Author Archives: Margaret Allen
The independent news provider Indo-Asian News Service in a Jan. 29 article “Spanking your kids won’t make them disciplined” in The Times of India covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment.
Some parents who spank believe it’s an effective way to discipline children. But extensive research has linked spanking to child behavior problems.
New SMU studies found that brief exposure to the research significantly altered parents’ views of spanking. “If we can educate people about corporal punishment, these studies show that we can in a very quick way begin changing attitudes,” said George Holden, SMU psychologist. Continue reading
Reporter Kathleen Raven with the Reuters wire service bureau in New York quoted SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The article published Jan. 17, “Physical punishment tied to aggression, hyperactivity.”
Numerous U.S. banks failed during the recent financial crisis — and more would have, absent governmental intervention, says short-selling expert Hemang Desai, an SMU professor.
New research from Desai suggests short sellers were sensitive to the leading indicators of the crisis, and were the first to react, ahead of equity analysts, ratings agencies and auditors.
Journalist Jim Malewitz with The Texas Tribune tapped the expertise of SMU geophysicist Brian Stump, whose research has looked at the operation of saltwater injection disposal wells and small earthquakes that have occurred in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Stump is Albritton Professor of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College. His research includes seismic wave propagation, seismic source theory, shallow geophysical site characterization, and characterization of explosions as sources of seismic waves.
Journalists Alistair Barr and Kim Hjelmgaard with USA Today tapped the expertise of SMU Bitcoin and cybersecurity expert Tyler W. Moore, an assistant professor of computer science in the Lyle School of Engineering.
Moore’s expertise draws in part on his research that found that online money exchanges that trade hard currency for the rapidly emerging cyber money known as Bitcoin have a 45 percent chance of failing — often taking their customers’ money with them. Continue reading
In a first-of-its-kind paper, SMU Cox Distinguished Finance Professor James Linck, with Viktar Fedaseyeu and Hannes Wagner, analyze directors — who they are, what they do and how much they are paid. Continue reading
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
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