Ancient African genomes offer glimpse into early human history

Nature Originally Posted: Jan. 23, 2020 Ann Horsburgh, a molecular anthropologist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, says the study adds little to our understanding of African prehistory. READ MORE The ancient-genomics revolution is finally reaching the cradle of humanity: Africa. Researchers have sequenced the genomes of four children who lived in what is now Cameroon several thousand years ago. Their genomes — the first to be collected from any ancient human in West Africa — raise questions about the origins of a migration that carried languages and agriculture across the continent, and hint at older events in human history, such as the emergence of Homo sapiens and its spread out of Africa. But the findings underscore the yawning gap in scientists’ understanding of African population [...]

By | 2020-01-27T10:24:43-08:00 January 25th, 2020|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Ancient African genomes offer glimpse into early human history

An SMU Poet Brings a New Form of Storytelling to Your Phone

D Magazine January 2020 For Greg Brownderville, poetry teacher at SMU and editor of the lauded literary journal Southwest Review, making art means elevating the everyday, recontextualizing the routine. How might someone do that with the digital experience people have on their phones? Brownderville’s response: the “go-show,” a new way of storytelling on the small screen. With grants from SMU, he and a team of roughly 35 mainly Texas-based artists, including Bart Weiss, creator of Dallas VideoFest, will launch their first go-show in the days ahead. The go-show is an app that delivers episodes via notifications over the course of several weeks. But unlike, say, podcasts, which use only audio to tell a story, the go-show uses short films, still images, songs, podcasts, text, and [...]

By | 2020-01-22T09:46:26-08:00 January 21st, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on An SMU Poet Brings a New Form of Storytelling to Your Phone

Research Days 2020 – Undergraduate Poster Session

Date: March 24, 2020 Event Location: Mack Ballroom, Umphrey-Lee Time:2-5pm Research Days 2020 will feature poster sessions for Undergraduates (Tuesday) and Graduate students (Wednesday). Presenters compete for cash prizes. Enjoy some refreshments and see innovative research from all corners of campus. Link for more information: https://www.smu.edu/graduate/CurrentStudents/ResearchDays Contact: Adam Neal: asneal@smu.edu

By | 2020-01-17T09:41:51-08:00 January 17th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Research Days 2020 – Undergraduate Poster Session

Alexis McCrossen, History, featured in Time

Time Originally posted: Dec. 27, 2019 “‘Hiring Day’ was part of the larger economic cycle in which most debts were collected and settled on New Year’s Day,” says Alexis McCrossen, an expert on the history of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and a professor of history at Southern Methodist University, who writes about Hiring Day in her forthcoming book Time’s Touchstone: The New Year in American Life. Americans are likely to think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to celebrate the fresh start that a new year represents, but there is also a troubling side to the holiday’s history. In the years before the Civil War, the first day of the new year was often a heartbreaking one [...]

By | 2020-01-02T08:34:52-08:00 January 2nd, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, History|Comments Off on Alexis McCrossen, History, featured in Time

Chasing the American Dream: Sanaa Ghanim

SMU Daily Campus Originally Posted: Nov. 7, 2019 Sanaa Ghanim arrives early in her first class of the semester. She made sure to set her alarm clock five minutes earlier than usual before going to sleep the night before. While she scans the lecture hall for an open seat, she quickly notices that the front row is mostly empty. Many students opt to sit in the back, especially during early classes like this one. But not Ghanim. She eagerly slides into the front and center seat, pulls her laptop out of her bag, and waits for the professor to start the lecture. Winning $5,000 from the Big Ideas Competition gave Ghanim the opportunity to start her nonprofit, Give a Pencil. Photo credit: Sanaa Ghanim Ghanim pushes herself [...]

By | 2019-11-20T08:51:50-08:00 November 20th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Chasing the American Dream: Sanaa Ghanim

11/14 @ 1pm SMU’s Maria Richards will be testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy

SMU News Originally Posted: Nov. 13, 2019 SMU's Maria Richards, an authority on geothermal energy, will be testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Energy about how to unearth the next wave of energy innovation using water and geothermal power. You can watch the live tweet Thursday, 11/14 at 1 p.m. CT here: https://science.house.gov/hearings/water-and-geothermal-power-unearthing-the-next-wave-of-energy-innovation  

By | 2019-11-13T10:32:02-08:00 November 13th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences|Comments Off on 11/14 @ 1pm SMU’s Maria Richards will be testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy

New Research Study Points to Potential of Oleandrin as Therapeutic Strategy for Treatment of HTLV-1, Which Affects Between 10 Million to 15 Million Worldwide

BusinessWire Originally Posted: October 29, 2019 A 2019 research publication from Robert Harrod (Department of Biological Sciences) was cited on Businesswire. This work was the product of a collaboration with investigators at the UT-Houston M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The paper was published in the Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals: Hutchison T., Yapindi L., Malu A., Newman R.A., Sastry K.J., & Harrod R (2019). The botanical glycoside oleandrin inhibits human T-cell leukemia virus type-1 infectivity and Env-dependent virological synapse formation. J. Antivirals & Antiretrovirals 11(2), 1-11. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191029005927/en/New-Research-Study-Points-Potential-Oleandrin-Therapeutic

By | 2019-10-31T08:52:22-07:00 October 31st, 2019|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on New Research Study Points to Potential of Oleandrin as Therapeutic Strategy for Treatment of HTLV-1, Which Affects Between 10 Million to 15 Million Worldwide
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