Having an attractive husband can trigger dieting problems for women

NewsShopper Originally Posted: July 24, 2017 A handsome husband can be bad for women's health by triggering dangerous dieting, according to new research. Yet unsurprisingly the same does not apply to men. Even if their wife is a stunner, they feel no pressure to look after themselves. The findings show a partner's looks can be a driving force behind the desire to seek a slim body - but only for women. Psychologist Tania Reynolds said: "The results reveal having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive." But that extra motivation to diet did not exist among women judged more attractive than their husbands. As for men they are prone to letting themselves go whether [...]

By | 2017-07-28T07:53:56+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Having an attractive husband can trigger dieting problems for women

Researchers find correlation between attractiveness and dieting behaviors

WTXL 27 Originally Posted: July 25, 2017 How attractive do you see yourself compared to your significant other? A recent study by Florida State researchers shows your answer to that may have a bigger effect than you think, especially when it comes to dieting behaviors. Researchers had each participant complete a lengthy questionnaire, focusing in part on their desire to diet or have a thin body. A full-body photograph was taken of every participant and rated on a scale of 1 to 10. WATCH

By | 2017-07-25T11:00:22+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Researchers find correlation between attractiveness and dieting behaviors

Construction begins on international mega-science experiment to understand neutrinos

SMU Research Originally Posted: July 24, 2017 SMU is one of more than 100 institutions from around the world building hardware for a massive international experiment — a particle detector — that could change our understanding of the universe. Construction will take years and scientists expect to begin taking data in the middle of the next decade, said SMU physicist Thomas E. Coan, a professor in the SMU Department of Physics and a researcher on the experiment. The turning of a shovelful of earth a mile underground marks a new era in particle physics research. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. Dignitaries, scientists and engineers from around the world marked the start [...]

By | 2017-07-24T10:27:36+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Construction begins on international mega-science experiment to understand neutrinos

Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

CBS News Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott launched his re-election campaign in San Antonio Friday, the same city he kicked-off his first campaign four years ago. He told the crowd, “To keep Texas the best state in the United States, I’m running for re-election for Governor of the great state of Texas.” . . . SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says Abbott is a sure bet for re-election. “He is as close to a lock as you can be. He’s had a very strong, largely uncontroversial tenure in office so far.” Wilson says it’s also difficult for Democrats to win statewide in Texas. But Democrat Jeffrey Payne of Dallas says he’s going to try.  . . . Wilson says the Texas [...]

By | 2017-07-21T08:55:08+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

Houston Public Media Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott kicked off his 2018 reelection campaign late last week. For the moment, he still largely has the field to himself. The Texas Democratic Party is having a difficult time recruiting an experienced candidate to run against him. Any Democrat who decides to challenge Abbott will face a steep climb. The governor has already built up a campaign war chest of nearly $41 million. “If I am, say, Julian Castro, and I’m wondering whether it’s time for me to run for governor and put my political reputation on the line, I might look closely at this race and say, ‘My prospects, even though I’m a well-known Democrat and I could raise a good bit of [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:19:02+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

San Antonio Express-News Originally Posted: July 14, 2017 If timing is everything in politics, Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election bid announcement on Friday came right on time. Held just days before the start of a special legislative session, Abbott’s event at Sunset Station was an opportunity to change a pesky, potentially perilous political story line: that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has driven the Legislature’s conservative agenda this year. Determined to see such legislation become law, Patrick effectively forced Abbott last month to call the special session. He did so by stalling a bill in the Senate needed to keep state agencies open.  . . . Nonetheless, the governor is struggling to reaffirm his dominance as the top Republican in Texas, said Southern Methodist University political [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:27:46+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

Better than Star Wars: Chemistry discovery yields 3-D table-top objects crafted from light

Phys.org Originally Posted: July 11, 2017 A scientist's dream of 3-D projections like those he saw years ago in a Star Wars movie has led to new technology for making animated 3-D table-top objects by structuring light. The new technology uses photoswitch molecules to bring to life 3-D light structures that are viewable from 360 degrees, says chemist Alexander Lippert, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who led the research. The economical method for shaping light into an infinite number of volumetric objects would be useful in a variety of fields, from biomedical imaging, education and engineering, to TV, movies, video games and more. "Our idea was to use chemistry and special photoswitch molecules to make a 3-D display that delivers a 360-degree view," Lippert said. "It's not a [...]

By | 2017-07-11T10:00:56+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Better than Star Wars: Chemistry discovery yields 3-D table-top objects crafted from light

Jeffrey A. Engel, Center for Presidential History, President Trump is ignoring the lesson of two world wars

Washington Post Originally Posted: July 10, 2017 Jeffrey A. Engel is the founding director of Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History. He is the author or editor of ten books on American foreign policy, most recently, "When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War." Donald Trump’s election was a victory for an enemy the United States defeated almost three decades ago — the Soviet Union. Mere months into office, he has accomplished what every Cold War leader in the Kremlin desired: a weakening of America’s transatlantic military, political and economic ties that has left Europe ripe for Moscow’s dominance. But looking at the wilting of America’s influence and alliances, especially the weakening of NATO, solely through the lens [...]

By | 2017-07-11T08:28:20+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Jeffrey A. Engel, Center for Presidential History, President Trump is ignoring the lesson of two world wars

Dr. Rick Halperin, Human Rights, Dallas County Becomes First Human Rights County in Texas

WBAP Originally Posted: July 5, 2017 DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – Dallas County has become the first county in Texas and only the second in America to designate itself a Human Rights County, joining eleven U.S. cities that have followed the United Nation’s initiative that aims to develop Human Rights communities throughout the world. “Human Rights abuses occur in our community, our country and our world every day. We must lead at the local level. We can’t do everything but we can all do something,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “The action taken by the county commissioners will mark a historic turning point in this County’s recognition of Human Dignity and Human Rights for all those who live, work, and visit here. This really puts us on the road [...]

By | 2017-07-06T08:19:50+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dr. Rick Halperin, Human Rights, Dallas County Becomes First Human Rights County in Texas

You say you want a book on the American Revolution?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 29, 2017 BY:  Edward Countryman is University Distinguished Professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches colonial and revolutionary America. He is working on a book called "Distinctive Nation: The Uncertain Colonial Order, an Ambiguous Revolution, and the Troubled American Republic," for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. For historians, the American Revolution has become a hot topic. We have learned a vast amount since the last great burst of public interest, at the bicentennial. Let me share a few things that I think are really exciting. First comes American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (W.W. Norton, 2016) by two-time Pulitzer winner Alan Taylor. Taylor shows how the Revolution caught up everybody — great and [...]

By | 2017-06-30T09:23:57+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on You say you want a book on the American Revolution?
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