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Faculty in the News: April 19, 2011

Jean-Paul Comelin, Distinguished Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of an interview on how dance brings art and love to stage that was published in KERA’s Art&Seek March 31, 2011.

Jeff Bellin, Dedman School of Law, talked about a court ruling that could make it easier for victims of child pornography around the country to get restitution for an article published by The Associated Press March 25, 2011.

Jim Hollifield, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, participated in a panel discussion on the future of religion, medicine, media, and world power at the Festival of Ideas, organized by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He was featured in a story on the festival that appeared in Pegasus News March 27, 2011.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about whether legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions are constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts in a “Texas Faith” blog post for The Dallas Morning News April 5, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about job gains and the economic outlook for Texas with The Dallas Morning News April 1, 2011. In addition, he discussed with The Weather Channel how Japan’s April 7 aftershock will affect the world economy in a segment that aired April 7, 2011. video

Hiroki Takeuchi, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Japan’s aging population and its lack of preparation for retirement with The Dallas Morning News April 2, 2011.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed rising fuel costs and their effect on food prices with The San Marcos Daily Record April 7, 2011.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, talked about whether Dish Network’s purchase of Blockbuster would mean layoffs with the Star Newspapers April 8, 2011.

Bill Dorsaneo, Dedman School of Law, discussed a U.S. district court judge’s reversal of a $625.5 million jury decision against Apple Inc. with The Tyler Telegram April 6, 2011.

Faculty in the News: March 29, 2011

SMU Professor Seyom BrownWilliam Tsutsui, Dean, Dedman College, was in Japan when the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. He wrote about how the Japanese people’s fascination with disaster in movies, manga, anime and video games mirrors that nation’s real-world vulnerability to catastrophe in an essay that appeared in Newsweek March 24, 2011.

Seyom Brown (right), Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, discussed the current crisis in Libya with FOX 4 News March 24, 2011. Watch the Seyom Brown interview online. video

Raúl Magdaleno, Diversity and Community Engagement, Meadows School of the Arts, finished his SMU bachelor’s degree while living in a homeless shelter and caring for family members. He discussed his experiences with Bill Zeeble of KERA Public Radio March 24, 2011. Listen to Magdeleno’s KERA radio interview. audio

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the competing views of how President Obama is handling the crisis in the Middle East with with The Canadian Press March 21, 2011. He also talked about the political ramifications of a joint appearance of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and President Obama for an article that appeared in The Christian Science Monitor March 2, 2011.

Ryszard Stroynowski, Physics, Dedman College, was featured in a story on how the legacy of North Texas’ Superconducting Super Collider has continued at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The story was aired by WFAA Channel 8 News March 22, 2011. Watch the Stroynowski interview at the SMU Research blog. video

R. Gerald Turner, SMU president and co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, provided commentary to Bloomberg News on a report that says the NCAA should alter its payouts for the men’s basketball tournament to reward schools with higher graduation rates. The article appeared March 17, 2011.

Yolette Garcia, Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, provided expertise for a story on how the way words are pronounced may be changing as the state’s demographics change. The article appeared in The Texas Observer March 1, 2011.

George Holden, Psychology, Dedman College, talked about how to handle mature questions from young children, especially when they are taking a very literal approach to a concern, with columnist Tyra Damm of The Dallas Morning News Jan. 7, 2011.

Faculty in the News: March 1, 2011

bruce-bullock-fox-business-300.jpgBruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about how higher oil and gas prices are affecting the U.S. economy with The Los Angeles Times. (3/1/2011) In addition, he discussed Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prediction that oil could reach $300 a barrel in an article published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (2/28/2011) He also discussed the disruptions of the energy market caused by unrest in the Middle East with FOX Business Feb. 24, 2011. Watch Bullock’s FOX Business commentary in a new window. video

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, commented on the discovery of an 11,500-year-old cremation site in Alaska that contains the oldest human remains yet discovered in northern North America for an article published by New Scientist Feb. 24, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the lack of population growth in Dallas over the last decade with The New York Times Feb. 25, 2011. He also talked about Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert stepping down and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway moving into the mayor’s office with KERA Radio Feb. 23, 2011. Listen to Jillson’s KERA commentary here. audio

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about Houston’s John and Dominique de Menil Collection for The Wall Street Journal Feb. 26, 2011.

Robert Jordan, Diplomat-in-Residence with SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and former U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, talked with Bloomberg Television Live Feb. 24, 2011, about Saudi Arabia and the current upheaval in the Middle East. Watch Jordan’s Middle East commentary in a new window. video

Faculty in the News: Feb. 15, 2011

Peter Raad, founder and executive director, The Guildhall at SMU, talked with Krys Boyd of KERA Public Radio’s “Think” about whether video games have the potential to teach students social skills and the ability to cope with real-life challenges. The program was broadcast Jan. 31, 2011. Read more or listen to the Peter Raad interview. audio

Michael Lysko, Sports Management, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, talked about Dallas’ chances of hosting another Super Bowl with The Wall Street Journal Feb. 8, 2011.

