Four named 2015 SMU Ford Research Fellows

SMU Ford Research Fellows 2015
Ping (Peggy) Gui, Robert Howell, Lisa Siraganian and Nathan Cortez were named SMU’s 2015 Ford Research Fellows during the University’s Board of Trustees meeting in May.

Four distinguished SMU professors were named 2015 Ford Research Fellows during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 7.

This year’s recipients are Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law; Ping (Peggy) Gui, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; Robert Howell, Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Lisa Siraganian, English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help SMU retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.

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Faculty in the News: Dec. 14, 2010

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, and Cox faculty members discussed how unemployment and the lack of job creation could make 2011 a worse economic year than 2010 in an article that appeared in The Dallas Business Journal Dec. 9, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked with The Calgary Herald about the political implications of establishment Republicans’ recent questioning of Sarah Palin’s fitness for elected office. The article appeared in the paper’s Dec. 4, 2010 edition. He also talked with The Houston Chronicle about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s plans to take his anti-Washington message national as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The story was published Dec. 5, 2010.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, talked about how fear can be supplanted by hope in a commentary for KERA 90.1 FM public radio that aired Dec. 8, 2010. Listen to Lawrence’s KERA broadcast here. audio

In addition, Lawrence discussed whether a Dallas-based website identifying businesses as “naughty” for not acknowledging Christmas is inappropriate for the season with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 8, 2010. He also wrote about the moral argument in favor of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act for the DMN’s “Texas Faith” column.

Nathan Cortez, SMU Dedman School of LawBud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed with The Dallas Morning News the possible effects on Texas if Congress votes to let Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire. The article appeared in the Dec. 2, 2010 edition.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, provided expertise for a Steve Blow column about what it means to call Texas “business friendly.” The piece ran in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 2, 2010.

Nathan Cortez (right), Dedman School of Law, talked with CBS 11 News about the battle between BlueCross BlueShield and Texas Health Resources that was precipitated by new requirements on insurers in the new health care law. The segment aired Dec. 2, 2010. Watch CBS 11 reporter Jack Fink’s story here. video

Faculty in the News: March 30, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s political future with The Dallas Morning News March 28, 2010. He also discussed the effect of the health care debate on perceptions of abortion as a partisan issue with Reuters March 23, 2010.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise for a story on whether government should practice social justice that appeared in The Dallas Morning News March 23, 2010. Lawrence and Wilson are part of the News‘ Texas Faith panel.

Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law, and Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the potential for success of a lawsuit challenging the new health care law. Cortez spoke with KERA 90.1 Radio on March 23, 2010. Hear and read the full interview. audio

Meanwhile, Jillson spoke about the law’s constitutionality with CNN March 23, 2010. Read the full story.

Faculty in the News: Aug. 25, 2009

Geoff Orsak on KERA's 'Think'Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law, discussed the legal implications of insurers offering overseas networks for cheaper health and dental care with USA Today Aug. 24, 2009.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, took part in an online discussion of the mutual engagement between science and religion in the Dallas Morning News‘ Texas Faith blog Aug. 24, 2009. He also participated in a Texas Faith conversation on the connection between religion and politics with Theology Dean William Lawrence and Maguire Professor of Ethics Robin Lovin Aug. 18, 2009.

Louis Jacobs, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, talked about how the end of the Angolan civil war has affected the search for dinosaur fossils in that country with Yahoo! News Aug. 21, 2009.

Geoffrey Orsak (above), Dean, Lyle School of Engineering, took part in a discussion about whether the design controversy around the Trinity toll road project can be solved by good engineering on KERA Channel 13’s “Think” Aug. 14, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, moderated a town hall debate on health care that included Texas Congressional representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) and Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) at Cityplace Conference Center Aug. 17, 2009. It was one of the few meetings nationwide where a Democrat and Republican have appeared together. Coverage appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Aug. 18, 2009.

Faculty in the News: Summer 2009

Brian StumpScientists in SMU’s Seismology Research Program deployed monitoring stations in North Texas during summer 2009 to gather data on a series of earthquakes that began hitting the area in May. Brian Stump (right) and Chris Hayward, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, are providing expertise to local and national media outlets for ongoing coverage, including the following stories:

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked with the media regarding several state and national political stories during the summer, including:

William LawrenceWilliam Lawrence (right), Dean, Perkins School of Theology, provided commentary on the health care reform debate and other issues, including:

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, spoke with several media outlets about fuel prices, the Congressional climate change bill and other energy issues for these stories:

Scott MacDonald, Southwest Graduate School of Banking, Cox School of Business, talked about distressed banks taking the cost-cutting measure of closing branch locations with Aug. 12, 2009.

Ruben Habito, World Religions, Perkins School of Theology, talks about the increasing acceptance of Buddhism among Christians and Jews who infuse Eastern spiritual insights and practices into their own religions with The Denver Post Aug. 9, 2009.

