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Faculty in the News: Nov. 21, 2008

SMU Marketing Professor Dan HowardDan Howard (left), Marketing, Cox School of Business, discussed the deceptive marketing practices that allow companies to charge more for less product with CBS 11 News in Dallas. This story first aired Nov. 14, 2008, and has since appeared on numerous CBS stations throughout the country.

Edward Fox, J.C. Penney Center for Retail Excellence, Cox School of Business, talked with Bloomberg.com Nov. 20, 2008, about why Wal-Mart holds the key to holiday success for some major electronics manufacturers.

Ron Wetherington, Anthropology, Dedman College, spoke on proposed changes to how science is taught in Texas public schools at a meeting of the Texas Board of Education Nov. 19, 2008. He was quoted in a news story on the proceedings published by The Austin American-Statesman Nov. 20, 2008.

Nathan Balke, Economics, Dedman College, discussed how changes in consumer spending can affect economic recovery with The San Antonio Express-News Nov. 20, 2008.

Tony Pederson, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote an op-ed on the strengths and weaknesses of media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Nov. 16, 2008.

David Blackwell, Earth Sciences, Dedman College, discussed America’s reserves of geothermal energy with CBN News Nov. 17, 2008.

Ravi Batra, Economics, Dedman College, discussed with New America Media what the current economic upheaval will mean for the United States socially and politically. The resulting article appeared Sept. 30, 2008.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Texas’ “political power outage” in Washington, D.C. with The Houston Chronicle Nov. 16, 2008. He also discussed with the Hearst News Service Texas Speaker of the House Tom Craddick‘s struggle to retain his leadership position. The resulting article appeared in The Midland Reporter-Telegram Nov. 17, 2008.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed the oil industry’s role in economic recovery with The Houston Chronicle Nov. 19, 2008.

Faculty in the News: Oct. 24, 2008

Ben Voth, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, discussed the contrasting styles of John McCain and Barack Obama in the final 2008 presidential debate with The Christian Science Monitor Oct. 16, 2008.

Ed Fox, Marketing, described the shopping habits of bargain hunters and how they benefit cut-price retailers such as Dollar Tree in The AARP Bulletin Oct. 19, 2008.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, discussed how – and how much – North Texas citizens contributed to 2008 presidential campaigns with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Oct. 20, 2008.

David Blackwell, Earth Sciences, spoke about the recent success of a new technology to generate geothermal power from producing oil wells in Sustainable Business Oct. 20, 2008.

Mike Davis, Finance, talked about what it will take for financial institutions to restore consumers’ trust in The Dallas Morning News Oct. 20, 2008.

Robin Pinkley on WFAA-TV NewsKumar Venkataraman, Finance, discussed the role of credit ratings agencies in the current financial meltdown with The Dallas Morning News Oct. 21, 2008.

Robin Pinkley (right), American Airlines Center for Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution, talked about the importance of negotiation in a tight economy with WFAA-TV News Oct. 21, 2008.

Dan Howard, Marketing, discussed the shock value and effectiveness of a new series of transit ads for The Family Place, a Dallas organization that provides shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence, with The Dallas Morning News Oct. 23, 2008.

Google invests in SMU geothermal research

SMU's Geothermal Map of North AmericaSearch engine giant Google will help fund SMU’s geothermal resource mapping, underscoring the importance of the University’s research toward alternate energy technology.

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the Silicon Valley web company, will grant nearly $500,000 to the Geothermal Lab in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences to update mapping of geothermal resources. The Google grant will allow SMU to provide information on the potential for geothermal energy production in regions where geothermal data has previously been spotty or unavailable.

“Enhanced geothermal systems could be the ‘killer app’ of the energy world,” said Dan Reicher, director of climate and energy initiatives for Google.org. “It has the potential to deliver vast quantities of power 24/7 and be captured nearly anywhere on the planet. And it would be a perfect complement to intermittent sources like solar and wind.”

David Blackwell, Hamilton Professor of Geothermal Studies in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, and Maria Richards, Geothermal Lab coordinator, previously collaborated on the Geothermal Map of North America (right) for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 2004. The SMU map shows the potential for enhanced geothermal systems development nationwide.

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See a Google.org video on how enhanced geothermal systems work.

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Tune In: Green power

Geothermal IcelandAs Earth Day 2008 approaches, the search for alternative and renewable energy has taken on new and urgent importance. SMU’s Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, in association with Shade Tree Studios, has put together a video showing how a small nation has gotten a big boost from geothermal power. “Iceland: A Crucible of Power” features experts including SMU’s David Blackwell, James Brooks and Louis Jacobs. Watch it online at SMU News’ Video Library. video

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