Faculty in the News: Sept. 21, 2010

Maguire Energy Institute

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.

September 21, 2010|Faculty in the News|

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

September 8, 2010|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.

May 11, 2010|Faculty in the News|

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.

May 4, 2010|Faculty in the News|

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.

April 27, 2010|Faculty in the News|
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