Request for Proposals for Undergraduate Mayer Fellows, 2017-2018

Each academic year, DCII sponsors six undergraduate Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellows. These students have a double major or a major and minor(s), and at least one of these must be in Dedman College. With two faculty mentors, each Mayer Fellow conducts a research project that combines and integrates the perspectives of his/her major(s)/minor(s). Mayer Fellows have access to funds to use for research travel or for other expenses related to their research project. See website for details. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/Mayer

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 [...]

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George Holden, Psychology, Texas anti-paddling activists see little response to education secretary letter

Houston Press Originally Posted: December 13, 2016 It might be easy to imagine that the age of corporal punishment in Texas schools is, at last, at an end. Representative Alma Allen (D-Harris) and Representative Eddie Lucio III (D-Cameron) have both introduced bills this session to ban corporal punishment. Last month, Secretary of Education John B. King sent a letter to officials urging the 19 states that still allow paddling in schools to end it, while more than 80 advocacy groups – including organizations representing women, people of color and disabled people – penned an open letter recommending the same. But advocates for the end of corporal punishment say that while these letters were exciting, they have yet to lead to actual progress in Texas, where nearly [...]

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Need a last minute gift? How about a book?

SMU News Originally Posted: Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2016 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum. Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, personal and spiritual enrichment, young adult fiction and celebrity memoir. There’s a southern-themed cookbook for foodies, a literary Shakespearean riff in the form of a card game, and an arty crime caper filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. This collection has something for all reading preferences, from light to serious. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically. [...]

Determined to live a life of significance

SMU News Originally Posted: December 13, 2016 After surviving two childhood liver transplants, followed by years of related medical complications, SMU senior Libby Arterburn is determined to live a life of significance. She will graduate from SMU Dec. 17 with degrees in health and society, psychology and a minor in biology, which she intends to apply toward a medical career. Arterburn was diagnosed at age six weeks with antitrypsin deficiency disorder, a rare genetic condition in which the body does not make enough of a protein that protects the liver and lungs from damage. By the time she was four, she required a life-saving liver transplant. Complications led to a second transplant two days later. Since then, Arterburn has endured regular liver biopsies, multiple hospitalizations [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Psychology|Comments Off on Determined to live a life of significance

SMU to celebrate Rotunda Recessional and December Commencement on Dec. 16 and 17

SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2016 One of SMU's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Recessional, which will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, then exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles some 536 degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony will take place in Moody Coliseum at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, [...]

A look back at the top SMU news stories of 2016

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New books for SMU holiday-roundup

Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2016? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list. Please complete the brief web form at www.smu.edu/news/books to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to smubooks@mail.smu.edu. Please include in the web form a web address where News and Communications can find more information. Questions? Contact the book list editor Cherri Gann at cgann@smu.edu or 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.  

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