EPPS News

GIS, Economics Programs Name New Hires

Dr. Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, believes the new professors will help the school increase interdisciplinary activities. read more...

Student Seeks New Direction for Map Symbols

As it becomes more crucial for tourist maps to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds, some symbols on maps can be unclear. One UT Dallas student has a solution. read more...

Former Death Row Inmate to Speak at UT Dallas

Juan Roberto Meléndez-Colón, who spent more than 17 years on Florida's death row for a crime he did not commit, will be speaking at UT Dallas on Thursday, October 2 at 3 p.m. in the second floor Founders Atrium. read more...

Professors to Study Views on ISIS, Ukraine Conflict

Two researchers in the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences have received a grant to study the dynamics of public attitudes toward U.S. and global security. read more...

Sociology Student Finds Passion for Rugby

UT Dallas sociology senior Lauren Featherstone initially tried women's rugby after a challenge from her staff at the student newspaper The Mercury. Now, the rough-and-tumble sport has given her more stamina and self-confidence than she ever imagined. read more...

GIS Experts to Explore Spatial Data Error

Two researchers within UT Dallas' School of Economics, Political and Policy Sciences will explore uncertainty in spatial data with a grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. read more...

Study Finds Factors for Reporting of Weapons

Dr. Nadine Connell and doctoral student Nina Barbieri found that academic achievement and knowledge of security measures increased teens' likelihood of reporting a knife or gun at school. read more...

Grad Student Works for Agency from Afar

Hillary Corwin's Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship fits her goal of becoming a researcher and professor, and allowed her to work from the comforts of her home or anywhere she chose. read more...

EPPS Prof Receives Top Teaching Honor

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology, is among six UT Dallas faculty members who were recognized recently as top educators in The University of Texas System. They each earned a 2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award along with 90 fellow faculty members from across the UT System's 15 academic and health institutions. read more...

Professor to Study Mining's Effect on Jaguars

Dr. Anthony Cummings received a grant to fund a trip to Guyana, where he wants to see whether there is any correlation between the 2008 economic crisis and the number of jaguars killed there. read more...

Study Finds Big Gap in Oil Spill Compensation

Dr. Dohyeong Kim, doctoral student Soojin Min and Korean scholars discovered that South Korea had approved only 11 percent of the compensation claims by residents after the Hebei Spirit oil spill. read more...

Moot Court Preparing Students to Make Cases

While moot court coach Anne Dutia has seen students join for different reasons, she has watched all of them grow as public speakers and scholars, including many who have gone on to success in law school. read more...

EPPS Welcomes Students in New Social Science LLC

The first day of classes also marked the beginning of a new initiative for EPPS students: a new Social Science Living Learning Community (LLC). read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 3

Take time out of your lunch hour on Wednesday, September 3 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1 in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

GIS Lecturer Dives Deep into Abyss on Expedition

Dr. Ignacio Pujana, a senior lecturer at UT Dallas, has one thing in common with director James Cameron: Each has spent time squeezed into a submersible vehicle to study the Mariana Trench. read more...

Course Focuses on Global Warming and Other Changes

Global warming is a hot topic in the news and political circles around the world. Now, UT Dallas students will have the opportunity to learn more about global environmental changes by taking a course offered through the Geospatial Science program. read more...

Economics Program Head Named Chaired Professor

Dr. Daniel Arce, head of the Economics Program, has been named an Ashbel Smith Professor in Economics. An endowed professorship is the highest academic award that the University can bestow on a faculty member. read more...

Study Rebuts Bad Reputation of 'No Child'

The public perception that No Child Left Behind has increased burnout and lowered job satisfaction among teachers is unfounded, according to a study co-authored by Dr. James R. Harrington. read more...

EPPS Alum Lands Unusual Job

When Kimberley Cole graduated with a master's degree in political economy from UT Dallas, she expected to pursue a finance career. Instead she ended up working in the property unit of the Dallas Police Department, where she oversees a 52,000-square-foot warehouse filled with more than 2 million pieces of evidence. Cole was recently featured in a Dallas Morning News article. read more...

Sociology Major Receives Outstanding Student Award

Jessica D'Souza, a McDermott Scholar who earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in biology in May, is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Student Award. The Office of Undergraduate Education established the Outstanding Student Award in 2013 to provide public recognition to one outstanding senior graduating each year from UT Dallas. read more...

Undergrads Win Critical Language Scholarships

Addison Larson, an international political economy sophomore, is spending this summer learning Arabic in Oman, while Adam Mendonca is studying Mandarin in Suzhou, China, after both were awarded the scholarships from the U.S. State Department. read more...

EPPS Dean Suite Under Renovation

This summer, Green Hall's third-floor balcony, located off the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) dean's suite, is being enclosed. The space will be repurposed to house the dean's suite and six faculty offices. read more...

Prof Stepping Down as Academic Senate Leader

Dr. Murray J. Leaf, the associate professor of anthropology and political economy, who has been active in the Academic Senate since 1975 and will now serve as one of its vice speakers, called his service "an honor and privilege". read more...