Seyom Brown, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, talked about the politics of the evolving situation in Egypt with USA Today Feb. 2, 2011.

Faculty in the News: Feb. 16, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the potential impact of far-right candidate Debra Medina on Texas’ upcoming Republican gubernatorial primary with The New York Times Feb. 14, 2010.

Robert Jordan and Darab Ganji, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, co-wrote an op-ed on the need for U.S. support of revolution in Iran that appeared in The Dallas Morning News Feb. 12, 2010.

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 26, 2010

Simon Conway MorrisDarwin Year continues: Fellow of the Royal Society Simon Conway Morris (right), professor of evolutionary paleobiology at the University of Cambridge, will present “Darwin’s Compass: Why the Evolution of Humans is Inevitable” at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. The lecture is part of SMU’s Darwin’s Evolving Legacy series and is sponsored by the University’s Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series; Morris appears at the co-invitation of SMU’s Departments of Mathematics and Biological Sciences. For more information, visit the Darwin’s Evolving Legacy homepage.

Student symphony stars: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents a concert led by students in the Meadows School of the Arts‘ master’s degree program in orchestral conducting, and featuring winners of the Meadows Concerto Competition. The show begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 and 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For tickets and information, contact the Meadows Box Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Ministers Week 2010: The annual gathering at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology complements the University’s 200th-anniversary celebration of Charles Darwin’s birth with “The Pew and the Petri Dish: Contemporary Issues in Religion and Science” Feb. 1-3 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Featured speakers include John Haught, senior fellow in science and religion at Georgetown University, author of God and the New Atheism, and winner of the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion and the 2004 Sophia Award for Theological Excellence. Other lecturers include Gregory Cuellar, three-time fellow of the Hispanic Theological Initiative and adjunct professor of bible at Richland College, as well as SMU faculty members John Holbert, Rebekah Miles and William Abraham of the Perkins School and Mark Chancey of Dedman College. SMU community members can attend several Ministers Week events at discounted rates by visiting the Faculty/Staff/Student Registration page of the Ministers Week website.

Eugene Andolsek, 'Untitled 311C'Drawing inspiration: Artist and lifelong Rock Island Railroad employee Eugene Andolsek (1921-2008) produced thousands of drawings on graph paper over a period of 50 years, working alone at his kitchen table to ease the anxieties that plagued him his entire life. His work, exploring an array of colors and geometrical combinations, came to the attention of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and Andolsek was one of five artists included in the 2006 Obsessive Drawing exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan. Now, selected works have been collected in a new exhibition at SMU – Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andolsek’s Geometric Ink Drawings runs Feb. 1-Mar. 20 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. (Right, an untitled work featured in a 2008 Andolsek exhibition at the American Primitive Gallery in New York City.)

Beauty marked: SMU hosts a panel discussion examining the emphasis women place on striving for beauty and the damage they do to themselves in the process. “The Power and Burden of Beauty” features international artist Rachel Hovnanian, former national Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue; Bonnie Wheeler, director of medieval studies in SMU’s Dedman College; Carolyn Hodges, senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics; and Rachel Dodds, UT student and sorority member. The discussion takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. For more information, call Lisa Bytner at 917-951-8940.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Series: The SMU Faculty Club presents Jim Hollifield, professor of international political economy and director of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies, in the first of two lectures on “Immigration and Migration” at noon Feb. 3 in the Faculty Club. Cost is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP by Jan. 29 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Faculty in the News: May 11, 2009

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the movement to stop President Obama from making the commencement address at Notre Dame with The Associated Press. The resulting article appeared in The Los Angeles Times May 10, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about incumbents, especially Republicans, in Congress seeking higher office as a path to better opportunities with USA Today May 4, 2009.

James Hollifield, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, provided expertise on the tight connection between Texas and Mexico in a story about the H1N1 flu’s impact on Mexico’s economy that appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle May 3, 2009.

Tom Mayo, Dedman School of Law and Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, was interviewed for a feature story on Poem In Your Pocket Day that appeared in The Dallas Morning News April 30. 2009. Also featured in the article was SMU senior Jesse Smith, an English/creative writing major in Dedman College.

Faculty in the News: March 30, 2009

Fred Moss, Dedman School of Law, discussed the potential problems caused by the use of cellphones and PDAs in the courtroom with Fox 4 News Feb. 18, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed with Canada.com Television whether President Obama should be cautious about “too much bite” in his use of wit during interviews. The segment aired March 23, 2009.

