For the Record: Feb. 27, 2009

Linda Eads, Dedman School of Law, has received the 2009 Lola Wright Foundation Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The honor recognizes “outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas,” and recipients are attorneys “to whom professional ethics are paramount.” Past recipients include Berry Crowley, James Holmes III, Lloyd P. Lochridge, Jim Sales, Louise Raggio, Guy Harrison, Richard C. Hile, Justice Douglas S. Lan, and Scott J. Atlas. Eads will receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of her choice.

Mary Spector, Dedman School of Law, has been named a 2009 Bellow Scholar by a committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Education, recognizing her project on the impact of debt collection litigation on consumers and the courts. Bellow Scholar awards are made every two years on the basis of “innovative proposals designed to improve the quality of justice in communities, to enhance the delivery of legal services, and to promote economic and social justice.” Other 2009 Bellow Scholars are from Harvard, Catholic University and the University of Michigan.

Ben Johnson, History, Dedman College, has received the 2008 Ray and Pat Browne Award for the Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular and American Culture from the Popular Culture and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) for his book Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place (Yale University Press). He will accept the award at the PCA/ACA Conference in New Orleans April 10, 2009.

For the Record: Oct. 2, 2008

Kathy Hargrove, Education and Human Development, will receive the 2008 President’s Award from the Texas Association for the Talented and Gifted during its annual conference Nov. 13-14 in Dallas. The award is given to recognize “an individual of influence who has made positive contributions to gifted and talented education.”

Linda Eads, Law, has been named one of 30 “Extraordinary Women in Texas Law” in a special edition of Texas Lawyer magazine. The periodical recognized women “licensed to practice law in Texas who have had an impact in the state on firms, government, nonprofits, academia and/or the corporate world within the past five years.” Read more from SMU News.

Faculty in the News: Summer 2008

VOTE buttonsCal Jillson, Political Science, provided expertise for several Election 2008 stories during the summer, discussing:

  • the significance of Hillary Clinton’s prime-time speech placement at the Democratic National Convention in The Canadian Press Aug. 24, 2008
  • the drama viewers won’t see at the major parties’ political conventions in The Arizona Republic Aug. 18, 2008
  • the “mixed bag” for students and universities resulting from the new Higher Education Act in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Aug. 10, 2008, as well as Texas’ fund-raising importance to both major political parties in the paper’s July 28, 2008 edition
  • the reasons why John Cornyn’s campaign press releases are aimed at his Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate rather than at his Democratic opponent, Rick Noriega, in The Houston Chronicle Aug. 4, 2008
  • Texas Democrats’ hopes that Barack Obama’s candidacy can help the state party rebound in the Associated Press July 17, 2008, as well as the lack of a “quick fix” for the foreclosure crisis, now matter who is elected president, with the wire service for its July 5, 2008 edition
  • how the gay-marriage issue will play out in the presidential campaign in Reuters June 19, 2008
  • the differences in style and substance between Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama in Singapore’s The Electric New Paper June 15, 2008

Gas pumpBruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, spoke with several media outlets during Summer 2008 about soaring fuel prices and other energy issues, including:

Peter Weyand, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, discussed Usain Bolt’s Olympic sprinting performance, and the possibility of humans someday running as fast as the fastest four-legged animals, with The Times of India Aug. 20, 2008.

Suku Nair, Computer Science and Engineering, talked about growing concerns for the security of wireless technology with Fox 4 News Aug. 17, 2008.

SMU Olympic swimmerDave Wollman, Track and Field/Cross Country, shared tips on how to train like an Olympian with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 12, 2008.

Fred Moss, Law, discussed recent developments in the Dallas City Hall corruption case with CBS 11 News Aug. 13, 2008. He talked about the merits of hate-crime charges being filed against a man accused of committing random shootings in four Dallas suburbs with The Dallas Morning News July 9, 2008. In addition, he discussed the issues involved in using DNA testing to exonerate those who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes with Reuters July 2, 2008.

Van Kemper, Anthropology, spoke with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 12, 2008, about how the proposed renaming of historic Ross Avenue has put the Dallas City Council in a no-win situation.

Mike Davis, Finance, discussed why the Consumer Price Index may not match a family’s reality with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 4, 2008.

Linda Eads, Law, talked about the merits of searching a defense attorney’s office in a Frisco, Texas murder-for-hire case with The Dallas Morning News July 27, 2008.

Edward Fox, Marketing, discussed the implications of the Minyard supermarket chain’s sale of 37 Carnival stores, along with the Carnival brand itself, with The Dallas Morning News July 24, 2008. He also talked about Wal-Mart’s plans to dramatically scale down a proposed new store in Austin with The Austin American-Statesman June 24, 2008.

Planet EarthMaria Richards, Earth Sciences, discussed geothermal energy as the “lost” component of the alternative-energy push with U.S. News & World Report July 21, 2008.

Patricia Mathes, Institute for Reading Research, talked about North Texas students’ struggles with the written portion of the TAKS test with The Dallas Morning News July 20, 2008.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, discussed a decision by the State Board of Education to allow elective Bible courses in Texas high schools with The Dallas Morning News July 11, 2008.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, discussed whether Karl Rove’s criticism of Mitt Romney is aimed at helping Romney become John McCain’s running mate with Salt Lake City’s Deseret News July 16, 2008. He also talked about why both Barack Obama and John McCain need the abortion issue with Reuters May 28, 2008.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, discussed the shortcomings of the new North Texas clean-air plan with the Dallas Business Journal July 11, 2008.

Geoff Orsak, Engineering Dean, provided expertise for a Robert Miller column on how North Texas engineering schools are meeting the demand for engineers with state-of-the-art programs and facilities. The column appeared in The Dallas Morning News June 29, 2008.

Alan Brown, Psychology, discussed his research, which may reveal the secret to winning game shows, with Psychology Today for its July/August 2008 issue.

Dan Howard, Marketing, provided expertise for a story on how frugal spenders can buck an economic downturn that appeared in The Arizona Republic Aug. 8, 2008. He talked about how rising ticket prices will affect the future of the airline industry in The Dallas Morning News June 23, 2008. In addition, he discussed how General Motors’ possible discontinuation of the Hummer reflects the restructuring of the North American automotive industry with The Ottawa Citizen June 14, 2008.

Jessica Dixon, Law, discussed the “puzzling” actions of Texas Child Protective Services in the case of the FDLS polygamist cult with The Dallas Morning News June 18, 2008.

Oil derrickFrank Lloyd, Cox Executive Education, discussed the importance of capable leadership in the global petroleum industry with The Earth Times June 18, 2008.

Robin Lovin, Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed the changing relationship between religion and politics in an essay published in Religion and Ethics Newsweekly June 12, 2008.

Joseph Dancy, Law, discussed how landowners can test the mineral-rights market through an eBay auction with Platts June 3, 2008

Ron Moss, Admissions, discussed the effects of intense college admission competition among the 2008 high school graduating class with WFAA Channel 8 June 3, 2008.

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.