Fulbright Winner Is Bound for Venezuela

Braeden Mayer BS'13 credits his professors for cultivating his interest in Latin America. Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, he will experience more of the region as an English teacher in Venezuela. read more...

IPE Student Attends UN Meeting

Nada Alasmi, who completed her MS in International Political Economy in May, recently attended the fifty-seventh session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. read more...

No Child Left Behind Study Makes Headlines

Nearly a decade after the implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that NCLB has negatively impacted the teaching profession by eroding job satisfaction and work commitment. read more...

EPPS Prof Named Foundation Fellow

Dr. Rodney Andrews, director of the Texas Schools Project, has been chosen for a Greater Texas Foundation grant program that will help support his project on student success in college. read more...

MPA Student Shows Gratitude for Professors

Chris Packard is celebrating his inspirational professors — and the master's degree he'll complete this summer — by placing 22 bricks engraved with messages of gratitude on Legacy Lane. read more...

EPPS Alum Who Survived Bombing Lends Perspective

On Nov. 10, 2011, Tiffany Ornelas de Tool BA'06, MPA'08 scrambled for cover as the Sudanese Armed Forces dropped bombs on the refugee camp where she had been working for a month. Her description of that dramatic day provides perspective on the conflict in northern Africa. read more...

MPA Grad Reflects on her UT Dallas Experiences

Laura Gorecki, who graduated in this past spring with her MPA, says graduation is such an exciting time, but it is also very stressful, and a little sad. "I am very excited to move on to the next adventure in life, but I still do not know what I am doing after graduation, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at here and I am sad to be leaving." read more...

New GIS Method Yields Insights into Vehicle Burglary Rates

UT Dallas researcher Dr. Yongwan Chun refined a mathematical model technique — eigenvector spatial filtering — in his examination of vehicle thefts in Plano, Texas, and found that home values, vacancy rates and proximity to a highway play big roles in the crime. read more...

EPPS Graduates Celebrate Their Accomplishments

Members of the EPPS Class of 2014 joined with hundreds of family members and friends to celebrate their UT Dallas graduation at the spring commencement ceremony. Commencement speaker Megan Simons urged graduates to take pride in their accomplishments. read more...

Center to Host Conference for Terrorism Researchers

Twenty terrorism scholars from around the world will gather at The University of Texas at Dallas this week to network with fellow contributors to the study of terrorism and policy at the Terrorism and Policy Conference. read more...

EPPS Students Honor Top Teachers

For a fourth year, students in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recognized faculty with nominations for best teachers of the year at an awards ceremony last month. read more...

Public Affairs Students Serve as Consultants

Students in classes taught by Dr. L. Douglas Kiel got experience working with governmental and nonprofit organizations. Kiel said it's his way of creating students' path to building networks. read more...

CG3i Turns Research into Real-World GIS Innovations

When Christopher Franklin came to UT Dallas in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Geospatial Information Science (GIS), he did so because he knew how influential geospatial information could be. read more...

EPPS Students Take the Helm of Student Government

Student Goverment president Brooke Knudtson, a political science major, says Student Government representatives need to be intentional about engaging with international and graduate students.

Newly elected president Brooke Knudtson and vice president Nancy Fairbank drew a record voting turnout with their three-pronged pledge: to encourage more campus spirit, engage the campus community and establish more traditions. read more...

Youth Who Fail to Envision Future Commit More Crimes

A UT Dallas study shows that teen offenders who don't view long lives ahead of them are more likely to continue committing crimes and engage in more serious offenses. read more...

UT Dallas Team Creates Plan for Global Action

Students recently attended a Clinton Global Initiative University conference to refine their action plan to help provide English tutoring and job preparation skills to international refugees in North Texas. read more...

EPPS Student Wins State Department Scholarship

Addison Larson, a junior International Political Economy major, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. State Department for the summer of 2014. She will be spending the summer in Ibri, Oman, where she will be immersed in Arabic language studies. read more...

EPPS Celebrates Green Hall Renovations

After nearly half a semester of renovations and construction, UT Dallas has unveiled the new and improved atrium for Green Hall. Students and faculty alike celebrated the reopening of the atrium with pizza and hot dogs. read more...

EPPS Students Invited to Clinton Conference

Three students from UT Dallas, including two EPPS majors, recently attended the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, where they met student leaders from across the country and worked toward improving the world alongside those leaders. read more...

Alumnus Presides as Administrative Law Judge

Britt Clark BA'06 honed his speaking skills on the UT Dallas debate team. The young administrative law judge for the Texas Division of Workers' Compensation is still having an impact on campus. read more...

"Life After EPPS" Networking Event

On April 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the International Political Economy Student Association and Omicron Delta Epsilon will be hosting their second annual alumni networking event, "Life After EPPS" at the McDermott Suite (MC 4.4). read more...

Study: Medical Cannabis Doesn't Raise Crime

According to a study by Dr. Robert Morris, legalization of medical cannabis is not an indicator of increased crime. It actually may be related to reductions in certain types of crime. read more...

