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Department of Defense awards $2.6 million to SMU STEM program for minority students

SMU STEMPREP, Simmons, minority students,The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project at Southern Methodist University a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields.

STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for the two-summer classroom phase of the STEMPREP project, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs. 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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Observed by Texas telescope: Light from huge explosion 12 billion years ago reaches Earth

Intense light from the enormous explosion of a star more than 12 billion years ago — shortly after the Big Bang — recently reached Earth and was visible in the sky.

Known as a gamma-ray burst, light from the rare, high-energy explosion traveled for 12.1 billion years before it was detected and observed by a telescope, ROTSE-IIIb, owned by Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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Richest marine reptile fossil bed along Africa’s South Atlantic coast is dated at 71.5 mya

Angola, SMU, Strganac, Projecto PaleoAngolaPaleontologists at Southern Methodist University have measured the carbon isotopes in marine fossils from Bentiaba, Angola to precisely date for the first time 30 million years of sediments along Africa’s South Atlantic shoreline.

They dated the richest marine reptile fossil bed along Africa’s South Atlantic to 71.5 million years ago. Continue reading

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PsyPost: Corporal punishment study shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking

PsyPost, Holden, spanking, SMU, kids misbehavePsyPost internet news has covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

The article, “Corporal punishment study shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking,” published April 16. Continue reading

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The Raw Story: Study — Spanking doesn’t work, but average 4-year-old is spanked 936 times per year anyway

Raw Story, Kaufman, Holden, spanking, SMUJournalist Scott Kaufman with the internet news site The Raw Story covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.

The article, “Spanking doesn’t work, but average 4-year-old is spanked 936 times per year anyway,” published April 16. Continue reading

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Real-time audio of corporal punishment shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking

A new study based on real-time audio recordings of parents practicing corporal punishment discovered that spanking was far more common than parents admit, said psychologist George Holden, lead author.

The study also found that children were hit for trivial misdeeds and that children then misbehaved within 10 minutes of being punished.
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