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The Economist: Goldilocks nationalism

Economist, SMU, Economics, Klaus DesmetThe Economist’s “Free Exchange” column covered the research of SMU economist Klaus Desmet as part of a larger examination of the ideal size of nations from an economic perspective and within the context of Scotland’s recent vote on the question of independence.

The article, “Goldilocks nationalism,” published Sept. 27.
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The Week: Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children

corporal punishment, Bible, George Holden, SMU, spanking, The Week, Journalist Jonathan Merritt with high-profile online magazine The Week cited the research findings of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

Merritt’s article, “Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children,” published Sept. 23. Continue reading

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ESPN: SMU Locomotor Performance Lab spotlighted during SMU-Texas A&M football game

ESPN, Gil Roberts, SMU, Peter Weyand, elite sprinters, human speed, biomechanics, runningThe SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory saw a few minutes of play during the SMU-Texas A&M football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

ESPN’s broadcast team stopped by to see the reigning U.S. National 400-meter champion Gil Roberts on the lab’s high-tech treadmill.
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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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