Faculty in the News: Oct. 27, 2010

William Tsutsui with GodzillaCal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about campaign spending and the race for Texas governor with The Abilene Reporter News Oct. 23, 2010. He also discussed politics swirling around the issue of candidates’ income tax returns with The Houston Chronicle Oct. 20, 2010, and discussed the steps Bill White and Rick Perry need to take to win with The San Antonio Express News Oct. 24, 2010.

Maria Minniti, entrepreneurship, Cox School of Business, talked about the trend of military veterans starting their own businesses with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Oct. 24, 2010.

William Tsutsui (right), Dean, Dedman College, and his interest in Godzilla as a cultural ambassador for postwar Japan were the subject of a profile published in The Dallas Morning News Oct. 24, 2010. (Photo by Tom Fox of the DMN.)

Iraqi women meet with former President and Mrs. Bush at SMU

Former President and Mrs. Bush with Iraqi women at SMUFormer President George W. Bush and Laura Bush met with eight Iraqi women at SMU on May 14 as part of the delegation’s visit to the United States under the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The exchange, which included several U.S. cities, was coordinated by World Learning Visitor Exchange Program in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The women are officials in Iraq representing professions ranging from public works administration to nursing education.

Several SMU faculty members attended the event – Crista DeLuzio of the Clements Department of History and Carolyn Smith-Morris of the Department of Anthropology, both in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Maria Minniti, Cox School of Business; Jenia Turner, Dedman School of Law; and Susanne Scholz, Perkins School of Theology. SMU student Natalie Kashefi also attended. Gail Turner, wife of SMU President R. Gerald Turner, hosted a reception for the group; and Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs, was among those welcoming the delegation to campus.

The World Affairs Council was represented by its president, Jim Falk, and executive vice president Beth Huddleston, who also serves as a member of the board of the National Council for International Visitors. The Council serves as the Department of State’s coordinator of the International Visitor Leadership Program in Dallas and Fort Worth.

“Both President and Mrs. Bush spoke about the vital role women play in building and maintaining civil society and about how essential the guarantee of women’s rights is to a healthy democracy,” said DeLuzio. “The Iraqi women spoke eloquently about their courageous attempts to empower women and to further women’s rights in their country.

“I teach about the long and ongoing struggle for gender equality in the United States. This exchange inspired me to try to do more to educate my students about women’s movements around the world and to encourage them to think comparatively about women’s work on behalf of social justice and gender equality across time and place.”

Read more and see additional photos from SMU News

Faculty in the News: May 27, 2009

Brian Stump on Fox 4 NewsMaria Minniti, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Cox School of Business, provided expertise for a BusinessWeek story on her research with Moren Levesque of the University of Waterloo and Dean Shepherd of Indiana University, which uses a mathematical model to weigh the risks and benefits of entering the market early. The article appeared in the May 19, 2009 edition.

Brian Stump (left), Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, talked with Fox 4 News about an earthquake that hit North Texas May 16, 2009. video

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about the chances of success for Hallmark’s new singing envelopes for greeting cards with The Cleveland Plain Dealer May 15, 2009.

Fred Moss, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise to The Dallas Morning News for a story about a Frisco man being tried on assault charges for allegedly knowingly infecting women with HIV. The article was published May 19, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed why Texas Republican politicians are unlikely to switch to the Democratic Party to hold onto elected office in an article published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram May 10, 2009.

Research Spotlight: The entrepreneurial economy

FoldedWhat, or rather who, contributed to China’s economic miracle? Spending in research and development (R&D) – and its ability to produce technological change – is often considered as a factor in economic growth. Yet China has shown exceptional growth with scant spending on R&D, even as Japan’s economy has stalled in comparison even with significant expenditures in that area.

New research by Maria Minniti, Bobby B. Lyle Chair in Entrepreneurship in SMU’s Cox School of Business, and co-author Moren Lévesque shatters some myths about entrepreneurs, innovation and the growth of an economy.

The authors distinguish entrepreneurs as research-based (spending on R&D) or imitators (without R&D spending). The difference is between “those that commercialize invention and new markets, and those that commercialize products or services that already exist,” Minniti says. “In the past, we have mainly focused on the research-based entrepreneurs. My claim is that the imitators are important, too.” When returns on R&D spending are low, as in many emerging economies, a high number of imitative entrepreneurs who increase competition and product supply will still generate economic growth, she adds.

The authors write that entrepreneurs are the “lubricant at the core of the growth process.” Their innovative contributions also vary by country. In countries like Somalia, for example, “growth is not necessarily going to come from technological innovation,” Minniti says. Instead, it may rise from agricultural innovations that increase crops and provide clean water, she adds.

Read more at the Cox School’s Faculty Research site.