Robin Lovin

Nine SMU faculty members retire with emeritus status in 2012-13

Nine distinguished faculty members, with more than 313 years of combined service to SMU, have retired or will retire with emeritus status during the 2012-13 academic year. Congratulations to the following professors:

• William Beauchamp, Professor Emeritus of French, Dedman College of Humanities (1974 to 2013)

• David Blackwell, Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities (1968 to 2013)

• Robert C. Davis, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences (1967 to 2012)

• Margaret (Maggie) Dunham, Professor Emerita of Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering (1984 to 2013)

• Charles (Charley) Helfert, Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts (1970 to 2013)

• Robin Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor Emeritus in Ethics (1994 to 2013)

Bijan Mohraz, Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering (1974 to 2013)

 Laurence (Larry) Scholder, Professor Emeritus of Art, Meadows School of the Arts (1968 to 2012)

• Linda Brewster Stearns, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences (2003 to 2013)

For the Record: Feb. 5, 2010

Robin Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics, was co-speaker (with Victor Anderson of the Vanderbilt Divinity School) in the Douglas Sturm Dialogue, “Justice, Reparation, and Forgiveness: Finding a Moral Vocabulary for America’s Racial Future,” which took place Feb. 4, 2010 at Bucknell University. The Sturm Dialogue, which features two distinguished thinkers in ethics and social justice, is sponsored by Bucknell’s departments of religion and political science and Social Justice College, and held in honor of Bucknell emeritus professor of religion Douglas Sturm.

Alice Kendrick, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, has been elected to the National Advertising Review Board. The NARB is a 70-member appeals board that is part of the National Advertising Review Council, which was established in 1971 to provide guidance and set standards of truth and accuracy for national advertisers. Kendrick is one of 10 members of the public and academia on the NARB.

Jason McKenna, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, has received the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest award for civilian career employees. As a senior research geophysicist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center, he became one of 6 recipients of the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award in December. He received the honor for his “contributions to the safety and welfare of defense personnel worldwide” through his work in research and development of products for detecting and defeating clandestine tunneling to ensure security at U.S. borders. Read more from The Vicksburg Post.

Santanu Roy, Economics, Dedman College, received a 2009 Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education from the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Meera Shankar, ambassador of the Republic of India to the United States, during a banquet Dec. 10 at The Westin Galleria in Dallas.

Faculty in the News: Winter 2009-10

Chee-Yun, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, was profiled in The Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune Jan. 11, 2010, the day before her recent performance with the Sarasota Concert Association.

Edward Countryman, Clements Department of History, Dedman College, discussed the implications of the Texas State Board of Education’s possible revisions to the state’s social studies curriculum with The Austin American-Statesman Jan. 10, 2010.

Paul Phillips, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, displayed “exquisite mastery” in his conducting debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as written in a concert review in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 8, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the political fallout of efforts to protect an endangered bird and their impact on oil, natural gas and wind energy development with CNN Money Jan. 6, 2010. He also discussed the stakes in the recent Republican gubernatorial debate with KERA Radio News Jan. 11, 2010. Read the full story and listen to the broadcast. audio

bernard-weinstein-kxas-200.jpgBernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, wrote about the Barnett Shale and the potential economic and national security benefits of its natural gas deposits for The Houston Chronicle Dec. 16, 2009. In addition, he talked with with KXAS Channel 5 News about growth expectations for the North Texas area in a segment broadcast Jan. 3, 2010. Read the full report and watch the video. video

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, was profiled as the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief for Region 6 in The Houston Chronicle Jan. 3, 2010.

Robin Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed President Obama and Christian realism with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 31, 2009. Lovin has written a book on the subject, Christian Realism and the New Realities, published by Cambridge University Press.

Scott MacDonald, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Cox School of Business, talked about how small businesses have felt the pinch as banks cut back on lending in the wake of the financial crisis with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 27, 2009.

Christine Buchanan on Fox 4 NewsChristine Buchanan (left), Biological Sciences, Dedman College, discussed the dangers of catching salmonella from illegally sold baby turtles with Fox 4 News Nov. 11, 2009. Watch the video. video

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: April 20, 2009

Mike Polcyn, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, provided expertise for a story on students at Plano West Senior High School who found rare fossil bones of the mosasaur Platecarpus that have been brought to SMU for further study. The article appeared in The Dallas Morning News April 17, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the possibility of entertainer Kinky Friedman making a second Texas gubernatorial run for a story that appeared in the April 14, 2009 edition. He also discussed the political messaging behind the recent tax-day “tea party” protests with the Star-Telegram April 12, 2009.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, discussed with The Dallas Morning News the potentially unfortunate timing of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s launch of a new and more expensive disposable diaper made with natural materials. The article appeared April 14, 2009.

Robin Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics, and Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the moral issues behind creating and passing on a huge federal debt in “Texas Faith,” a discussion forum of The Dallas Morning News, April 4, 2009.

Tom Mayo, Dedman School of Law, director of SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, talked about a North Texas woman’s decision to harvested her dead son’s sperm in the hope of finding a surrogate and one day raising her son’s child with MSNBC April 14, 2009.

Faculty in the News: Winter Break 2008-09

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise for several political stories, including:

  • how Republicans in Congress may be playing a high-risk game by snubbing Barack Obama, who has publicly sought their support, in Forbes magazine, Jan. 29, 2009
  • how a new bill that would boost health care coverage for children would cost and benefit Texans, in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jan. 15, 2009
  • the continuing influence of West Texas in the state legislature as Tom Craddick is replaced as speaker, in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Jan. 3, 2009
  • Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, and the Illinois governor’s scandal, in The Washington Examiner, Dec. 28, 2008

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the challenges Barack Obama will face as president, including the challenge of expectations, with The Austin American-Statesman Jan. 18, 2009.

