EPPS News

Criminologist Joins U.S. Department of Justice Board

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology, was selected as one of 19 new appointees to the 25-member Department of Justice board of research scholars, practitioners and policymakers. read more...

EPPS Professors Honored at Investiture Ceremony

Families, colleagues, students and friends celebrated 11 faculty members and the benefactors who helped establish endowed chairs and professorships at the University. read more...

EPPS Students Win Critical Language Scholarships

The UT Dallas undergraduate students have been granted a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes from the U.S. State Department. They will study Arabic and local dialects in Morocco, Jordan and Oman. read more...

Piquero Provides Analysis on Violent Crime Rate

The Dallas Morning News looked to Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology, for an analysis of the recent spike in the city's violent crime rate. Although overall crime is down 2 percent in Dallas this year, violent crimes have increased 9 percent over the same time last year. read more...

Prof Offers Perspective on Local Terrorism Threat

The recent shootings outside a Garland, Texas event center that was hosting a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed, has sparked debate about the future of terrorism in North Texas. Krys Boyd, host of the KERA talk show Think, turned to Dr. Robert Taylor, professor of criminology and an international terrorism expert, for his perspective on topics ranging from freedom of speech to ISIS.
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Faculty Honored with Outstanding Teaching Awards

Students nominated EPPS faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants in each of the school's degree areas for the EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet Awards. Click here to see a list of this year's winners.
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Seeking Answers to Society's Important Questions

President's Viewpoint: EPPS faculty are using statistics, big data analytics, computer mapping and remote sensing to answer some of the most important social questions of our time. read more...

Professor Studies Immigration of PhD Grads

Inspired by her own experiences, Dr. Meghna Sabharwal is studying why some foreign-born science and engineering PhD graduates stay here, while others return to their home countries. read more...

EPPS Initiative Part of New Crowdfunding Tool

Nadine Connell, an assistant professor of criminology, is spearheading Mentor MAPS, an initiative that shines a light on the benefits of mentoring. Now, alumni friends and family can help turn Dr. Connell's idea into reality through Impact UTD the University's crowdfunding platform. read more...

IPE Major Elected Student Government President

Caitlynn Fortner, a junior majoring in international political economy, and her running mate, Grant Branam, were recently elected president and vice president of the UT Dallas student body. Their one-year terms begin May 1. read more...

Research Spotlight — Rodney J. Andrews

Rodney Andrews

As the gap in college completion rates continues to widen between rich and poor students, Dr. Rodney Andrews and his colleagues are examining the effects of targeted scholarship programs offered at Texas' flagship universities. The programs offer financial aid and a suite of services. read more...

Investiture Ceremony Honors EPPS Faculty

UT Dallas celebrated two of EPPS most accomplished faculty members with one of the highest academic honors the University can bestow, an Investiture Ceremony. Dr. Daniel G. Arce and Dr. May Yuan, both Ashbel Smith Professors, are among 11 faculty members that were honored.
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Study Challenges Solitary's Effectiveness

A new study by Dr. Robert Morris of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences finds that solitary confinement does not deter inmates from committing further violence in prison. read more...

Nobel Laureate to Speak on Gendercide in UT Dallas Talk

Amartya Sen

Nobel laureate and Harvard University professor Amartya Sen will address "Global Gendercide and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Growth" in a lecture co-sponsored by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

His talk, which is set for Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall, will be the inaugural event in the Jaya Lecture Series, hosted by the UT Dallas Asia Center. read more...

EPPS Plays Host to Korean Students

A new internship program created by UT Dallas professor Dr. Dohyeong Kim is teaching urban policy and architecture students from South Korea about how Dallas is building its future. read more...

Study Shows Lack of Mental Health Care for Inmates

New research by UT Dallas criminologist Dr. Nadine M. Connell has found that a substantial number of prison inmates have not received treatment for mental health conditions. read more...

Author to Discuss Journey to Justice on March 12

Michael Morton, who was released in 2011 after spending 25 years in prison following a wrongful murder conviction, will discuss his journey to justice at a lecture on March 12. Morton, author of Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center. A reception and book signing will follow and beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Register before March 9 for this lecture sponsored by the school of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

EPPS Professor Featured on PBS News Hour

High-profile hostage cases involving Islamic State kidnappers have ignited fierce debate about whether the U.S. government should be paying ransom to free American citizens. In an interview on the PBS News Hour, Todd Sandler, the Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, said that would only help fund more terrorism. read more...

