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CoinDesk: Research — Over $11 Million Lost in Bitcoin Scams Since 2011

Bitcoin, SMU, scammers, $11 million, Moore, VasekWith cryptocurrency Bitcoin increasingly popular for digital world transactions, the digital currency news site CoinDesk covered the research of SMU Bitcoin experts Marie Vasek and Tyler W. Moore, both in SMU’s Computer Science and Engineering Department.

The study found that fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years. Continue reading

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New World Notes: Virtual Reality-Based Assertiveness Training Reportedly Leads to Less Sexual Victimization, Pilot Program Finds

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Journalist Wagner James Au, who delves into the details of all things Metaverse on his New World Notes blog, covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald. Continue reading

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$2.5 million awarded to Retina Foundation and SMU Lyle to study macular degeneration

SMU, Retina foundation, macular degenerationThe Retina Foundation of the Southwest and SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering will collaborate to create the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Supported by a $2.5 million grant award from the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), the center will be housed at the Retina Foundation in Dallas. Continue reading

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Data-driven assessment ranks U.S. Metropolitan Areas by arts and cultural assets

SMU, NCAR, arts vibrancy, top cities, rankingNCAR, SMU’s National Center for Arts Research, today released its first annual Arts Vibrancy Index.

The index ranks more than 900 communities across the country. Vibrancy is measured as the level of supply, demand and government support for arts and culture on a per capita basis. The report highlights the top 20 large markets and top 20 medium and small markets. NCAR provides rank scores on all measures for every U.S. county on the interactive heat map.

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Bitcoin scams steal at least $11 million in virtual deposits from unsuspecting customers

Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Bitcoin is the digital world’s most popular virtual currency.

In the first empirical study of its kind, the SMU researchers found that hucksters used four different types of schemes that posed as legitimate web-based investment and banking outlets to lure customers and heist deposits.
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Raw Story: Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half — study

Blogger Scott Kaufman on the Internet news site Raw Story covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald. Book a live interview To book a live or taped interview … Continue reading

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Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training

Teen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a new study.

The effects persisted over a three-month period following the training, said clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe, lead author on the pilot study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
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Daily News: Women’s body image tied to what they think men like: study

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New York’s Daily News reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer led a series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight.

Findings suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer.

The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size. Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Women’s Body Image Relies On Men’s Opinion, Study Finds

Meltzer, SMU, women, body image, men, self esteemThe popular news site Huffington Post reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer led a series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight.

Findings suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer. The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size. Continue reading

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