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Are We All Really Burning Out?

Chronicle of Higher Education Academic burnout is real — but difficult to diagnose. By Jonathan Malesic I dreamed of being a college professor almost as soon as I met my own professors. They read strange books by Nietzsche and Annie Dillard, asked challenging questions in class, and wore tweed. One of my favorite professors taught theology […]

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New Technology Mapping Landslides Can Save Lives, Mitigate Damage

Inside Sources Originally Posted: January 3, 2022 by Zhong Lu, Yuankun Xu It’s that time of year on the West Coast when emergency managers prepare for a host of catastrophic weather events — everything from Pineapple Express systems that dump intense rains on the regions to the flooding and landslides that often follow. Landslides are […]

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Why do we count down to the New Year?

Zocalo Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2022 Few people counted down to anything until the 1960s and 1970s—and yes, that included the new year. Celebrations and midnight kisses on December 31, of course. Countdowns, no. How, then, did the countdown go from almost nonexistent to ubiquitous in the latter half of the 20th century? And why […]

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Personalities Can Change Even When People Are Unmotivated To Change, Say Psychologists

Forbes Originally Posted: December 8, 2021 A new paper appearing in the Journal of Research in Personality bolsters the argument that personality is more changeable than previously thought — even suggesting that personality can be changed when people aren’t necessarily committed to change. “A growing body of research suggests that personality traits can be changed through intervention,” say the […]

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Geothermal energy could mean a renewable future for Colorado’s oil fields

KUNC Originally Posted: December 8, 2021 The grasslands north of Fort Morgan in eastern Colorado are a hive of energy production. Clusters of spinning wind turbines mark the horizon. And, of course, oil and natural gas operations are everywhere. As far as oil fields go, this one is roughly middle-aged. Wells here are still comfortably […]

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SMU research aims to better understand how molecules interact and bond

SMU News Originally Posted: Nov. 17, 2021 Researchers and students in the Computational and Theoretical Chemistry Group (CATCO) at Southern Methodist University (SMU) are using vibrational spectroscopy to gain new insights into molecules with the help of SMU’s powerful high performance computer. CATCO is led by Elfi Kraka, the Dedman Family Distinguished Professor and chair […]

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Congratulations to Jonathan McGregor

Jonathan McGregor, a lecturer in the SMU Writing and Reasoning Program, recently published a new book titled, Communion of Radicals: The Literary Christian Left in Twentieth-Century America. Tune into the virtual launch event on Facebook Live, Tuesday, 11/23, at 2 pm: https://fb.me/e/eojq4vHOU. More information below:

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SMU professor Brian Stump appointed Chair of TexNet Technical Advisory Committee

SMU News Originally Posted: November 11, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) – Gov. Greg Abbott has named SMU seismologist Brian Stump as chair of the TexNet Technical Advisory Committee, which is charged with providing oversight and advice on the operation of the Texas wide seismic network, TexNet. Research by scientists in SMU’s Roy H. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences and the University of Texas at Austin pioneered the connections […]

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Research finds prescription drug misuse among college students most common during weekdays

SMU News Originally Posted: October 28, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) – College students who misuse prescription drugs do so more often during the week and when they are alone at home, according to a recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The longitudinal study, “College-based social and situational predictors of real-time prescription drug misuse in daily […]

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Research Roundup

Collaborative outreach and interdisciplinary research Research on earthquakes in Haiti. Drs. Hornbach, Magnani and Hayward (Earth Sciences) have deployed off-shore of Haiti to collect high-resolution seismic reflection data on the fault linked to the recent Haiti earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The work is joint with colleagues at Scripps and other institutions and is funded […]