June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018


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The Science Behind South Korea's Race-Based World Cup Strategy

June 18, 2018

“If you see lots of faces early in life, if you learn all the important distinguishing features for different races, then you can use them easily.” — Dr. Alice O’Toole, Aage and Margareta Møller Professor read more

The Dallas Morning News

Even in Death, Margaret McDermott Creates a 'Transformative' Moment for Her Beloved Dallas Museum of Art

June 15, 2018

“The DMA now has four paintings by Monet, and, with the McDermott [collection], it will have seven. ... Its four wonderful major works by Degas will be joined by two masterpieces.” — Dr. Rick Brettell, the Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and the Edith O’Donnell Distinguished University Chair read more

The Washington Post

Five Myths about Alzheimer's disease

June 15, 2018

“Clinical trials have found that by the time Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, it is too late to intervene with anti-amyloid agents.” — Dr. Denise Park, Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences read more


Vigorous Exercise May Not Keep Dementia from Worsening

June 14, 2018

“The most surprising finding is that physical exercise could potentially be a detriment, since the dementia has progressed a little more rapidly with exercise.”  — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director at the Center for BrainHealth read more

Austin American-Statesman

Homelessness, Limited Access to Medical Care Among Top Issues Affecting LGBTQ Communities in Texas, Study Finds

June 13, 2018

“Someone might be courteous to you as a doctor, but they might not be clinically trained to treat needs specific to the LGBT or transgender community.” — Dr. Kara Sutton, sociology lecturer read more

National Post

Despite Public Criticism over String of Recent Missteps, Pollsters Nail Ontario Election

June 12, 2018

“Pollsters have put a lot of effort into trying to improve their samples and so forth. It is sometimes in reaction to the criticism that they’ve taken.” — Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor  read more


Do Current Active Shooter Drills Work? Abbott's Plan Offers One Way to Change Them

June 12, 2018

“There’s no research that documents a level of detail asking shooters whether they’ve sought out particular targets because they have had certain kinds of drills or not.” — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology read more


UT Dallas Cultivating Interest in STEM Careers Among Teen Boys

June 4, 2018

“Our purpose is to engage, expose and for our kids to reflect on what they learn.” — Marcus Robinson, program director for the Urban STEM Residential Camp read more

The Dallas Morning News

We Can Improve School Safety by Identifying Kids with Severe Antisocial Behavior and Offering Help

May 31, 2018

“Efforts aimed at identifying individuals who exhibit severe antisocial tendencies and providing them the services they need should be a high priority, and this should not be limited solely to teenagers.” — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology  read more

The Wall Street Journal

After Santa Fe School Shooting, Texas Town Grapples With Bullying

May 29, 2018

“There were certainly situations where they were shunned by classmates, but they weren’t bullied. Their peers were afraid of them or not interested in interacting with them.” — Dr. Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology and director of the Center for Crime and Justice Studies read more

Texas Standard

Is the Amazon Echo In Your Kitchen Recording Your Every Word?

May 29, 2018

“In the future, hackers and others can try to hack into these devices, and they can try to record entire conversations.” — Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, professor of computer science read more

The Dallas Morning News

False Rape Allegation During DWI Stop Shows How Body Cams Can Bulletproof Arrests

May 25, 2018

“It creates a public record of the particular incident, and it can exonerate or damn an officer, essentially, rather than relying on word of mouth — the he-said she-said. It’ll never be perfect, because it’s limited in what it captures.” — Dr. Andrew Wheeler, assistant professor of criminology read more

The 74

Criminologist Nadine Connell on Why She's Building a 30-Year Database of School Shootings and What Hidden Lessons May Be Found in the Stats

May 22, 2018

“The number of rampage-like incidents remains extremely low, and they are a relatively small subsection of the shootings we are analyzing.” — Dr. Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology  read more

The Dallas Morning News

Cornyn's Bill to Shrink the Prison Population Will Reduce Crime and Costs

May 21, 2018

“It relies on the development and utilization of risk assessment tools that will help more accurately sort prisoners to the kinds of treatment programs that may be most beneficial to them.” — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology read more


Laurel or Yanny? Hearing Expert Weighs In on the Debate

May 17, 2018

“This is in some ways a perfect example of how we hear with our ears but listen with our brains.” — Dr. Ed Lobarinas, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences read more

The Atlantic

How Income Affects the Brain

May 15, 2018

“We’re starting to learn more about the impact of both stress and continuous learning on the brain. It’s consistent with the idea that lifelong experiences might influence brain health.” — Dr. Gagan Wig, assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences read more


Impacts of Moving the US Embassy in Israel

May 14, 2018

“I think in the next two to three years you will see two to three dozen, at least if not actually physically moving, declaring that their intention to move.” — Dr. David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies read more

