Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

CBS News Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott launched his re-election campaign in San Antonio Friday, the same city he kicked-off his first campaign four years ago. He told the crowd, “To keep Texas the best state in the United States, I’m running for re-election for Governor of the great state of Texas.” . . . SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says Abbott is a sure bet for re-election. “He is as close to a lock as you can be. He’s had a very strong, largely uncontroversial tenure in office so far.” Wilson says it’s also difficult for Democrats to win statewide in Texas. But Democrat Jeffrey Payne of Dallas says he’s going to try.  . . . Wilson says the Texas [...]

By | 2017-07-21T08:55:08+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges

Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

Houston Public Media Originally Posted: July 18, 2017 Governor Greg Abbott kicked off his 2018 reelection campaign late last week. For the moment, he still largely has the field to himself. The Texas Democratic Party is having a difficult time recruiting an experienced candidate to run against him. Any Democrat who decides to challenge Abbott will face a steep climb. The governor has already built up a campaign war chest of nearly $41 million. “If I am, say, Julian Castro, and I’m wondering whether it’s time for me to run for governor and put my political reputation on the line, I might look closely at this race and say, ‘My prospects, even though I’m a well-known Democrat and I could raise a good bit of [...]

By | 2017-07-20T11:19:02+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Texas Democrats Struggle To Find Candidate To Challenge Abbott In 2018

SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

USA Today College Originally Posted: July 17, 2017 This article was written by Megan Cahill and originally appeared on College Factual, a website that helps college students student get their best fit education for less. College Factual uses statistics to stop students from being treated like one. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY. Texas is a large state with numerous higher education institutions. You have your choice of public or private schools, along with schools that focus on research or are grounded in the liberal arts. Each of these schools offers students something unique. Below are the top 10 colleges in Texas, based on College Factual’s ranking system. These schools rise to the top of over 60 four-year institutions in the state. You [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:15:03+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU named one of the top 3 colleges on College Factual’s list of the best colleges in Texas

Bryson DeChambeau gets first PGA Tour victory with insane comeback at John Deere Classic

SportsDay Originally Posted: July 16, 2017 Bryson DeChambeau added to an SMU tradition Sunday by winning the John Deere Classic. DeChambeau, 23, came from four strokes behind with birdies on four of the final six holes. He defeated third-round leader Patrick Rodgers by one stroke for his first career PGA Tour victory and earned a spot in this week's British Open. The John Deere was also the site, in 1982, of the first Tour victory of the late Payne Stewart, who like DeChambeau attended SMU. Dallas golfer Jordan Spieth also earned his first victory at the Deere in 2013 and won again in 2015. DeChambeau teared up when told his fellow Mustang also had won the Deere. "Didn't know that Payne Stewart's first win was [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:23:25+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Physics|Comments Off on Bryson DeChambeau gets first PGA Tour victory with insane comeback at John Deere Classic

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

San Antonio Express-News Originally Posted: July 14, 2017 If timing is everything in politics, Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election bid announcement on Friday came right on time. Held just days before the start of a special legislative session, Abbott’s event at Sunset Station was an opportunity to change a pesky, potentially perilous political story line: that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has driven the Legislature’s conservative agenda this year. Determined to see such legislation become law, Patrick effectively forced Abbott last month to call the special session. He did so by stalling a bill in the Senate needed to keep state agencies open.  . . . Nonetheless, the governor is struggling to reaffirm his dominance as the top Republican in Texas, said Southern Methodist University political [...]

By | 2017-07-18T19:27:46+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, Politics motivating Abbott’s priorities

Texas Trailblazer Award to go to Dedman College Board Member Lynn McBee

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 13, 2017 The Family Place will present the Texas Trailblazer Award to civic leader Lynn McBee at a luncheon benefit on Oct. 6. As chair of the Family Place Foundation, McBee has led the campaign to finance the agency's new, expanded headquarters and shelter for battered women and children. Unveiled last month, the complex is set to begin receiving residents on July 24. "She helped us reach a pinnacle we'd never achieved before, raising almost $17 million in under two years," said CEO Paige Flink. "And she does so much for the whole city. She works 20 hours a day, I think." READ MORE

By | 2017-07-15T18:17:57+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Texas Trailblazer Award to go to Dedman College Board Member Lynn McBee

First DFW ‘Human Rights Youth Summit’ Will Draw Hundreds to SMU Sat., July 15

SMU News Originally Posted: July 12, 2017 Three hundred students, educators and community-outreach leaders will gather at SMU on Saturday, July 15, for the first “Human Rights Youth Summit” set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom of Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. “High schoolers shouldn’t have to wait until college to begin learning about human rights, and teachers shouldn’t be afraid to discuss issues young people care about,” says Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, co-sponsoring the free event with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. High school students are encouraged to sign up for the “Human Rights Youth Summit” (which will include lunch) onlinewhile seating is available. Registration for community educators and leaders is now closed. The [...]

By | 2017-07-12T17:35:49+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on First DFW ‘Human Rights Youth Summit’ Will Draw Hundreds to SMU Sat., July 15

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

SMU News Originally Posted: July 10, 2017 "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is this fall's common reading selection, which every incoming SMU student is expected to read. There will be small-group discussions on the book written by Matthew Desmond. READ MORE  

Better than Star Wars: Chemistry discovery yields 3-D table-top objects crafted from light

Phys.org Originally Posted: July 11, 2017 A scientist's dream of 3-D projections like those he saw years ago in a Star Wars movie has led to new technology for making animated 3-D table-top objects by structuring light. The new technology uses photoswitch molecules to bring to life 3-D light structures that are viewable from 360 degrees, says chemist Alexander Lippert, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who led the research. The economical method for shaping light into an infinite number of volumetric objects would be useful in a variety of fields, from biomedical imaging, education and engineering, to TV, movies, video games and more. "Our idea was to use chemistry and special photoswitch molecules to make a 3-D display that delivers a 360-degree view," Lippert said. "It's not a [...]

By | 2017-07-11T10:00:56+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Better than Star Wars: Chemistry discovery yields 3-D table-top objects crafted from light

Jeffrey A. Engel, Center for Presidential History, President Trump is ignoring the lesson of two world wars

Washington Post Originally Posted: July 10, 2017 Jeffrey A. Engel is the founding director of Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History. He is the author or editor of ten books on American foreign policy, most recently, "When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War." Donald Trump’s election was a victory for an enemy the United States defeated almost three decades ago — the Soviet Union. Mere months into office, he has accomplished what every Cold War leader in the Kremlin desired: a weakening of America’s transatlantic military, political and economic ties that has left Europe ripe for Moscow’s dominance. But looking at the wilting of America’s influence and alliances, especially the weakening of NATO, solely through the lens [...]

By | 2017-07-11T08:28:20+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Jeffrey A. Engel, Center for Presidential History, President Trump is ignoring the lesson of two world wars
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