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Women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke to speak at SMU Sept. 24

Women's health advocate Sandra FlukeWomen’s health advocate Sandra Fluke — the Georgetown University law student Rush Limbaugh verbally attacked earlier this year for supporting contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act — will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 to discuss “Economics and Equality: How Obstacles to Women’s Health Care Access Affect Us All.”

Fluke’s appearance is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program with support from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Program and the Office of the Provost.

On the heels of her speech at the Democratic National Convention Sept. 5, and her March testimony before a Democratic steering committee, “Sandra Fluke is emerging as one of our most outspoken advocates for reproductive rights and women’s health issues,” says Beth Newman, director of SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and associate professor of English.

“Our goal is not to stage a debate between adversaries who hurl worn-out sound bites at one another. We want to offer students and the community an informed discussion about the relationship between reproductive rights and women’s health and how the conversation plays out in the media.”

Joining Fluke for the panel discussion will be:

  • Charles E. Curran, SMU’s Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, “who can provide insight, as a moral theologian and loyal dissenter within the Catholic Church, into some of the issues Fluke raised in her testimony last March,” Newman says.
  • SMU Associate Provost and Dedman School of Law Professor Linda Eads, who can add legal expertise to the discussion.
  • Ken Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, “who can speak about how the Texas legislature’s recent defunding of all Planned Parenthood clinics is affecting women’s health,” Newman says.
  • Event moderator Karen Thomas, professor of practice in Meadows School of the Arts. The award-winning journalist has 25 years’ experience covering the news as well as health and family issues.

For more information, contact the SMU Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Written by Denise Gee

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SMU graduates honor Jeremy Adams with endowed professorship

SMU History Professor Jeremy Adams

Jeremy duQuesnay Adams

Two SMU graduates are showing appreciation for a professor who made a lasting impact on their lives by establishing an endowed professorship in his honor.

The $1.25 million gift from Stephen L. and Kathryn Hedges Arata of Dallas will create the Jeremy duQuesnay Adams Centennial Professorship in Western European Medieval History in honor of the longtime SMU professor, who will continue to teach in the University’s Clements Department of History.

“We are honored to have an endowed professorship bearing the name of one of SMU’s most distinguished and revered faculty members,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful to the Aratas for their vision and generosity in providing this gift, which supports our Second Century Campaign goal to increase the number of endowed chairs to 100. With the Adams Professorship, the University is within 15 faculty positions of reaching that goal.”

Several other former students of Professor Adams have contributed toward the endowed professorship in his honor. Those contributing $25,000 and more include Cindy and Dr. David Stager Jr. ’87; Jo ’90 and Joe Goyne; and Renee Justice Standley ’90 and Kenneth Standley.

Both the Aratas majored in English and minored in medieval studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Kathryn earned her B.A. degree in 1987 and an M.A. in English from SMU in 1991. Stephen received two degrees from SMU in 1988 — a B.A. from Dedman College and B.B.A. from Cox School of Business. He also earned a Master’s of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kathryn Arata said, “My parents, the Rev. Bill B. Hedges and Jane Hedges, graduated from SMU in 1960. All of my life I have loved this university, growing up steeped in the SMU culture and history. When I finally arrived on the campus, I was captivated by the quality and variety of the courses offered.

“Jeremy Adams created a sense of academic curiosity and desire for learning that I possess to this day. Now that Stephen and I are in a position to pay back (actually pay forward) the gifts he gave us, we wanted to do something that would be close to Jeremy’s heart. He is passionate about his subject, and we have given this endowment to ensure that his passion will continue to light the fires of academic curiosity in students for years to come.”

The Adams Professorship is the first Centennial Professorship to be established in Dedman College. The “Centennial” designation is a special gift category during SMU’s 100th anniversary commemoration, 2011-15. It requires that gifts meet elevated giving levels and provide a combination of endowment and annual support. Because a faculty position designated as “Centennial” enables the appointment to be made sooner, SMU has initiated a search to fill the Adams Professorship in the 2013-14 academic year.

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Christensen to serve as interim Engineering Dean as of July 1, 2012

Marc ChristensenMarc Christensen has agreed to serve as dean ad interim of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering effective July 1, 2012. He will serve an initial appointment that ends in August 2013.

