2008

In 2008, there were many examples of progress and growing momentum at SMU, including the endowment of academic centers, the growing quality of the student body and faculty, and the construction of important new facilities.

Through research, professors bring new insights to classrooms and serve as role models and collaborators to students.

Al Armendariz, an engineering professor at Southern Methodist University who has studied air quality issues for several years, talks about the potential problems with natural gas links as it becomes a more popular fuel.

Albert W. Niemi Jr., dean of the Cox School of Business and an expert in economic growth, economic forecasting, and American business history, talks about the recession and its impact on Georgia.

Student journalist Mackenzie Warren's video journal includes victims of human rights abuses in Buenos Aires.

Dr. Barbara Forrest, a leading expert on the intelligent design movement, will speak at SMU about "Why Texans Shouldn't Let Creationists Mess With Science Education." Her free lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Dr. Barbara Forrest, a leading expert on the intelligent design movement, will speak at SMU about "Why Texans Shouldn't Let Creationists Mess With Science Education." Her free lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Join SMU men's head basketball coach Matt Doherty Monday nights for Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty broadcast LIVE from Ten Sports Grill in downtown Dallas.

Professor Brian Stump of the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in SMU's Dedman College talks about an earthquake that struck southwest of Dallas on Oct. 30-31, 2008.

October 14, 2008

Welcome Additions

"Welcome Additions" highlights twenty-eight outstanding manuscripts, printed books, and important fragments recently added to Bridwell Library's Special Collections. Dating from 1459 to 1786, these new acquisitions are exhibited "in context," alongside closely related treasures long held by the library.

September 14, 2008

Gas Prices Going Up

Bruce Bullock of SMU's Maguire Energy Institute says that gas prices may exceed $4 per gallon again.

December 12, 2008

Food prices still high

Bruce Bullock, director of SMU's Maguire Energy Institute talks to Fox 4 News about the fact that even though gas prices have dropped, the related cost of food is still high.

Bruce Bullock, director of the Maguire Energy Institute in SMU's Cox School of Business, says there is little joy to be realized from the dropping price of gasoline.

Dallas Morning News Reporter Todd J. Gillman interviews President George Bush about the ending of his term in office and the library and institute at Southern Methodist University

SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson talks about the propriety of President-Elect Barack Obama seeking input into the appointment of a successor to his Senate seat.

SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson talks about Houston Mayor Bill White's chances for winning statewide office, whether he runs to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison next year if she resigns to run for governor, or whether he seeks the state's top job himself in 2010.

SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson says that as Texan George W. Bush prepares to leave office and pass the reins of power to Illinois' favorite son Barack Obama — and with Texas the reddest large state in an increasingly blue country — the state is experiencing an unprecedented power outage in the capital's corridors of power.

December 13, 2008

SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson talks about the race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Kay Bailey Hutchison should she run for governor.

SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson talks to Hearst News Service about Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick's battle to keep his powerful post.

SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson talks about Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, and the Illinois governor's scandal.

Camille Kraeplin, who has studied social media as an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University, talks about the use of such media by mothers and/for their babies.

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized Southern Methodist University in Dallas with an Honor Award in the Society's 2008 Green Star Awards competition. The award was given in the University and College Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance.

The Celebration of Lights, SMU's annual welcoming of the holiday season, was held on Sunday, Dec. 7, on the University's main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights filled the trees as the SMU community and friends sang carols. Watch the slide show.

The Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in SMU's Cox School of Business issued its annual ranking Thursday of the 100 fastest-growing privately held companies in the Dallas area.

December 01, 2008

Back to class

With Texas’ unemployment rate up by nearly a third in the past year, an increasing number of would-be executives are heading back to school to ride out the current economic storm from the relative comfort of area universities’ MBA programs.

The 19th-ranked SMU cross country team has been selected to race in the 2008 Division I Cross Country Championships, scheduled for Nov. 24 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

The SMU cross country team ran to an impressive 20th-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Tuesday morning, braving the cold, windy and rainy conditions to earn their best finish in over a decade.

In 2009, SMU will mark the 150th anniversary of "On the Origin of Species" and the 200th birthday of its extraordinary author. The first in a series of lectures and programs will be given by evolutionary psychologist David Buss on Jan. 26.

November 04, 2008

Data mining shootout:

Three SMU graduate students have been named the nation’s best at sorting and comparing vast amounts of information.

SMU political scientist Dennis Simon says that older voters will have a significant influence on the outcome of the presidential election because a higher percentage of them vote.

Edward Fox, director of the J.C. Penney Center for Retail Excellence in SMU's Cox School of Business, talks about Wal-Mart's importance to a successful holiday season for Dell and Hewlett-Packard

Elections can be pretty spooky, but SMU is here to take the fright out of the electoral fight. For an election expert, call SMU News & Communications at 214/768-7650.

It's the end of the road for McCain and Obama - at least for now. What's next for the president-elect? Who'll be in the cabinet? And where's the economy going? Turn to our experts for analysis and commentary.

Search engine giant Google's decision to help fund Southern Methodist University's geothermal resource mapping underscores the importance of SMU's research toward this under-the-radar alternate energy technology.

Students and alums from The Guildhall at SMU, the country’s premier graduate video game development program, have released their suggested top 10 video game gift list for this year’s holiday season.

Hal Barkley, director of Counseling in SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, talks about how to cope with families and stress during the holidays.

December 15, 2008

Another home run for HBO

HBO's documentary about the integration of football includes SMU alumnus and football star Jerry Levias, who integrated the Southwest Conference.