Cal Jillson, Political Science, Is Ebola Obama’s Katrina moment?

Christian Science Monitor

Oct. 18, 2014

…“His White House team has really throughout his administration — but particularly in recent years, when approval ratings have been languishing – seemed not to anticipate developments,” says Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “And maybe even more important, it hasn’t anticipated the politics that accompany developments, whether it’s Syria, or ISIS, or Ebola.” READ MORE

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Joseph Batir awarded GRC Scholarship

Source: Geothermal Resources Council
Published: Oct. 20, 2014

…A highlight of the Annual Meeting, the Student Leadership Luncheon attracted more than 60 students and geothermal leaders to discuss job opportunities in the industry. In addition, the second annual GRC Scholarships were awarded to Megan Dewit of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada; Paige Granneman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph Batir of Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA; Maciej Lukawski of Cornell Energy Institute in New York, USA, and Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA. READ MORE

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The Psychology of Fear with psychologist Alicia Meuret

KERA public radio 90.1 hosted SMU psychologist Alicia Meuret on Krys Boyd‘s “Think” program Oct. 6. Meuret, Boyd and Madhukar Trivedi, chair of the University of Texas-Southwestern’s Mental Health Department, discussed “How fear serves us and when it can lead us astray,” particularly in the wake of the much-discussed Ebola case in Dallas. READ MORE

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Travel to Budapest, Hungary

2177_001Event date: October 19, 2014

Event time: 1:00 p.m.

Event Contact: Sherry Aikman
saikman@smu.edu

Location: Dallas Hall/ Basement Lounge

Event Description: Travel with the Embrey Human Rights Program to Holocaust Hungary. Find out all about the trip at an Information Session this Sunday!

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School of the Americas Watch

 

2175_001Event date: October 23, 2014

Event time: 5:00 p.m.

Event Contact: Roberto Corona
rcorona@smu.edu

Event Description: Travel with the Embrey Human Rights Program to protest the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia on November 21-23, 2014. Attend information session to find out all about the trip and to sign up! Meeting in 109 Clements Hall. READ MORE

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Beyond the Walls – Giving Voice to Life Experiences

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Event date: October 18, 2014

Event time: 6:15 p.m.

Event Contact: Sherry Aikman, 8-8347

Event Description: Tells the stories, through community murals, of important issues faced by communities in the West Bank, Northern Ireland, Liberia, El Salvador, Argentina, Australia and the Unitied States. Screening at the Dallas VideoFest – Angelika Theater. READ MORE

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SMU to honor global & local human rights champs at ‘Triumph of the Spirit’ awards event Nov. 12

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DALLAS (SMU) — Peruvian champion of indigenous women’s rights Eliana Elias and innovative global-minded local educator Bhavani Parpia will be honored at SMU Nov. 12 as the first two recipients of Embrey Human Rights Program Triumph of the Spirit Awards. The awards carry a combined $30,000 in funding for the recipients made possible by an anonymous supporter of SMU’s undergraduate human rights program. READ MORE

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Social Studies Revised

THINK, KERA. Originally posted: October 6, 2014

Texas is considering new social studies textbooks for public school students for the first time since 2002. This hour, we’ll talk about questions that have arisen about how they teach culture and religion with a pair of SMU professors who testified about the books before the State Board of Education – Kathleen Wellman of the history department and David Brockman, who teaches religious studies. LISTEN

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Engaged Learning Fall Symposium, Oct. 24

Engaged Learning Fall Symposium
Location: HT Forum
Date: Fri, Oct 24
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
contact person: Susan Kress
website: http://www.smu.edu/Provost/EngagedLearning/SYMPOSIUMFALL

Come hear the 5 minute student presentations of Engaged Learning Fellows, Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows, Maguire Fellows, McNair Scholars, SRA Fellows and University Honor Program Richter Fellows who are finishing projects in research, service, creative and internship programs during Family Weekend at the Engaged Learning Symposium. Breakfast will be provided. The full line up of projects can be found on the event website: http://www.smu.edu/Provost/EngagedLearning/SYMPOSIUMFALL

An open house is to follow at 2-4 pm in Clements Lower Level.

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Undergraduate research is growing at SMU

The Daily Campus: Originally posted on September 18, 2014

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Undergraduate research is growing in universities across the country. At SMU, more than 150 undergrads are conducting research on campus.

“What that vies them is a step up to get into grad school or to get that next job,” said Susan Kress, director of Engaged Learning.

Junior Christina Lollar works in a chemistry lab in Dedman Science. She believes her research has helped her learn in the classroom.

“I can’t think about research without thinking about the theory and I can’t think bout the theory without thinking about research now,” Lollar said. “They’re very intertwined worlds, which is great.”

And research is not just limited to the sciences, as some would believe.

“I’m a very storm believer in the notion that research is really across all disciplines,” said Robert Kehoe, director of Undergraduate Research.

Senior Abby Marchessault visited Bali, in Indoesia, to learn how the culture teaches dance.

“Probably one of the things I enjoyed most about it was the whole process of learning something and learning that there even was something to learn that I didn’t know,” Marchessault said.

With over 20 programs available to undergraduates, students have a wealth of research opportunities in any field they may choose.

“There’s not just one good program,” Kehoe said. “At other schools, they’re just like ‘the program.’ I think that students have a lot of opportunities that you wouldn’t have at a lot of other schools.”

To learn about all the research happening on campus, visit the SMU research blog.

 

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