UT Dallas Prof Recognized for Influential Research

Dr. Young-Joo Lee, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at UT Dallas, was honored by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Public Administration Review (PAR) as a co-author for one of the 75 most influential articles ever published in PAR. read more...

Meet the EPPS Dean on March 28

Students are invited to come meet Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, on Friday, March 28 at 3 p.m. in the Hoch Seminar Room, GR 3.606. The event, sponsored by the UT Dallas Student Government is designed to encourage students to make their voices heard. read more...

Dr. Michelle Adams to Deliver Alumni Master Lecture

Dr. Michelle Adams, the founder of Marketing Brainology and 2014 Distinguished EPPS Alumnus, will deliver the Alumni Master Lecture - "Predicting Human Behavior: Why the World Will Belong to Economics and Neuroscientists" on Thursday, March 27. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Jonas Bunte

Jonas Bunte, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy, is an expert in politics of finance. His work analyzes how distributional consequences of financial flows provide domestic actors the incentive for political action. read more...

Education Research Center Projects on Tap

Researchers recently were approved for projects focusing on Texas students, teachers and schools using data from the UT Dallas Education Research Center. read more...

EPPS Hires Geospatial Information Sciences, Economics Experts

Dr. Denis Dean Dr. Denis Dean, dean of EPPS, believes the new hires will help the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences become a center for interdisciplinary activities and reach its program goals. read more...

Student Seeks New Direction for Map Symbols

Mofareh Qoradi As the world becomes more globalized, tourist maps must communicate with people from diverse backgrounds. But for some, symbols on maps can be confusing and unclear. One UT Dallas student has a solution. read more...

GIS Researchers Receive Grant to Explore Spatial Data Error

griffith Two researchers within UT Dallas' School of Economics, Political and Policy Sciences will explore uncertainty in spatial data with a grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. read more...

Study Uncovers Factors in Teens' Reporting of Weapons at School

Nadine Connell Dr. Nadine Connell and doctoral student Nina Barbieri discovered that academic achievement and knowledge of security measures increased the likelihood that high school students would report a knife or gun at school. read more...

Graduate Student Serves as Intern for Government Agency from Afar

Hillary Corwin Hillary Corwin's Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship is an experience that fits her long-term goal of becoming a researcher and professor but doesn't interfere with her current schoolwork. read more...

Criminology Professor Stresses Teaching, Research and Service

Dr. Alex Piquero Dr. Alex Piquero said he is honored to have received awards for his contributions in all three areas. After 20 years in education, including the past three at UT Dallas, he recently was recognized with a 2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. read more...

Professor to Explore Relationship between Jaguars, Miners

Dr. Anthony Cummings Dr. Anthony Cummings recently received a grant from the National Geographic Society to fund a trip this winter to Guyana, where he wants to see whether there is any correlation between the 2008 economic crisis and the number of jaguars killed there. read more...

Study Finds Wide Gap in Compensation from '07 South Korean Oil Spill

Dr. Dohyeong Kim UT Dallas' Dr. Dohyeong Kim, second-year doctoral student Soojin Min and two Korean scholars discovered that South Korea had approved only 11 percent of the compensation claims by residents after the Hebei Spirit oil spill. read more...

Moot Court Preparing Students to Make Their Cases after Graduation

Anne Dutia While UT Dallas moot court coach Anne Dutia has seen students join for different reasons, she has watched all of them grow as public speakers and scholars, including many who have gone on to competition success in law school. read more...

Services Expand to Make Navigating Campus Easier

skybridges Multiple transportation options, hundreds of new parking spaces, skybridges for pedestrians and signs for drivers are among the ways UT Dallas is working to make it easier to get around our growing campus. read more...

More than 900 Named to Dean's List for Spring 2014 Semester

The University of Texas at Dallas The spring 2014 semester dean's list contains the names of students who completed at least 12 credit hours during the semester with a grade-point average among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...

Award Recipient Balances Career, Community Service

Aubrey Meyers When she isn't working at a large Dallas law firm, Aubrey Lavery Meyers BS'05 MBA'06 mentors pre-law students at UT Dallas and provides pro bono legal counsel for clients of the Dallas-based Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. read more...

Study: Negative Reputation of No Child Left Behind Undeserved

James Harrington The public perception that No Child Left Behind has increased burnout and lowered job satisfaction among teachers is unfounded, according to a recent study co-authored by UT Dallas researcher Dr. James R. Harrington. read more...

Undergrads Win Critical Language Scholarships to Study Overseas

CLS logo Addison Larson, an international political economy sophomore, is spending this summer learning Arabic in Oman, while Adam Mendonca is studying Mandarin in Suzhou, China, after both were awarded the scholarships from the U.S. State Department. read more...

Recipient of Outstanding Student Award Is A Leader On, Off Campus

Jessica D As Dr. Carol Cirulli Lanham put it, Jessica D'Souza "didn't rest on her laurels." The recent graduate was recognized for her dedication to UT Dallas and the community with the Outstanding Student Award. read more...