Faculty in the News: April 3, 2008

Fred Moss, Law, spoke with The Dallas Morning News March 28, 2008, about a Dallas judge’s unusual order for a new trial in the case of Ben Spencer, who is serving a life sentence for the 1987 murder of businessman Jeffrey Young.

David Freidel, Anthropology, provided expertise on the recent return to Mexico of stolen artifacts, believed to be pre-Columbian, that have been captured in Texas and New Mexico. His comments appeared in The Dallas Morning News April 2, 2008.

Caroline Brettell, Anthropology, talked about how high-tech industry has affected the new immigration boom with The Dallas Morning News April 1, 2008. She is a co-author of Twenty-First Century Gateways, a new book on immigration featuring the Dallas experience.

For the Record: Aug. 23, 2007

Maya temple from National GeographicDavid Freidel, Anthropology, is a featured expert in “The Maya: Glory and Ruin,” the cover story of the August 2007 National Geographic magazine. In addition, he discussed the recent discovery in Ceren, El Salvador, of a 1,400-year-old harvested Maya manioc (cassava) field with The Los Angeles Times for the Aug. 21, 2007 edition.

Linda Eads, Law, received the 2006-07 President’s Award from the State Bar of Texas for her work as co-chair of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. The annual award is presented to the member judged to have rendered outstanding service to the State Bar. Eads led the committee in the review and revision of the group’s disciplinary rules.

Carolyn Macartney, Cinema-TV, received a 2007 Kodak Faculty Scholarship Award during the national University Film & Video Association (UFVA) Conference hosted by the University of North Texas in mid-August. She received $4,000 to support her proposed documentary project Wanda the Wonderful, which will chronicle her grandmother’s life as a Wild West sharpshooter. In addition, Macartney’s film There Goes the View won the award for Best Experimental Film in the juried competition.

Pam Elder, Cinema-TV, is one of 20 professors, chairs or deans of film-TV departments nationwide chosen to participate in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ annual Faculty Seminar to be held in Los Angeles in November. The seminar includes meetings and lectures on new media, cable television, legal issues, the changing demands of production and other topics with studios and major production companies.

Kelli Herd, Cinema-TV, was named Filmmaker of the Month by Women in Film-Dallas and is featured in an interview in the WIFD August newsletter. She is co-writing a textbook called The Language of Screenwriting.

Jose Santos, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, has returned from a year of research in Guatemala undertaken with a Fulbright grant and funds from the National Science Foundation. His work was recognized by Texas Congressman Pete Sessions, who read his praise for Santos into the Congressional record.