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Faculty in the News: Sept. 21, 2010

'Symmetry' magazine banana-peel physics photoSteve Sekula, Physics, Dedman College, wrote a brief article on “back-of-the-banana” calculations made by SMU graduate students Tingting Cao and Rozmin Daya and postdoctoral researcher Aidan Randle-Conde that appeared in the August 2010 edition of Symmetry magazine. The story was based on a post Sekula wrote for the University’s SMU @ CERN blog.

Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about the slowdown of the Texas economy with The Dallas Morning News Sept. 18, 2010.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, Dedman College, wrote an op-ed about a resolution on Islam that the Texas State Board of Education is considering for textbook entries on the world’s major religions. The article appeared in The Dallas Morning News Sept. 17, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, has provided expertise concerning the potential impact on voters of having no 2010 Texas gubernational debate to media outlets including The Houston Chronicle on Sept. 14, 2010, and KERA Public Radio on Sept. 14, 2010. audio

Derek Kompare, Cinema-Television, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed the changing economics of TV reruns with National Public Radio Sept. 16, 2010.

University to play key role in Gulf Project

Platform drilling rigTexas Gov. Rick Perry announced at SMU in July the formation of the Gulf Project – a coalition of university and industry scientists, government officials, policy experts and stakeholders who will work to protect Texas against another environmental and economic disaster like that stemming from the British Petroleum rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I think we have all watched with great frustration as one attempt after another failed to stem the oil. We must do better,” Perry said, adding that industry needs better technology, better monitoring and trained spill management teams.

“The Maguire Energy Institute at SMU Cox has been a leader in the study of management, policy, workforce development and other issues,” says Bruce Bullock, the institute’s director. “We are delighted to participate in this initiative.”

SMU, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Tech University, the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), Texas General Land Office and Texas Railroad Commission are participating and may be joined later by other experts and institutions of higher education.

The initiative’s goal “is to make drilling in Texas, both onshore and offshore, safer and to protect the health, safety and environment of the citizens and the state,” Bullock says. “Texas is the energy capital of the world. We hope this effort will help us to continue that status.”

> Read a Q&A with Bruce Bullock from SMU News

Faculty in the News: May 11, 2010

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, provided expertise for a story on what went wrong in the Gulf of Mexico that led to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster. The article appeared in The Washington Post May 9, 2010.

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, was one of 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences who signed a letter to Science magazine in response to criticism of climate scientists. The letter appeared May 7, 2010.

Robert Krout, Music Therapy, Meadows School of the Arts, talked about the power of music to comfort hospitalized children with CBS 11 News May 6, 2010. video

Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on the price of gasoline with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram May 3, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the Obama Administration’s actions and rhetoric in the wake of the BP oil spill and the failed Times Square bombing plot with The Christian Science Monitor May 3, 2010.

Faculty in the News: May 4, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the potential impact of the immigration debate on the 2010 elections with USA Today May 3, 2010. He also discussed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s efforts on behalf of Houston’s Johnson Space Center to win a two-year extension of space shuttle flights for an article that appeared in The Houston Chronicle May 1, 2010.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed the economic outlook for energy and gas exploration in Pennsylvania with The Dallas Business Journal April 30, 2010.

Peter Raad, The Guildhall at SMU, discussed current job and salary prospects in the video game industry with Reuters April 29, 2010.

Alan Bromberg, Dedman School of Law, talked about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s newly aggressive posture in its fraud litigation against Goldman Sachs with The Los Angeles Times April 22, 2010.

Dan Howard, Marketing, discussed how companies use Earth Day to promote their brands with giveaway items for an article that appeared in USA Today April 22, 2010.

Faculty in the News: April 27, 2010

Jasper Smits, Psychology, Dedman College, discussed his research on how exercise can help get rid of anxiety with USA Today April 26, 2010.

Peter Weyand, Applied Physiology and Wellness, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, discussed the recent selection of single-amputee distance runner Amy Palmiero-Winters to the U.S. track team for an article that appeared in USA Today April 26, 2010.

Mary Spector, Dedman School of Law, talked about issues that arise when debt-collection companies use litigation to collect past-due bills for an article that appeared in The New York Times April 22, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about civil-rights ramifications in the case of a gay couple seeking a divorce in Texas with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram April 20, 2010. He also discussed the popularity – and speaking fees – of Sarah Palin with the Star-Telegram April 19, 2010.

Alan Bromberg, Dedman School of Law, talked about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud suit against Goldman Sachs with CNN Money April 19, 2010.

Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, wrote about creating a nuclear renaissance by reprocessing nuclear fuel in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram April 17, 2010.

