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Cal Jillson, political science professor, Rick Perry tries for positive spin on indictment

Business Insider….. Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said Perry has a brief chance to reintroduce himself. If Perry goes to trial, voters will see a parade of Perry operatives discuss the deal-making surrounding the veto. “It will show how ugly it is to see the political sausage made,” […]

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SMU seismologists, Texas Railroad Commission OKs new rules for injection wells

Star Telegram- State agency OKs new rules for injection wells …Southern Methodist University researchers said this year that they had detected more than 300 quakes large enough to be recorded by multiple seismic monitors the school has deployed in the Azle area. The Geological Survey has recorded 27 in the area by the U.S. Geological Survey, […]

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Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson on Wendy Davis’ TV ad

KERA….Davis’ ad is a dramatization of an event in 1993. A vacuum cleaner salesman offering in-home demonstrations rapes a young mother while her two children sleep in a nearby room. “The salesman was a sexual predator on probation but the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner distributor had failed to perform a routine background check on him,” the […]

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George Holden, Psychology, a call for paradigm shifts in preventing and treating child abuse

New ways to protect kids A conference co-sponsored by APA and the American Bar Association calls for paradigm shifts in preventing and treating child abuse. By Rebecca A. Clay July/August 2014, Vol 45, No. 7 Print version: page 30 …Understanding child maltreatment Family violence is rampant in our society, said George W. Holden, PhD, a […]

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Ron Wetherington, Anthropology Professor, challenges Dallas-based institute out to prove biblical version of creation

Dallas Morning News… Dallas researchers out to scientifically prove biblical version of creation Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial swamp into shape-shifting cells, into ape-like primates, into people. His theory is taught in virtually […]

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Political Science Professor quoted in Time

….“Governor Perry’s public relations strategy is to present this indictment as one blow, low and foul, in an ongoing fight between a disgraced, partisan, Democratic, district attorney and a Republican governor fighting for common decency, the rule of law, and the sanctity of the Texas Constitution,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist […]

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Final reading of Summer Author Series to feature Creative Writing Professor David Haynes

Creative Writing Professor David Haynes will read from A Star in the Face of the Sky at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Audelia Road branch at 10045 Audelia Road. Haynes’s book is about two families coping with the legacy of personal and political violence. Haynes is the author of seven novels for adults […]

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Matthew Wilson, Dedman College professor, should the government say whether churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

READ FULL BLOG POST HERE MATTHEW WILSON, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University The limitation on political activity by religious organizations is both misguided and unenforceable in any coherent, consistent way, and should thus be repealed. Many of the fundamental concerns of any religious group — war and peace, human rights, marriage and […]

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Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History and Dedman College professor in Washington Times

Washington Times: …“I think people are remarkably flippant. Neither side thinks this is actually going to happen,” said Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. “In recent years it seems the rhetoric has increased to where people are discussing impeachment in a general way of expressing disdain for the […]

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Experimental particle physicist Jodi Cooley hunts for dark matter

Dark matter makes up much of the universe, and surrounds us all like an invisible soup. Physicists have hunted dark matter particles for decades, but they continue to elude observation.   Now a major international experiment aimed at discovering dark matter could be constructed and operational by 2018, according to the consortium of scientists on […]