Category Archives: Research

Research: A field-changing view of divine kingship in Islam

In a new and potentially field-changing study, SMU historian Azfar Moin explores why Muslim sovereigns in the early modern era began to imitate the exalted nature of Sufi saints. Uncovering a startling but widespread phenomenon, Moin shows how the charismatic pull of … Continue reading

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Research: New insight into a 19th-century fossil feud

In the late 1800s, a flurry of fossil speculation across the American West escalated into a high-profile national feud called the Bone Wars. Drawn into the spectacle were two scientists from the Lone Star State: geologist Robert T. Hill, now acclaimed … Continue reading

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Research: Five professors named 2012 Ford Research Fellows

Five outstanding SMU researchers have been named as the University’s 2012 Ford Research Fellows. This year’s recipients are William Abraham, Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology; Paul Krueger, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Dinesh Rajan, … Continue reading

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Research: Do trade restrictions actually increase exporting?

Imposing trade restrictions on parallel imports has the surprising effect of motivating a firm to export, according to a new study by economists Santanu Roy of SMU’s Dedman College and Kamal Saggi of Vanderbilt University. Using game theory analysis, the economists found that diverse parallel … Continue reading

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‘Unconventional geothermal’ a game changer for U.S. energy policy?

SMU geothermal energy expert David Blackwell gave a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday, March 27, 2012, on the growing opportunities for geothermal energy production in the United States, calling “unconventional” geothermal techniques a potential game changer for U.S. energy policy. Blackwell’s presentation outlined … Continue reading

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Research Spotlight: Supercomputing and the fight against cancer

SMU biologists Pia Vogel and John Wise are using the computational power of the University’s high-performance supercomputer to screen millions of drug compounds, in search of one that will aid in the fight against recurring cancer. Both teach in SMU’s Department of Biological Sciences: Vogel is … Continue reading

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Research: Kindle-ing interest among reluctant readers

Middle school boys rated reading more valuable as an activity after two months of using an e-reader, according to a new study. The findings come from a study of middle-school students who struggle with reading and who participated in a … Continue reading

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Study: 64% of students willing to donate genetic material for science

A majority of college students is receptive to donating blood or other genetic material for scientific research, according to a new SMU study. In what appears to be the first study to gauge college students’ willingness to donate to a … Continue reading

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Tune In: Sharing new knowledge at SMU Research Day 2012

SMU graduate students — and a limited number of undergraduates — presented results of research they have been working on at SMU at the 2012 Graduate Student Research Day. Sponsored by SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the event gives participants opportunities to network with … Continue reading

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Research: Blue laws, green cards and other colorful legal terms

Elizabeth Thornburg never imagined that she would be turning to Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare and vaudeville for legal research. But those sources proved invaluable when she joined forces with another law professor, a law librarian and a legal lexicographer for the book … Continue reading

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