Political Science Prof Heads New Honors College

Dr. Ted Harpham will be the dean of the new Honors College, which will better coordinate programs that advance excellence in undergraduate education at UT Dallas.
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PA Faculty and Alum Develop Analytical Model for City

Ted Benavides, Executive in Residence in the Public Affairs Program, along with two alumni of the PA doctoral program recently offered an assessment of city services in the Dallas suburb of Sachse in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession. read more...

EPPS Students Excel in Debate

DThe UT Dallas debate team has started off the new year with strong results against a slew of competition. In the first half of the Texas Two-Step held last month at UT Dallas, juniors Jacob Loehr and Anthony Ogbuli advanced to the final round before losing 2-1 to a team from The University of Texas at Austin. read more...

EPPS Researchers Offer News Analysis

Reporters turned to EPPS researchers for expert opinions on both local and international news stories at the start of the new year. read more...

UT Dallas GIS Program Gets Top Ranking

A new ranking of Top Graduate Geography Programs for Spatial Careers includes UT Dallas among the leading schools for students interested in GIS-related graduate studies. The UT Dallas Geospatial Information Sciences program received a top ranking in both the GIScience/Computation and Spatial Analysis/Statistics categories. read more...

Moot Court Team Primed to Make its Points

Alen Samuel and Vrithika "Vinni" Anandham, both senior political science majors at UT Dallas, will compete in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Championship Tournament. read more...

EPPS Alumnus Delivers Keynote at Doctoral Hooding

Earning a Ph.D. requires setting lofty goals, overcoming adversity, and believing in yourself. That was the message EPPS alumnus, Dr. Michelle Adams, delivered at the December doctoral hooding ceremony. read more...

EPPS Frosh Reflects on First Semester

Semester One: Check. When I started here at UT Dallas almost five months ago, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never been to Texas let alone gone to a Texas school. I didn't know what to expect from the school, from the professors, from my peers.
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Partnership to Improve Resources for Victims

UT Dallas researchers are working with Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in a planning grant designed to better serve victims of domestic violence in Texas.
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Team Examines Effects of Employer Policies

A study by UT Dallas public affairs researchers found that family-friendly policies are beneficial for increasing productivity of employees in public organizations. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Clint Peinhardt

Political scientist Clint Peinhardt is currently completing a book with UT Dallas economist Todd Sandler for Oxford University Press. The book, entitled The Political Economy of Transnational Cooperation, examines different types of global problems from the common framework of collective action theory. read more...

Archer Fellow Lands Internship with Brookings Institution

Curtlyn Kramer, a senior majoring in Public Affairs in UT Dallas's School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, has recently accepted an internship position at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. read more...

Introducing Texas Connects

Texas Connects is an online funding newsletter for the nonprofit and public sector provided by the Public Affairs and Sociology faculty at UT Dallas. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Asli Leblebicioglu

Asli Leblebicioglu's research program is centered on international trade and financial linkages between countries. Her current work focuses on how global financial conditions affect domestic and international investment decisions. read more...

EPPS researcher examines Childrens' Health, Insurance

Texas' uninsured rate for children remains among the highest in the nation, according to the latest report from researchers at UT Dallas and Children's Health. read more...

New Dean's Suite Bears the Name of EPPS Alum

Dean Denis Dean and the administrative team of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recently inaugurated a new dean's suite named after one of the school's distinguished alumni. read more...

Life After the UT Dallas MPA

I enrolled in the Master of Public Affairs program at UT Dallas in order to help solidify my position within the City of Richardson and prepare myself for advancement. The real benefit I found in the coursework and degree was a firm understanding of the role of the public sector in society. read more...

UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its fifth annual GIS Day on Nov. 19 in Green Hall, and showcase its own geospatial information sciences programs at the event. read more...

EPPS Students Share Archer Experiences

Ten UT Dallas undergraduates and one graduate student learned the ins and outs of the federal government while gaining experience in their fields during internships in Washington, D.C. read more...

Criminologists Try to Determine Who Will Kill

A study co-authored by Dr. Alex Piquero shows that the similarities between people who will commit homicide and those who won't outweigh their differences.
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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...

Criminal Justice Forum Slated for November 1

On Saturday, November 1, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office is partnering with the John Marshall Pre-Law Society and the Office of Undergraduate Education for a Criminal Justice Forum, a first of its kind in Dallas County. read more...

