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Conventional vs. modern: Repertoire drives opera house identity, market share

Though opera companies are often monopolies in their respective markets, they can distinguish themselves from other opera companies and other performing arts venues that vie for audiences.

In new research, Cox School’s Bo Kyung Kim explores the options for opera companies competing for position.

Paradoxically, to create space for unconventional repertoire choices it may be necessary to make more conventional choices. Continue reading

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SMU scientists celebrate Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

SMU’s experimental physics group played a pivotal role in discovering the Higgs boson — the particle that proves the theory for which two scientists have received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize on Oct. 8 to theorists Peter W. Higgs and François Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass. Continue reading

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

Some 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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