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Opinion: America should honor MLK’s vision by halting the death penalty

Dallas Morning News By Rick Halperin, director of the SMD Dallas Human Rights Program On Monday the nation will pause, perhaps too briefly, to remember and pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., arguably the leading U.S. (and global) civil and human rights activist who was the voice of reason and conscience during […]

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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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Isabelle Galko’s environmental activism sparked study of policy change

SMU News SMU senior environmental science major Isabelle Galko is one of just 41 American university students named a Marshall Scholar for 2022, a prestigious opportunity to pursue graduate studies in the UK for distinguished young Americans with leadership potential. The only student from a Texas university to receive the honor, Isabelle will use the two-year […]

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Dr. Nathan Hudson discusses his new research on personality change

Therapytips.org Originally Posted: December 8, 2021 A new paper appearing in the Journal of Research in Personality bolsters the argument that personality is more changeable than previously thought — even suggesting that personality can be changed when people aren’t necessarily committed to change. I recently spoke with the lead author of this new research, Dr. […]

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SMU research aims to better understand how molecules interact and bond

SMU News Originally Posted: Nov. 17, 2021 Researchers and students in the Computational and Theoretical Chemistry Group (CATCO) at Southern Methodist University (SMU) are using vibrational spectroscopy to gain new insights into molecules with the help of SMU’s powerful high performance computer. CATCO is led by Elfi Kraka, the Dedman Family Distinguished Professor and chair […]

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Titan-in-a-Test-Tube: Earthbound Chemists Search for Alien Life

Discover Magazine Originally Posted November 22, 2021 If all the worlds in our solar system entered an Earth impersonation contest, Titan would steal the show. Sure, human visitors to Saturn’s largest moon would die instantly without supplemental oxygen and protection against the cold — a frigid -290 degrees Fahrenheit — but the similarities shouldn’t be […]

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Collaborative outreach and interdisciplinary research Research on earthquakes in Haiti. Drs. Hornbach, Magnani and Hayward (Earth Sciences) have deployed off-shore of Haiti to collect high-resolution seismic reflection data on the fault linked to the recent Haiti earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The work is joint with colleagues at Scripps and other institutions and is funded […]

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Religion News Service Publishes Opinion Piece by SMU History Professor, Kathleen Wellman

Religion News Service Originally Posted: October 27, 2021 Kathleen Wellman, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of History SMU Dallas, for a commentary critical of efforts by right-leaning Christian groups to inordinately influence curriculum to match a faith-based world view. Published in Religion News Service under the heading The right’s attacks on critical race theory are an attempt to hijack […]

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Dallas-Fort Worth is becoming the capitol of America’s heartland

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 19, 2021 By: Joel Kotkin and Cullum Clark, director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative and an economics professor at Southern Methodist University. This column is an adaptation of an article in City Journal. Located on the Southern Plains, far from America’s coasts and great river systems, the […]

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