever reconstruction of an ancient human genome just over a decade ago. The hair, which was preserved in arctic permafrost in Greenland, was collected in the 1980s and stored at a […]

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Fashion Group International of Dallas and SMU Professor Maryann Cairns are spearheading the city’s initiatives in eco-friendly fashion

D Magazine Posted: April 27, 2021 The fashion industry in Dallas is pioneering initiatives and programs to support the next generation of environmentally conscious fashion professionals locally. In recent years, the industry at large has laid the groundwork to encourage sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions exacerbated by the materials the […]

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A year without: How Texas survived the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 10, 2021 Several Dedman College professors were quoted in this March 10, 2021 Dallas Morning News article. Stacey Monroe barely flinched as the nurse jabbed a needle into her right arm. Wearing a N95 mask and a clear face shield, she looked straight ahead as the nurse pressed her […]

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Five Dedman College faculty members receive 2021 Sam Taylor Fellowship awards

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Feb. 12, 2021 Each year, the United Methodist Church’s Division of Higher Education and Ministry grants Sam Taylor Fellowship Awards to support faculty research that advances the intellectual and social life of our global society. Following a highly competitive selection process, the Sam Taylor Fellowship review committee is pleased to […]

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Ancient indigenous New Mexican community knew how to sustainably coexist with wildfire

SMU News Originally Posted: January 20, 2021 Wildfires are the enemy when they threaten homes in California and elsewhere. But a new study led by SMU suggests that people living in fire-prone places can learn to manage fire as an ally to prevent dangerous blazes, just like people who lived nearly 1,000 years ago. “We […]

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Wildfire Archaeology and the Burning American West

Sapiens Originally Posted: September 9, 2020 As I type, the American West is ablaze with more than 100 devastating wildfires. Many of these are record-setting in both size and intensity. Several, including one in my home state of Colorado, have been so intense they’ve created their own thunderstorms. Science shows that wildfires have been getting more destructive […]

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When SMU anthropologist Maryann Cairns joined an environmental research team dedicated to keeping Costa Rican beaches safe from wastewater, no one anticipated the research would help monitor COVID-19

Mirage News Originally Posted: July 30, 2020 At the end of last year, scientists from USF and Southern Methodist University (SMU) wrapped up an intense two-year field season on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica with colleagues at the Costa Rican Water and Sewage Authority’s Water Laboratory. With more than 5,000 beach surveys, 500 behavioral […]