New delta Scuti: Rare pulsating star 7,000 light years away is 1 of only 7 in Milky Way

EurekaAlert! Originally Posted: February 14, 2017 Astronomers are reporting a rare star as big -- or bigger -- than the Earth's sun and that is expanding and contracting in a unique pattern in three different directions. The star is one that pulsates and so is characterized by varying brightness over time. It's situated 7,000 light years away from the Earth in the constellation Pegasus, said astronomer Farley Ferrante, a member of the team that made the discovery at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Called a variable star, this particular star is one of only seven known stars of its kind in our Milky Way galaxy. "It was challenging to identify it," Ferrante said. "This is the first time we'd encountered this rare type." The Milky Way [...]

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Watches were once considered a ‘silly a– fad’ — here’s what that could say about their future

Business Insider Originally posted: February 7, 2017 Wristwatches have been commonplace for nearly everyone alive today. It was hard to imagine a world where most people — both men and women — didn't have a watch mounted on their wrist. A future where we learn the time from glancing at our phones and not our wrists was inconceivable. But that certainly seems to be the future we're heading towards. And, historically, it's not an inconceivable one. Watches, when they were first being worn on the wrist in the early 1900s, were not considered to be a serious trend, and were instead worn by jokesters and Vaudeville artists. A 1916 New York Times article even referred to wristwatches as a "silly a-- fad." At the time, both gentlemen [...]

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Joe Kobylka, Political Science, a tale of two Trump rollouts

US News and World Report Originally Posted: February 2, 2017 President Donald Trump's orderly unveiling of his Supreme Court justice selection was tip-top, combining a dash of suspense with the calm decorum such a momentous occasion merits. It was also a drastic departure from his administration's chaotic implementation of a hastily ordered travel ban applied to seven Muslim-majority countries. Within just a four-day span, Trump's White House team telegraphed what some political observers worry are its biggest weaknesses – insularity, inexperience and obstinacy – before pivoting to exude the most cherished attributes of a tightly run ship: competence, preparation and discretion. The two episodes could be held up as beaming models for how to successfully conquer a rollout versus how to clumsily botch one. The travel ban, pushed [...]

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Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Trump’s immigration action the first stumble with GOP

Washington Examiner Originally Posted: February 1, 2017   President Trump is facing his first serious pushback from congressional Republicans since taking office as outrage swirls over his immigrationexecutive order. It isn't the full-scale retreat Trump endured during several campaign controversies, such as the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape. Most of the criticism from Republicans has been measured, especially compared to the full-throated condemnations from immigrant, human rights and progressive groups who characterize the executive order as a "Muslim ban." The most vocal Republican critics have an anti-Trump track record predating this controversy. Liberal outlets have published lists of the high number of GOP lawmakers who haven't weighed in at all. But the defections sound a rare discordant note as Republicans celebrate the dawn on their unified control of [...]

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Mexico trade war would put Texas economy, jobs at stake

Dallas News Originally Posted: January 31, 2017 The Texas economy is already pretty great, and Mexico is one of the key reasons. That’s worth remembering when President Donald Trump threatens a trade war over a border wall, as he did last week. Economically, there’s more at stake for Texas than any other state in the country. Mexico is our most important trading partner by far. In 2015, Texas exported over $92 billion in goods to Mexico, which was more than it exported to the next 10 countries combined. Texas imports from Mexico were almost as high and were twice as high as from China, next on the list. Perhaps the most impressive number: Texas exports supported over 1 million jobs in 2015, according to government [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Mexico trade war would put Texas economy, jobs at stake

Robert Howell, Philosophy, commentary, the prescription to cure political malpractice

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 28, 2017 It's time to ask: What's so great about democracy? I don't mean we should doubt that democracy is the best approach to government. I think we should remind ourselves why it is. Spoiler alert: It's not because it results in the best leaders. Democracy is valuable even if it doesn't always generate the optimal outcome. Governing ought not be done without the consent of the governed; the democratic process is the way we as a people give our consent. If a democratic government often lumbers along, therefore, with policies that are unwise and ill informed, and even when it elects leaders whose popular appeal exceeds their competence, at least it is a government that rules at the [...]

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Louis Jacobs and Mike Polcyn, Earth Sciences, set to speak this week on “The Art and Science of Texas Dinosaurs”

Baylor News Release Originally Posted: January 27, 2017 WACO, Texas (Jan. 27, 2017) – The Mayborn Museum Complex is hosting experts who will deliver lectures during a Director’s Forum on “The Art and Science of Texas Dinosaurs” Thursday, Feb. 2, and Friday, Feb. 3. The Director’s Forum is an annual lecture series at the museum intended for an adult audience. This year’s forum will feature talks by three speakers at the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. Louis Jacobs, Ph.D., will lecture on "Lone Star Dinosaurs: An Update on the State" at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Jacobs is a professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and [...]

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Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, joins Good Day on FOX4 to discuss Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees

Fox4 Originally Posted: January 30, 2017 WATCH video of Jeff Engel, Directory of the Center for Presidential History discuss President Trumps recent executive orders regarding immigration and refugees. WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Sunday vigorously defended President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, as protests against the order spread throughout the country. Some Republicans in Congress publicly opposed the changes amid legal challenges to the order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, though top congressional Republicans remain largely behind the new president. In a background call with reporters, a senior administration official declared the order's implementation "a massive success story," claiming it had been done "seamlessly and with extraordinary professionalism." WATCH

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Maria Richards of SMU takes over Presidency at Geothermal Resources Council

Think GeoEnergy Originally Posted: January 26, 2017   The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has welcomed Maria Richards as the 26th President of the global geothermal energy organization, succeeding Paul Brophy. Maria Richards, SMUMaria Richards is the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Geothermal Laboratory Coordinator in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dallas, Texas. Her research is on geothermal resources and energy development. Maria’s previous projects include updating the Geothermal Map of North America, developing temperature maps for Google.org, and on?site geothermal exploration in the Peruvian Amazon and the Northern Mariana Islands. Producing geothermal energy from oil and gas fields is one of her research goals, thus works directly with technology companies and the oil and gas industry to find overlapping opportunities. As an [...]

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