From the North Texas earthquakes to the Bushes on campus to the Mustangs’ first bowl announcement in 25 years, relive some of the Hilltop highlights of 2009 courtesy of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to start the video.
Scientists 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:
- NPR, June 30, 2009: Is drilling to blame for Texas quakes?
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 27, 2009: 6th quake hits Cleburne
- Cleburne Times-Review, June 16, 2009: Earthquake detectors installed by SMU reps
- Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2009: Temblors rattle Texas town
- Channel 8 News, June 10, 2009: SMU to study recent quakes
- KERA Radio, June 9, 2009: Cleburne quakes rattle some residents
- Channel 33 News, June 8, 2009: Third quake to strike in a week
- Channel 5 News, June 8, 2009: Drilling not likely to blame for recent quakes
- Channel 8 News, June 8, 2009: Could Barnett Shale drilling be cause for quakes?
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Small earthquake rattles residents of Cleburne
Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked with the media regarding several state and national political stories during the summer, including:
- Canadian Press, Aug. 11, 2009: Amid raucous protests on health care, some worry about Obama’s safety
- Reuters, Aug. 10, 2009: U.S. religious left wades into healthcare fight
- The Dallas Morning News, Aug. 6, 2009: Hutchison picks, chooses issues on key Senate panel
- Austin American-Statesman, July 31, 2009: Battle for governor coming
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 30, 2009: Texas Sen. Hutchison sets stage for special election for her seat
- Channel 8 News, July 9, 2009: Rethinking Texas history textbooks
- Fox 4 News, July 6, 2009: GOP’s Tea Party headache
- Christian Science Monitor, July 1, 2009: It’s crunch time for Obama’s agenda
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 14, 2009: Politicians, observers assess blame for Texas Legislature needing special session
William Lawrence (right), Dean, Perkins School of Theology, provided commentary on the health care reform debate and other issues, including:
- Texas Faith blog, The Dallas Morning News, Aug. 1, 2009: Is health care a moral issue?
- KERA Radio, July 29, 2009: Enlarged Responsibility – “accepting responsibility for our social failures, and embracing the challenge to fix them”
- Associated Press, July 9, 2009: 50 Methodist bishops agree to cut their pay
- KERA Radio, June 15, 2009: Sacred Space – The murder of Dr. George Tiller and the need for sanctuary
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:
- Reuters, Aug. 3, 2009: U.S. refiners see shakeout under climate change bill
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Aug. 1, 2009: Searching high and low for the right balance on energy futures speculation
- ABC World News Tonight, June 15, 2009: Price of gasoline rising because of investors
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 CNNMoney.com 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 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