media appearances

Tune In: The Texas textbook controversy

In May 2010, the Texas State Board of Education approved a controversial new curriculum that will emphasize politically conservative interpretations of American history and other subjects. David Chard, dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Dedman College Anthropology Professor Ron Wetherington, who served on a committee of experts that advised the board on science standards, were critical of the decision – adopted 9-5 in a vote along party lines.

Chard discussed the Texas textbook controversy during “The Ed Show” on MSNBC May 21, 2010. Wetherington spoke on the same topic on the same day with CBS 11 News.

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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: 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 23, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the political implications of the passage of health care reform with The Christian Science Monitor March 22, 2010. He also talked about issues pertaining to the Texas gubernatorial race, including the release of candidates’ income tax information and their working relationships with the federal government, with The Houston Chronicle March 19 and March 21, 2010.

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the Obama Administration’s strategy for passing health care reform with The Washington Examiner March 21, 2010.

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