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DMN Op-Ed: Fix redistricting bias and the nation might be able to reduce partisan gridlock

Dallas Morning News: As voters, we elect the people who represent us. If only that were completely true. Political gerrymandering, which courts have upheld as legal, allows politicians to pick their voters, in essence seeding districts with voters of like mind and creating safe districts that minimize competition, encourage elected officials to pay less attention […]

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SMU researchers say Texas lawmakers’ redistricting maps show clear bias toward Republicans

WFAA: Math for Unbiased Maps created 1.5 million random redistricting maps and none were as biased as the one lawmakers approved Researchers at Southern Methodist University say new congressional maps passed by Texas lawmakers are significantly biased and engineered to create a Republican advantage. Andrea Barreiro is an associate professor of mathematics at SMU and part of […]

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SMU team generated 1.5M district maps, but none were as gerrymandered as Texas’ pick

Dallas Morning News: A group of SMU mathematicians and one philosopher are using math to measure how biased voting district maps are in Texas. The group, called Math for Unbiased Maps in Texas, uses software that generates millions of maps to compare with proposed district maps, creating an opportunity for greater accountability in redistricting. Every […]

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Jonathan Malesic writes follow-up New York Times essay, “Don’t lose hope”

After English department faculty member  Jonathan Malesic received more than 1,000 responses to his essay, “My College Students Are Not OK,” the New York Times published a follow-up essay with his response to some of the questions he received. “Don’t lose hope,” he urged a college student. “We’re going to need to all the brainpower […]

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New dinosaur species distinguished by its fearsome claws

A new dinosaur species identified by paleontologist Tony Fiorillo and SMU Ph.D. graduate Yoshitsugu Kobayashi was covered by the Mirror,  Earth.com and LiveScience.  

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History as it happens: Choosing war

In a Washington Times podcast, “History as it Happens,” presidential historian Jeffrey Engel discussed the long-ranging effects of President Biden’s commitment to Ukraine against a longstanding enemy.

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We need a global government of land, air and water

Foreign Policy News Jo Guldi, data scientist, historian, and SMU Associate Professor, for a piece advocating for world-wide equity in land ownership as one means to combat global warming. Published in Foreign Policy News under the heading We need a global government of land, air and water: https://bit.ly/3MyYlxv  Polls show that two-thirds of Americans believe that the government should do more […]

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The Big Data Revolution Unlocks New Opportunities for Seismology

EOS The field of seismology is entering a new era where our understanding of earthquakes and the solid earth is increasingly driven by new Big Data experiments and algorithms. By: Stephen J. Arrowsmith, Daniel T. Trugman, Karianne Bergen and Beatrice Magnani Scientists have been measuring earthquakes for hundreds of years. As instruments have advanced, so […]

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Make no mistake, this is the ‘McConnell Court’

The Hill Joseph Kobylka, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair of the SMU Department of Political Science, for a commentary summing up the work of the 2021 Supreme Court term and how influencer Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., shaped the membership and caused an abrupt turn in rulings toward the right. Published in The Hill under […]

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New dinosaur species used fearsome claws to graze along the coast

SMU News Therizinosaurs were a large group of primarily herbivorous theropod dinosaurs (dinosaurs with hollow bones and three-toed limbs). Therizinosaurs were first discovered in Asia; the fossil records in Asian countries such as China and Mongolia are rich in therizinosaurus fossils, and fossil fragments have also been reported from Japan. Scientists from Japan and the […]