Santanu Roy, Economics, Why Firms Prefer Not to Disclose the Quality of their Products – and How Regulators Might Respond

Royal Economic Society Media Briefing Feb. 2015 Rather than explicitly revealing information about the quality of their products and services, many firms prefer to signal quality through the prices they charge, typically working on the assumption that a high price indicates high quality. New research by Maarten Janssen and Santanu Roy provides a new explanation for why firms choose not to disclose quality directly – and explains how prices that are set to signal quality can distort actual buying decisions. Their study, which is published in the February 2015 issue of the Economic Journal, shows that when firms compete on price, not disclosing product quality voluntarily can soften competition and boost profits. This has an important policy implication for regulators: even if consumers infer all [...]

Congratulations to Alicia Meuret, Psychology

Congratulations to Alicia Meuret, the 2015 president of the International Society of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP). Some background information about ISARP is presented below: The origins of the International Symposium on Respiratory Psychophysiology date back to the late 1970s when clinical researchers at London's St Bartholomew's Hospital confronted problems in the measurement and monitoring of breathing patterns in hyperventilating patients. The International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP) was formally established in 1993. The mission of ISARP is to promote and advance knowledge of the interrelationships between psychological and physiological aspects of respiration in research and application. ISARP is a small, international society comprising of approximately 100 members of a wide interdisciplinary background. There have been 19 past presidents (15 men, 4 women).

Brian Stump, Earth Sciences, Measures fans’ reactions in noise conditions

ScienceLive Originally Posted: December 23, 2014 By Becky Oskin Senior Writer NASCAR has loud fans and even louder engines, but can it beat the "Beast Quake?" Football, NASCAR and their rowdy, roaring crowds faced off in a head-to-head battle this year to see which sport hits highest on the seismic charts, scientists reported Dec. 18 at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in San Francisco. Seattle Seahawks football fans have stomped their way to several "earthquakes," shaking the football stadium so hard that nearby seismometers register tremors. . . Not to be outdone, this year the Texas Motor Speedway asked seismic experts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas to record the Duck Commander 500 race. It's a typical NASCAR race, with 43 stock cars roaring [...]

Use books by Dedman College faculty to fulfill your holiday gift list

HOLIDAY READING Originally Posted: December 19, 2014 Books published in 2014 by SMU’s faculty, alumni, libraries and museums can complete your holiday gift list with volumes ranging from historical to fiction to inspirational. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically. Books by Faculty: Cultural anthropologists can be an intellectually adventurous crowd, eager to cross disciplines to gain greater understanding of human behavior and experience. In Anthropological Conversations: Talking Culture across Disciplines (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014) Caroline B. Brettell, Ruth Collins Altshuler Professor and director of SMU’s Interdisciplinary Institute, highlights conversations of anthropologists among scholars of history, geography, literature, biology, psychology and demography. Brettell shows how these scholarship exchanges deepen [...]

Brian Zoltowski, Chemistry, good and the bad about blue light

KERA The Bright Side And Dark Side Of Blue Light By JUSTIN MARTIN Light is necessary for life on earth, but scientists believe that too much of a certain wavelength can cause everything from crop diseases to changes in the migratory patterns of animals. SMU professor Brian Zoltowski is working to unravel the mystery of blue light in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. LISTEN HERE

Seismologist Brian Stump joins four Dedman College faculty members as the newest AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to seismologist Brian Stump who has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow for distinguished contributions to his field, particularly in the area of seismic monitoring in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Stump joins four other Dedman College faculty members who have previously been named as AAAS Fellows. The Fellows are volcanologist, SMU vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, James Quick, who was named a Fellow in 2013; environmental biochemistry scholar Paul W. Ludden, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, who was named a Fellow in 2003; anthropologist David J. Meltzer, [...]