Christensen is the school’s Bobby B. Lyle Professor in Engineering Innovation and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. He also holds an appointment as a research associate professor in the Department of Physics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He began his SMU career in 2002.

In addition, Christensen serves as faculty representative to SMU’s Second Century Campaign.

“In my discussions with faculty, staff and students of the Lyle School, Marc received great support for this new role,” said SMU Provost Paul Ludden. “I’m sure that you will join me in working with Marc to ensure the continued success of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.”

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Major General, Civil & Environmental Engineering chair leaving SMU

Jeffrey W. Talley will join innovative technologies company and Johns Hopkins

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. TalleyAcclaimed general and engineering professor Jeffrey W. Talley will leave SMU Aug. 31, 2011 to begin new duties as President and CEO of Environmental Technologies Solutions (ETS). ETS is an engineering, research and services limited liability company (LLC) that develops and commercializes innovative technologies to benefit society and the environment. ETS consists of a combination of subsidiary companies and joint ventures around the globe, predominantly organized around new technical products and associated services.

At SMU, Talley is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship and the Founding Director of the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity.

“Jeffrey Talley is an engineer who has made important contributions to our country, particularly as an Army officer in Iraq working to provide the infrastructure needed for peace and hope,” said Geoffrey Orsak, dean of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. “We thank him for his service to SMU and wish him well as he takes this wonderful opportunity to lead ETS in areas of great importance.”

Prior to his appointment at SMU, Talley was on faculty at the University of Notre Dame. He has more than 29 years in various academic, design, consulting and military positions involving hundreds of different environmental sites and business projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Talley will continue his academic activities as an Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University. At Johns Hopkins, Talley will teach and conduct research in environmental engineering, engineering for sustainability development and entrepreneurship associated with technology. He also will continue his global work integrating engineering and business as part of social entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities. Talley will retain his duties as a Major General in the Army Reserve as Commanding General, 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Talley received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds multiple master’s degrees in environmental engineering and science, strategic studies, liberal arts (history and philosophy) and religious studies. He currently is completing his Executive M.B.A. at the University of Oxford. Talley is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in environmental engineering, a board certified environmental engineer (BCEE) in environmental sustainability and a diplomate, water resources engineer (D.WRE).

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CTE names 2011-13 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

SMU's Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, 2011-13Four of SMU’s best teachers have been named 2011-13 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. This year’s honorees are Marc Christensen, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; Alyce McKenzie, Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology; David Son, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Greg Warden, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts.

The new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College; Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Roy Heller, Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology; and Donald VandeWalle, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business.

Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards recognize four SMU faculty members for their commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. “These are faculty whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own discipline,” according to the CTE website. “They represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education.” The professorships are named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler.

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award and membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers for the two years of their appointment as Altshuler Professors. Members participate actively with other members of the Academy to address issues in classroom teaching.

Above, the new Altshuler Professors were honored by the SMU Board of Trustees during its May 2011 meeting (left to right): SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Greg Warden, David Son, Alyce McKenzie, Marc Christensen and SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler.

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New gift establishes first Endowed Centennial Chair at SMU

Ross Perot Jr. and Sarah Fullinwider Perot with Jerome FullinwiderA new gift from Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. of Dallas will establish the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom, named in honor of Mrs. Perot’s father. The chair-holder will join the faculty in the William J. O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom in SMU’s Cox School of Business.

The gift makes history for the University as its first endowed centennial chair, part of a new category of gifts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of SMU’s founding and opening. A position designated as “centennial” must meet elevated giving levels, be a combination of endowment funding and five years of annual support, and be created during the centennial celebration period – Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2015.

“This gift supports one of the top priorities of SMU’s Second Century Campaign and the University’s strategic plan – increasing the number of faculty positions that are endowed,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “When this campaign began, SMU had 62 endowed faculty positions. Our goal is to increase that number to 100. With other endowed chairs and professorships established during the campaign, this new commitment brings us to 83. We are deeply grateful for the generosity and foresight of the Perot and Fullinwider families for leading the way in establishing this centennial chair.”

The gift for the Fullinwider chair counts toward SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which at midpoint has raised more than $500 million to advance student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

Jerome “Jerry” M. Fullinwider received a B.B.A. degree from SMU in 1951 and is a 1953 graduate of the U.S. Naval School of Justice in Newport, Rhode Island. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy in Korea and China.

