EPPS News

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...

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...

Study Links Men's Work Hours to Wives' Health

The longer hours men work, the healthier their wives are, according to new research by UT Dallas post-doctoral research associate Dr. Sibyl Kleiner. The study examines potential consequences of men's and women's work time on the health of their spouses. read more...

Internship EXPO Slated for March 6

Students will have the opportunity to network with social science professionals and discover summer internships through the Social Science Internship EXPO on Thursday, March 6. The event, scheduled from 2 pm to 4 pm in Galaxy Room C (SU 2.602) read more...

EPPS Hires Experts in Variety of Fields

Five tenure-track professors have joined the public policy and political economy program, and the public affairs and sociology program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Paul Battaglio

Dr. Battaglio, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, focuses his scholarship on strategic planning, motivation, conflict in the workplace, and service contracting. read more...

MPA Program Ranked #13 in North America

A new study has ranked UT Dallas's Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program 13th in North America. In compiling its list of top masters programs, Eduniversal focused on three primary factors: read more...

UT Dallas to Host 23 Teams for Mock Trial Competition

More than 200 students, including several standouts from the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, will gather at UT Dallas Feb. 14-16 to compete in a team activity that combines public speaking, acting and law. The University has been selected by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) to host a regional mock trial competition for the second consecutive year. read more...

Fall 2013 Dean's List

Congratulations to the EPPS students who made the dean's list at the University of Texas at Dallas for the fall 2013 semester. The dean's list is published by the University's Office of Undergraduate Education at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester. read more...

EPPS Prof Named to 2 National Academy of Sciences Panels

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas, recently was selected to serve on two National Academy of Sciences (NAS) expert panels. read more...

EPPS Archer Fellows Gain Experience, Friends

Three fall 2013 UT Dallas Archer Fellows who recently returned from Washington, D.C., gained an appreciation for the nation's capital and the people who contributed to their experiences. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Daniel Arce

Economics Professor Daniel Arce is investigating the impact of the WikiLeak website's release of U.S. Department of State cables. read more...

Explore the WOW with Spring Break Externships

Registration is now open for the Career Center's new "Explore the WOW!" job shadowing program. The program is designed to help students explore the "World of Work" through Spring Break externships from March 10 to March 14. read more...

Prof to Study Public Opinion's Effect on Foreign Policy

Historically, scholars have argued that public opinion has little bearing on foreign policy. But research shows that has changed in the last 10 years, according to Dr. Harold Clarke. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Nadine M. Connell

Dr. Nadine M. Connell, assistant professor of criminology, focuses her research on improving positive outcomes for youth, specifically in areas related to decreasing juvenile delinquency, understanding school violence, and innovation in substance use prevention. read more...

Archer Fellowship Preps Student for Public Health Career

To spend a semester in Washington D.C. sounds appealing to most, but earning college credit and professional experience at the same time is a nice draw that the Bill Archer Fellowship Program offers to students in the University of Texas system. read more...

Green Hall Renovations Underway

Students with classes in Green Hall will notice more than a few changes now that renovations are underway. Green Hall was one of the first buildings built on the UT Dallas campus. read more...

Faculty Spotlight — Dohyeong Kim

The research interests of Dohyeong Kim, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Political Economy and Geographic Information Sciences, are widespread, but they all contribute to one goal: to develop an information-based tool to help policy makers around the world address environmental and health risks. read more...

EPPS Prof's Research Shows Race Still Matters

Dr. Nick Vargas, an assistant professor of sociology, says he has two main goals for the SOC 3325 - Race, Ethnicity, and Community class he is teaching this spring. His first goal is to make people aware of not just the historical aspects of race, but how race continues to be a major component of the structure of today's society. read more...

Experiences Fuel EPPS Student's Passion for China

Senior Giovani Jonenson credits UT Dallas faculty for giving him the opportunity to explore his interest in China. Travel, research and networking have helped grow his passion for the country, its people and their culture. 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...

Fulbright Recipient Relishes Opportunity to Teach in Venezuela

Braeden Mayer Braeden Mayer BS'13 credits his professors at UT Dallas for cultivating his interest in Latin America. Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, the international political policy graduate will get to experience more of the region as he teaches English next year in Venezuela. read more...

Researcher Joins Class of Greater Texas Foundation Fellows

Dr. Rodney Andrews Dr. Rodney Andrews, director of the Texas Schools Project, has been named a member of the second cohort of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows, a three-year grant program that will help support his project on student success in college. read more...

Aid Worker Who Survived Bombing in Sudan Lends Perspective

Tiffany Ornelas de Tool 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...

Family, Friends Celebrate Accomplishments of Newest Graduates

Ttejaswi Polepeddi Students' excitement was magnified by thousands of well-wishers who packed the gymnasium for nine ceremonies honoring more than 3,800 graduates, the largest spring graduation cohort in University history. read more...

New Analysis Method Uncovers Factors in Vehicle Burglary Rates

Yongwan Chun 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...

Center to Host Conference for Terrorism Researchers

Dr. Todd Sandler 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 Faculty with Teaching Awards

Dr. Donald Arbuckle For the 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 in Community

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

University Achieves $200 Million Campaign Goal Early

Thank You Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond started quietly in 2009, publicly launched in 2012 and has now surpassed the $200 million goal almost a year early. The five-year campaign will continue through its scheduled end on Dec. 31. read more...

Study: Youth Who Fail to Envision Future Commit More Crimes

Dr. Alex Piquero 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...