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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research Centers and Institutes
A university’s academic pursuits are supported and expanded by Centers and Institutes, which provide faculty and students venues for collaborative research, support, and engagement.
Making Strides with Data Science
SMU is actively developing a big-data ecosystem that includes virtual and augmented reality, and engages the disciplines across the campus, from physics to art, engineering to history, and business to education.
The opportunity to pursue truly impactful research only enhances our ability to recruit and retain outstanding educators to the Hilltop. We are focused on moving into the highest pinnacle of research universities as we ignite our future.
SMU Faculty in the News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
SMU's Research Administration provides research services to all faculty and staff at the university.
SMU encourages undergraduate students to engage in research projects outside of their class assignments.