‘Failing Families, Failing Science’

Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: December 2, 2016 New book about balancing work and home life as an academic scientist warns that failure to address the challenge will cost institutions and science as a whole. By Colleen Flaherty Much of the literature on balancing faculty and home life centers on women. There’s talk of the “baby penalty” for women who choose to have children, for example. A new book, based on five years of research involving academic scientists, sheds more light on the struggles of both men and women as they try to grow their careers and their families. Failing Families, Failing Science: Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science (New York University Press) is based on the idea that work-life balance is not an issue exclusive to women -- and must be [...]

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Watch: Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson on Fox4

Fox 4 Originally Posted: November 29, 2016 SMU Associate Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson talks about President-elect Donald Trump’s negative reaction to the burning of the American flag. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is legal, that decision growing out a Dallas case involving an incident at the 1984 Republican National Convention. https://youtu.be/gS-73sVCvW0

By | December 1st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Watch: Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson on Fox4

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Where We’re Going: Post Election

SMU Originally Posted: Nov. 29, 2016 https://youtu.be/jx7dY_uAOR4 On Nov. 12, 2016,SMU Political Science Professor Dennis Simon presented part three of a three-part lecture series on presidential elections. Where We’re Going: Post Election, analyzed the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and how party bases have changed as a result in the context of historic loyalties.

By | November 30th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Dennis Simon, Political Science, Where We’re Going: Post Election

Joshua Rovner in Washington Post: This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election

Washington Post Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton thinks James B. Comey cost her the presidency. Eleven days before the election, the FBI director informed congressional leaders that newly discovered information might be relevant to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. That inquirywas never formally closed, but months earlier, Comey made it clear that he would not seek prosecution. His new message was vague but provocative, and the campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump immediately used it to reinforce its claim that the email story was “worse than Watergate.” At the time Clinton was surging in the polls, and Trump’s campaign seemed to be imploding under the weight of poor debate performances and accusations of sexual assault. Some [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Joshua Rovner in Washington Post: This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election

Jo Guldi, History, Leaving Behind the Yellow Submarine

Boston Review Originally Posted: November 22, 2016 The final scene of the 1968 animated Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine, shows the character of Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D., pirouetting through the cosmos, borne by a constantly expanding flower. He is the nerd-hero; he has triumphed over the closed-minded, music-hating threat of the Blue Meanies, proving that even the cruelest of adversaries can be transformed by the power of beauty, love, and a classical education. Yet when we first meet him, Jeremy is pitiable, a “Nowhere Man”: a bulbously shaped, furry, pink-tailed creature who alone remains in the void when a Vacuum Monster sucks the world into his snout and then devours himself. He babbles in Latin about his articles, his essay for The New Statesman, his educational pedigree, and [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Jo Guldi, History, Leaving Behind the Yellow Submarine

Seismic denial?

Dallas News Originally Posted: November 17, 2016 A white Chevy Suburban with "Railroad Commission of Texas" emblazoned on its side rolled north on Interstate 35. Behind the wheel sat Milton Rister, the commission's director. Trim and balding, Rister was a veteran political operator who had held influential positions within the Texas Republican Party for decades. He could smell political disaster from miles away - and this one reeked. As he neared the town of Azle, northwest of Dallas, Rister said to himself: Please let there be only 50 people there. For weeks, telephones at commission headquarters in Austin had been ringing about earthquakes hitting Azle, which had never felt a quake before. Suddenly, ground was shaking under hayfields and homes, rattling windows, knocking pictures off shelves, [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Seismic denial?

Event: Data Mining Tutorial: Methods and Tools

Event date: November 30, 2016 Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall 147 Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Join Dr. Michael Hahsler (Lyle) as he presents a tutorial on Data Mining. The event will cover an introduction to data mining, the data mining process and the core methods used by data mining professionals and highlight how they are related to the fields of statistics, optimization and machine learning. The tutorial will also review available tools and examples. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events

By | November 21st, 2016|DCII, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Event: Data Mining Tutorial: Methods and Tools

From Dinosaurs to Data Networks: Texas and the Arctic in the Anthropocene

Medium Originally Posted: November 6, 2016 “Report from the Top of the World!” The flier caught my attention immediately. The U.S. Embassy in Oslo and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, DC wanted to send graduate journalism students to the Norwegian Arctic as part of a new internshipprogram. I applied because I wanted to gain a global perspective on my research and reporting. Less than a year later, I found myself standing on an empty beach near Bugøynes on the northern coast of Norway, silent except for the call of a distant bird and the lapping of cold water against the shore. Towering overhead were the sharp black rocks and dark islands of the fjords, silhouetted by midnight sun that glowed a soft, radiant white behind a sheet of fog. [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on From Dinosaurs to Data Networks: Texas and the Arctic in the Anthropocene

Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:

Austin American Statesman Originally Posted: November 14, 2016 In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20. “We’re not going to reply; we’re not going to address what was said during the campaign,” Paulo Carreño King, Mexico’s undersecretary to North America, told the American-Statesman on Monday during the first visit by a high-ranking Mexican official to Austin since Trump won the election last week. “What we think is more important is that we push forward an agenda [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:
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