research update

SMU Physicists Contribute To Nobel Prize-winning 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 received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize to theorists Peter W. Higgs of Scotland and François

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Study Finds Fruit Flies Fed Organic Diets Are Healthier

A high school student from Plano, Texas, under the guidance of SMU biologist Johannes H. Bauer, recently participated in a new study looking at the potential health benefits of organic versus non-organic food. Specifically, research conducted by Ria Chhabra and Bauer found that fruit flies fed an organic diet recorded

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SMU Research Team Studies Player ‘Flopping’ In Sports

SMU biomechanics experts have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to study the practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports. The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study. Flopping is a player’s deliberate act of falling,

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New Science Museum Taps Expertise Of SMU Professors

Numerous SMU professors and graduate students provided scientific expertise to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened in December in downtown Dallas.

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Program Tackles Child Abuse, Neglect Among Formerly Homeless Families

Family Compass, one of the oldest child abuse prevention agencies in Dallas, is expanding its use of “Project Support,” developed by Associate Professor Renee McDonald and Professor and Chair Ernest Jouriles to reduce child abuse and neglect.

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Preserving Greek Mythology

A team of Karl Kilinski’s art history colleagues finalized the manuscript and illustrations for his book, Greek Myth and Western Art: The Presence of Past, published in November.

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Biggest Bang: SMU Physicists Play Major Role In Particle Discovery

Besides celebrating U.S. independence, July 4, 2012, now marks another historic milestone: discovery of the Higgs boson fundamental particle in physics. And SMU’s Department of Physics in Dedman College was at the center of the action. The biggest physics discovery of the past 50 years was announced July 4 by

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After-school Programs Boost Children’s Academic Performance

School-age children who participate in structured after-school activities improve their academic achievement, according to a new study by researchers in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The study by associate professors Ken Springer and Deborah Diffily measured academic performance of children enrolled in Boys and Girls Clubs of

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Letters Shed New Light On Bone Wars

The fieldwork of SMU paleontologist Louis Jacobs normally takes him to Angola, Mongolia or Ethiopia. But Jacobs’ latest research took him to SMU’s DeGolyer Library. There he dug through the archived papers of Robert T. Hill and discovered a treasure trove of 13 historic letters. Hill was a frontier geologist for

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Historian Studies Islam’s Kings And Saints

A new study by SMU historian A. Azfar Moin explores why Muslim sovereigns in the early modern era began to imitate the exalted nature of Sufi saints. Uncovering a widespread phenomenon, Moin shows how the charismatic pull of sainthood (wilayat) – rather than the draw of religious law (sharia) or holy

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