Category Archives: Research

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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The Guildhall at SMU joins elite Intel university research group

The Guildhall at SMU has received a $50,000 grant from Intel Corporation’s Visual Computing Academic Program for research scholarship funding. SMU students will conduct studies to expand upon applied research pursued within the Intel Science and Technology Centers for Visual Computing (ISTC-VC) and other Intel-supported visual computing … Continue reading

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Study: English-language dominance marginalizes most EU citizens

The European Union has 27 member countries and 23 official languages, but its official business is carried out primarily in one language — English. Yet the striking findings of a new study show that barely a third of the EU’s … Continue reading

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Lyle School initiatives win Navy funding for STEM advocacy

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has named two programs within SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education to receive grants of $100,000 each for their initiatives that cultivate student interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and math – collectively known as … Continue reading

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Research Spotlight: Does public insurance provide better care?

In the fierce national debate over a new federal law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, it’s widely assumed that private health insurance can do a better job than the public insurance funded by the U.S. government. But … Continue reading

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Research Spotlight: Mathematical model predicts nations’ stability

Thanks to a new model created by an international research group, it is now possible to predict which European countries are more likely to become united or which are more likely to break up. It does so by not only … Continue reading

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Research Spotlight: Mapping confirms vast geothermal resources

New research from the SMU Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a grant from, documents significant geothermal resources across the United States capable of producing more than three million megawatts of green power – 10 times the installed capacity of coal power … Continue reading

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Research Spotlight: Seeking solutions for unsafe water

Supported by a $270,000 grant from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and additional SMU funds, faculty member Andrew Quicksall and his graduate students in the University’s Lyle School of Engineering are collecting water samples in UNHCR refugee camps, bringing samples back … Continue reading

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