Faculty in the News: March 29, 2011

SMU Professor Seyom BrownWilliam Tsutsui, Dean, Dedman College, was in Japan when the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. He wrote about how the Japanese people’s fascination with disaster in movies, manga, anime and video games mirrors that nation’s real-world vulnerability to catastrophe in an essay that appeared in Newsweek March 24, 2011.

Seyom Brown (right), Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, discussed the current crisis in Libya with FOX 4 News March 24, 2011. Watch the Seyom Brown interview online. video

Raúl Magdaleno, Diversity and Community Engagement, Meadows School of the Arts, finished his SMU bachelor’s degree while living in a homeless shelter and caring for family members. He discussed his experiences with Bill Zeeble of KERA Public Radio March 24, 2011. Listen to Magdeleno’s KERA radio interview. audio

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the competing views of how President Obama is handling the crisis in the Middle East with with The Canadian Press March 21, 2011. He also talked about the political ramifications of a joint appearance of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and President Obama for an article that appeared in The Christian Science Monitor March 2, 2011.

Ryszard Stroynowski, Physics, Dedman College, was featured in a story on how the legacy of North Texas’ Superconducting Super Collider has continued at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The story was aired by WFAA Channel 8 News March 22, 2011. Watch the Stroynowski interview at the SMU Research blog. video

R. Gerald Turner, SMU president and co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, provided commentary to Bloomberg News on a report that says the NCAA should alter its payouts for the men’s basketball tournament to reward schools with higher graduation rates. The article appeared March 17, 2011.

Yolette Garcia, Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, provided expertise for a story on how the way words are pronounced may be changing as the state’s demographics change. The article appeared in The Texas Observer March 1, 2011.

George Holden, Psychology, Dedman College, talked about how to handle mature questions from young children, especially when they are taking a very literal approach to a concern, with columnist Tyra Damm of The Dallas Morning News Jan. 7, 2011.

Faculty in the News: Feb. 15, 2011

Peter Raad, founder and executive director, The Guildhall at SMU, talked with Krys Boyd of KERA Public Radio’s “Think” about whether video games have the potential to teach students social skills and the ability to cope with real-life challenges. The program was broadcast Jan. 31, 2011. Read more or listen to the Peter Raad interview. audio

Michael Lysko, Sports Management, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, talked about Dallas’ chances of hosting another Super Bowl with The Wall Street Journal Feb. 8, 2011.

Seyom Brown, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, talked about the politics of the evolving situation in Egypt with USA Today Feb. 2, 2011.

Reserve by April 24 for 2009 Godbey Awards luncheon

godbey-authors-awards-2009-300.jpgThree outstanding SMU faculty authors will be honored for books published in 2008 at the 29th annual Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award Luncheon. The 2009 ceremony takes place 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 29 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom.

The price for the luncheon is $17 per person, and the reservation deadline is Friday, April 24. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Deborah Martin in the Godbey Lecture Series office, 214-768-2532.

The Godbey Authors’ Awards are presented by the Godbey Lecture Series in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding scholarly research, publications and teaching ability. Each receives a prize of $1,000.

The 2009 honorees are:

Eric Barnes, professor of philosophy in Dedman College, for The Paradox of Predictivism (Cambridge University Press)

Seyom Brown, John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security in the Department of Political Science, Dedman College, for Higher Realism: A New Foreign Policy for the United States (Paradigm Publishers)

Benjamin Heber Johnson, associate professor in the William P. Clements Department of History, Dedman College, for Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place (Yale University Press)

Tune In: A new foreign policy, a stress-less Friday

Meadows Museum-visitorSMU will be in the news throughout the evening on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. Tune in to watch:

Seyom Brown, John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security in SMU’s Dedman College, will discuss where America’s foreign policy is headed and what to expect from the Obama Administration’s national security team on “Think,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on KERA Channel 13.

• Next, television reporter John McCaa visits SMU’s Meadows Museum of Art as a creative way to de-stress. The visit is part of a special presentation, “Stress Less…A Family First Special,” 8-9 p.m. on WFAA Channel 8.

Research Spotlight: A new approach to U.S. foreign policy

Cover of Seyom Brown's 'Higher Realism: A New Foreign Policy for the United States'The United States needs to move toward a more globally inclusive foreign policy starting in 2009 with the new administration, says Seyom Brown, John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security in Dedman College‘s Department of Political Science. Brown offers his observations in Higher Realism: A New Foreign Policy for the United States, slated for publication Nov. 30.

“The key to a successful foreign policy is to embrace global challenges and work in a collaborative effort to resolve global issues and conflict through peaceful negotiations and talks, rather than choosing war as a determining factor of who gets what. Doing what we’ve done in the past will not work for the future.”

Brown’s five-decade career in national security has taken him from academia to the Departments of Defense and State to policy think tanks including the RAND Corporation and the Brookings Institution.

• Read more about Brown’s research in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of SMU Magazine, due in early December.

Read an excerpt from Higher Realism.