Kathleen Cooper, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, discussed how Texas will be affected as investments based on high oil prices fall on hard times in an op-ed published in The Houston Chronicle, Jan. 10, 2009.

Robin Lovin, Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed whether there is a place for “divine certainty” in the White House in The Dallas Morning News‘ Texas Faith blog Jan. 27, 2009. He also wrote about President Obama and the nature of historical moments for National Public Radio website Jan. 21, 2009.

SMU Theology Dean William LawrenceWilliam Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, talked about the often unusual relationship between presidents and preachers in a commentary on 90.1 KERA-FM Radio Jan. 16, 2009 (listen online or download) audio. He also discussed “firsts and lasts” in American political discourse in a KERA commentary broadcast on Dec. 19, 2008 (listen online or download) audio.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, discussed why most individuals have zero comprehension of $1 trillion, and how to make the amount easier to understand, with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 29, 2009.

Ravi Batra, Economics, Dedman College, discussed the current state of the country and its economy in a feature profile published in The Fort Worth Weekly Dec. 16, 2008.

Karen Thomas, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote about the changes already begun because of President Obama in an article published in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 20, 2009.

Tony Pederson, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, provided expertise for a Jan. 4, 2009 Associated Press article on how former competitors in the news business are forging content-sharing deals to mitigate staff cuts and other losses. The article ran in several newspapers in early January, including The Chicago Tribune.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, talked about Amway’s effort to revive its own brand with The Houston Chronicle Dec. 25, 2008.

SMU Education Dean David ChardDavid Chard, Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, wrote an op-ed about the banning of the book ttyl by the Round Rock (TX) Independent School District. The opinion piece was published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Jan. 13, 2009.

Hal Barkley, Counseling, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, talked about how to cope with families and stress during the holidays with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 22, 2008.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, discussed potential hazards in Houston’s air with The Houston Chronicle Jan. 12, 2009.

David Blackwell, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, discussed how power from underground “hot rocks” could become the “killer app” of the energy industry with The Christian Science Monitor Dec. 31, 2008.

Faculty in the News: Oct. 17, 2008

William Lawrence, Theology Dean, and Matthew Wilson, Political Science, contributed to “When Moral Principles Clash With Economic Needs” for The Dallas Morning News‘ “Texas Faith” blog Oct. 6, 2008.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, talked about the possibility of OPEC reducing oil production to offset recent price declines with USA Today Oct. 10, 2008. He also discussed the drop in gas prices and whether it will last with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Oct. 11, 2008.

Robin Lovin, Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed the ethical and practical issues involved with charging admission to large traveling worship services such as those of Joel Osteen with The Dallas Morning News Oct. 11, 2008.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, discussed recent scrutiny of the amount of air pollution produced by natural gas extraction in the Barnett Shale field with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Oct. 12, 2008.

Kumar Venkataraman, Finance, spoke on the link between financial markets and “the real economy” – consumer and business spending – with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Oct. 14, 2008.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, discussed the possibility of Democrats retaking a majority in the Texas House with The Houston Chronicle Oct. 15, 2008.

Rita Kirk and Dan Schill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, discussed their viewer response research – conducted live for CNN throughout the four 2008 presidential and vice-presidential debates – with The Dallas Morning News Oct. 15, 2008. A replay of the final debate, with a full transcript and moment-to-moment results, is available online at CNN.com.

Lovin discusses three faces of politics at Maguire Public Scholar Lecture

SMU’s Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics Robin Lovin told a full audience that there’s nothing new in American history about religious groups using politics as a tool for social transformation. “The abolition of slavery, temperance campaigns, the civil rights movement and a whole variety of antiwar movements all have had their roots in religion,” he said during his 2008 Maguire Public Scholar Lecture Sept. 24. The lecture is presented by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

“It is in some ways a peculiarly American idea, with a characteristically American confidence that good intentions and good organization inevitably lead to good results.”

He also urged listeners to consider the intersection of religion and politics in terms of temptation, tool and task, no matter what their religious preference.

“In some ways we all share the problems that Christian history has created for American religious life, and there will be no solutions to these problems unless all the communities that now make up our commonwealth can find their own ways to participate,” he said.

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Tune In: A guided tour of a scientific wonder

Fred Olness at CERNA large team from SMU’s Physics Department is among the thousands of international participants collaborating on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Take a look at their work in a video hosted by Fred Olness (right), physics professor in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. video

Robin Lovin, Maguire Professor of Ethics; Matthew Wilson, Political Science; and William Lawrence, Theology Dean, are featured panelists in Texas Faith, a new blog hosted by The Dallas Morning News. The weekly feature is an ongoing discussion of religion, politics and culture that draws upon the expertise of clergy, laity and academics in Texas. Visit the blog and subscribe to its newsfeed.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 19, 2008

Wanda SykesIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Sept. 26: TITAS presents comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes (right) at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.

Five years of fun and games: The Guildhall at SMU celebrates its 5th anniversary with a block party for the general public and game-industry professionals noon-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at SMU-in-Legacy. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited for fun, food and games for all ages (plus a bounce house and slide for the kids).

Collegium da Vinci Public Lecture: Dramatic images from the Hubble Space Telescope shine when Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist of the Space Telescope Science Institute, presents “The World According to the Hubble Space Telescope” in Collegium da Vinci’s 2008 Allman Family Public Lecture. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. Admission is free. RSVP to 8-1177 or collegium@smu.edu.

Maguire Public Scholar Lecture: Can American religion develop a realistic appreciation of politics on its own terms? Robin Lovin, SMU’s Maguire Chair in Ethics, discusses “Politics in Religious Perspective: Temptation, Tool or Task” at noon Sept. 24 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. RSVP to Jo Ann Gonzales, 8-4255.

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