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SMU seismologists, Texas Railroad Commission says oil companies must check seismic data before drilling

Dallas Morning News Originally posted: Oct. 28, 2014 The Texas Railroad Commission ruled Tuesday that oil and gas companies must check local seismic data from the U.S. Geological Survey before opening a new waste disposal well. The new rule follows … Continue reading

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Alicia Meuret, Psychology, how to prevent fear from becoming overwhelming

Dallas Morning News Originally posted: Oct. 27, 2014 Fear on the brain: Why we’re afraid, and how to prevent fear from overwhelming us Everyone knows what it’s like to be afraid. A snake slithers unexpectedly across the path ahead, and … Continue reading

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KERA Think: Tiny Particles, Big Impact with Physicist Thomas Coan

KERA public radio 90.1 hosted physicist Thomas E. Coan on Krys Boyd‘s “Think” program Oct. 29. Coan and Boyd discussed neutrinos, one of the most elusive particles in the Standard Model’s “particle zoo.” Listen to the Podcast  

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SMU bolsters Jewish offerings, Texas Jewish Post

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Matthew Wilson, Political Science, lieutenant governor candidates on education

KERA Posted Oct. 20, 2014 …..As the Republican nominee in a red state, Patrick is the front-runner in this race. Southern Methodist University Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson believes if Patrick wins he would take his tea party values to … Continue reading

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Bernard Weinstein, Economics, Declining Oil Prices Won’t Slow Drilling

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register Posted Oct. 21, 2014 WHEELING – Two geology professors do not expect to see a slowdown in Marcellus and Utica shale drilling just because the price of oil dropped from a recent high of $107 … Continue reading

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Ezra Greenspan, English, new biography of black Civil War-era author William Wells Brown is now out

The New Yorker Published Oct. 20, 2014 WILLIAM WELLS BROWN, by Ezra Greenspan (Norton). This biography of the most prolific black author of the Civil War era follows its subject from a slave farm in Missouri through a daring escape … Continue reading

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Benjamin Phrampus, Earth Sciences, could methane gas explain Bermuda Triangle?

Discovery Published Oct. 16, 2014 …”Gas hydrate is known to exist along the U.S. North Atlantic continental margin, with a very large province on Blake Ridge (north of the Bermuda Triangle),” Benjamin Phrampus, an Earth scientist at Southern Methodist University in … Continue reading

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George Holden, Psychology, to spank or not to spank

Christian Science Monitor Published Oct 19, 2014 BOSTON — The way corporal punishment evolved in Sandy Haase’s family is, in many ways, typical. Growing up in Orange County, in California, in the 1960s, Ms. Haase knew what would happen if … Continue reading

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Cal Jillson, Political Science, Is Ebola Obama’s Katrina moment?

Christian Science Monitor Oct. 18, 2014 …“His White House team has really throughout his administration — but particularly in recent years, when approval ratings have been languishing – seemed not to anticipate developments,” says Cal Jillson, a political scientist at … Continue reading

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