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 to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to 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 or 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.  

‘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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Join “A Gathering For Dignity” Friday (11/11) 1 p.m. at the Flagpole

Event 11/15-Hunger & Homelessness Awareness: A Discussion of Dallas’s Response

  The McNair Scholars Program &  The Department of Sociology Present a Panel: Hunger & Homelessness Awareness: A Discussion of Dallas’s Response A panel of local experts will discuss the challenges of hunger and homelessness in our community. Topics include: Dallas’s housing crisis, nonprofit intervention strategies, street outreach initiatives, and your questions. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Southern Methodist University Fondren Science Building, Room 123 Hors d’ oeuvres will be served. For more information, email panel moderator, Alicia Schortgen, Ph.D., at  Please consider bringing an unused toiletry item (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) or canned good to donate to our local hunger and homelessness service organizations.

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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

SMU to host early voting Oct. 31, Nov. 1

SMU News Originally Posted: October 26, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – Early voting for Dallas County residents will be available on the SMU campus Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.  The polling place at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, and free parking will be available in the Binkley and Moody parking garages to accommodate early voters. “It can be hard for students living on campus to find the time and transportation to get to off-campus polling places on election day, so we’re very pleased the Dallas County Commissioners chose to locate an early-voting site at SMU,” said Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs.  “This encourages our students to participate in [...]

SOCI/MKCL Alumni Networking

Event Date: October 26, 2016 Location: Hughes Trigg, Suite 200 Time: 5 to 6:30 pm Please join us for a casual get together to gain exposure to different career paths and learn how to leverage your academic experience into the world of work. For more information contact: Chelsi McLain or visit

Research: Women hit harder by the pressures of elite academic science

SMU News Originally Posted: October 12, 2016 We find that the fixed view of the ideal scientist has a significant impact on the ability of both women and men to stay in and succeed in academic science.” — Lincoln, Ecklund Work life in academia might sound like a dream: summers off, year-long sabbaticals, the opportunity to switch between classroom teaching and research. Yet, when it comes to the sciences, life at the top U.S. research universities is hardly idyllic. Based on surveys of over 2,000 junior and senior scientists, both male and female, as well as in-depth interviews, “Failing Families, Failing Science” examines how the rigors of a career in academic science makes it especially difficult to balance family and work. SMU sociologist Anne Lincoln [...]

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