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2010-10-22 08:57:13

Paleobotanical data for Africa are generally meager and uneven for the Cenozoic The landscape of Central Africa 65 million years ago was a low-elevation tropical belt, but the jury is still out on whether the region's mammals browsed and hunted beneath the canopy of a lush rainforest. The scientific evidence for a tropical rainforest at that time is weak and far from convincing, says paleobotanist Bonnie F. Jacobs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Fossil pollen from Central and West...

2010-10-14 12:05:00

DALLAS, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Known as a top business center in the nation, Dallas will host the 48th annual conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers April 7-9, 2011, at Southern Methodist University. Headlining the Dallas conference will be: Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, who will deliver the conference opening address. Gary Kelly, chairman and chief executive of Southwest Airlines; and Gerard J. Arpey, chairman...

2010-09-30 07:57:57

New research challenges the controversial theory that an ancient comet impact devastated the Clovis people, one of the earliest known cultures to inhabit North America. Writing in the October issue of Current Anthropology, archaeologists Vance Holliday (University of Arizona) and David Meltzer (Southern Methodist University) argue that there is nothing in the archaeological record to suggest an abrupt collapse of Clovis populations. "Whether or not the proposed extraterrestrial impact...

2010-09-25 06:49:27

Taking a new look at old digs: Trampling animals can alter muddy Paleolithic sites Archaeologists who interpret Stone Age culture from discoveries of ancient tools and artifacts may need to reanalyze some of their conclusions. That's the finding suggested by a new study that for the first time looked at the impact of water buffalo and goats trampling artifacts into mud. In seeking to understand how much artifacts can be disturbed, the new study documented how animal trampling in a...

2010-09-24 18:14:00

-- Debate Set for Tuesday, September 28, 5:30-7 p.m. on SMU's Campus-- DALLAS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the aftermath of the nation's worst environmental disaster, did the US do the right thing by halting all drilling in the Gulf of Mexico? Students from the SMU Lyle School of Engineering will wrestle with this topic of national importance at the first ever Hart Center for Engineering Leadership public debate on September 28, 2010 on the SMU campus. "This event both...

2010-08-25 10:30:00

Possible factors: Tight budgets, lack of compliance, a la carte items With children going back to school, parents are concerned that their youngsters are staying fit and eating right, especially those who dine in a school cafeteria. New research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that children who eat school lunches that are part of the federal government's National School Lunch Program are more likely to become overweight. The same research study found, however, that children...

2010-07-27 23:48:44

Mothers who live in poverty and who have abused their children can stop if they are taught parenting skills and given emotional support. A new study has found that mothers in families in which there is a history of child abuse and neglect were able to reduce how much they cursed at, yelled at, slapped, spanked, hit or rejected their children after a series of home visits from therapists who taught them parenting skills. There were large improvements in mothers' parenting in families that...

2010-07-23 10:13:00

-- Fall 2010 marks the first semester engineering counts as a 4th year science graduation credit in Texas -- DALLAS, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 100 Texas middle and high school teachers will learn how to bring math and science to life in the classroom with high tech engineering curriculum that meets the new Texas Education Agency's 4th year science requirement. The Infinity Project's established engineering curricula allow students to choose engineering as a graduation...

2010-07-07 13:27:57

Who belongs in America? Immigration has sparked a raging national debate about that question "” including in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas, the first U.S. city to adopt an ordinance requiring renters to prove they are legal residents. Contrary to what many believe, however, race isn't the only driving reason that many white, middle-class people feel threatened by immigrants, according to a new analysis by anthropologists at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. White,...

2010-06-24 07:00:00

Prestigious Scholarship Awards Recipient with $10,000 CALABASAS, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University (SMU) announced today Victoria Smith, a graduate student at SMU, as this year's Academy Scholar and recipient of a $10,000 scholarship award. This marks the second year for the biannual scholarship that recognizes students who exemplify the AIAS' commitment to advancing the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.