Currall came to SMU in 2016 and has overseen all aspects of the university's academics, including the law school. He's also taught courses in a range of subjects, including psychology and business. Currall, 60, started intent on studying architecture. But he eventually became a psychological scientist teaching and doing research in organizational psychology in areas of innovation, emerging technologies, negotiation and corporate governance. He's held positions at Rice University, the University of Chicago, Cornell University, the London School of Business and the University College London. Before coming to SMU, he was an administrator at the University of California-Davis where he was an advisor to the chancellor. Currall hopes to make USF a stronger source of research and innovation through grants and other means. But other challenges include dwindling state funds, particularly for new facilities. Officials in Florida said his strong background in fundraising and finding a vision for … [Read more...] about SMU provost to oversee university in Florida
"Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery When you look out into the Universe, what is it that you typically think of? Do you think of reliable, fixed stars and constellations? The vast expanse of the Milky Way, with its memorable dust lanes and amorphous shapes? The unchanging nature of the points of light in the sky? Image credit: Roth Ritter (Dark Atmospheres), of the double cluster in Perseus. Maybe you think deeper and farther than that. Maybe you think about the distant galaxies and clusters, and the deepest deep-sky objects we know of. How the light took millions or even billions of years to reach us, and yet how every time we look at them, we see them exactly the same way. Image credit: Misti Mountain Observatory. I couldn't fault you for thinking like this; from mankind's point of view, the Universe -- for all intents and purposes -- … [Read more...] about The Universe is Alive
Rick Kelleher is a big, white-haired, crisply presented man who looks very much the way you’d expect a Boston Irish power broker to look. If you found yourself sitting next to him on a plane, you might notice how he kept the conversation flowing naturally and emphasized his points with the physicality of a great salesman, dramatically raising his eyebrows and cocking his head. On this morning, Kelleher is seated at a back table in the lobby restaurant of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel, where the server knows exactly how he likes his house-smoked salmon. He carries himself as if he owns the place, and, in a way, he does. Related Links New England’s smallest colleges are struggling Former Mount Ida students sue, accusing college leaders of fraud The college debt crisis is even worse than you think Sitting across the table is a man who is also in his late 60s but who cuts a very different figure. Kumble Subbaswamy — unassuming, of slight build, with … [Read more...] about ‘ZooMass’ no more. Is turning UMass Amherst into an elite university needed?
Read More… Why She's Important: Among her diverse range of achievements, Mae is primarily known for being the first African American female astronaut. She was the science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J flight in 1992, a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan. The eight-day mission was accomplished in 127 orbits of the Earth, and included 44 life science and materials processing experiments. Mae was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment conducted on the mission. During this flight, she logged more than 190 hours in space. Other Achievements: Since 1999 she has served as founder and CEO of BioSentient Corporation based in Houston, TX, a medical technology company that develops and markets mobile equipment worn to monitor body’s vital signs and train people to respond favorably in stressful situations. She is also founder of the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (named for her mother), which runs an internationally-known … [Read more...] about Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Mae Jemison — Physician and chemical engineer, First African American woman in space; crusader for science education
Express-News Editorial Board Published 12:00 am CST, Saturday, December 29, 2018 The Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., in April. A recent report details the mass incarceration occuring in the United States, disproportionately affecting minority populations. The Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., in April. A recent report details the mass incarceration occuring in the United States, disproportionately affecting minority populations. Photo: Sean Rayford /Associated Press Photo: Sean Rayford /Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., in April. A recent report details the mass incarceration occuring in the United States, disproportionately affecting minority populations. The Lee … [Read more...] about Paying the full cost of mass incarceration