“It is a rare event that geology is a catalyst of public cooperation and celebration,” says SMU geologist and volcano expert James E. Quick. The new Sesia-Val Grande Geopark is an example of just that, says Quick, whose international team in 2009 discovered a fossil supervolcano that now sits at the heart of the new geopark. The discovery sparked worldwide scientific interest and a regional geotourism industry. Continue reading
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
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
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
Scientists issue call to action for archaeological sites threatened by rising seas, urban development
Should global warming cause sea levels to rise as predicted in coming decades, thousands of archaeological sites in coastal areas around the world will be lost to erosion.
With no hope of saving all these sites, an SMU archaeologist and others call for scientists to assess the sites most at risk.
Photo: A site at Anacapa Island, southern California, is in danger of eroding into the ocean. (Credit: Reeder)