What to expect from inauguration, first day in office, first 100 days of GOP control

SMU News Originally Posted: January 9, 2017 SMU Dedman College experts are available for interview on all things related to the presidential inauguration expectations for President-Elect Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. READ THE FULL RELEASE  TRUMP INHERITS STRONGEST AMERICA IN YEARS; FIRST HUNDRED DAYS TO FEATURE REPEALS, RESCTRICTIONS & WALKBACKS  JEFFREY ENGEL jaengel@mail.smu.eduOn what a President’s typical first day holds in store, and how Trump’s might be different… “A president's first day in office is typically filled with welcomes from around the world and from his own administration. He might field congratulatory calls from global leaders, friends and potential foes alike, each eager to start a new relationship with the new commander in chief out on the best footing possible. So too leaders from [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on What to expect from inauguration, first day in office, first 100 days of GOP control

5 SMU students participating in yearlong human rights-focused projects

North Dallas Gazette Originally Posted: January 9, 2017 Five SMU scholars recently tapped as Community Outreach Fellows are pursuing yearlong human rights-focused projects “to put cutting-edge ideas into practical action,” says Bradley Klein, associate director of the fellowship’s sponsor, SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP). So far, the EHRP has financially supported 15 Community Outreach Fellows, who collectively have worked with a variety of Dallas-Fort Worth human rights groups to provide more than 3,000 service hours to improve lives in the region. SMU’s current Community Outreach Fellows and their projects are: Dominique Earland, a senior majoring in human rights and biology, is partnering with the Dallas County Fetal-Infant Mortality Review at Parkland Hospital to teach healthcare rights and ensure appropriate services are offered to mothers and babies at risk because of socioeconomic status, lack of citizenship documentation, age or other factors. Suzanne Massey, a master’s candidate in the Lyle School of Engineering’s Sustainability and Development Program and SMU’s Director of Community [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on 5 SMU students participating in yearlong human rights-focused projects

Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Marshall Terry, Jr. will be held on Friday, January 20, at 1:00 pm in Perkins Chapel.  A reception will be held at the Meadows Museum immediately following the service. Memorial gifts may be made in support of The Marsh Terry Creative Writing Scholarship Endowment Fund by sending checks payable to Southern Methodist University at SMU, P. O. Box 402, Dallas, TX 75275-0402, or by making a gift online at smu.edu/giving. READ MORE

By | January 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th

The January meeting for the DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th at Brookhaven College, Building H, Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX  75244. Our special speaker is Dr. Louis Jacobs, professor of geology and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University. Earning his BS degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he then went to the University of Arizona for his Masters and PhD degrees, specializing in rodent fossils.  He was then the head of the Division of Paleontology, National Museums of Kenya, before he began at SMU in 1983.  He has branched out from rodents with studies of mosasaurs, turtles, marine mammals, and of course dinosaurs.  Author of 3 popular [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th

Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence

LawFare Blog Originally Posted: January 8, 2017 It started with a tweet. Shortly after the news broke that the Central Intelligence Agency suspected Russian intelligence of using cyberattacks to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, the president elect’s transition team took to Twitter to dismiss the news—and denounce the Agency. “These are the same people who said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Trump’s transition office said in a statement. Trump told Fox News that the notion of Russian meddling was “ridiculous” and speculated that the story was planted by disappointed Democrats. This was consistent with the view of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his choice for national security advisor, that the CIA is a political tool of the Obama administration. The fallout [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence

SMU chemist discovers new way to crack the stubborn carbon-hydrogen bond that could allow industry to make petroleum-derived commercial products easier, cheaper and cleaner

Science Daily Originally Posted: January 4, 2017 A new catalyst for breaking the tough molecular bond between carbon and hydrogen holds the promise of a cleaner, easier and cheaper way to derive products from petroleum, says a researcher at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. "Some of the most useful building blocks we have in the world are simple, plentiful hydrocarbons like methane, which we extract from the ground. They can be used as starting materials for complex chemical products such as plastics and pharmaceuticals," said Isaac Garcia-Bosch, Harold A. Jeskey Endowed Chair assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at SMU. "But the first step of the process is very, very difficult -- breaking that carbon-hydrogen bond. The stronger the bond, the more difficult it is [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU chemist discovers new way to crack the stubborn carbon-hydrogen bond that could allow industry to make petroleum-derived commercial products easier, cheaper and cleaner

Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking, study finds

Phys.org Originally Posted: January 4, 2016 Parents and nonparents alike feel better about corporal punishment when it's called 'spanking' rather than 'hitting' or 'beating,' according to a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Study participants judged identical acts of a child's misbehavior and the corporal punishment that followed it, but rated the discipline as better or worse simply depending on the verb used to describe it. Discipline acts referred to as spank and swat were ranked as more effective and acceptable than those referred to as slap, hit or beat. The findings of the study indicate that people buffer negative views of corporal punishment by calling it by a more culturally acceptable label, said psychologist Alan Brown, psychology professor at SMU and [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking, study finds

Greg Brownderville, English, How an SMU Poet Straddles America’s Cultural Divide

D Magazine Originally Posted: January 2017 Scan This: When he was young, Brownderville found he had a special affinity for words, a kind of synesthesia that he began to experience after a series of head injuries. Credit- D Magazine A few days after the November presidential election, I meet the poet Greg Brownderville for a coffee near the campus of SMU, where he teaches poetry and runs the Southwest Review, the century-old quarterly literary journal. We are here to discuss Brownderville’s latest volume of poetry, A Horse With Holes in It, published in November by Louisiana State University Press. Our conversation, however, inevitably turns to the recent election. “Snark is having a moment in this country,” Brownderville says. He is wearing a sweater under a [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Greg Brownderville, English, How an SMU Poet Straddles America’s Cultural Divide

Willard Spiegelman, English, new book Senior Moments included in a list of recommended holiday reading by writers over 50

The Berkshire Eagle Originally Posted: December 17, 2016 'Tis the season for well-meaning younger people to offer advice to elders who, they fear, are sad or uninterested in the holidays. The blog Senior Care Corner claims that one geriatric specialist, worrying about senior depression, said, "I wish they would cancel December." True, the winter holidays may bring memories to elders of earlier, maybe happier — at least, more boisterous — times. And we who have lost someone we shared the holidays with may need to give expression to the empty space in our lives. But as an alternative to unsolicited advice — eat and drink moderately at parties, catch another screening of "It's a Wonderful Life," drive around (or, preferably, get driven around) neighborhood light [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Willard Spiegelman, English, new book Senior Moments included in a list of recommended holiday reading by writers over 50

Q & A with Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: December 2, 2016 The Tower Center sat down with Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch to discuss her research exploring the security of the commercial sex trade. Jendrusch has conducted research in Amsterdam, London and around the United States. She is majoring in English and corporate communications and public affairs, with minors in public policy and international affairs and history. Why did you decide to study security of the commercial sex trade? Studying the sex trade is certainly not something to take lightly. When I first became interested in it, I wanted to understand the power given to the women by the law — how were their rights and freedoms restricted? As I looked more into the subject, however, what [...]

By | December 26th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Q & A with Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Sara Jendrusch
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