Drug oleandrin may be an effective new way to treat HTLV-1 virus, SMU study shows

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Drug oleandrin may be an effective new way to treat HTLV-1 virus, SMU study shows

An estimated 10 to 15 million people are infected with HTLV-1, which is a cousin of HIV DALLAS (SMU) – A study led by SMU suggests that oleandrin – a drug derived from the Nerium oleander plant – could prevent the HTLV-1 virus from spreading by targeting a stage of the reproduction process that is [...]

2019-12-09T10:42:18-06:00 December 6, 2019|Categories: Health & Medicine, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

Wastewater leak in West Texas revealed by satellite radar imagery and sophisticated modeling

Leakage in Ken Regan field could have contaminated groundwater for livestock and irrigation between 2007 and 2011 DALLAS (SMU) – Geophysicists at SMU say that evidence of leak occurring in a West Texas wastewater disposal well between 2007 and 2011 should raise concerns about the current potential for contaminated groundwater and damage to surrounding infrastructure. [...]

2019-12-09T10:34:25-06:00 November 25, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature, Technology|

Is it possible to change your personality? Yes, if you’re willing to do the work involved

DALLAS (SMU) – Want to be more outgoing?  Or less uptight? In an interview with Fox4ward's Dan Godwin, SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson said that it is possible for people to change aspects of their personality.  But it will require some work on your part. You can view the video here or on Hudson's website. [...]

2019-11-07T09:05:27-06:00 November 5, 2019|Categories: Mind & Brain, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature, Videos|

Historical data confirms recent increase in West Texas earthquakes

A new analysis of historical seismic data conducted by The University of Texas at Austin, SMU and other academies has found that earthquake activity in West Texas around Pecos has increased dramatically since 2009. The study, published Nov. 4, 2019, in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, is important because it leverages old, unmined [...]

2019-11-12T13:42:11-06:00 November 4, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

SMU engineering and education professors receive NSF grant to research teaching computer science and computational thinking through community gaming

DALLAS (SMU) – The Lyle School of Engineering, Guildhall and the Simmons School of Education & Human Development at SMU will use a $1,521,615 grant from the National Science Foundation to research teaching computer science and computational thinking through the popular video game, Minecraft. Research will span the fields of game design, human computer interaction, [...]

2019-10-18T10:59:05-06:00 October 16, 2019|Categories: Learning & Education, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Technology|

Dallas Morning News: SMU researcher, Garland students are using smartphones to monitor bridge safety

Brett Story DALLAS (SMU) – Seems like smartphones can do everything these days. Add to that list gathering information on bridge’s structural health. Brett Story, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at SMU's Lyle School of Engineering, and students at Garland High School are using smartphones in passing cars to check if [...]

2019-09-18T12:58:18-06:00 September 18, 2019|Categories: Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature, Technology|

Researchers unveil new volcanic eruption forecasting technique

Volcanic eruptions and their ash clouds pose a significant hazard to population centers and air travel, especially those that show few to no signs of unrest beforehand. Geologists are now using a technique traditionally used in weather and climate forecasting to develop new eruption forecasting models. By testing if the models are able to capture [...]

2019-10-16T09:27:14-06:00 September 12, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Feature, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

Why do birds migrate at night?

UT Southwestern Medical Center and SMU found migratory birds maximize how much light they get from their environment, so they can migrate even at night  DALLAS (SMU) – It was a puzzle about birds. Migratory birds are known to rely on Earth’s magnetic field to help them navigate the globe. And it was suspected that a [...]

2019-09-12T09:19:05-06:00 September 12, 2019|Categories: Plants & Animals, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|
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