SMU Classes Resume, Virtual-only on Monday

SMU will resume classes next week with virtual-only academic instruction on Monday, February 22, 2021. The decision on virtual and/or in-person classes on Tuesday and beyond will be announced by Monday. Graduate students with Saturday classes should expect to hear from the deans of their schools if instruction will occur. Crews from the Office of Facilities Planning and Management and Office of Information Technology are working diligently to assess and repair damage to various buildings caused by this unusual winter blast, as well as ensuring all technology in classrooms are in working order. We will provide an update later today on facilities that will be open this weekend. At this time Hughes-Trigg Student Center is open as a warming and charging-up location Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports [...]

Five Dedman College faculty members receive 2021 Sam Taylor Fellowship awards

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Feb. 12, 2021 Each year, the United Methodist Church’s Division of Higher Education and Ministry grants Sam Taylor Fellowship Awards to support faculty research that advances the intellectual and social life of our global society. Following a highly competitive selection process, the Sam Taylor Fellowship review committee is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 SMU faculty awards to the following faculty members: Congratulations to the Dedman College recipients: Wookun Kim, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics Andrea Laurent-Simpson, Ph.D.: Lecturer, Department of Sociology Tomce Runcevski, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry Holly Bowen, Ph.D.: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Neely Myers, Ph.D.: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Additional SMU recipients: Amber Bemak, MFA: Assistant Professor, Film and Media Arts, Meadows School [...]

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Autistic kids may have a harder time recognizing healthy vs. toxic arguments

Eureka Alert Originally Posted: January 27, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) - A new study suggests children on the autism spectrum may be more likely to misinterpret healthy arguments between their parents as being negative, compared to children who aren't on the autism spectrum. That means they may be missing out on an opportunity to learn from their parents how to handle conflict constructively, researchers Naomi Ekas and Chrystyna Kouros said. "Children can learn how to best handle conflict from watching their parents," said Kouros, associate professor of psychology at SMU (Southern Methodist University). "Seeing parents respectfully problem-solve during a disagreement provides children with examples of how to resolve conflict in a healthy way. But children on the autism spectrum may be missing the chance to benefit [...]

By | 2021-01-27T13:33:52-08:00 January 27th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Autistic kids may have a harder time recognizing healthy vs. toxic arguments

When We Understand Microaggressions in the Broader Context of Systemic Racism, We’ll Make Some Progress

Diverse Education December 20, 2020 by Priscilla Lui  Many people have heard the word “microaggression,” but how many understand what it really means, or looks like? Wrongfully assuming that an African American student must have been admitted to a prestigious university because of an athletic scholarship, rather than academic merits. Asking a Latina business executive to bring coffee or help clean up an office, as if she was a custodial staff person. Insisting that an Asian American person is a foreign immigrant, and then concluding the Asian American is “oversensitive” when they react negatively after such assumptions are made. Such examples of microaggression are more than cultural and racial naïveté. They often are racism in disguise, weekly impacting 80% of Asian Americans, and likely other [...]

By | 2021-01-03T20:11:32-08:00 January 3rd, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on When We Understand Microaggressions in the Broader Context of Systemic Racism, We’ll Make Some Progress

Watch the December Commencement Convocation Live

December 19, 1pm: December Commencement Convocation - The ceremony will be in Ford Stadium at 1 p.m. for students and their guests. We encourage all others to join us online for the live broadcast.

Convincing people to get COVID vaccine is vital — here’s how to do it

FOX 4 Originally Posted: December 12, 2020 Austin Baldwin, psychology professor at SMU Dallas, and Jasmin Tiro, associate professor of Population and Data Sciences at UT Southwestern, for a piece mapping out public health strategies to overcome “vaccine hesitancy” among the public. Published at FoxNews.com: https://fxn.ws/2Kgmn5h

By | 2020-12-14T07:58:21-08:00 December 14th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Convincing people to get COVID vaccine is vital — here’s how to do it

Wielding the psychology of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance

SMU News Originally Posted: November 17, 2020 DALLAS (SMU) – Understanding the psychology of vaccine acceptance is key to convincing the majority of Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, says SMU health behavior researcher Austin Baldwin. Pfizer and BioNTech’s Nov. 9 announcement of a promising COVID vaccine candidate, followed by Moderna’s Nov. 16 vaccine announcement, sent stocks soaring and kindled hope across the globe. But a STAT/Harris Poll conducted just days before these announcements found just 58 percent of the American public said they would likely get a COVID vaccine if it lowered their risk by at least half, and those between the ages of 18 and 34 were less likely. Health experts say 70 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated [...]

By | 2020-12-02T08:53:02-08:00 December 2nd, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Wielding the psychology of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance
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