Category Archives: Research

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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Research: Depressed adolescents at risk for developing anxiety

Some adolescents who suffer with symptoms of depression also may be at risk for developing anxiety, according to a new study of children’s mental health. The study found that among youth who have symptoms of depression, the risk is most … Continue reading

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Four professors honored with 2013 Ford Research Fellowships

Four exemplary SMU researchers have been chosen as the University’s 2013 Ford Research Fellows. This year’s recipients are Michael Corris, Art, Meadows School of the Arts; Bonnie Jacobs, Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Suku Nair, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; and Thomas Ritz, Psychology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Continue reading

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Research: SMU students discover two new supernovae

SMU graduate student researchers have discovered two new supernovae, and their observations of these massive exploding stars will help improve the astronomical “tape measure” that scientists use to calculate the acceleration of the expansion of the universe. A supernova discovered … Continue reading

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SMU Psychology partners with Pakistani women’s university

The Department of Psychology in SMU’s Dedman College, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, will work with a women’s university in Peshawar, Pakistan to strengthen that institution’s psychology studies and promote better understanding between the United … Continue reading

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Research: How hiding in plain sight saved the Jicarilla Apache

North America’s Jicarilla Apache tribe cloaked themselves in trade, diplomacy, and intermarriage and nearly escaped incarceration on an American Indian reservation. How they did it has been a mystery of the historical American Southwest – until now. “In some ways, … Continue reading

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Research: Texas public-school Bible courses skirt state law

Most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer courses on the Bible aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that those courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound, according to a new study by … Continue reading

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SMU fossils, expertise to be an ongoing part of new Perot Museum

SMU faculty and students, the University’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology, and the SMU Innovation Gymnasium have teamed with the nation’s new premier museum of nature and science to provide everything from dinosaurs and sea turtles to technical assistance and advice. … Continue reading

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