FBI Investigation of Trump-Russia Connection

SMU Adjunct Political Science Prof. Robert Jordan discusses the March 20, 2017, testimony of FBI Director James B. Comey concerning an investigation into whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Jordan is former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Diplomat-in-Residence at SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.

By | March 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on FBI Investigation of Trump-Russia Connection

Self-persuasion iPad app spurs low-income parents to protect teens against cancer-causing hpv

Medical Xpress Originally Posted: March 7, 2017 As health officials struggle to boost the number of teens vaccinated against the deadly human papillomavirus, a new study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, found that self-persuasion works to bring parents on board. Currently public health efforts rely on educational messages and doctor recommendations to persuade parents to vaccinate their adolescents. Self-persuasion as a tool for HPV vaccinations has never been researched until now. The SMU study found that low-income parents will decide to have their teens vaccinated against the sexually transmitted cancer-causing virus if the parents persuade themselves of the protective benefits. The study's subjects—almost all moms—were taking their teens and pre-teens to a safety-net pediatric clinic for medical care. It's the first to look at changing [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Self-persuasion iPad app spurs low-income parents to protect teens against cancer-causing hpv

Who are the undocumented? 5 things to know

Take Two Originally Posted: February 15, 2017 According to estimates out by Pew Research, L.A. and Orange Counties are home to over 1 million people living here illegally. Nationwide, the number is around 11 million. But digging into the data yields some interesting facts, says James Hollifield. He directs the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Five key points: The undocumented population is actually going down across the nation. "We have seen a declining number of the undocumented and [one of the] reasons for this is that some people are actually returning, going home, especially a lot of Mexicans. We've seen a surge of people living in the United States in an unauthorized status [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Who are the undocumented? 5 things to know

New delta Scuti: Rare pulsating star 7,000 light years away is 1 of only 7 in Milky Way

EurekaAlert! Originally Posted: February 14, 2017 Astronomers are reporting a rare star as big -- or bigger -- than the Earth's sun and that is expanding and contracting in a unique pattern in three different directions. The star is one that pulsates and so is characterized by varying brightness over time. It's situated 7,000 light years away from the Earth in the constellation Pegasus, said astronomer Farley Ferrante, a member of the team that made the discovery at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Called a variable star, this particular star is one of only seven known stars of its kind in our Milky Way galaxy. "It was challenging to identify it," Ferrante said. "This is the first time we'd encountered this rare type." The Milky Way [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on New delta Scuti: Rare pulsating star 7,000 light years away is 1 of only 7 in Milky Way

Mexico trade war would put Texas economy, jobs at stake

Dallas News Originally Posted: January 31, 2017 The Texas economy is already pretty great, and Mexico is one of the key reasons. That’s worth remembering when President Donald Trump threatens a trade war over a border wall, as he did last week. Economically, there’s more at stake for Texas than any other state in the country. Mexico is our most important trading partner by far. In 2015, Texas exported over $92 billion in goods to Mexico, which was more than it exported to the next 10 countries combined. Texas imports from Mexico were almost as high and were twice as high as from China, next on the list. Perhaps the most impressive number: Texas exports supported over 1 million jobs in 2015, according to government [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Mexico trade war would put Texas economy, jobs at stake

Robert Howell, Philosophy, commentary, the prescription to cure political malpractice

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 28, 2017 It's time to ask: What's so great about democracy? I don't mean we should doubt that democracy is the best approach to government. I think we should remind ourselves why it is. Spoiler alert: It's not because it results in the best leaders. Democracy is valuable even if it doesn't always generate the optimal outcome. Governing ought not be done without the consent of the governed; the democratic process is the way we as a people give our consent. If a democratic government often lumbers along, therefore, with policies that are unwise and ill informed, and even when it elects leaders whose popular appeal exceeds their competence, at least it is a government that rules at the [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Philosophy|Comments Off on Robert Howell, Philosophy, commentary, the prescription to cure political malpractice

Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, joins Good Day on FOX4 to discuss Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees

Fox4 Originally Posted: January 30, 2017 WATCH video of Jeff Engel, Directory of the Center for Presidential History discuss President Trumps recent executive orders regarding immigration and refugees. WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Sunday vigorously defended President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, as protests against the order spread throughout the country. Some Republicans in Congress publicly opposed the changes amid legal challenges to the order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, though top congressional Republicans remain largely behind the new president. In a background call with reporters, a senior administration official declared the order's implementation "a massive success story," claiming it had been done "seamlessly and with extraordinary professionalism." WATCH

By | January 30th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, joins Good Day on FOX4 to discuss Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees

Maria Richards of SMU takes over Presidency at Geothermal Resources Council

Think GeoEnergy Originally Posted: January 26, 2017   The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has welcomed Maria Richards as the 26th President of the global geothermal energy organization, succeeding Paul Brophy. Maria Richards, SMUMaria Richards is the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Geothermal Laboratory Coordinator in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dallas, Texas. Her research is on geothermal resources and energy development. Maria’s previous projects include updating the Geothermal Map of North America, developing temperature maps for Google.org, and on?site geothermal exploration in the Peruvian Amazon and the Northern Mariana Islands. Producing geothermal energy from oil and gas fields is one of her research goals, thus works directly with technology companies and the oil and gas industry to find overlapping opportunities. As an [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Maria Richards of SMU takes over Presidency at Geothermal Resources Council
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