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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

Peter Weyand (right) trackside at SMUBioNewsTexas covered the research of SMU biomechanics researcher Peter G. Weyand, who was featured on the PBS series “NOVA.”

NOVA host David Pogue explored the biological and physical limits of speed. Continue reading

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

Peter Weyand (right) trackside at SMU

LiveScience covered the research of SMU biomechanics researcher Peter G. Weyand, who was featured on an episode of the PBS series “NOVA.”

NOVA host David Pogue explored the biological and physical limits of speed. Continue reading

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KERA, NOVA: SMU researcher Peter Weyand discusses the upper limits of human speed

The work of SMU biomechanics researcher Peter Weyand was featured on an episode of the PBS series “NOVA.” His research on the importance of ground forces for running speed established a contemporary understanding that spans the scientific and athletic communities. Continue reading

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Kids’ reading success is boosted by long-term individualized instruction, finds 3-year study

Students who consistently receive individualized reading instruction from first through third grade become better readers than those who don’t, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

These findings come after a three-year study that followed several hundred Floridian students, who received varying amounts of individualized instruction, from first to third grade. Continue reading

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