Learning & Education

WFAA: ‘Flopping’ research could lead to changes in the NBA

Peter Weyand and his team set out nine months ago on a research project dubbed “The Physics of Flopping: Blowing the Whistle on a Foul Practice.” WFAA TV journalist Jason Wheeler covered the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. … Continue reading

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Sports on Earth: The Science of the Flop

The flopping study at SMU Sports on Earth journalist Shaun Powell covered the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who is teaming with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to investigate the forces involved in basketball collisions and the possibility of estimating “flopping” forces from video data. Continue reading

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DMN: The physics of flopping — SMU researcher studies mechanics of NBA fakery

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Dallas Morning News science reporter Anna Kuchment covered the research of of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who is teaming with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to investigate the forces involved in basketball collisions and the possibility of estimating “flopping” forces from video data. Continue reading

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Performance Enhancing Legs Race Toward the Track Record Book

Vertical forces of double-limb amputee runner.An intriguing, technological watershed is fast approaching for Athletics — that defining moment when an athlete with artificial limbs shatters an “able-bodied” world record.

Brazilian, double-limb, amputee sprinter Alan Oliveira is certainly not a household name, but he has quietly become much faster than some better known amputee runners. Continue reading

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KQED: In Teaching Algebra, the Not-So-Secret Way to Students’ Hearts

interests300Journalist Katrina Schwartz with California Public Radio station KQED reported on the research of SMU Assistant Professor Candace Walkington, who authored a year-long study of 141 ninth graders at a Pennsylvania high school and found that students whose algebra curriculum was personalized to their interests mastered the concepts faster than those students whose learning wasn’t personalized. Continue reading

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BioNewsTexas: SMU Dallas Speed Scientist Featured in PBS NOVA Series Segment

Book a live interview To book a live or taped interview with Peter Weyand in the SMU News Broadcast Studio call SMU News at 214-768-7650 or email news@smu.edu. Related links Peter Weyand Journal of Applied Physiology: “The biological limits to … Continue reading

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LiveScience: Need for Speed: New Series Explores World’s Fastest Things

Book a live interview To book a live or taped interview with Peter Weyand in the SMU News Broadcast Studio call SMU News at 214-768-7650 or email news@smu.edu. Related links Peter Weyand Journal of Applied Physiology: “The biological limits to … Continue reading

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Study finds that some depressed adolescents are at higher risk for developing anxiety

Kouros, SMU, depression, anxietySome adolescents who suffer with symptoms of depression also may be at risk for developing anxiety, according to a new study of children’s mental health.

The study found that among youth who have symptoms of depression, the risk is most severe for those who have one or more of three risk factors, said psychologist Chrystyna D. Kouros, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who led the study. Continue reading

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Sweden, SMU psychologists partner to launch parenting program that reduces child abuse

Project Support, SMU, Sweden, McDonald, JourilesThe government of Sweden is partnering with psychologists at SMU to launch a parenting program shown to reduce child abuse. A two-year study funded by the Swedish government is looking at the feasibility of implementing “Project Support” nationwide in that country.

The program, created by SMU psychologists Renee McDonald and Ernest Jouriles, has been shown to reduce child abuse and neglect in severely violent families. Continue reading

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