Author Archives: Margaret Allen
Los Angeles Times reporter Eryn Brown interviewed SMU’s David Meltzer, a professor in the SMU Department of Anthropology, about a new large genome-scale study that revealed that the ancestors of all present-day Native Americans arrived in the Americas as part of a single migration wave, no earlier than 23,000 years ago. The finding addresses the ongoing debate over when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia. Continue reading
The finding addresses the ongoing debate over when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia. There is archaeological evidence of modern humans in the Americas by about 15 thousand years ago. Continue reading
Motion capture software, popular in the world of video gaming, is being tested to see if it may be a useful tool in the classroom. Researchers know that the more engaged students are, the more likely they are to learn. … Continue reading
Meltzer was part of a new study in the journal Nature that analyzed Kennewick Man’s genome sequence and found that Kennewick Man is more closely related to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project at SMU a $3.78 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields.
To create more diversity in STEM fields, STEMPREP, based at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, recruits bright, science-minded middle school students.
SMU physiologist and biomechanics researcher Peter G. Weyand was quoted by ESPN writer Josh Moyer in the reporter’s Big Ten Blog for an article about the evolution of the speed and size of college football players.
Weyand leads the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory and is recognized worldwide as an expert in human running performance and the locomotion of humans and other terrestrial animals. Continue reading
An 8,500-year-old male skeleton discovered in 1996 in Washington State sparked bitter disputes between Native Americans, American scientists, and within the American scientific community. Earlier studies suggested he was not ancestral to Native Americans, blocking repatriation. Now his genome sequence shows Kennewick Man is more closely related to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide. Continue reading
London’s Daily Mail newspaper reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer, who was lead author on three independent studies that found biology isn’t the only reason women eat less as they near ovulation, a time when they are at their peak fertility.