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Migrant communities affected by Biden policy call North Texas home

NPR – It’s the end of a long day of cooking and serving customers at Nicaraguita-Mex restaurant in Dallas. Jimmy Salmeron and a couple of workers are sweeping, washing dishes and scraping grease and food off a grill. Here you can find a number of Nicaraguan favorites — Baho, Nacatamales and Chanco con Yuca. Salmeron, […]

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2022 Dedman College Research Round Up

Dedman College News- Here are some of the Dedman College 2022 research highlights. For the full article please visit SMU News: A study led by fire anthropologist Christopher Roos suggests bringing “good fire” back to the U.S. and other wildfire fire-prone areas, as Native Americans once did, could potentially blunt the role of climate in triggering today’s […]

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Ancient Humans May Have Gone to North America Then Turned Around

Newsweek – Ancient Native American populations may have “back-migrated” into northeastern Asia, findings from a study published in the journal Current Biology indicate. The paper sheds light on the history of human migration between Asia and North America and how ancient peoples in the region mixed. There is a consensus among scientists that the Americas […]

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Fast fashion and how it’s ‘a bombshell source of pollution in so many ways

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) There’s no denying: we have a fixation for fashion. The average consumer buys 60% more clothing today than 18 years ago, and keeps it half as long. And with fast fashion companies churning out monthly – or weekly – trends, that cycle is repeating at breakneck speed. Hundreds of shoppers lined up […]

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Ancient footprints in New Mexico raise questions about when humans inhabited North America

PBS News Dr. David Meltzer is a guest on PBS News Hour April 4, 2022. When humans first populated North America and how they arrived has long been a matter of spirited debate. A recent study detailing what archeologists believe are the oldest known footprints in the United States is sparking new questions and upending […]

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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 […]