Culture, Society & Family

Help wanted: Principals who embrace change

Training principals for new roles is key to new U.S. Department of Education school reforms, according to a new report by researchers at Southern Methodist University.

But insufficient training and support enabling principals to meet these new expectations is leading to a leadership crisis. Twenty percent of newly minted principals leave the profession after two years, and seasoned professionals are opting for early retirement. Continue reading

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Mommy blog: Kids with intellectual disability can learn to read — and moms say, “We know!”

Allor, intellectual disability, reading, SMUPopular mommy blogger Ellen Seidman, whose blog “Lovethatmax” focuses on issues related to children identified with a disability, blogged about new SMU education reading research. Led by SMU reading expert Jill H. Allor, the study’s findings offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ.

The four-year, pioneering study is the first large-scale longitudinal study of its kind and was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Scientific American: How your smartphone messes with your brain — and your sleep

SMU, sleep, smart phones, Zoltowski, chemistryScientific American science blogger Josh Fischman drew on the sleep expertise of SMU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian D. Zoltowski to explain how artificial light from our smartphones and other digital devices causes sleep deprivation. His blog article, “How your smartphone messes with your brain — and your sleep,” published May 20 and has been heavily shared through social media.
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Business Insider: Your Smartphone Is Destroying Your Sleep

insomnia 220x170Business Insider Science Editor Jennifer Walsh tapped the sleep expertise of SMU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian D. Zoltowski to explain how artificial light from our smartphones and other digital devices causes sleep deprivation. Her article, “Your Smartphone Is Destroying Your Sleep,” published May 19.

Zoltowski’s lab at SMU studies one of the many proteins involved in an organism’s circadian clocks. Called a photoreceptor, the protein responds to light to predict time of day and season by measuring day length. Continue reading

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Low IQ students learn to read at 1st-grade level after persistent, intensive instruction

Allor, SMU, reading, Low IQ, intellectual disabilitiesThe findings of a pioneering four-year educational study offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ who have very little, if any, reading ability.

The study by researchers at Southern Methodist University is the first large-scale longitudinal study of its kind to demonstrate the reading potential of students with intellectual disability or low IQ. It was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Continue reading

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CNN Money: Rude sales people can boost luxury sales

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Rude sales people at luxury retailers actually boost sales, according to new research by SMU Cox School of Business Assistant Professor Morgan Ward.

Ward and a co-researcher discovered the surprising fact after studying the purchasing desires of customers treated rudely by sales people at up-scale stores. Continue reading

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Zimbabwe Star: Comet not behind mass extinction at Ice Age end: Study

Meltzer, comet, Ice Age, SMUThe Zimbabwe Star news outlet has covered the research of SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer with the article “A comet impact DIDN’T spark climate change and trigger a mass extinction 12,800 years ago, study claims.”

The Zimbabwe Star, from the IANS news service, highlights Meltzer’s latest study to show that a comet, or any other kind of extraterrestrial impact, was not responsible for sudden climate change at the end of the Ice Age 12,800 years ago. Continue reading

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Daily Mail: A comet impact DIDN’T spark climate change and trigger a mass extinction 12,800 years ago, study claims

Daily Mail, Meltzer, SMU, comet, Clovis, mass extinctionThe U.K.’s Daily Mail news outlet has covered the research of SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer with the article “A comet impact DIDN’T spark climate change and trigger a mass extinction 12,800 years ago, study claims

The Daily Mail piece by Jonathan O’Callaghn highlights Meltzer’s latest study to show that a comet, or any other kind of extraterrestrial impact, was not responsible for sudden climate change at the end of the Ice Age 12,800 years ago. Continue reading

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Science: What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

SMU, comet, Meltzer, Clovis points, ScienceThe widely followed science news outlet Science covered the research of SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer with the article What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

The Science piece by Michael Balter highlights Meltzer’s new study showing a comet was not responsible for sudden climate change at the end of the Ice Age. Proponents of the comet-impact theory have pointed to sedimentary deposits that they say prove a comet hit the Earth, killing the Clovis culture and causing mass extinction of many animals. Continue reading

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