Faculty in the News: Nov. 3, 2009

George Martinez, Dedman School of Law, discussed the legal ramifications for the Dallas Police Department of issuing tickets to drivers for not speaking English in an article that appeared in The Dallas Morning News Oct. 26, 2009

R. Gerald Turner, SMU President and co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, talked about the recent Commission report that says the current economic climate is causing universities to reassess their operating budgets and how they maintain athletics programs. His comments appeared in the Oct. 26, 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

For the Record: Nov. 15, 2007

Ed Fox, Marketing, helped design a survey of major grocery chains in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for The Dallas Morning News. He is featured in an article on the survey’s results that appeared in the Morning News Nov. 11, 2007.

John Attanasio, Law Dean, discussed the mission of the law school in an article on the growing number of Christian-based law schools in the Houston Chronicle Nov. 9, 2007.

Elaine Heath, Theology, and Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, have received Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Heath’s Fellowship will support her research on emerging neo-monastic communities in the United States, which will result in a book to be published next year. Chancey’s Fellowship will support travel to archaeological sites in Galilee and the Golan Heights to research his upcoming book on the archaeology of Palestine in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, from Alexander the Great through Constantine.

George Martinez, Law, discussed an Irving, Texas lawsuit to force the adoption of single-member City Council districts and what it may mean for minority representation with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Nov. 8, 2007.

Dennis Cordell, History, was lauded for receiving SMU’s 2006-07 Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award in the Summer/Fall 2007 issue of LifeLines, the newsletter of AIDS Arms Inc. He is chair of the agency’s Program Services committee, which oversees programs including operation of its medical and legal clinic, maintenance of testing and counseling centers, and partnerships with Latino and black community services.

Tihda VongkothSenior music major Tihda Vongkoth (right) has won the 2007 Keroupe Zildjian Concert Percussion Scholarship. College undergraduate percussionists worldwide participated in the competition, sponsored annually by the Zildjian Company, a renowned maker of cymbals and percussion instruments. Vongkoth is a student of Douglas Howard, Kalman Cherry and Drew Lang; she performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and the Meadows Wind Ensemble. Read more.

For the Record: Oct. 26, 2007

Jeffrey Kahn, Law, provided commentary for an article on the mistrials in the Holy Land Foundation prosecutions in The Houston Chronicle Oct. 22, 2007.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed the implications of steady prices for gas at the pump even as crude oil prices rise in The Chicago Tribune Oct. 17, 2007.

George Martinez, Law, discussed an unusual twist in a recent North Texas head-injury case with The Dallas Morning News Oct. 16, 2007.