Southern Methodist University (SMU) was established in 1911 in the Dallas, Texas area. The current enrollment is around 11,000 students. The Lyle School of Engineering is noteworthy and other schools and research labs have a good standing. SMU is in the top 100 of similar institutions of higher learning. It is a private institution owned by the United Methodist Church.
New research finds that world-class sprinters attack the ground to maximize impact forces and speed
The world's fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds, according to two new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
Eclipsing binary stars discovered by high school students
Two Dallas high school students discovered five stars as members of a Southern Methodist University summer physics research program that enabled them to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope ...
Domestic violence incidents down, but cases can move slowly and programs lack funds
When Texas police officers answer an emergency domestic violence call these days, they go armed with a gun—and a piece of paper.
Hunt for dark matter takes physicists deep below earth's surface, where WIMPS can't hide
Dark matter makes up much of the universe, and surrounds us all like an invisible soup. Physicists have hunted dark matter particles for decades, but they continue to elude observation.
Help wanted: Principals who love change
Training principals for new roles is key to U.S. Department of Education school reforms, according to a new report by SMU researchers. But insufficient training and support for principals to meet the new expectations is leading ...
Superhero films demonstrate how demand concentrates when product variety increases
Ever wonder why Disney's Marvel superhero machine keeps audiences coming back for more? The recent follow up with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" after "Thor: The Dark World" satisfied a large swathe of movie audiences. ...
Light from huge explosion 12 billion years ago reaches Earth
Known as a gamma-ray burst, the intense light captured in the night sky resulted from one of the biggest and hottest explosions in the universe, occurring shortly after the Big Bang.Intense light from the ...
Low IQ students learn to read at 1st-grade level after persistent, intensive instruction
The findings of a pioneering four-year educational study offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ who have very little, if any, reading ability.
Richest marine reptile fossil bed along Africa's South Atlantic coast is dated at 71.5 mya
(Phys.org) —Paleontologists at Southern Methodist University have measured the carbon isotopes in marine fossils to precisely date for the first time 30 million years of sediments along Africa's South Atlantic ...
Satellite view of volcanoes finds the link between ground deformation and eruption
(Phys.org) —Using satellite imagery to monitor which volcanoes are deforming provides statistical evidence of their eruption potential, according to a new study in Nature Communications.
Study: Wall Street's short sellers wrongly maligned—detected red flags ahead of US financial crisis
(Phys.org) —Numerous banks in the United States failed during the recent financial crisis—and more would have, absent governmental intervention, writes short-selling expert Hemang Desai, a professor at Southern Methodist ...
Lovely wrapping make us happier about the gift
With holiday gift-giving season ramping up, let's consider the art of giftwrapping: Is the effort behind those precise folds, elaborate bows and tiny ornaments really worth it? Yes – research says it is.
Scientists to deploy seismic monitors near Azle in North Texas
Seismologists from SMU will deploy a variety of seismic monitors in and around Azle, Texas, to study the recent burst of small earthquakes that have been occurring in the area northwest of Fort Worth.
Fossil supervolcano highlighted in new UNESCO Geopark
Piedmont territory in northwest Italy is designated geopark backed by 80 Alpine communities. Area is an important geological and cultural locale that promotes awareness of earth sciences and sustainable use ...
Corporate America's cash pile-up a reaction to refinancing risk
Why has corporate America been awash in record levels of cash? Numerous theories are offered as to why firms amass: Firms themselves are riskier, volatile, pessimistic and have record profits, to name a few.