The Dallas Morning News

Margaret McDermott, a Giant in Dallas Philanthropy, Lauded as a Legend at Her Memorial Service

May 8, 2018

“I think [Mrs. Margaret McDermott] did more, accomplished more and enjoyed life more in a calendar year than we ordinary folk can manage in three.” — Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, executive vice president read more


Self-Driving Vehicles Hit Frisco Streets in July

May 7, 2018

“To really have something people can use on a daily basis, just like they use a regular taxi, a lot more research has to happen.” — Dr. Gopal Gupta, Erik Jonsson Chair read more


Police Violence Takes Most Years of Life from Youth and People of Color

May 7, 2018

“When these realities are combined with the fact that minorities are over-represented in residing in those communities, it sets the stage for the disproportionality that emerges from the study’s findings.” — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology read more


Face Facts: Immigrants Commit Fewer Crimes Than U.S.-Born Peers

May 4, 2018

“In my view, all kinds of crime, but especially violent crime, are horrible regardless of who commits them, and we should be doing all we can to prevent those acts from occurring.” — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology read more


Booze, Drugs, Skipping Earplugs Linked to Hearing Loss at Concerts

May 4, 2018

“The repetition of loud sound exposures and repeated injury to the inner ear can ultimately result in permanent damage, and permanent hearing loss, for which there is no cure.” — Dr. Colleen Le Prell, Emilie and Phil Schepps Distinguished Professor of Hearing Science read more

The Washington Post

Fatal Police Shootings of Unarmed People Have Significantly Declined, Experts Say

May 3, 2018

“When you only look at the worst outcomes, it’s hard to say if this marks a real change or is random chance.” — Dr. Andrew P. Wheeler, assistant professor of criminology read more


The Way Chronic Pain Begins Could Be Different For Men and Women, Study Says

May 2, 2018

"What we found was that a certain kind of dopamine receptor plays a key role in modulating chronic pain or producing chronic pain in males and a completely different receptor plays a role in doing the same thing in females." — Dr. Ted Price BS’97, associate professor of neuroscience read more

The Dallas Morning News

Mexican Presidential Candidates Face Off in First Debate with Clear Lead in Polls for Leftist Leader

April 21, 2018

“The incoming president will have to navigate an increasingly complicated diplomatic reality with the United States. All these issues involve Texas in significant ways.” — Dr. Monica Rankin, director of the Center for U.S. Latin American Initiatives read more

The Atlantic

How Exactly Does Autism Muddy Communication?

April 19, 2018

“[Adults with autism] tended to be louder when they were speaking, and they also took a longer period of time to say the statements than the controls.” — Dr. Noah Sasson, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences read more


Health Risks of Emotional Eating Among Children

April 17, 2018

“If we remember that food is for nourishment and that we should listen to our internal cues of hunger and fullness, then our kids are less likely to be at risk for being overweight and other eating problems." — Dr. Shayla C. Holub, head of the psychological sciences PhD program read more

The Globe and Mail

Is Chocolate the Key to Children's Happiness?

March 29, 2018

“It’s fine to do everything in moderation. It’s when we use food to praise or to reward that the dangers lie.” — Dr. Shayla C. Holub, head of the psychological sciences PhD program read more

The Dallas Morning News

We Can't Solve School Gun Violence Until We Understand Why It Keeps Happening

March 26, 2018

“But we do not have a thorough understanding of the causes of gun violence at our schools, and without more information, we risk creating uninformed policies with potentially harmful effects.” — Dr. Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology read more

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Did Russians Already Try to Mess With Texas Elections and Fort Worth This Year?

March 22, 2018

"The fact that they are using Russian email addresses suggest they aren't really trying to hide anything. So maybe this is just an attempt to create some confusion and sow doubt in the overall integrity of the process." — Dr. Robert Lowry, political science professor  read more

The Dallas Morning News

Why Police Aren't Calling the Austin Bomber a Terrorist

March 22, 2018

“Until that investigation is complete, it’s hard to figure out what category this guy sits in.” — Dr. Robert Taylor, criminology professor read more

Art and Seek

The Big Screen: Feminism on Film

March 22, 2018

“I don’t think these are simple stories. And for me, that’s what makes them powerful.” — Dr. Shilyh Warren, assistant professor of film and aesthetic studies  read more


UT Dallas Team Building School Shootings Database to Inform Safer Policies and Design

March 21, 2018

“Communities and schools need proper information to determine what their risk factors are and how they can best approach them.” — Dr. Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology  read more

Houston Chronicle

Austin Bomber Seemed Quiet, Normal to Friends and Family

March 21, 2018

"What we see a lot of the time is they are quite intelligent and sophisticated, but they grow arrogant. They get arrogant, not reckless." — Dr. Robert Taylor, criminology professor read more

