Category Archives: Research

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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Provost Ludden asks students to name SMU’s new supercomputer

The December 2013 arrival of a new supercomputer at SMU expands the University’s high-performance computing capacity to weigh in among the top academic computers in the United States. “High-performance computing is a transformative technology that impacts many fields across the … Continue reading

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SMU’s National Center for Arts Research issues first report

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has released its inaugural report assessing the health of the nonprofit arts industry. The report, available online at smu.edu/artsresearch, is built on the most comprehensive set of arts organization data ever compiled, integrating … Continue reading

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Research: Fossil supervolcano discovered by SMU-led team
now part of new UNESCO Geopark

“It is a rare event that geology is a catalyst of public cooperation and celebration,” says geologist and volcano expert Jim Quick, SMU’s associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies. The new Sesia-Val Grande Geopark is an example … Continue reading

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Ten SMU professors receive 2013-14 Sam Taylor Fellowships

Ten SMU faculty members have received 2013-14 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 a portion of Taylor’s estate, … Continue reading

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Gerald J. Ford gives $15 million for new SMU research center

Business leader and banker Gerald J. Ford has committed a $15 million lead gift for a campus research center that will help expand advanced computing and interdisciplinary research throughout the University. The new state-of-the-art building will support research facilitated by … Continue reading

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SMU scientists celebrate Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

SMU’s experimental physics group played a pivotal role in discovering the Higgs boson — the particle that proves the theory for which two scientists have received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today awarded … Continue reading

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