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SMU alumnus joins NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Dedman News – Congratulations to Grant Ryden ’15 who recently joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Grant worked on the James Webb Space Telescope project for over 3 years supporting Integration and Test in California, Launch in South America, and Commissioning in Maryland, all of which helped open the door to join […]

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History-making women at SMU lead with commitment, academic strength

Dallas Morning News Since its founding in 1911, Southern Methodist University has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence. This comprehensive research and teaching university, joined with an energetic city, creates an opportunity powerhouse where more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn and grow in a rigorous academic environment. Eight degree-granting schools elevate SMU to […]

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What if we couldn’t see the stars anymore?

Dallas Morning News Krista Lynne Smith, an observational astrophysicist and assistant professor at SMU Dallas specializing in star formation in distant galaxies, for a commentary explaining how the proliferation of satellites in space threatens our ability to stargaze or conduct research: READ MORE

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Nobel Prize Panel, Jan. 26

SMU Faculty Club Originally Posted: December 7. 2021 Date/Time: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location: EY Gallery, Fincher Building, Dallas, TX 75205 Looking for a quick and painless way to understand this year’s Nobel Prizes? We’ve asked for SMU professors to give us 10-minute lessons on the new laureates – […]

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The mysterious muon could point physicists to a scientific revolution

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 13, 2021 One of my favorite quotes about science comes not from a practicing scientist but from a comedian, Dara O’Briain. He brilliantly summarized the whole point of science and how it makes progress: “Science knows it doesn’t know everything, otherwise it would just stop.” Physicists, those scientists who […]

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SMU professor receives NASA funding to study distant galaxies built around massive black holes

SMU News Originally Posted: May 18, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) – Krista Lynne Smith, an assistant professor of physics at SMU, has received a grant from NASA to study one of the most extreme objects in the universe – Active Galactic Nuclei. These objects, called AGN for short, are galaxies with a central supermassive black hole feeding on gas from what’s called an […]

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SMU professor receives NASA funding to study Active Galactic Nuclei

EurekAlert Originally Posted: May 19, 2021 Krista Lynne Smith, an assistant professor of physics at SMU, has received a grant from NASA to study one of the most extreme objects in the universe – Active Galactic Nuclei. These objects, called AGN for short, are galaxies with a central supermassive black hole feeding on gas from […]

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Not just for finding planets: Exoplanet-hunter TESS telescope spots bright gamma-ray burst

SMU News Originally Posted: April 30, 2021 NASA has a long tradition of unexpected discoveries, and the space program’s TESS mission is no different. SMU astrophysicist and her team have discovered a particularly bright gamma-ray burst using a NASA telescope designed to find exoplanets – those occurring outside our solar system – particularly those that might be […]

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North Texans Bust Out Telescopes For Closer Look At Jupiter And Saturn’s Astronomical Conjunction

CBS News Originally Posted: December 20, 2020 A rare celestial event may be the only holiday light show North Texans were focused on Monday night, Dec 21: The two largest planets in our solar system aligned in a way that hasn’t been seen for centuries. Jupiter and Saturn appear to merge into a single source […]

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SMU student earns prestigious international fellowship to study in China

North Texas E-News Originally Posted: December 17, 2020 Jared Burleson was studying in Jiangsu, China, the summer after his first year at SMU, taking advantage of the study abroad benefits that come with being a President’s Scholar, SMU’S highest academic merit award. While waiting in line for tea at a local shop, he overheard two […]