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The Atlantic: Can a Nation’s Soil Explain Its Economic Fortunes?

Omer Ozak, SMU, agriculture, soil, economicsJournalist Joe Pinsker with The Atlantic covered the research of SMU economist Ömer Özak about the association between cultures that value long-term payoffs and their ancient history of successful crop yields.

Pinsker’s story, “Can a Nation’s Soil Explain Its Economic Fortunes?” published Sept. 17. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: The DeSoto School District Paddled Students 227 Times Last Year, but Won’t Say How or Why

corporal punishment, Dallas Observer, George Holden, SMU, spanking, DeSoto, DISDUnfair Park journalist Emily Mathis with the Dallas Observer interviewed SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment in the context of the Adrian Peterson case.

Mathis’ story, “The DeSoto School District Paddled Students 227 Times Last Year, but Won’t Say How or Why,” published Sept. 17.
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The Washington Post: For anti-spanking movement, changing the culture like “fighting a glacier.”

Vikings_Peterson_Indicted_Football-0d89d-4041-1Journalist Steve Hendrix with The Washington post covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The story, “For anti-spanking movement, changing the culture like ‘fighting a glacier,’” published Sept. 15.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children.
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ABC News: Adrian Peterson Case Brings Scrutiny to Child Spanking

Holden, spanking, ABC News, SMUJournalist Geetika Rudra with ABC News covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

Her story, “Adrian Peterson Case Brings Scrutiny to Child Spanking,” aired Sept. 14. Holden is an expert in families and child development. Continue reading

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KERA: Telescope-Wielding Twosome: High School Students Discover New Stars

SMU, Lake Highlands, binary star, discovery, Fritz, Barton, Quark, KERAReporter Courtney Collins at public radio station KERA covered the discovery of five stars by two Dallas high school students in an SMU summer physics research program.

Quarknet enabled the students to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert. All five stars are pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch, then dim and brighten as one emerges from behind the other. Continue reading

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CBS 11: Marital Tension Disturbs The Family Bond

SMU, Kouros, Marital Conflict, CBSLocal CBS 11 News has covered the research of psychology expert Chrystyna Kouros, assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology.

Chrystyna Kouros focuses on understanding depressive symptoms and depression in the context of family stress. Continue reading

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U.S News: Parents’ Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids

Kouros, SMU, marital conflict, psychologyThe world recognized publisher of news and information, U.S News, has covered the research of psychology expert Chrystyna Kouros, assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology.

Chrystyna Kouros, Ph.D., focuses on understanding depressive symptoms and depression in the context of family stress. Continue reading

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Houston Chronicle: Project to protect rare dinosaur tracks

dino3Houston Chronicle reporter Marvin Pfiefer has written about a project led by SMU alum Thomas L. Adams to catalog and protect the tracks of a 110 million-year-old dinosaur preserved in rock at Government Canyon State Natural Area.

Adams, a paleontologist, is a graduate of Dedman College’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

The story, “Project to protect rare dinosaur tracks,” published in the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Houston Chronicle. Continue reading

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Shape: How to Run Like an Elite Sprinter

elite sprinters, Shape, SMU, Weyand, ClarkShape magazine reporter Amanda MacMillan has covered the research of SMU researcher Ken Clark, a doctoral student and researcher in the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory. The lab and research are under the direction of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand, associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics.

Clark’s and Weyand’s latest research found that the world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds. Continue reading

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