Trump presidency: Five bumpy White House transitions

BBC News Originally Posted: November 11, 2016 Dedman College expert Jeffrey A. Engel, Ph.D., is quoted in this BBC story originally published on Nov. 11. Jefferey Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. He is an expert on the U.S. presidency and American diplomatic history. By Courtney Subramanian BBC News, Washington Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES President Barack Obama took the first step in passing the presidential baton to his successor Donald Trump after the two spoke for more than an hour in what was meant to be a brief meeting. "He's a good man," said Mr Trump, the soon-to-be 45th president, of his predecessor. But that compliment belied years of clashes between the two men. Mr Trump has referred [...]

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Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 The contentious 2016 election came to an end early Nov. 9 with a result that surprised many — Donald Trump won the presidency. In his victory speech, Trump promised to be a president for all Americans. “Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. Below, Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield gives his insight on what to possibly expect out of an unexpected Trump presidency. Tower Center: What was your initial reaction to the election results? Jim Hollifield: I was surprised but not too surprised. If the vote was going to be decided by white working class voters in the upper-Midwest then Clinton would lose the election, and that’s essentially what happened. These [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Watch: Donald Trump’s Victory was Unexpected

Fox 4 Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 Professor Jeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, looks at Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday in the race for the White House, including how Trump makes the transition from campaign rhetoric to presidential rhetoric. https://youtu.be/djYdvKSZjg4

By | November 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Watch: Donald Trump’s Victory was Unexpected

Politlcal Polls Were Unable To Predict 2016 Election Results

CBS DFW Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 There is shock and awe among many Americans today who woke to find a different candidate headed to the White House than even the experts predicted. Dr. Matthew Wilson, an associate professor of Political at Southern Methodist University (SMU) has some opinions as to what turned the tide in the election. Wilson said the 2016 election is one that will be studied for a long time. And that it revealed a range of problems with everything from the polling industry, to which states are in play, to who is mostly likely to vote. Wilson says the presidential election not only jarred millions of American voters but was also a shock the people who specialize in predicting the outcomes. [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Politlcal Polls Were Unable To Predict 2016 Election Results

NCI grant funds SMU research into cancer-causing viruses that hide from the immune system

SMU Research Originally Posted: November 8, 2016 Genes common to both the human T-cell leukemia virus and high-risk human papillomaviruses activate survival mechanisms in cancer cells. An SMU lab, with National Cancer Institute funding, is hunting ways to inhibit those genes to halt the development of cancer. SMU virologist and cancer researcher Robert L. Harrod has been awarded a $436,500 grant from the National Cancer Institute to further his lab’s research into how certain viruses cause cancers in humans. Under two previous NCI grants, Harrod’s lab discovered that the human T-cell leukemia virus type-1, HTLV-1, and high-risk subtype human papillomaviruses, HPVs, share a common mechanism that plays a key role in allowing cancers to develop. Now the lab will search for the biological mechanism — a molecular target — [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on NCI grant funds SMU research into cancer-causing viruses that hide from the immune system

Tough Turtle: Dino-Killing Asteroid Spared Sea Creature

Live Science Originally Posted: November 8, 2016 Shortly after an asteroid smashed into Earth about 65.5 million years ago, obliterating much of life on Earth,an ancient sea turtle with a triangular-shaped head swam along the relatively arid shores of southern Africa, a new study finds. The creature, a newly identified species, lived about 64 million years ago during the Paleocene, an epoch within the Paleogene period, the researchers said. The animal is closely related to earlier seaturtles that lived before the asteroid struck, an event known as the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary, which marks the mass extinction that killed about 75 percent of all species on Earth, including the nonavian dinosaurs. "If these sea turtles do, in fact, form a tightly knit group, evolutionarily speaking, then the [African] specimen provides proof [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Tough Turtle: Dino-Killing Asteroid Spared Sea Creature

How the FBI’s Clinton decision might swing DFW Texas House races

Star Telegram Originally Posted: November 7, 2016 FBI Director James Comey’s Sunday surprise also sent Texas campaigns back to work. State and local Republicans, breathing easy after an FBI investigation trimmed Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead, now must work anew to turn out downballot voters in case the presidential election seems decided by Tuesday. One or two Texas House seats in Dallas County currently held by Republicans might swing to Democratic challengers if Clinton regains any of the momentum she had before Oct. 28. That’s when Comey abruptly announced a review of new evidence in a lingering investigation into whether Clinton or her staff mishandled classified information. READ MORE

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Read the Latest Inside Dedman College, Fall 2016 Newsletter

Vol. 2 Features: Dean's Message The Slope of Success Dedman College Scholars: Building on Success In and Out of the Classroom Part One: Helping Exceptional Students Find Their Way Part Two: A Lasting Impact Part Three: Preparing for the Future Student Feature A Tower Scholar’s Life in Uganda Faculty Features Grappling with Culture and Citizenship: Dr. Hervé Tchumkam Explores French Identity Sharing Ideas Across Oceans: Department of Chemistry to Host International Exchange Bringing the Past into Context: Dr. Jo Guldi and the Digital Humanities Science at an Unprecedented Scale World Changers Major in World Languages Alumni Feature ‘My Passion, My Philanthropy:’ Lauren Embrey on Giving Bold and ‘Now’ What's New Biophysics: New Major on the Hilltop

Huffington Post covers the latest research of SMU clinical psychologist Alicia Meuret

Huffington Post Originally Posted: October 25, 2016 Not a morning person? There still might be a good reason to get up and at it when it comes to booking time with your therapist. A new study found that patients actually made more progress in overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias when they went to psychotherapy in the morning versus the afternoon. In fact, a test of panic symptoms revealed that patients had nearly 30 percent more improvement after an a.m. appointment than an afternoon session. It’s not about whether or not you’re a morning person or a night owl, study author Alicia E. Meuret, a clinical psychologist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, told The Huffington Post. The new data suggests morning therapy sessions are aided by higher [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Huffington Post covers the latest research of SMU clinical psychologist Alicia Meuret

Blue states voting red? Political Science professor Cal Jillson on CNN

SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks to CNN about the possibility of historically blue states voting for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8. WATCH https://youtu.be/Q9TZvZIIbj8

By | October 26th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Blue states voting red? Political Science professor Cal Jillson on CNN
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