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DMN: Two high school students discover variable stars during SMU summer program

[caption id="attachment_7993" align="alignright" width="300"]Lake Highlands High School students Dominik Fritz (left) and Jason Barton collected data until they had what they needed to define their star-to-be as a variable — a star that changes brightness. (Credit: DMN) Lake Highlands High School students Dominik Fritz (left) and Jason Barton collected data until they had what they needed to define their star-to-be as a variable — a star that changes brightness. (Credit: DMN)[/caption]

Reporter Alexis Espinosa with the Dallas Morning News covered the discovery of five stars made by two Dallas high school students as members of an SMU summer physics research program. Called Quarknet, the program enabled the students to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert.

All five stars are eclipsing contact binary stars, pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch. As the stars eclipse, they dim and then brighten as one emerges from behind the other. These stars are categorized as variable stars, stars that change brightness, which make up half the stars in the universe. Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Here’s Why Dads Should Think Twice Before Arguing With Their Wives

Kouros, SMU, marital conflict, psychologyThe popular online news site The Huffington Post covered the research of psychology expert Chrystyna Kouros, assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology.

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

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Time: When Couples Fight, It Affects Fathers More

Kouros, SMU, marital conflict, Time, psychology

News magazine Time covered the research of psychology expert Chrystyna Kouros, assistant professor in the SMU Department of Psychology.

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

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LiveScience: Should You Trust Health Apps on Your Phone?

Cortez, SMU, Dedman, mHealth appsLiveScience covered the research of SMU health law expert Nathan Cortez, an associate professor of law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

In a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Cortez and his co-authors note that smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms. Continue reading

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Daily Mail: Now that’s a Jurassic Park! ‘World class’ treasure trove of dinosaur footprints discovered in national park

Anthony Fiorillo, SMU, Perot Museum, Alaska, hadrosaurOne of the U.K.’s widely circulated newspapers, the Daily Mail, has covered the research of paleontologist Anthony Fiorillo, an adjunct associate professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Continue reading

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LiveScience: Huge Trove of Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Alaska

Anthony Fiorillo, SMU, Perot Museum, Alaska, hadrosaurLiveScience has covered the research of paleontologist Anthony Fiorillo, an adjunct associate professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

Fiorillo is curator of earth sciences at the Perot Museum of science and natural history. He has collected fossils throughout North America and parts of Asia, but has primarily worked in western Texas and Alaska. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: SMU’s Bonnie Jacobs Is Searching for History Beyond Ancient in the Trinity River Bottoms

Bonnie Jacobs, Trinity Forest, Dallas ObserverThe Dallas Observer has covered the research of SMU paleobotanist Bonnie Jacobs, a professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Jacobs is working with a team of SMU students and faculty who are collaborating with others in Dallas to understand the history of the area’s Trinity River. The Observer article published June 26 as part of the Observer’s profile of 20 of the metro area’s most interesting characters in its Dallas Observer People Issue. Continue reading

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Houston Chronicle: Texas scientists spot 12-billion-year old star explosion

Gamma ray burst, SMU, Kehoe, CBSThe Texas newspaper the Houston Chronicle covered the astronomy research of physicist Robert Kehoe, SMU professor, and two graduate students in the SMU Department of Physics, Farley Ferrante and Govinda Dhungana.

The astronomy team in May reported observation of intense light from the enormous explosion of a star more than 12 billion years ago — shortly after the Big Bang — that recently reached Earth and was visible in the sky. Continue reading

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Digital Journal: Scientists spot 12-billion-year-old star burst

Gamma_Ray_BurstThe news web site digitaljournal.com covered the astronomy research of physicist Robert Kehoe, SMU professor, and two graduate students in the SMU Department of Physics, Farley Ferrante and Govinda Dhungana.

The astronomy team in May reported observation of intense light from the enormous explosion of a star more than 12 billion years ago — shortly after the Big Bang — that recently reached Earth and was visible in the sky. Continue reading

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