Earth & Climate

SMU’s engineering students to test new virtual reality game to practice solving hands-on infrastructure failure problems

SMU, Lyle, Engineering, Geo Explorer, Usama El ShamySMU’s engineering students will help test a new virtual reality game that will someday be rolled out to classrooms everywhere to help students design, inspect and test geotechnical systems virtually.

SMU will receive $80,000 in funding as part of a larger $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, which was awarded to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., to develop the game, Geo Explorer. Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Society & Family, Earth & Climate, Energy & Matter, Learning & Education, Slideshows, Technology | Leave a comment

NBC, CBS & CW33: Jurassic Jackpot — 5-Year-Old Finds Dinosaur in Mansfield

The fossil bones of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur discovered at a shopping center construction site will be studied and identified by paleontologists at Southern Methodist University’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology.

The bones were discovered by a Dallas Zoo employee and his young son. The fossils have been transported to SMU’s Shuler research museum in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

The discovery of the bones, believed to be from the family of armored dinosaurs called nodasuaridae, was covered by local TV stations NBC Channel 5, CBS Channel 11 and Channel CW 33. Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Society & Family, Earth & Climate, Energy & Matter, Fossils & Ruins, Learning & Education, Plants & Animals, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Videos | Leave a comment

The Huffington Post: 4-Year-Old Boy Finds Rare 100-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Bones In Texas

The fossil bones of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur discovered at a shopping center construction site will be studied and identified by paleontologists at Southern Methodist University’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology.

The bones were discovered by a Dallas Zoo employee and his young son. The fossils have been transported to SMU’s Shuler research museum in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

The discovery of the bones, believed to be from the family of armored dinosaurs called nodasuaridae, was covered by journalist Dominique Mosbergen, reporting for The Huffington Post. Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Society & Family, Earth & Climate, Fossils & Ruins, Plants & Animals, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Videos | Leave a comment

National Public Radio’s Science Friday: Understanding the dark side of physics

dark matter, dark energy, jodi cooley, physics, sum, CDMS, science fridaySMU physicist Jodi Cooley was a guest of National Public Radio’s Science Friday show to share in a discussion about what physicists know and don’t know about mysterious dark matter. Dark matter is believed to make up the bulk of the matter in the universe.

Cooley, an assistant professor in the SMU Department of Physics, is an experimental particle physicist and part of a scientific team searching for dark matter. Continue reading

Posted in Earth & Climate, Energy & Matter, Researcher news, SMU In The News | Leave a comment

Los Angeles Times: Fossilized whale bone in African desert holds clues to human evolution

17 million year old fossil whale, kenya, Louis JacobsThe Los Angeles Times covered the research of SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jacobs is co-author of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue reading

Posted in Earth & Climate, Fossils & Ruins, Plants & Animals, Researcher news, SMU In The News | Leave a comment

SMU geothermal scientist Maria Richards to guide global energy organization

Geothermal pipeline being vented.Maria Richards, coordinator of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory , has been named president-elect of the Geothermal Resources Council.

Richards will be the 26th president of the global energy organization in 2017. She’s been at the forefront of SMU’s renowned geothermal energy research for more than a decade, and the University’s mapping of North American geothermal resources is the baseline for U.S. geothermal energy exploration. Continue reading

Posted in Earth & Climate, Energy & Matter, Learning & Education, Researcher news | Leave a comment

Daily Mail: The 17 million-year-old whale that reveals when man first walked on two feet: Mammal’s wrong turn up river sheds light on Africa’s ancient swamplands

17 million year old fossil whale, kenya, Louis Jacobs

London’s Daily Mail covered the research of SMU paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs, a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Jacobs is co-author of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue reading

Posted in Earth & Climate, Fossils & Ruins, Plants & Animals, Researcher news, SMU In The News | Leave a comment

17 million-year-old whale fossil provides 1st exact date for East Africa’s puzzling uplift

Whale, fossil, kenya, Great Rift, Africa, Jacobs, WichuraUplift associated with East Africa’s Great Rift Valley and the environmental changes it produced have puzzled scientists for decades because the timing and starting elevation have been poorly constrained.

Now paleontologists have tapped a fossil from the most precisely dated beaked whale in the world — and the only stranded whale ever found so far inland on the African continent — to pinpoint a date when the mysterious elevation began. Continue reading

Posted in Earth & Climate, Fossils & Ruins, Plants & Animals, Slideshows | Leave a comment

Fermilab Symmetry: From the Standard Model to space

Ryan Rios, CERNSymmetry Magazine, the monthly publication of the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, featured SMU physics alum Ryan Rios in an article about physicists working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Rios was a graduate student in the SMU Department of Physics and as part of a team led by SMU Physics Professor Ryszard Stroynowski spent from 2007 to 2012 as a member of the ATLAS experiment at Switzerland-based CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Continue reading

Posted in Earth & Climate, Energy & Matter, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Student researchers | Leave a comment