Kamal Saggi, Economics, has been appointed to the World Bank’s Steering Committee of the Global Trade and Financial Architecture Project (Phase II): Meeting the Challenges of Economic Integration for Poor Countries. The project is supported by the Department for International Development, a part of the UK Government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of poverty. The project will identify priorities of international cooperation that can help support the process of globalization by enhancing its inclusiveness and sustainability. The Committee will be chaired by the former President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo.
Alice Kendrick, Advertising, was named the 2008 Distinguished Advertising Educator by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The award recognizes “the best advertising professors in the country.”
C. Michael Hawn, Sacred Music, was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its annual meeting July 13-17, 2008, in Berkeley, CA. The honor recognized “his international work as a troubadour of congregational song and his significant contributions to The Society.”
Santanu Roy, Economics, organized a two-day conference on economic theory July 19-20, 2008, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He presented a paper on problems of trading over time in markets for durable goods where buyers are less informed than sellers about the quality of goods to be traded.
Roy also delivered a lecture, “Non-classical Economic Growth Theory: Some Lessons,” to social and environmental scientists in the research division of the Environmental Defense Fund on Aug. 11, 2008, in New York. In addition, he presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Canadian Economic Association, June 6-8, 2008, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The paper analyzed questions related to inferring product quality from prices and the effect of strategic competition between firms.
Ali Alibhai, a graduate student in medieval studies, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to study art and architectural history in Morocco in 2009. He will study religious lamps and the evolution of lighting in medieval Islamic societies. He hopes to examine and catalog the few surviving church bells captured by Muslims during the Middle Ages and transformed into lamps for mosques, where they still hang. Read more from SMU News.
Brittney Titus, a junior corporate communications and public affairs major, was named 2008 Intern of the Year as part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program for her work as the junior volunteer coordinator at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. During her internship, Titus supervised 65 high school volunteers, planning all aspects of their placements from training to activities, fundraisers and educational field trips.