Kathleen Cooper, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, provided expertise for a story on China’s concerns that it may be affected by the U.S. inflation threat in The Dallas Morning News March 24, 2009.

Ravi Batra, Economics, Dedman College, wrote about whether Ronald Reagan should be considered a socialist in the Sri Lanka Daily News March 25, 2009.

Faculty in the News: Winter Break 2008-09

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise for several political stories, including:

  • how Republicans in Congress may be playing a high-risk game by snubbing Barack Obama, who has publicly sought their support, in Forbes magazine, Jan. 29, 2009
  • how a new bill that would boost health care coverage for children would cost and benefit Texans, in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jan. 15, 2009
  • the continuing influence of West Texas in the state legislature as Tom Craddick is replaced as speaker, in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Jan. 3, 2009
  • Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, and the Illinois governor’s scandal, in The Washington Examiner, Dec. 28, 2008

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the challenges Barack Obama will face as president, including the challenge of expectations, with The Austin American-Statesman Jan. 18, 2009.

Kathleen Cooper, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, discussed how Texas will be affected as investments based on high oil prices fall on hard times in an op-ed published in The Houston Chronicle, Jan. 10, 2009.

Robin Lovin, Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed whether there is a place for “divine certainty” in the White House in The Dallas Morning News‘ Texas Faith blog Jan. 27, 2009. He also wrote about President Obama and the nature of historical moments for National Public Radio website Jan. 21, 2009.

SMU Theology Dean William LawrenceWilliam Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, talked about the often unusual relationship between presidents and preachers in a commentary on 90.1 KERA-FM Radio Jan. 16, 2009 (listen online or download) audio. He also discussed “firsts and lasts” in American political discourse in a KERA commentary broadcast on Dec. 19, 2008 (listen online or download) audio.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed why most individuals have zero comprehension of $1 trillion, and how to make the amount easier to understand, with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 29, 2009.

Ravi Batra, Economics, Dedman College, discussed the current state of the country and its economy in a feature profile published in The Fort Worth Weekly Dec. 16, 2008.

Karen Thomas, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote about the changes already begun because of President Obama in an article published in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 20, 2009.

Tony Pederson, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, provided expertise for a Jan. 4, 2009 Associated Press article on how former competitors in the news business are forging content-sharing deals to mitigate staff cuts and other losses. The article ran in several newspapers in early January, including The Chicago Tribune.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about Amway’s effort to revive its own brand with The Houston Chronicle Dec. 25, 2008.

SMU Education Dean David ChardDavid Chard, Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, wrote an op-ed about the banning of the book ttyl by the Round Rock (TX) Independent School District. The opinion piece was published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Jan. 13, 2009.

Hal Barkley, Counseling, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, talked about how to cope with families and stress during the holidays with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 22, 2008.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed potential hazards in Houston’s air with The Houston Chronicle Jan. 12, 2009.

David Blackwell, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, discussed how power from underground “hot rocks” could become the “killer app” of the energy industry with The Christian Science Monitor Dec. 31, 2008.

Gen. Wesley Clark to speak at Tower Center symposium Nov. 13-14

Gen. Wesley ClarkGen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, will deliver the keynote address in the “The Future of Conflict: Military Roles and Missions,” Nov. 13-14 at SMU. The symposium is the inaugural event in the Program on National Security and Defense at the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The opening discussion Nov. 13 begins with a 7:30 p.m. reception at the Collins Executive Education Center and will address how the military is relating to the changing nature of conflict. Texas State Rep. Dan Branch, chair of the Tower Center’s Board of Directors, will introduce a panel of flag officers including Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales Jr. (Ret.); Rear Adm. William R. Burke, director of Navy Quadrennial Defense Review; Brig. Gen. Mark Clark, U.S. Marine Corps; Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr., Deputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Maj. Gen. David Fastabend, U.S. Army; Rear Adm. Brian Salerno, U.S. Coast Guard; and Lt. Gen. John R. Wood, Deputy Commander, Joint Forces Command. Lee Cullum, journalist and Tower Center senior fellow, and Tower Center acting director Seyom Brown will lead the discussion.

Panel discussions Nov. 14 at the Meadows Museum’s Smith Auditorium include the Emergent Geopolitics of Conflict, Technological Change and Its Military Implications, and Military Roles and Missions.

Gen. Clark will speak at a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. Reservations are required, and registration begins at noon. SMU students, faculty and staff may attend at no charge with SMU IDs.

Reservations also are required for the panel discussions, which are free of charge.

To RSVP or for more information, e-mail the Tower Center or call 8-3954. Find a complete program and reservation form at the Tower Center website.

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