12 Dedman College professors receive 2018-19 Sam Taylor Fellowships

SMU Forum Originally Posted: December 15, 2017 Twenty-five SMU faculty members have received 2018-19 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research, “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.” Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation and the project’s sensitivity to value questions [...]

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SMU economist wins $50,000 “budding genius” prize with highly cited corruption research

SMU Research Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 Guilt and shame play a role in reducing bribery, according to research by economist Danila Serra, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. As an economist who has studied bribery behavior extensively, Serra has discovered that bribery declines if potentially corrupt agents are made aware of the negative effects of corruption, and when victims can share specific information about bribe demands through online reporting systems. An assistant professor in the SMU Department of Economics, Serra’s research methodology is unique — relying on lab experiments in which players gain and lose real money. Her work is frequently cited by other researchers studying the field of bribery. In November the directors and officers of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics honored Serra as the inaugural recipient of the $50,000 [...]

By | 2017-12-14T08:16:27+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU economist wins $50,000 “budding genius” prize with highly cited corruption research

Dedman College faculty books for your holiday gift-giving list

SMU News Originally Posted: December 11, 2017 Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2017 by Dedman College faculty. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore. Most are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. READ THE FULL LIST Books by Dedman College faculty Manjhi Moves a Mountain (Creston Books), by Nancy Churnin, shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough. When young Dashrath Manjhi realizes the mountain separates his poor village from a nearby village with schools, markets and a hospital, he sees a solution no one else can imagine. With only his hammer, chisel, grit and determination, Manjhi spends 20 years carving a path through the mountain. Rachel Ball-Phillips, SMU’s adjunct lecturer of South Asian [...]

By | 2017-12-12T08:15:36+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News, History, Physics|Comments Off on Dedman College faculty books for your holiday gift-giving list

Various opinions from SMU professors

SMU News Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 Following are links to a sample of opinions written by SMU professors that have appeared recently in various publications. They represent the independent thoughts of their authors and appear in the order in which they were published, the most recent being at the top. READ MORE Trump should try quiet diplomacy By Jeffrey Engel Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History at SMU Twenty-five years ago this week, Americans rejected a far different man than the one in power today. Self-confident where Donald Trump is thin-skinned, well-mannered in a way Trump considers weak, George H.W. Bush is remembered a quarter-century out of office as an elder statesman whose call for a “kinder and gentler” nation appears quaint [...]

By | 2017-12-08T06:22:30+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Various opinions from SMU professors

Cullum Clark, Economics, charities hold breath as lawmakers work on tax reform

Fox 4 Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 Charities are holding their breath as lawmakers hammer out details of a massive overhaul to the taxcode Some organizations are fearful the changes could equal a drop in charitable giving. “The last couple of weeks of the year our donations go way up,” said Jonathan Rich, Salvation Army. “In fact the last quarter of each calendar year we see more donations, about 50 percent of our donations come in the last quarter alone.” The most visible fundraiser is the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, but they are also reliant on major gifts. “When someone like you or me decides to give a thousand dollars to a charity, that’s a major gift and we get to write it off [...]

By | 2017-12-12T08:23:27+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Cullum Clark, Economics, charities hold breath as lawmakers work on tax reform

Research: SMU-led fossil study finds carbon dioxide link to global warming 22 million years ago

SMU Forum Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle — and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming. Research until now has produced a variety of results and conflicting data that have cast doubt on the link between high carbon dioxide levels and climate change for a time interval about 22 million years ago. But a new study has found the link does indeed exist for that prehistoric time period, say SMU researchers. The finding will help scientists understand how recent and future increases in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide may impact the future of our planet, they add. The discovery comes from new biochemical analyses of fossil leaves from [...]

By | 2017-12-08T06:16:54+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Research: SMU-led fossil study finds carbon dioxide link to global warming 22 million years ago

George Holden, Psychology, spanking children can lead to relationship violence later, according to a recent study

Fox 4 Originally Posted: December 5, 2017 Parents who believe in “spare the rod, spoil the child” might be setting their children up to become violent toward future partners, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics. “We asked 758 kids between 19 and 20 years old how often they had been spanked, slapped or struck with an object as form of punishment when they were younger,” said the study’s lead author, Jeff Temple, an associate professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. “Kids who said they had experienced corporal punishment were more likely to have recently committed dating violence.” This result, he said, held up even when contributing factors such as sex, age, parental education, ethnicity and childhood abuse were [...]

By | 2017-12-12T08:19:59+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on George Holden, Psychology, spanking children can lead to relationship violence later, according to a recent study

Where Dallas’ Oldest History Goes to Die

D Magazine Originally Posted: December 2017 issue Dr. Sunday Eiselt—a field archaeologist, SMU professor, and former Marine—has a friendly disposition and long hair that falls to her waist. I went to meet her last summer on campus because she’d discovered something that I’d spent weeks searching for, something that had been missing for decades. Inside Heroy Science Hall, I waited for her in the lobby and passed time by looking at various geologic displays and worn, oversize photographs of digs in Egypt. When she arrived, we made introductions and headed downstairs to the basement floor. As we began the descent, she turned and said, “We won’t be looking at any human remains today. I can show you artifacts, but no humans.” She said this cordially [...]

By | 2017-12-05T10:49:55+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Where Dallas’ Oldest History Goes to Die

History Professor Op-Ed in New York Times: George McGovern, Vietnam and the Democratic Crackup

New York Times Originally Posted: December: 5, 2017 On Sept. 24, 1963, George McGovern, the junior senator from South Dakota, addressed a full chamber on America’s growing entanglement in Southeast Asia. His words rang like a fire bell in the night. “The current dilemma in Vietnam is a clear demonstration of the limitations of military power,” the 41-year-old Democrat declared, just before the vote on a record-breaking defense appropriation. “There in the jungles of Asia, our mighty nuclear arsenal, our $50 billion arms budget, and our costly ‘special forces’ have proved powerless to cope with a ragged band of illiterate guerrillas fighting with homemade weapons.” Even worse, in Saigon, American resources were being used “to suppress the very liberties we went in to defend,” he [...]

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