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News Issues Sites

The following News Issues sites facilitate media coverage of issues making news, as well as faculty and programs at SMU.

American Dream Has the American Dream -- the belief that anybody who works hard enough can move up the economic ladder -- become merely a talking point for politicians?
Earthquake Study A recent series of earthquakes near the site of the old Cowboys Stadium in Irving are renewing scientific questions about the nature of these events and heightened local and national concerns about the impact of activities related to shale gas production on geological infrastructure and subsurface structures.
Ebola Statements  SMU closely monitored the status of the Ebola outbreak in the U.S. from the first reported case in late September 2014 through the end of quarantines in early November 2014. Updates, resources and information were provided to the University by email and through statements that were posted online.
Elections Experts 2014  Could the election season be any hotter? In the race for Texas governor, State Senator Wendy Davis is 9 points behind Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in the latest poll but is she gaining? And the battle for control of the U.S. Senate — now held by Democrats — looks like a horse race.
Flu Preparedness at SMU With the arrival of flu season across the country and in North Texas, SMU health officials are urging students, faculty and staff to take preventive measures to protect their health. Because flu can spread by contact with people who are ill, SMU health officials recommend getting a flu shot if you have not yet done so.
Geothermal Energy SMU’s Geothermal Laboratory is renowned national resource for the development of clean, green energy from the Earth’s heat. SMU researchers have completed a national mapping project backed by Google.org that makes it possible to access reliable geothermal data (heat flow and temperature-at-depth information) culled from oil and gas development all over the country. 
Immigration Experts Congress and the White House continue to wrestle over the humanitarian crisis evolving along the nation's border, where more than 50,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have been caught since October 2013.
Live Responsibly SMU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports students’ health and well-being while they pursue their academic and personal goals. This commitment is fundamental to our mission as a University and as a community of trust whose members live, learn and work together
MLK at SMU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a standing-room-only audience in SMU's McFarlin Auditorium on March 17, 1966. A copy of the speech is available, as well as the invitation to speak at the University.
Mosquito Control at SMU Because mosquitoes are especially active in North Texas from May to September, the City of University Park has been spraying for mosquitoes to diminish the threat of West Nile virus. SMU is working with area authorities in addressing the mosquito problem. 
Oldest Christmas Card One of the first mass-produced Christmas cards — dating back more than 160 years — can be found among the extensive special collections of Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology.
Revelation With the airing of NBC's Revelations comes television's latest attempt to attract audiences - and turn a profit - through a twist of the truth.
Same-Sex Marriage Ruling   In two of the most anticipated legal decisions this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn a key section of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and let stand a lower court ruling overturning California’s contentious Proposition 8.
Syria   SMU national security, marketing, legal and human rights scholars offer their perspectives on whether President Obama should be granted the authority to attack Syria.
Voting Rights Ruling The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — the map that determines which states must get federal permission before they change their voting laws.