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: Jan. 31, 2008

Al ArmendarizAl Armendariz (right), Environmental and Civil Engineering, provided expert commentary for a news feature on asthma and cement-plant pollution in Midlothian, Texas, on WFAA-TV (ABC Channel 8) Jan. 30, 2008.

Tom Mayo, Law, director of SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, spoke on possible plagiarism in UT-Southwestern Medical Center’s scientific database with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 24, 2008.

Mike Davis, Finance, discusses the ramifications of a recession with David Schechter (and Coffee Shop Barbie) on WFAA-TV (ABC Channel 8) Jan. 23, 2008. He also discussed the possibility of a recession with Wired magazine in its Tech Biz blog Jan. 28, 2008.

Research takes center stage at Spring Faculty Meeting

The key to SMU’s future is its investment in research today, said Provost Paul Ludden at the 2008 Spring General Faculty Meeting Jan. 16. “The real business of a university is the creation of new knowledge,” he said. “When our students graduate, what they will remember is the opportunities they had to participate in that creation.” Three outstanding professors were honored with special awards during the meeting.

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Common Reading committee seeks suggestions

With the fifth anniversary of SMU’s Common Reading Experience approaching in 2008-09, the Common Reading Selection Committee is looking for the book (or play, or monograph) that the class of 2012 will discuss as part of their introduction to college-level reading. The SMU and Dallas communities, including alumni and nonprofit leaders, gathered to discuss the 2007-08 Common Reading, Nick Hornby’s How to Be Good, in the Hughes-Trigg Theater Aug. 30. Read more.

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