From art, history and religion to sweet Texas cuisine and fiction, SMU’s 2012 book roundup offers a wide selection to satisfy the readers in your life. Treat yourself or those on your gift list to one of the current titles listed below the link.
Brent Sumerlin, Chemistry, Dedman College, has been selected as a 2010-2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The award carries a grant of $50,000 to support his research. The Sloan Research Fellowships “seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise,” according to the foundation’s website. The 2-year fellowships are awarded annually to 118 researchers “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.” More than 30 Sloan Research Fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.
Ron Wetherington, Anthropology, Dedman College, has been selected to receive a “Friend of Darwin” award from the National Center for Science Education. Wetherington, who also serves as director of SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, was honored for his advocacy on behalf of science by the NCSE, which supports the teaching of evolution in public schools. Read more.
The joy of science: SMU professors from multiple schools and disciplines will participate in a faculty symposium on “The Year of Darwin” 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 12 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Participants include David Meltzer and Ronald Wetherington, Anthropology, Dedman College; Larry Ruben and John Wise, Biological Sciences, Dedman College; Louis Jacobs, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts. Presented by the Office of the Provost, Dedman College, Meadows School of the Arts, and Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. For more information, contact Pia Vogel, 214-768-1790, or visit the “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” homepage.
Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The interplay between basic social science research and action research will be at the center of “Research on Latino Religious Topics: A Challenge to Scholars,” moderated by Harold Recinos, professor of church and society, Perkins School of Theology; and Hector Rivera, assistant professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The event begins Sept. 16 in the Prothro Hall Refectory (Room 104) with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. and discussion 7-8:30 p.m.
Going green: The City of Dallas and more than 20 vendors will present sustainable products and other green solutions as part of SMU’s first Sustainability Fair for students, faculty and staff. The event takes place 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with tea and lemonade. Presented by SMU Purchasing.
Godbey Lecture Series: Associate Professor of Hispanic American Literature Francisco Morán of Dedman College will discuss “Why Poetry Matters: Playing ‘Ajedrez’ (Chess) with Language” Sept. 17 at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. The lecture begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The cost is $45 for Godbey members, $65 for non-members. Register online or call 214-768-2532.
Dan 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.