Meet the EPPS Dean on Thursday, Oct. 30

Students are invited to come meet Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy, on Thursday, October 30 at 3 p.m. in the Green Hall Pit. Cupcakes will be served. read more...

Brown Bag Lecture Series Kicks off Oct. 24

On Friday, October 24, the Department of Public Affairs and Sociology will kick off the 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series with a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney. The lecture is scheduled from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Green Hall 2.302. 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...

Criminologist Joins U.S. Office of Justice Programs' Advisory Board

Dr, Alex Piquero Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, was selected as one of 19 new appointees to the 25-member board of research scholars, practitioners and policymakers. read more...

Distinguished Professors, Benefactors Celebrated at Investiture Ceremony

Dr. Daniel Cohen with his daugheter Families of the faculty honorees as well as colleagues, students and friends attended the April 2 event that recognized 11 individuals and the benefactors who helped establish endowed chairs and professorships at the University. read more...

Three to Study Overseas Through Critical Language Scholarships

Josette Rophael The UT Dallas undergraduate students have been granted a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes from the U.S. State Department. They will study Arabic and local dialects in Morocco, Jordan and Oman. read more...

Exceptional Student Employees Earn Recognition

Andrew Grant Five student workers have been recognized by their supervisors for their professionalism, work ethic and performance as part of National Student Employment Week. Andrew Grant, a lead Comet Cab driver, was named Student Employee of the Year. read more...

Jonsson School Grad Leaves His Mark on Robotics Lab

Hazen Eckert As a freshman, Hazen Eckert asked to join Dean Mark Spong's team and immediately made a lasting impact on its work. He will graduate this week with his second bachelor's degree from UT Dallas, this one a double major of computer science and computer engineering. read more...

Pair Make Dallas Business Journal's List of Top Young Leaders

Archie Nettles Dustin Gadberry BS'07 and Archie D. Nettles Jr., BS'11 were recently named to the Dallas Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list for their professional achievements and contributions to the community. The UT Dallas graduates were chosen from more than 500 nominees who excel in their fields. read more...

Spring Graduates to Celebrate at 8 Ceremonies

UT Dallas graduation Families, friends and well-wishers will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 3,550 graduates from The University of Texas at Dallas during eight commencement ceremonies May 14-16 in the Activity Center. read more...

McRaven Taps Daniel as Deputy Chancellor

Chancellor William H. McRaven today announced the appointment of President David E. Daniel to the new post of deputy chancellor for The University of Texas System. Daniel will assist with the implementation of the System's major goals and will handle a number of the operational aspects of the organization. read more...

Hobson Wildenthal to Serve as Interim President of UT Dallas

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, provost and executive vice president at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been appointed interim president of the University by UT System Chancellor William McRaven. read more...

Poster Contest Offers Full Picture of Undergrad Research Projects

Justin Miller Dozens of student researchers from multiple disciplines displayed their work in the Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards and Poster Contest held on campus recently as part of the Exhibition of Excellence in Undergraduate Education. read more...

Public Affairs Professor Explores Immigration of High-Skilled Workers

Dr. Meghna Sabharwal Dr. Meghna Sabharwal came from India to the United States to pursue her PhD. Her experiences inspired her to study why some foreign-born science and engineering PhD graduates stay in the U.S., while others return to their home countries. read more...

Nobel Laureate to Speak on the Survival and Empowerment of Women

Amartya Sen Amartya Sen, recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in economics, will be the first speaker in the newly formed Jaya Lectures Series. His talk - "Women: Survival and Empowerment" - will be at 7 p.m. Friday. read more...

Newly Elected President, Vice President Hope to Empower Students

Caitlynn Fortner Caitlynn Fortner and her running mate, Grant Branam, were elected in March to succeed Brooke Knudtson and Nancy Fairbank as president and vice president of the UT Dallas student body. Their one-year terms begin May 1. read more...

University to Promote Undergraduate Research This Week

undergraduate research poster contest During this week's Exhibition of Excellence in Undergraduate Research, students will learn about research opportunities on campus, get advice from researchers and learn how to craft a science/research-oriented résumé. read more...

Criminologist Challenges the Effectiveness of Solitary Confinement

Dr. Robert Morris A new study by Dr. Robert Morris, director of the Center for Crime and Justice Studies in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, finds that solitary confinement does not deter inmates from committing further violence in prison. read more...