Dallas Innovates

Event to Spotlight Female Filmmaking & Its History

March 20, 2018

“We also want to celebrate the wide-ranging work women have been making since the movies began: documentaries, short fictions, and experimental films.” — Dr. Shilyh Warren, assistant professor of film and aesthetic studies read more

The National Post

How Facebook Was Used to Push Voters' Buttons

March 20, 2018

"The beginning of wisdom in the study of voting behavior is to separate what’s going on at the individual level from what it takes to produce a winning outcome, the collective result." — Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor read more

The Associated Press

Authorities Hunting Clues Ask Austin Bomber to Talk to Them

March 19, 2018

“Something will come up somewhere. It will be a fingerprint on an envelope or DNA from saliva or a unique kind of detonator, or someone will just blab in a bar.” — Dr. Robert Taylor, criminology professor read more


Fitch Ratings Says Dallas Homes Are Overvalued, Local Real Estate Analysts Disagree

March 19, 2018

“There’s a house out there for everybody. Frankly, I tell my students one of the main things you have to do is reduce your expectations.” — Dr. Randall S. Guttery, director of real estate programs read more

The Dallas Morning News

Why Mexican Elections Officials Are Working Hard to Get Out the Vote in Dallas

March 15, 2018

"These candidates are taking advantage of a political moment in the United States that they think will resonate with potential voters." — Dr. Monica Rankin, director of the UT-Dallas Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives read more

USA Today

Ted Cruz vs. Beto O'Rourke: Senate Showdown Set after Texas Primary

March 7, 2018

"O'Rourke has been pretty successful raising money, he’s drawing good crowds and he’s generating some excitement. But it’s still a Republican state and he’s running against an incumbent.” — Dr. Robert Lowry, political science professor read more

The Dallas Morning News

Texas Democrats Won the Early Voting Battle, But Republicans Won the Turnout Race

March 7, 2018

“We have a lot of divisive issues right now which are of concern to a lot of people. … People have very strong opinions on one side or the other. These are the short-term forces that push surges.” — Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor read more


Texas Heads to the Polls Early for Primary Elections

March 6, 2018

"It's eight months until the election. We have to allow time for runoffs, but the runoffs are in May." — Dr. Robert Lowry, professor of political science read more

The Dallas Morning News

Walmart Is about to Open a Technology Research Center in Plano's Granite Park

March 6, 2018

"The reality is Walmart has some of the most sophisticated IT operations there are. This is an opportunity that students won't get in many other places." — Pete Poorman, director of corporate relations read more

The Dallas Morning News

More than Crunches: 7 Tips to Keep Your Brain as Sharp as Your Body

March 5, 2018

"Science is showing for the first time in 30 years that our brain is the most modifiable part of our body and easiest to strengthen, more than our heart or teeth.” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director at the Center for BrainHealth read more

Strict State Gun Laws Linked to Fewer Suicides and Murders

March 5, 2018

“While these results do not call for the elimination of firearms, the results convincingly show that strengthening state firearm policies through a variety of ways reduces both firearms suicides and homicides.” — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology read more

Daily Mail

DARPA Is Looking for Ways to 'Slow Biological Time' to Improve Soldiers' Chances of Survival on the Battlefield

March 5, 2018

“By stimulating the vagus nerve during the learning process, we're artificially releasing these chemicals to enhance those connections active during learning.” — Dr. Robert Rennaker, Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering read more

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Can't Be Bothered on Election Day? Here's What Happens When You Don't Vote

March 2, 2018

"The chances that your vote will make or break a literal tie are infinitesimally small. But one could argue that every vote counts in Texas primaries because the winner has to get a majority of the votes cast in order to avoid a runoff." — Dr. Robert Lowry, professor of political science read more

The Dallas Morning News

With Top-of-the-Ticket Races All But Decided, Lesser-Known GOP Races Benefiting from Media Boost

March 2, 2018

“Competition is always a very important factor for turnout. When you have a clear and powerful candidate like Abbott is, then this is not encouraging turnout.” — Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor read more

The Dallas Morning News

Texas Democrats' Early Voting Totals Should 'Shock Every Conservative to Their Core,' Abbott Email Says

Feb. 27, 2018

“With the presence of Trump and the incredibly bitter politics in Washington, we just don’t know how that’s going to play out, but it could be influential in races across the country.” — Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor read more


Focus on the Arts: The UTD Guitar Competition and Festival

Feb. 26, 2018

"This year, we have more international players, and I’m pleasantly surprised with that." — Dr. Enric Madriguera, Russell Cleveland Director of Guitar Studies read more

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