Faculty in the News: Dec. 5, 2008

Frederick Schmidt, Spiritual Formation and Anglican Studies, Perkins School of Theology, discussed the split in the Episcopal Church with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 4, 2008.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Houston Mayor Bill White’s chances for winning statewide office with The Houston Chronicle Nov. 30, 2008. He also discussed changes in Texas politics since George W. Bush’s years as governor with The Christian Science Monitor Nov. 25, 2008.

Robin Pinkley, American Airlines Center for Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution, Cox School of Business, talked about how to handle job offers that pay too little with The Wall Street Journal Dec. 3, 2008.

Robert Hunt, Global Theological Education, Perkins School of Theology, discussed the need to be both realistic and hopeful with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 2, 2008.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, talked about what makes a painting a masterpiece with The Wall Street Journal Nov. 29, 2008.

Camille Kraeplin, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, talked about social media sites that cater to mothers and their babies with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 1, 2008.

Marci Armstrong, Graduate Programs, Cox School of Business, discusses the sharp increase in M.B.A. program applications during the current economic crisis with The Dallas Business Journal Dec. 1, 2008.

Faculty in the News: May 23, 2008

Al Armendariz, SMU School of EngineeringGeoffrey Orsak, Engineering Dean, spoke on engineers’ responsibility to society at the recent 2008 Mechatronics Expo. His keynote speech was covered in the May 16, 2008, edition of Design News.

Jessica Dixon, Law, provided expertise for a story by The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals’ recent ruling that the state agency responsible for protecting children from abuse failed to prove that the youngsters it seized from a West Texas polygamist compound were in imminent danger and overreached its authority by taking them from their families. The segment aired May 22, 2008. Listen to the interview. audio

Katherine Presnell, Psychology, and Camille Kraeplin, Journalism, discussed how the media influences eating disorders and how sufferers can get help with ABC Channel 8’s “Good Morning Texas” May 13, 2008. video

Al Armendariz (right), Environmental Engineering, talked about possible avenues of investigation into a gas leak that caused an explosion in a McKinney, Texas neighborhood with NBC Channel 5 News May 19, 2008. video

Research Spotlight: Getting real about body image

Tied to the scaleWhat factors influence a girl’s or woman’s image of her own body, and how can she learn to accept how she looks? After all, the average American woman is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 142 pounds, but the average super model – whose image appears on TV, billboards and in magazines – is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. The difference between “the look” and reality causes low self-esteem and can lead to eating disorders.

“Think” host Krys Boyd of KERA Radio talked to SMU’s Katherine Presnell, Psychology, and Camille Kraeplin, Journalism, who are studying how the media influences body image and how cognitive dissonance exercises may help. They tell Boyd that women are influenced by the media, their peers and their families – and not always with positive results. Listen to the interview or download it to your iPod.