“My father has pursued his interest in free enterprise and expansion of global business relationships throughout his business career,” Sarah Perot said. “When he told us of his commitment to the O’Neil Center, Ross and I decided that an endowed faculty chair in his name would be a fitting way for us to recognize his achievements and to ensure the permanence of his interest long into the future.” The Perots added to his commitment to provide a total gift of $2 million for the centennial chair.

Above, Ross Perot Jr. and Sarah Fullinwider Perot with Jerome M. Fullinwider (right).

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Marc Christensen named Bobby B. Lyle Professor in Engineering Innovation

Marc Christensen, SMU's Bobby B. Lyle Professor in Engineering InnovationSMU’s Lyle School of Engineering has appointed Marc P. Christensen to its Bobby B. Lyle Professorship in Engineering Innovation. He is the first professor to be named to the recently established chair.

Christensen came to SMU from industry as the co-founder of Applied Photonics Inc., a Washington, D.C. area-based company focusing on the development of a new method in multi-scale optical design. Since arriving at the University, he has served as chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, providing leadership to the faculty while pursuing greater departmental productivity in research.

“Marc is one of our most valued and inspiring classroom instructors, a true innovative engineer, and an extraordinary researcher continuously striving to create novel solutions for challenging problems on the forefront of engineering and science,” says Engineering Dean Geoffrey Orsak. “His co-development of the SMU Innovation Gymnasium ‘Innovation Fridays’ lecture series and his central role in the redesign of our first-year engineering experience are just two examples of how his entrepreneurial spirit, intellect and energy continue to motivate young engineers.”

Dr. Christensen has been awarded several optoelectronic design patents, with several more pending. In addition to his scholarship, he has written numerous articles for engineering journals and serves as an invited guest speaker at many conferences. He has also contributed to or been featured in articles that have appeared in Wired Magazine, Discovery Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Among his honors for teaching and research are the 2004 SEJC Electrical Engineering Department Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, the 2007 SMU Golden Mustang Award, the 2007 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2008 Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship, and the 2010 SEJC Electrical Engineering Department Outstanding Professor Award.

Christensen earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Cornell University in 1993. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1998 and his Ph.D. in electrical and computing engineering in 2001, both from George Mason University.

Volkan Otugen named to George R. Brown Chair in Mechanical Engineering

M. Volkan Otugen, SMU's George R. Brown Chair in Mechanical EngineeringSMU’s Lyle School of Engineering has named M. Volkan Otugen to its George R. Brown Chair in Mechanical Engineering. The appointment is effective as of March 2011.

The endowed position was established in 1995 and previously held by Jack Holman, who retired in 2005.

Otugen’s appointment recognizes his “exceptional record as an educator, researcher, and leader,” says Geoffrey Orsak, dean of the Lyle School. “His proven excellence in these areas, combined with his international reputation, provides tremendous value to students in the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Lyle School and to the entire SMU community.”

Currently, Otugen serves as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Lyle School, as well as director of the Micro Sensor Laboratory. His undergraduate courses include thermodynamics, aerodynamics and rocket propulsion. At the graduate level, he teaches transport phenomena and convective heat transfer.

The holder of two patents pertaining to micro-optical sensor technology, Otugen has won significant research support from NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in addition to continuous financial support from major international corporations. He serves on several international technical committees, including the Aerodynamic Measurement Technical Committee and the Sensor Systems Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Otugen is a contributing author for more than 120 technical journal articles and conference papers. His honors and awards include recognition as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998.

Dr. Otugen attended Istanbul Technical University, earning his B.S. degree in naval architecture and marine engineering in 1978. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and mechanics from Drexel University in 1982 and 1986.

Dedman College honors ‘Mr. SMU’ Marsh Terry at 2011 celebration

Marsh Terry at a booksigning for 'The Memorialist'After more than 50 years at SMU, Marshall Terry still regularly visits his office in the Department of English in Dallas Hall. But his influence reaches throughout the University.

Terry – the E.A. Lilly Professor of English, founder of SMU’s Creative Writing Program, and former director of public relations and assistant to SMU President Willis M. Tate – was honored March 23 with the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award for his contributions to SMU.

Terry first stepped onto the SMU campus as a student, graduating in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in English and in 1954 with a master’s degree. He stayed as a member of the faculty, chairing English for two terms and initiating the University’s award-winning creative writing program and the long-running Literary Festival.