Brian Bruce, EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center, Cox School of Business, discussed how volatile markets have pushed some to invest in gold and jewels for an article published in The Chicago Tribune April 14, 2010.

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, and Vance Holliday of the University of Arizona discussed how Paleoindians coped with climate change 11,000 years ago with Science News April 12, 2010.

Stan Wojewodski, Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed his career and his work with Dallas’ Undermain Theatre as part of a profile that appeared in The Dallas Morning News April 10, 2010. He becomes chair of the Meadows Division of Theatre in Fall 2010.

Carolyn Macartney, Cinema-TV, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed her upcoming film about the life of her grandmother – a former Wild West sharpshooter who was billed as Wanda Savage – with The Dallas Morning News April 9, 2010.

Faculty in the News: April 6, 2010

Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about the hints of economic recovery in the latest car sales figures with NBC Channel 5 April 1, 2010. Read or watch the full story. video

In addition, Weinstein and John Lowe, Dedman School of Law, talked about President Obama’s new oil lease plan with National Public Radio April 2, 2010. Read or listen to the complete interview. audio

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed why 25 percent of millennials – Americans born after 1980 – have no religious affiliation in a Q&A with The Dallas Morning News April 1, 2010.

Faculty in the News: Feb. 23, 2010

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed about Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s natural gas discovery off the shores of Mozambique with The Houston Chronicle Feb. 17, 2010.

Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, wrote about the Obama administration’s approach to energy policy in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Feb. 10, 2010. In addition, he commented on the Maguire Institute’s report on cement plants and pollution for an article in The Dallas Morning News Feb. 17, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Republican efforts to make a comeback with voters in The Christian Science Monitor Feb. 17, 2010.

Faculty in the News: Feb. 9, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the first national Tea Party convention with Reuters. The resulting article appeared in several publications Feb. 3, 2010.

Elaine Heath, Evangelism, Perkins School of Theology, talked about a plan put forth by the Baptist General Convention of Texas to distribute 9 million Bible CDs throughout the state by Easter with The Associated Press. The story appeared in several publications Feb. 3, 2010.

Bernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed the recent uptick in Dallas home prices and its implications for the local economy with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 27, 2010.

Calendar Highlights: April 14, 2009

artshow.jpgMaster of Fine Arts Qualifying Exhibition: With spring comes the annual exhibition of the Division of Art’s graduate students works, featuring art in a wide-ranging variety of styles and media. The event is open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. until April 18 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-4439.

Documentaries at their best: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Division of Cinema-Television welcome Fred Wiseman, regarded as one of the world’s greatest living documentary filmmakers, at 6 p.m. April 14, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Wiseman’s body of work includes Titicut Follies and High School and Domestic Violence, which won numerous honors including a Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation, call 214-768-2787.

sexandsoulbook.jpgLet’s talk about sex: Boston University professor Donna Freitas will be on campus April 15 to discuss her research and her book “Sex and the Soul”, which focuses on juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance and religion on America’s college campuses. There will be a faculty and staff light lunch and lecture at 11:30 a.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. RSVP to Edilson Volfe. In addition, Freitas will hold a student forum at 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, call 214-768-4502.

T.BoonePickens.jpgFinding a better way: SMU’s Maguire Energy Institute hosts a town hall meeting with T. Boone Pickens at 2 p.m. April 16 in McFarlin Auditorium. Pickens is the author of The First Billion is the Hardest, and the first 200 SMU students at the event will receive a free autographed copy of his book. The lecture will focus on The Pickens Plan: Ending Our Dependence on Foreign Oil. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Gilbert Lecture Series: SMU’s Dedman College and Department of English present Alan Liu and “Digital Humanities and Academic Change” at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. Professor Liu argues that the digital humanities are catalyzing fundamental changes in humanities practices and organization. The event opens with a 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Leslie Reid 214-768-2946.

smurealy.jpgUp all night to make a difference: SMU and Panhellenic sponsor the 6th annual Relay for Life April 17 on Bishop Boulevard. The event celebrates cancer survivorship and raises money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. Students participating in the evening-long team relay will walk non-stop around the Boulevard to symbolize that cancer never sleeps and the need to move forward in the fight against it. Free and open to the public; visit the website to join a team or donate to the cause.

David SedarisIn McFarlin Auditorium:

April 19: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents the classic ballet comedy Coppelia at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 214-631-2787.

April 19: The Dallas Museum of Art presents author, humorist and commentator David Sedaris at 7:30 p.m., benefiting the Kay Cattarulla Endowment for the Literary and Performing Arts. Sold out. For more information, visit the DMA website.

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.

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