Category Archives: Research

Maguire Energy Institute celebrates 40th anniversary

The Maguire Energy Institute in SMU’s Cox School of Business joined with the Institute’s founders to mark its 40th anniversary in late November, in a private celebration at the Cox School. The event also honored the Institute’s namesake, SMU Trustee Emeritus and … Continue reading

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SMU-record 14 professors receive 2014-15 Sam Taylor Fellowships

Fourteen SMU faculty members – a University-record number – have received 2014-15 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The Fellowships, funded by income from … Continue reading

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Research: Blue-light blues – SMU study shows how artificial lighting can interfere with health, sleep, even animal migration

An SMU study funded by the National Institutes of Health is unraveling the mystery of how blue light from residential and commercial lighting, electronic devices and outdoor lights can interfere with the natural body clocks of humans, plants and animals – … Continue reading

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Research: Learning algebra from Instagram

Can students learn algebra from Instagram and video games? SMU teaching researcher Candace Walkington thinks so. And her new study, funded by the National Academy of Education, will test the idea. “In previous work, I found that students draw upon rich algebraic … Continue reading

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Faculty in the News: Oct. 7-20, 2014

George Holden, Psychology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, was featured in The Christian Science Monitor in an article examining corporal punishment. The article appeared on Oct. 20, 2014. Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, published a news article regarding … Continue reading

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Research: The speed secrets of super sprinters

The world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds, according to two new studies from SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The new findings indicate that the secret to … Continue reading

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Four SMU professors honored with 2014 Ford Research Fellowships

Four distinguished SMU professors were named 2014 Ford Research Fellows at the meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees Thursday, May 8. This year’s recipients are Anthony Colangelo, Dedman School of Law; Dieter Cremer, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Alexis McCrossen, History, Dedman … Continue reading

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Volcano research shows link between ground deformation and eruption potential

Using satellite imagery to monitor which volcanoes are deforming provides statistical evidence of their eruption potential, according to a new study in Nature Communications. The European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellite, launched from French Guiana in April 3, 2014, should allow scientists to … Continue reading

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SMU welcomes its new supercomputer: ManeFrame

SMU unveiled its new supercomputer, the ManeFrame, during ceremonies Wednesday, March 19, and award a Dell laptop computer to the student who named it – sophomore Chase Leinberger. SMU students, faculty and staff selected the name from entries in a … Continue reading

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Research: To spank or not to spank? SMU studies show research can change minds about corporal punishment

Some parents who spank their children believe it’s an effective form of discipline. But decades of studies have found that spanking is linked to short- and long-term child behavior problems. Is there any way to get parents to change their … Continue reading

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