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Faculty in the News: March 30, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s political future with The Dallas Morning News March 28, 2010. He also discussed the effect of the health care debate on perceptions of abortion as a partisan issue with Reuters March 23, 2010.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise for a story on whether government should practice social justice that appeared in The Dallas Morning News March 23, 2010. Lawrence and Wilson are part of the News‘ Texas Faith panel.

Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law, and Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the potential for success of a lawsuit challenging the new health care law. Cortez spoke with KERA 90.1 Radio on March 23, 2010. Hear and read the full interview. audio

Meanwhile, Jillson spoke about the law’s constitutionality with CNN March 23, 2010. Read the full story.

Faculty in the News: March 16, 2010

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the White House push for health care legislation with The Washington Examiner March 16, 2010.

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, discussed anticipated growth for the U.S. economy – and the possibility that North Texas will outpace it – with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 2, 2010. He also talked about why businesses leave states, and why North Texas stands to gain from projected departures from California, with The Dallas Morning News March 15, 2010.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, talked about the economy and the appeal of North Texas with The Dallas Morning News March 14, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the March party primaries, the races for governor in Texas and the chances for Democrats in the fall with CNN March 3, 2010. On the same day, he also spoke about the Texas governor’s race and the politicians involved with KERA Radio 90.1 FM. Read the story and listen to the discussion. audio

In addition, Jillson provided expertise for a story on anticipated candidate spending in the 2010 midterm elections that appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 13, 2010. He also discussed post-election political prospects for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and speculation on whether she will resign her seat in a WFAA TV Channel 8 broadcast that aired March 11, 2010. Read the full story and watch the news clip. video

Peter Raad, The Guildhall at SMU, talked about the Guildhall-cosponsored Indie Game Challenge and the Guildhall’s goals and achievements with GamerLive.TV during the 2010 D.I.C.E.™ (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas in February. Watch the video. video

Fred Moss, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a Dallas Morning News column by James Ragland about the Don Hill public corruption case. The column appeared March 3, 2010.

James Guthrie, senior fellow and director of education policy studies for the George W. Bush Institute and a faculty member in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, discussed the qualities that make a good teacher and how to improve the quality of education with The Dallas Morning News Feb. 27, 2010.

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, provided expertise for a commentary on climate change and the weather by journalist Lee Cullum that was broadcast on KERA Radio 90.1 FM Feb. 26, 2010. Read and listen to the full commentary. audio

Faculty in the News: March 2, 2010

Jeffrey Talley, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, was the subject of a feature article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Feb. 28, 2010.

Renee McDonald, Ernie Jouriles and George Holden, Psychology, Dedman College, discussed what can be done to end family violence and child maltreatment on the KERA 90.1 FM program “Think” with Krys Boyd Feb. 24, 2010. Listen to the broadcast. audio

Michael CoxMichael Cox, O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, discussed President Obama’s commitment to double U.S. exports over the next five years with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal live from the SMU Public Affairs Broadcast Studio on Feb. 23, 2010. Watch the video. video

Ravi Batra, Economics, Dedman College, talked about free trade and buying American with Fox Business News live from the SMU Public Affairs Broadcast Studio on Feb. 19, 2010. Watch the video. video

Tune In: SMU psychology professors on KERA Radio Feb. 24

KERA 'Think' logoThe American Psychological Association‘s National Summit On Interpersonal Violence and Abuse takes place in Dallas Feb. 24-26, 2010. As these professionals discuss what can be done to end family violence and child maltreatment, summit participants and SMU professors Renee McDonald, Ernie Jouriles and George Holden will join Krys Boyd of KERA Radio’s “Think” for an issues roundtable.

Tune in to 90.1 FM at noon Feb. 24, or listen live through your web browser.

Tune In: Black History Month 2010

SMU's MLK Unity Walk 2010SMU celebrates Black History Month 2010 with “A Celebration of Soul” and events ranging from a read-in to a film screening to a community dinner. Next up: a game of Black History Jeopardy at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons, cosponsored by Black Men Emerging, Omega Psi Phi & Phi Beta Sigma.

Read more from SMU News
Watch a slide show from January’s MLK Unity Walk slide show
Listen to Martin Luther King’s speech at SMU in 1966 audio

Faculty in the News: Dec. 8, 2009

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, spoke with KERA 90.1‘s Shelley Kofler about how Houston Mayor Bill White’s candidacy could change the race for governor. The broadcast took place Dec. 3, 2009. audio

Peter Raad, Executive Director, The Guildhall at SMU, was interviewed for a Fort Worth Weekly story on the emergence of the highly profitable game industry. Sandy Petersen and Elizabeth Stringer were among the Guildhall faculty members featured in the story, which appeared in the Weekly‘s Dec. 2, 2009 edition. In addition, Raad participated in a video interview about game development in academia with Visualize This! for the Intel Software Network Dec. 4, 2009. video

Faculty in the News: Sept. 22, 2009

Mosasaur skeletonWilliam Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, discussed the importance of truth and discovering what it is in an essay for KERA Public Radio, originally broadcast on Sept. 14, 2009. audio

Michael Polcyn, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, appears as an expert source in “Mega Beasts: T-Rex of the Deep.” The science documentary debuted Sept. 13, 2009, on the Discovery Channel. Read more from the SMU Research blog. video

David Chard, Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development; and Reid Lyon, the Simmons School’s Distinguished Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, were interviewed by Krys Boyd of KERA Public Radio’s “Think” on Sept. 10, 2009. They talked about the importance of educational leadership at students’ schools and districts and how such leadership affects the quality of their education. audio

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

Research Spotlight: N. Texas earthquakes not unexpected

SMU Professor Brian StumpGeologists in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences are deploying 10 portable seismic stations in North Texas to study the increasingly frequent rumbling of earthquake activity in the Metroplex.

But the recent quakes that have occurred near Dallas-Fort Worth and Cleburne are not unexpected: They illustrate the earth’s natural dynamic nature, says Brian Stump (right), Albritton Professor of Geological Sciences in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences and a faculty member in its Seismology Research Program.

Rocks in the earth’s crust store energy that is relieved when faults slip; that motion generates the waves that are felt or recorded during an earthquake. And even in a stable continental region such as North Texas, “we expect to see small events,” Stump told WFAA-TV. “But we’ve seen a whole series of small events, and what intrigues us now is to try and understand that series of events.” The monitoring stations his team will use to collect data are on loan from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and supported by the National Science Foundation.

Recent oil and gas production in the Barnett Shale has raised questions about whether the North Texas quakes are related to those activities. Current information cannot provide a definitive answer, but improved monitoring of the earthquake locations and a deeper understanding of how the earthquake sequences form and vanish may provide some insight, Stump says.

Find an ongoing recap of media coverage at SMU News

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