Faculty in the News: Oct. 10, 2008

Cal Jillson, Political Science, talked about the unusually high stakes in the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate with The Christian Science Monitor Oct. 2, 2008. He also discussed the significance of this year’s increased voter registration in North Texas with The Dallas Morning News Oct. 6, 2008.

In addition, Jillson discussed how Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is galvanizing base voters from both major political parties with Reuters Oct. 8, 2008.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed why a recent drop in fuel prices may not mean that consumers will return to their old driving habits with The Los Angeles Times Oct. 7, 2008.

Scott MacDonald, Southwest Graduate School of Banking, discussed why the banking industry continues to build branch banks, even as more customers do their banking online, with WFAA News Oct. 9, 2008.

Bonnie Wheeler, English, spoke with The Chronicle of Higher Education for its Oct. 10, 2008 edition about the controversy over a large-scale, multinational attempt in Europe to rank humanities journals. She is director of SMU’s Medieval Studies Program, editor of the journal Arthuriana and president of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Rita Kirk and Dan Schill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, talked about the potential for “bandwagon effect” resulting from political polls and live audience feedback with The Wall Street Journal Oct. 10, 2008. Kirk and Schill are conducting CNN’s live focus groups for all four 2008 presidential and vice-presidential debates.