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The following sites facilitate media coverage of issues making news, as well as faculty and programs at SMU.

American Dream Has the American Dream -- the belief that anybody who works hard enough can move up the economic ladder -- become merely a talking point for politicians?
Earthquake Study A recent series of earthquakes near the site of the old Cowboys Stadium in Irving are renewing scientific questions about the nature of these events and heightened local and national concerns about the impact of activities related to shale gas production on geological infrastructure and subsurface structures.
Geothermal Energy SMU’s Geothermal Laboratory is renowned national resource for the development of clean, green energy from the Earth’s heat. SMU researchers have completed a national mapping project backed by that makes it possible to access reliable geothermal data (heat flow and temperature-at-depth information) culled from oil and gas development all over the country. 
Immigration Experts Congress and the White House continue to wrestle over the humanitarian crisis evolving along the nation's border, where more than 50,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have been caught since October 2013.
MLK at SMU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a standing-room-only audience in SMU's McFarlin Auditorium on March 17, 1966. A copy of the speech is available, as well as the invitation to speak at the University.
Mosquito Control Mosquito season is under way, and Dallas County Health and Human Services is reminding residents to take precautions to avoid exposure to mosquitoes that can carry Zika, West Nile and the chikungunya viruses. The season usually lasts into October.
Oldest Christmas Card One of the first mass-produced Christmas cards — dating back more than 160 years — can be found among the extensive special collections of Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology.
Political Experts The 2016 presidential election has come a long way since the first presidential debates last fall and SMU’s election gurus have offered their insights every step of the way. Take an inside peak at the evolution of the election process through their eyes. 
Same-Sex Marriage Ruling   In two of the most anticipated legal decisions this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn a key section of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and let stand a lower court ruling overturning California’s contentious Proposition 8.
Voting Rights Ruling The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — the map that determines which states must get federal permission before they change their voting laws.