Why has corporate America been awash in record levels of cash? Numerous theories are offered as to why firms amass: Firms themselves are riskier, volatile, pessimistic and have record profits, to name a few. But an overlooked reason, according to new research by SMU Cox Rauscher Chair William Maxwell and co-authors, is that firms are hedging refinancing risk. Cash is a hedge in case they cannot raise the funds they may need if credit conditions are tight or another type of shock hits.
Tension between the novel and the familiar leads to interesting insights for marketers.
The research offers lessons in how actual behavior trumps media portrayals of consumers’ perennial desires for novelty. Continue reading
Dallas Morning News: Study: Mild winter, wet spring to blame for Dallas County’s deadly West Nile outbreak
Fomby and Haley, along with other researchers, analyzed a decade of data related to West Nile Virus and, in particular, the 2012 West Nile epidemic in Dallas County. The analysis allowed them to identify important precursors of West Nile Virus outbreaks that allow for early and effective intervention. Continue reading
Researchers who analyzed a decade of data related to West Nile Virus and, in particular, the 2012 West Nile epidemic in Dallas County, have identified important precursors of West Nile Virus outbreaks that allow for early and effective intervention.
The analysis found that the epidemics begin early, after unusually warm winters and are often in similar geographical locations. Continue reading
The 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
Parade magazine covered the research of SMU psychologist and Simpsons‘ expert Chris R. Logan, senior lecturer, who with SMU colleague and professor Alan S. Brown, co-authored and edited the book The Psychology of the Simpsons: D’oh! (Smart Pop, 2006).
Journalist Hannah Dreyfus quotes Logan in her June 22 article on Logan’s and Brown’s siblings research, “What The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Siblings.
The Wall Street Journal mentioned the research of SMU Psychology Professor Alan Brown in a news article by Adam Grant about inadvertent plagiarism.
Brown has studied the phenomenon and published the results of his classic study in a 1989 scientific article Cryptomnesia: Delineating inadvertent plagiarism in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Continue reading
Chrystyna D. Kouros, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SMU, received a $19,250 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to examine ethnic differences in identifying children’s depression symptoms.
Kouros research project was one of 10 selected from a pool of 38 applicants from 17 universities across Texas. The foundation awarded the two-year grants, totaling $192,130, to tenure-track assistant professors exploring mental health in Texas. Continue reading
Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, in small amounts plays a role in cardiovascular health. In the new study, chemists developed a chemical probe that reacts and lights up when live human cells generate hydrogen sulfide, says SMU’s Alexander R. Lippert. Continue reading