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Caroline Brettell,
Cultural Anthropology

Anthropologist Dr. Caroline Brettell is an internationally recognized leader in the field of migration and the immigrant experience who was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include cross-cultural perspectives on gender, challenges of women immigrants, and the impacts of emerging technologies for immigration gateway cities such as Dallas, Atlanta and Minneapolis.

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Zhong Lu,

Geophysicist Dr. Zhong Lu works in the areas of landslides, coastal subsidence, and human-induced geohazards using advanced data analytics tools such as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to model ground deformations using radar images. He is part of a team at SMU that revealed sinkholes are expanding and forming in West Texas at an alarming rate, possibly through leakage at wastewater disposal well sites.

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Leanne Ketterlin-Geller,
Mathematics and Education

Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller’s research focuses on mathematics education through instructional leadership principles and practices, informed by her experiences in K-12 education. Her work includes the development of an assessment system to measure mathematical reasoning skills for U.S. elementary and high school students.

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Edward Glasscock,

Dr. Edward Glasscock leads SMU’s Cardiorespiratory Neurogenetics Laboratory, dedicated to understanding the genes and mechanisms underlying epilepsy and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). His research lab’s goals include the identification of genes and combinations of genes that determine whether an individual will develop epilepsy.

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Pam Metzger,
Criminal Justice Reform

Professor Metzger’s scholarship combines theory and practice in seeking improvements in criminal justice.  Her research explores how a data-driven systems approach to high-risk practices can improve the implementation of public defense services.

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Brian Stump,

Dr. Brian Stump, a world-renowned Seismologist and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, his work has been seminal in scientists’ ability to rapidly and accurately discern the difference between an earthquake, a conventional explosion (such as might occur in a mining accident) and a nuclear test and was of vital support to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. His work focuses on using acoustic and seismic waves to better understand when nuclear tests, large earthquakes and other major events that occur around the world.
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Which personality traits can be improved without personal motivation? Research says 'it depends'

December 07, 2021

Could a company train an employee to become more conscientious, even if the worker isn’t invested in improving that trait? A new study suggests yes. But improving someone’s emotional stability without that person’s commitment is not likely to happen, says SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson.

New high-resolution camera records holograms of hidden objects

SMU and Northwestern collaborate on technology with defense, hazard identification and medical applications

December 02, 2021

Researchers at SMU (Southern Methodist University) and Northwestern University are using new technology that enables cameras to record high-resolution images and holograms of objects that are hidden around corners, obscured from view and/or beyond the line of sight.

SMU Lyle prof listed among most "Highly Cited Researchers" for 2021

November 23, 2021

SMU’s Jianhui Wang was named to the 2021 list of Highly Cited Researchers from Clarivate. It’s the fourth time Wang, a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering, has won the award.

SMU research aims to better understand how molecules interact and bond

Research has broad applications for healthcare, designing new materials

November 16, 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 of the Department of Chemistry at SMU.

Giant bottom-dwelling fish fossils in northeast Texas

November 16, 2021

SMU paleontologists have helped in the analysis of fossils from an ancient fish found in Texas.

SMU launches powerful new supercomputing research system with NVIDIA

NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD will fuel transformational high-performance computing ecosystem for SMU and North Texas

November 11, 2021

SMU is collaborating with accelerated computing leader NVIDIA to dramatically boost the University’s high-performance computing system – increasing SMU’s current supercomputer memory tenfold and setting the stage for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning 25 times faster than current levels.

SMU professor Brian Stump appointed Chair of TexNet Technical Advisory Committee

November 11, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott has named prominent 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.

SMU joins forces with Children's Health to harness the power of sports to improve kids' well-being

October 28, 2021

SMU and Children’s Health through its Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine are launching a collaboration dedicated to leveraging the transformational power of sports to improve the health, activity levels and well-being of kids.

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

NIH-funded study focused on pain relievers, stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers

October 20, 2021

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.

SMU researchers partner with CAE USA to improve pilot training

October 12, 2021

Researchers at SMU’s AT&T Center for Virtualization are testing the effectiveness of an innovative approach they developed to improve pilot training and better understand what stress factors pilots may experience in the cockpit.

New landslides on US West Coast detected by SMU scientists

Team of Dallas-based university researchers use satellite radar imagery to reveal hundreds of unseen landslides occurring in western states

September 27, 2021

SMU geophysicists have used satellite imagery to identify more than 600 slow-moving landslides occurring near the U.S. West Coast. Fewer than 5% of these landslides in California, Oregon and Washington state had previously been identified.

New SMU grant from National Science Foundation takes math off the chalkboard and onto the streets

September 14, 2021

Koshi Dhingra, founder and CEO of talkSTEM, and Candace Walkington, associate professor, SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, are co-investigators on a five-year $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant studying how STEM walks can help students see the world through the lens of math.

