Graduating SMU student pays her mom’s love forward with a life-saving resource guide for mothers in Dallas (and beyond)

SMU News Originally Posted: May 9, 2017 Sunday, May 14, will officially launch a week of celebrations for SMU senior Dominique Earland. Not only is that her birthday, but it will fall on Mother’s Day – just as it did in 1995, the year Dominique was born. And after she receives two undergraduate degrees at SMU's May Commencement, her academic accomplishments and the life path she has chosen to pursue will track directly back to the lessons about love, nurturing and vulnerability that she learned from her mother. After Texas’ maternal mortality rate spike last year made international headlines, and the state's family-planning resources continued to decline, Dominique focused her Community Outreach Fellowship, funded by SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP), to create a 36-page life-saving toolkit for women [...]

By | 2017-05-11T07:59:09+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty), Sociology (Student), Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Graduating SMU student pays her mom’s love forward with a life-saving resource guide for mothers in Dallas (and beyond)

True or false? Social media advances social justice activism.

True or false? Social media advances social justice activism. Come and hear a panel of attorneys, activists, and media executives present their perspectives on social media and justice in Dallas. Free! Today! (April 26, 2017) 6:00 pm in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. http://www.smu.edu/-/media/Site/Dedman/DCII/SocialMediaJusticeFlyerApril26th-(2).ashx

By | 2017-04-26T08:45:18+00:00 April 26th, 2017|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on True or false? Social media advances social justice activism.

Social Media. Social Justice. Social Activism. An SMU and Dallas Community Panel Event

Event Date: 04/26/2017 Location: Dallas Hall 306 Time: 6:00 p.m. Reception and 6:30 p.m. Panel True or False? Social media advances social justice activism. Come and hear attorneys, activists, and a media executive present their perspectives on the effects of social media on conversations about justice in Dallas. Presented by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events

By | 2017-04-17T10:09:08+00:00 April 12th, 2017|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Social Media. Social Justice. Social Activism. An SMU and Dallas Community Panel Event

Donald Trump is poised to do great harm to US cities (but not for the reasons you might think)

LSE USCentre Originally Posted: March 14, 2017 American cities collectively hold about $3.7 trillion in bonds, which have historically been used to fund capital expenditures. In recent years, however, bond issuers have been strategically leveraging municipalities’ debts via derivatives, which have introduced systemic risk into the municipal finance system. L. Owen Kirkpatrick writes that the Trump administration’s stated desire to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act may speed up the current cycle of financial instability, and lead to more financial pain and misery for US cities. On February 3, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the US Treasury to begin dismantling the financial regulations established by the 2008 Dodd-Frank Act. On the surface, the order may seem to have little to do with the affairs of US cities. [...]

By | 2017-03-14T18:39:48+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Donald Trump is poised to do great harm to US cities (but not for the reasons you might think)

‘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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T08:24:52+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on ‘Failing Families, Failing Science’

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 aschortgen@smu.edu.  Please consider bringing an unused toiletry item (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) or canned good to donate to our local hunger and homelessness service organizations.

By | 2016-11-10T11:59:09+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Sociology, Sociology (Alumni), Sociology (Faculty), Sociology (Student)|Comments Off on Event 11/15-Hunger & Homelessness Awareness: A Discussion of Dallas’s Response

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 https://www.smu.edu/StudentAffairs/Career/Contact.

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 [...]

By | 2016-10-13T09:18:19+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Research: Women hit harder by the pressures of elite academic science

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 [...]

By | 2016-10-03T07:58:08+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on 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
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