For the Record: Nov. 29, 2007

Richard Nelson, Theology, Brent Sumerlin, Chemistry, and Matthew Wilson, Political Science, have received Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Nelson’s Fellowship will support his research at the University of Cambridge, England, on the Book of Judges as a resource in public policy debates. Sumerlin’s Fellowship will allow local high school students, along with undergraduate and graduate students, to participate in his research developing new synthetic “smart” materials in biotechnology. Wilson’s Fellowship will support his research on public opinion toward Catholicism and its role in national elections, one part of a larger book project.

Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum Director, talked about the future and educational mission of the Meadows Museum with The Dallas Morning News Nov. 26, 2007.

The Dedman School of Law‘s Mock Trial team has earned a spot in the American Bar Association‘s national competition in January. Nefeterius McPherson, Sally Pretorius, John Roberts and Michael Thomas took first place in the regional competition and will represent the region in Chicago Jan. 26-27, 2008.

Erin Krafft, a graduate student in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, struck a $60,000 bargain on NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” Nov. 16, 2007. Read more.

For the Record: Nov. 9, 2007

Two SMU mock-trial teams took first place at the Billinger Barrister Invitational in St. Louis Oct. 13-14, 2007, finishing undefeated at 7-0-1. Sophomore Jessica Wikstrom also won a Best Witness Award. About 22 teams from 11 different schools participated in the competition, which was sponsored by St. Louis University.

Kim Cobb, Public Affairs, has received a 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Texas Tech University College of Mass Communications. Cobb, who graduated from Tech in 1979, joined SMU in June as director of national media marketing after a lengthy career as a journalist, including more than two decades as a national writer for the Houston Chronicle. She and four others were honored Oct. 27 in Lubbock. Read more from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Gail Hartin, Teacher Education, discussed what makes a good teacher with Park Cities People Nov. 2, 2007.