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 [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider bringing an unused toiletry item (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) or canned good to donate to our local hunger and homelessness service organizations.
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 https://www.smu.edu/StudentAffairs/Career/Contact.
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 [...]
How work and family life conflict in the modern university Academic science still operates on assumptions that have failed to catch up with the realities of today’s family lives, argue scholars
Times Higher Education Originally Posted: September 29, 2016 A new book explores how to “expand the family-friendliness of academic science”. Failing Families, Failing Science: Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science is based on a survey of close to 3,500 biologists and physicists in top American universities, followed up by 184 in-depth interviews. “We started out the project interested in women’s experiences, and thought of men as just a comparison group,” says Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology at Rice University, who co-wrote the book with Anne E. Lincoln, assistant professor of sociology atSouthern Methodist University. “We weren’t that interested in studying men. And we were completely wrong!” Although she points out that “there is much more of a ‘motherhood penalty’ than a ‘fatherhood penalty’” for those forging academic [...]
Meet the Scientist: Eveline Kuchmak, an SMU alumna and current Manager of Temporary Exhibitions at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Rock Report Originally Posted: July 18, 2016 Meet: Eveline Kuchmak Another Southern Methodist University alumna (Pony Up!), Eveline graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Economic Sociology. Growing up she “lived for trips to art and science museums, space camp, Pony Club veterinary workshops, and the latest issue of National Geographic.” She was homeschooled for much of her childhood and her parents always made sure she had a healthy dose of curiosity. After graduation, she attended archaeological field school in New Mexico which only reinforced her desire to discover new things and share these experiences. This path has led her to a career inspiring others through science museums. She began working at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in education and public programs; [...]
Taos News Originally Posted: May 31, 2016 Fort Burgwin wasn’t much to look at in 1973 when Southern Methodist University (SMU) took over the independent research facility that was solely focused on archaeology. But four decades later, SMU-in-Taos is a full-fledged campus. With a slew of renovations in the past two years, the campus is starting to cultivate the community feel it has long desired. SMU-in-Taos is a multipurpose educational facility that sees a rush of energy during the summer as Dallas-bound SMU students come to Taos for one of three summer terms. But for years, the campus didn’t have the physical layout befitting a community of learners. The old cafeteria was built in the 1970s and always served as a de facto student center [...]
Congratulations to John Kalkanli, graduating in May with dual degrees in International Studies and Markets and Culture with a minor in human rights
This week we are sharing some powerful SMU stories from the class of 2016... John Kalkanli has never seen the campus of SMU, but he says he loves it none-the-less. John Kalkanli is blind. Born in Turkey with a disorder that robbed him of his sight from day one, his family brought him to Dallas six times in his first five years of life to attempt surgeries they hoped would make him see. None of the surgeries worked, but eventually he found something else in Dallas – a future home at SMU. After Kalkanli graduates in May with dual degrees in International Studies and Markets and Culture with a minor in human rights, he will enroll in SMU’s Masters of Liberal Studies program with a [...]
Professor Sheri Kunovich received the Extra Mile Award from the Students for New Learning. Students for New Learning is an SMU-chartered student organization for students with ADHD or learning differences. The group meets monthly to provide support, learn tips and strategies, plan fun events, and works to increase campus understanding on the topic of learning differences. http://blog.smu.edu/forum/2016/04/19/smu-recognizes-outstanding-achievement-at-2015-16-hilltop-excellence-awards-honors-convocation/
After controlling for political interest, previous voting behavior, and socio-economic controls, women in Poland are found to be less knowledgeable than men about political leaders. However, religious attendance is found to increase women's political knowledge but not men's. READ MORE about Sheri Kunovich