Faculty in the News: Oct. 20, 2009

Al Armendariz

Faculty in the News: Oct. 20, 2009

David Chard on WFAA Channel 8Bernard “Bud” Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about the role of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund in seeding new startup companies with The Austin American-Statesman Oct. 18, 2009. He also discussed the high cost of state and local government tax giveaways designed to attract businesses with The Houston Chronicle Oct. 17, 2009.

David Chard (left), Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, talked about the increasingly common practice of holding children back a year to help them be more mature when they enter school with ABC Channel 8 News Oct. 7, 2009.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed the effectiveness of curbing climate change by detecting and sealing natural gas leaks with The New York Times Oct. 14, 2009.

October 20, 2009|Faculty in the News|

Faculty in the News: Summer 2009

Brian StumpScientists in SMU’s Seismology Research Program deployed monitoring stations in North Texas during summer 2009 to gather data on a series of earthquakes that began hitting the area in May. Brian Stump (right) and Chris Hayward, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, are providing expertise to local and national media outlets for ongoing coverage, including the following stories:

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked with the media regarding several state and national political stories during the summer, including:

William LawrenceWilliam Lawrence (right), Dean, Perkins School of Theology, provided commentary on the health care reform debate and other issues, including:

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, spoke with several media outlets about fuel prices, the Congressional climate change bill and other energy issues for these stories:

Scott MacDonald, Southwest Graduate School of Banking, Cox School of Business, talked about distressed banks taking the cost-cutting measure of closing branch locations with CNNMoney.com Aug. 12, 2009.

Ruben Habito, World Religions, Perkins School of Theology, talks about the increasing acceptance of Buddhism among Christians and Jews who infuse Eastern spiritual insights and practices into their own religions with The Denver Post Aug. 9, 2009.

Kathy Hargrove, Gifted Students Institute, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, spoke about the need for specialized training for teachers of the gifted and talented with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 9, 2009.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed air quality problems in Denton County with The Denton Record-Chronicle Aug. 2, 2009. In addition, he wrote an op-ed on the failure of the North Texas clean-air plan and its consequences for The Dallas Morning News, published July 13, 2009.

Jeff TalleyJeff Talley (at right in photo, with Gen. David Petraeus), Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, was the subject of a feature detailing his ideas for using engineering to fight global poverty. It appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram July 29, 2009.

Tom Mayo, Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, provided expertise for a story on health care rationing and the author’s 91-year-old father that appeared in Politics Daily July 29, 2009.

William Maxwell, Finance, Cox School of Business, talked about the state of the American auto industry with The Dallas Morning News July 13, 2009.

John Attanasio, Dean, Dedman School of Law, discussed why Dallas’ law practices have managed to avoid the downsizing occurring at many large national practices with The Dallas Morning News July 6, 2009.

Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law, discussed the legal and regulatory uncertainties of “medical tourism” – seeking affordable health care abroad – with Diversity: Issues in Higher Education June 25, 2009.

Darab Ganji and Robert Jordan, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, wrote an op-ed on the post-election uprising in Iran that was published in The Dallas Morning News June 22, 2009.

Fred Schmidt, Christian Spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, discussed the June 2009 meeting of representatives from Episcopal congregations and dioceses to create a new denomination for a story published by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram June 22, 2009.

Glenn Griffin, Advertising, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed the advantages and drawbacks of the state opening its new “Don’t Mess With Texas” video contest to the public with The Dallas Morning News June 17, 2009

August 18, 2009|Faculty in the News|

Faculty in the News: March 17, 2009

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, talked about doubts raised over the results of short-term air monitoring for toxic chemicals in the air near schools with USA Today March 5, 2009. He also spoke with Channel 8 News in Dallas about his study that shows Barnett Shale production in North Texas emits as much air pollution as the traffic. The segment aired March 11, 2009.

Mel Fugate, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business, discussed the effectiveness of the measures some small businesses are taking to avoid layoffs in The Wall Street Journal March 5, 2009.

Karen Sargent, Career Services, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a story on how new law graduates can compete in a troubled job market. The article appeared in the March 9, 2009 edition of Texas Lawyer.

Fred Moss, Dedman School of Law, discussed proposed legislation that addresses statute of limitations issues in rape cases where DNA identifies a suspect in The Dallas Morning News March 13, 2009.

Jake Batsell, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, talked to Jeff Brady of Channel 8 News about the changing nature of news reporting in a segment that appeared March 6, 2009.

David Lei, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Cox School of Business, discussed how individuals can take a business-like approach to planning a household budget with The Dallas Morning News March 9, 2009.

Ralph Janvey, a Dallas-based lawyer and adjunct SMU law professor, has taken the helm of Stanford Financial Group after a U.S. judge tapped him to serve as its receiver, with final say over Stanford’s vast estate of offices, island properties, yachts and castles. Reuters covered the story March 10, 2009, and Law Professor Alan Bromberg provided commentary.

March 17, 2009|Faculty in the News|

Faculty in the News: March 2, 2009

Fred Moss, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise on constitutional law for a story on a crime victim’s pursuit of justice that aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Feb. 12, 2009.

Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business, talked about the logic behind the more than $25 million in bonus pay awarded in 2008 to Texas state workers in an article that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Feb. 23, 2009.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed energy-industry skepticism of his report that equates Barnett Shale-related pollution to the Metroplex’s entire traffic circulation with The Fort Worth Business Press Feb. 23, 2009.

March 2, 2009|Faculty in the News|

Research Spotlight: Clearing the air

Oil derrickThe first comprehensive analysis of air emissions associated with natural gas and oil production in the Barnett Shale area finds that emissions can be a significant contributor to Dallas-Fort Worth smog formation, comparable to the combined emissions from all Metroplex cars and trucks.

“Emissions from Natural Gas Production in the Barnett Shale Area and Opportunities for Cost-Effective Improvements,” was written by Al Armendariz, research associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. The report is available online at the Environmental Defense Fund’s website (PDF format).

In addition to emissions of smog-forming compounds, such as nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOC), the report also considers air toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases. Emissions of carbon dioxide and two other major greenhouse gases underlying climate change were estimated to be roughly equivalent to the impact from two 750 MW coal-fired power plants.

“It’s true that Barnett Shale oil and gas activities are producing significant air emissions, but there’s good news as well,” Armendariz said. “There are off-the-shelf technologies that can greatly reduce these emissions and improve DFW Metroplex air quality.” Cost-effective control strategies are readily available and can substantially reduce emissions, according to experts.

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