Kathy Hargrove, Gifted Students Institute, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, spoke about the need for specialized training for teachers of the gifted and talented with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 9, 2009.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed air quality problems in Denton County with The Denton Record-Chronicle Aug. 2, 2009. In addition, he wrote an op-ed on the failure of the North Texas clean-air plan and its consequences for The Dallas Morning News, published July 13, 2009.

Jeff TalleyJeff Talley (at right in photo, with Gen. David Petraeus), Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, was the subject of a feature detailing his ideas for using engineering to fight global poverty. It appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram July 29, 2009.

Tom Mayo, Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, provided expertise for a story on health care rationing and the author’s 91-year-old father that appeared in Politics Daily July 29, 2009.

William Maxwell, Finance, Cox School of Business, talked about the state of the American auto industry with The Dallas Morning News July 13, 2009.

John Attanasio, Dean, Dedman School of Law, discussed why Dallas’ law practices have managed to avoid the downsizing occurring at many large national practices with The Dallas Morning News July 6, 2009.

Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law, discussed the legal and regulatory uncertainties of “medical tourism” – seeking affordable health care abroad – with Diversity: Issues in Higher Education June 25, 2009.

Darab Ganji and Robert Jordan, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, wrote an op-ed on the post-election uprising in Iran that was published in The Dallas Morning News June 22, 2009.

Fred Schmidt, Christian Spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, discussed the June 2009 meeting of representatives from Episcopal congregations and dioceses to create a new denomination for a story published by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram June 22, 2009.

Glenn Griffin, Advertising, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed the advantages and drawbacks of the state opening its new “Don’t Mess With Texas” video contest to the public with The Dallas Morning News June 17, 2009

Research Spotlight: Medical tourism

Passport with plane ticketsMore and more Americans are choosing to receive medical treatment – even complicated surgeries – in foreign countries to save big money. The practice is called “medical tourism,” but do the risks to consumers outweigh the savings?

“That’s an important question, says Nathan Cortez, assistant professor in SMU’s Dedman School of Law, who is focusing his research in health law on this emerging medical market. “Patients take a calculated risk by seeking medical care overseas in regulatory systems that may not offer the rights or protections they expect.”

Interviewed for National Public Radio last November, he warned that although patients are free to travel overseas and reap whatever savings they can find, the international shop-around could affect how U.S. hospitals pay for care for the uninsured.

“We see this all the time with other industries,” Cortez told NPR. “Health care has been notoriously a local industry, and now it’s … succumbing to globalization like other industries have.”

Read more in SMU Research magazine

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 7, 2008

Photo of Mexican Chinese familyHonor our authors: Reminder: SMU’s Godbey Lecture Series of Dedman College is accepting nominations for its 28th annual Authors’ Awards through Feb. 15. The awards will be presented to three SMU faculty members who had outstanding books published during 2007. For more information or to make a nomination, contact Dorothy Friedlander, 8-3399.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage: SMU’s 2008 Spring Break Civil Rights Pilgrimage takes place Mar. 7-15. Students, faculty and staff members are welcome; the cost of $350 includes travel, museum fees and lodging (based on 4-per-room occupancy). Space is limited; for information and reservations, contact the Chaplain’s Office, 8-4502.

Judaica Lecture Series: Associate Professor of Old Testament Roy Heller speaks on “The Politics of Pointing: Learning and Teaching Hebrew in Colonial America” at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in Bridwell Library.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Mark Oppenheimer, author of Thirteen and a Day and coordinator of the Yale Journalism Initiative, speaks on “How Studying Oratory and Rhetoric Makes Us Better Citizens” Feb. 11 in DeGolyer Library. A reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room, with a lecture following at 6:30 p.m in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room.

'Swing Girls' promo posterClements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Julia María Schiavone Camacho speaks on “Crossing Boundaries, In Between Homelands: Expulsion, Diasporic Identities and Memory of the Mexican Chinese, 1910-1980s” at noon Feb. 13 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Top right, a Mexican Chinese family photo.)

Big in Japan: SMU’s 2008 Japanese Film Festival opens Feb. 15-16 with screenings of Swing Girls (bottom right) on Friday and Millennium Actress on Saturday. The festival continues Feb. 22-23 with Shinobi: Heart Under Blade and Whisper of the Heart. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles and begin at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Admission is free. Presented by the SMU Japan Club, Meadows School of the Arts, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, and the SMU Japanese Program; sponsored by SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and the SMU Japan Club. Learn more about this year’s festival films at the SMU Japan Club website.

For the Record: Dec. 13, 2007

Nathan Cortez, Law, discussed the growth and risks of “medical tourism” – traveling overseas for needed health care – with National Public Radio Nov. 14, 2007.

Alexa Taylor, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, offered exam-time study tips for students with learning differences in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 10, 2007.

Daniel Howard, Marketing, discussed the holiday bargains late shoppers can expect in the final weeks of the shopping season with The Hartford Courant Dec. 11, 2007.