Titan-in-a-glass experiments hint at mineral makeup of Saturn moon

August 26, 2021

SMU researchers have recreated Titan's conditions in small glass cylinders, revealing fundamental properties of two organic molecules that are believed to exist as minerals on Saturn's largest moon.

CT scan of an ancient reptile skull reveals little evolutionary change over 22 million years

August 25, 2021

A CT scan of the skull of a long-necked plesiosaur shows the cranial architecture of these long-extinct marine reptiles didn’t evolve much over 22 million years that they lived during the Cretaceous time.

Frosty: A micro-fabricated optical seismometer to measure minute forces in a mighty environment

August 17, 2021

A NASA-sponsored team at Michigan Aerospace Corporation and Southern Methodist University (SMU) is developing a microfabricated all-optical seismometer called Frosty that can gather data in the harsh environments encountered on icy worlds such as Europa.

Lower-dose chemotherapy can be made more effective in killing HPV-induced cervical cancer cells by inhibiting a key survival factor

SMU study suggests that inhibiting the TIGAR protein is key to new treatment strategy for virus-induced cancers

August 11, 2021

Researchers at SMU have found a way to make chemotherapy drugs more lethal to HPV-infected cervical cancer cells without collateral damage to normal cells, a study suggests.

The science behind the medals

August 04, 2021

Ever wonder how speed and distance shape how Olympians run? The New York Times sent a crew to SMU to observe and record three elite runners on the world's fastest treadmill in human speed expert Peter Weyand’s  Locomotor Performance Laboratory.

'Smart contract' uses computer code, blockchain technology to reduce the need for a lawyer when the deceased leaves no will

July 15, 2021

A recent graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law has written computer language for a smart contract that, if adopted by courts, could make it much easier and less expensive for someone to sort out the estate of a loved one who dies without a will.

How racial bias shaped Dallas highways

SMU graduate student publishes book about forgotten history, seeks infrastructure change

July 13, 2021

For SMU engineering graduate student Collin Yarbrough, a classroom assignment to evaluate the design of Dallas’ Central Expressway resulted in a recently published book about the long-forgotten history of Dallas’ racist past buried beneath the city’s freeways.

Pets on board: Meet the multispecies American family

New book defines trend – pets really are part of the family

July 13, 2021

Do you sign your pets’ names to your holiday card? Have you ever sent your dog to day care? Do you shop regularly for cat or dog toys? Welcome to a new breed of American family – the multispecies family.

The American Society of Biomechanics Honors Peter Weyand with Hay Award

July 13, 2021

SMU's Peter Weyand will receive the Jim Hay Memorial Award for Research in Sports and Exercise from the American Society of Biomechanics during its annual conference in August. The award recognizes “originality, quality, and depth of biomechanics research that addresses fundamental research questions relevant to extraordinary demands imposed in sport and exercise.”

SMU and Air Force Academy forge agreement for mentorship, collaborative research opportunities for cadets and faculty

July 12, 2021

SMU's AT&T Center for Virtualization has signed a four-year agreement with the United States Air Force Academy to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects and joint research, providing opportunities for both USAF cadets and SMU students.

SMU professor awarded NSF grant for models to better aid evacuees after natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, Katrina

'We can do better with a systems approach...instead of catching up after each hurricane'

July 01, 2021

Halit Üster, an engineering professor at SMU, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $315,580 to investigate integrated evacuation planning and disaster preparedness models that offer relief to evacuees in a more robust, predictive, timely and cost-effective manner than was seen in past natural disasters.

Four professors named SMU 2021 Ford Research Fellows

Cash prizes will support their noteworthy research

June 23, 2021

Four outstanding SMU faculty researchers have been named as 2021 Ford Research Fellows. This year’s recipients are Alejandro Aceves, Joseph Camp, Heather DeShon, and Xin-Lin Gao, all of whom will be honored by the SMU Board of Trustees this fall.

Ten years of ancient genome analysis has taught scientists 'what it means to be human'

June 17, 2021

A ball of 4,000-year-old hair frozen in time tangled around a whalebone comb led to the first-ever reconstruction of an ancient human genome just over a decade ago.

Economics professor and campus leader Tom Fomby receives SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award

June 17, 2021

SMU’s Tom Fomby, Professor of Economics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is the 2021 recipient of the Faculty Career Achievement Award for his contributions to the teaching, scholarship and service missions of the University.

P-glycoprotein removes Alzheimer’s-associated toxin from the brain

June 16, 2021

A team of SMU biological scientists has confirmed that P-glycoprotein (P-gp) has the ability to remove a toxin from the brain that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Janille Smith-Colin awarded National Academies 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship

June 10, 2021

Janille Smith-Colin, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in SMU's Lyle School of Engineering, has been named one of the seven recipients of the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowships by the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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