A mentor and friend to his students, Terry helped launch the careers of novelists Joe Coomer, Douglas Terry, Tracy Daugherty and Lewis Shiner, among others.

“I took great joy in starting the creative writing program,” he says. “I’ve worked with wonderful students through the years.”

In addition to his academic career, Terry played an important role as an administrator in shaping SMU’s future. As director of public relations and assistant to President Tate, he wrote in 1963 SMU’s first Master Plan – the framework for the University’s current Strategic Plan.

“Looking back, I consider the opportunity to work on the Master Plan as one of the most rewarding parts of my career. That plan is central to everything that has happened at SMU since then,” says Terry, who has been known as “Mr. SMU” to his colleagues for years.

The author of nationally praised short story collections and novels such as Old Liberty, Tom Northway, My Father’s Hands and The Memorialist, Terry has received highest honors from the Texas Institute of Letters and PEN Texas. His histories of SMU, From High on the Hilltop: A Brief History of SMU, and its third edition, Marshall Terry’s History of SMU with Various Essays by His Colleagues, are important resources as SMU celebrates the centennial of its 1911 founding and 2015 opening.

The Dedman Distinguished Graduate Award honors outstanding graduates of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences whose lives demonstrate integrity and outstanding accomplishments.

Written by Nancy George

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Research Spotlight: Does “peak oil” really drive energy pricing?

Stock image of oil barrel stuffed with dollarsThe concept of peak oil captures the imaginations of policymakers, analysts, researchers and the public – and never more so than when prices are skyrocketing.

But from the viewpoint of an energy economist, the idea of a peaking resource such as oil ushering in an era of reduced growth doesn’t hold water.

Energy economist James Smith of SMU’s Cox School of Business provides calculations in new research which show that the “peak” is an unreliable indicator of resource scarcity, particularly for oil markets governed by the fundamentals of price, supply and demand. While the idea of peaking may offer some indication of scarcity, it cannot be relied upon to draw firm conclusions.

The concept of an exhaustible resource reaching a peak and thereafter becoming exhausted came into play in 1956, when M. King Hubbert first introduced the hypothesis. His predictions seemed to prove out in the 1970s when U.S. oil production in fact “peaked.” But that decade’s energy crisis gave credence to his theory even though peak oil was not the culprit.

A lot has been learned since then, says Smith, the Cary M. Maguire Chair in Oil and Gas Management in the Cox Finance Department. His central message is that the fundamentals are missing in the equations that should be factored into the ideas of peaking.

“Any well functioning market economy, endowed with a limited amount of an exhaustible resource, will apportion production through time according to prevailing economic incentives that reflect market fundamentals – by which I mean the cost of production, discount rates, the strength of current versus future demand, and the availability of substitutes,” he writes.

Smith says that price will indicate a production trajectory according to supply and demand. “Producers are driven by attempts to maximize profits,” Smith explains. “As a producer, I have oil reserves. If I believe they will be really scarce in five years, I’m not going to produce as much today, because I’ll be rewarded more later when the price is higher. So I leave these resources in the ground. That’s part of an inter-temporal balancing.”

Alternatively, consumers are looking to maintain their standard of living in daily affairs. “We regulate consumption of many things according to price,” Smith says. “If something becomes more expensive, we find a cheaper substitute and this makes us better off than buying what has become more expensive. We have more effective income that way.

“Consumers react to price and perceived price signals. If something is overpriced, they substitute, conserve and reduce. And since we haven’t exhausted the supply of a resource like oil, the resource is not priced out of reach. We may have pushed the price of it being out of reach five years or ten years down the road.”

Consumers are doing their part in conserving and protecting their standard of living by stretching income – not just today, but in the future and over their children’s foreseeable lifespans, Smith says. “The producers are in it for the money, bringing resources to market when it’s most advantageous and beneficial to consumers. ‘I don’t want to sell oil when you are not willing to pay for it,’ the producer would say. ‘At the point when you do value it, I will bring it to market.'”

From this perspective, “the peak has as much to do with peaking demand as it does with physical constraints on supply. Both sides are working toward the same end,” Smith adds. “Consumers get satisfaction from prudent consumption; producers are receiving income to distribute some of it to shareholders.”

Written by Jennifer Warren

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