Elira Kuka, economics, appointed to prestigious national research organization

SMU Research Originally Posted: May 10, 2017 SMU economics professor wins prestigious appointment to nation’s premier organization for impartial economic research, the National Bureau of Economic Research. The National Bureau of Economic Research, the nation’s leading nonprofit economic research organization, has appointed SMU Assistant Professor Elira Kuka a faculty research fellow. Kuka is in the SMU Department of Economics. She will be a fellow in the NBER’s research program on children, a key policy area. NBER, founded in 1920, is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers and business professionals. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is the most prestigious and active research organization in economic policy and empirical analysis in [...]

By | 2017-05-22T08:36:38+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Elira Kuka, economics, appointed to prestigious national research organization

Dedman College economics experts quoted in Forbes. Move Over, San Francisco: Dallas Tops Our List Of The Best Cities For Jobs 2017

Forbes Originally Posted: May 15, 2017 Dallas is called the Big D for a reason. Bigger, better, best: that’s the Dallas mindset. From the gigantic Cowboys stadium in Arlington to the burgeoning northern suburbs to the posh Arts District downtown, Dallasites are reinventing their metropolis almost daily. The proposed urban park along the Trinity River, my Dallas friends remind me, will be 11 times bigger than New York’s Central Park. Here’s something else for them to boast about: the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area ranks first this year on our list of the Best Cities For Jobs. It’s a region that in many ways is the polar opposite of the San Francisco and San Jose metropolitan areas, which have dominated our ranking for the last few years. (They still [...]

By | 2017-05-17T14:23:41+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College economics experts quoted in Forbes. Move Over, San Francisco: Dallas Tops Our List Of The Best Cities For Jobs 2017

David Millimet, Economics, A Weaker EPA May Not Mean The Environment Goes To Hell But It Could Lead To Greater Disparities Between States

FiveThirtyEight Originally Posted: April 7, 2017 Last week, President Trump signed a broad executive order that’s primarily aimed at promoting the use of coal and curbing Obama-era efforts to reduce America’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The Trump administration sees its new rules as a crucial path to creating coal-industry jobs and making America energy-independent — though economists say it’s unlikely to achieve those goals. Meanwhile, among people concerned about the risks of long-term climate change, the order has been interpreted as an attack, a dismantling of environmental protections, and an example of the president’s particular animosity toward the Environmental Protection Agency. But if Trump really does have an ax to grind with the EPA, he’s not the first world leader to sit down at that whetstone. Politicians [...]

By | 2017-04-10T08:37:43+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on David Millimet, Economics, A Weaker EPA May Not Mean The Environment Goes To Hell But It Could Lead To Greater Disparities Between States

From the middle of The Mob: An insider’s look at SMU’s rowdy, courtside student fan section

SMU News Originally Posted: March 13, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) - The sound of the dribble-smack against wood, sneaker-screech on slick panels and screaming voices all reverberate in Moody Coliseum whenever an opponent challenges the Mustangs on their home court. In the heart of this commotion sits The Mob – that wild rabble of rambunctious student fans – who unlike most mobs, boldly bear their membership across their chests. Whenever the men’s basketball team was in the house this season, so was one of the proudest members of The Mob. Tammy Winter is an SMU senior Economics and Public Policy major who never missed a game – or celebrity appearance - in the last two years she's been cheering for her Mustangs with The Mob. Few [...]

By | 2017-03-17T06:44:46+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Political Science|Comments Off on From the middle of The Mob: An insider’s look at SMU’s rowdy, courtside student fan section

Dallas’ Most Innovative Health Care Startup: BioLum

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: March 9, 2017 The Tritex Group is always on the hunt for the latest and greatest talent in Dallas’ startup community. As one out of 10 people in the U.S. suffer from asthma, it did not take long to find a group of three hungry entrepreneurs who are innovating asthma management. New technology has been developed to help parents and patients better manage the chronic illness on a day to day basis. Yes, there is an app for that, thanks to Dallas-based BioLum Sciences. Started by three former Southern Methodist University students, Edward Allegra, Jack Reynolds, and Miguel Quimbar, BioLum Sciences is entering its third year of operation. Their product is a mobile health solution for asthma management. The device analyzes [...]

By | 2017-03-14T18:33:11+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News|Comments Off on Dallas’ Most Innovative Health Care Startup: BioLum

Tower Scholar Q&A | My time as a campaign manager

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: February 2, 2017 Kovan Barzani is a Junior from Plano, Texas triple majoring in Economics, Public Policy and Management with a minor in political science.  Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Kovan Barzani, class of 2017, managed Jim Burke’s 2016 campaign for the Texas House of Representatives District 114 in Dallas. Barzani started out as a Fellow at the Dallas County Democratic Party, and within a month he was running Burke’s campaign. Barzani is triple majoring in economics, public policy and management. Upon graduation in May he will be working for Capital One in Dallas as a business analyst. The Tower Center sat down with Barzani to hear his story. How did you become Jim Burke’s campaign manager? During my first couple of days as a [...]

By | 2017-02-08T07:29:07+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Tower Scholar Q&A | My time as a campaign manager

Danila Serra, Economics, Does Corruption Happen Slowly, or All at Once?

The Atlantic Originally Posted: January 26, 2017 If someone’s about to go into a cold swimming pool, they’ll probably use one of two tactics. They might dip a toe in, wade in to the ankles, and slowly, slowly inch their body into the water until they’re completely submerged. Or they’ll just cannonball in, and get it over with. If it’s not a cold swimming pool someone is entering, but rather the icy waters of corruption, which of these two strategies will they choose? Many would say the first; corruption is often characterized as a “slippery slope,” something into which a person or organization slowly descends as more and more small immoral acts add up. But a new study published in Psychological Science argues that people are more likely to [...]

By | 2017-01-26T08:29:53+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Danila Serra, Economics, Does Corruption Happen Slowly, or All at Once?

Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | 2016-11-28T17:03:20+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

“SMU has a track record of successful graduates who change the world… take advantage of that…” ~ Edward Allegra ’16

SMU Jack Reynolds ’15, Edward Allegra ’16 and Miguel Quimbar ’17 came to SMU as strangers. Together, they founded a company that will change their lives and the lives of other asthma patients. “I was hanging out in our apartment and Jack came in super excited,” recalls Allegra, who earned a degree in economics and biology. At a meeting of the SMU Entrepreneurship Club, Reynolds (finance, and markets and culture double major) and Quimbar (chemistry and accounting) had heard about a revolutionary idea: using extremely sensitive chemical luminescence to register visibly when the biomarkers in someone’s exhaled breaths indicate the person is likely to suffer an asthma attack – before they’re even aware of it. The club’s faculty advisor and professor of practice in entrepreneurship Simon Mak [...]

By | 2016-11-17T20:23:01+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on “SMU has a track record of successful graduates who change the world… take advantage of that…” ~ Edward Allegra ’16
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