EPPS News

Regents' Award Winners Exemplify Dedication to UTD

UT System Regents' Outstanding Employee Award recipients Nora Hernandez BA'99, MPA'10 and David Taylor were selected for their outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication. read more...

Research Examines Crime Rates of Undocumented Immigrants

In a recent news report, NPR highlighted four research studies that contradict the Trump administration's assertions that undocumented immigrants threaten public safety. One of those studies, co-authored by EPPS Criminology Professor Alex R. Piquero, shows that youthful undocumented immigrants actually engage in less crime than do legal immigrants do or their U.S.-born peers. read more...

Symposium Focuses on Future of Taiwan

International scholars came together to address issues shaping the future of Taiwan at the Taiwan Democracy Symposium at The University of Texas at Dallas. read more...

Professor Weighs in on Amazon Tax Incentives

Dallas is one of two Texas cities that made Amazon's final 20 list of places under consideration for its planned second headquarters, or HQ2. In an interview with NPR's Marketplace, Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Political Economy, Clint Peinhardt discussed best practices that cities should use when offering financial incentives to lure the corporation. read more...

Research Highlights Stressors on Police Officers

Research out of UT Dallas and the Caruth Police Institute shows that the extent to which police officers routinely experience different types of stressors — environmental and organizational — can lead to negative emotional reactions that are related to suicidal thoughts and actions. In a commentary for the Dallas Morning News, the same team of researchers suggest how police agencies can help officers cope and lessen the likelihood of these adverse reactions.
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EPPS Debaters Find Sweet Spot at National Tournament

The debate team ended its season after advancing to the Sweet 16 round in the Cross Examination Debate Association's national tournament. read more...

Commentary: Opportunity Zones of Little Benefit to Poor

In a commentary for the Dallas Morning News, Seth H. Giertz, Associate Professor of Economics in EPPS, and co-author Matt Kelly, question the value of Opportunity Zones, a new set of tax incentives included in the 2017 federal tax reform bill. They write that the program is likely to benefit high-income taxpayers and developers, divert investment from more to less productive uses, while providing at best modest benefits to low-income residents living in the zones. read more...

University to Celebrate Champions of Diversity

Political Science Major Alireza Nourani-Dargiri is one of several student, faculty, staff and community leaders who will be honored for their commitment to diversity and inclusion at the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement's ninth annual Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée.
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Comets Team Up to Boost Women in Politics

A UT Dallas student and a recent graduate joined forces to launch the Lone Star Parity Project, a nonpartisan online publication designed to encourage more women to run for office in Texas. read more...

Criminologist Honored as Distinguished Teacher

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of criminology and associate dean of graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, will be inducted into the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers on April 6.
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Turning Good Teaching on its Head

As the director of the UT Dallas Center for Teaching and Learning, Paul F. Diehl is dedicating to helping faculty members and teaching assistants improve their performance in the classroom. In a recent series of opinion pieces for Inside Higher Ed, Dr. Diehl explains why good teaching can sometimes be counterintuitive. Read more in Part I and Part II of the series "Turning Good Teaching on Its Head".
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Team Build Database on U.S. School Shootings

Dr. Nadine Connell and her students are compiling data from gun-related incidents at K-12 campuses since 1990 in an effort to provide more reliable information to administrators and law enforcement.
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Mock Trial Teams Court Success at Tournament

For the third time in four years, UT Dallas is sending mock trial teams to the American Mock Trial Association's Opening Round Championship Series. read more...

PNM Professor Targets Lyme Disease in New Campaign

After her two daughters faced many misdiagnoses, Dr. Sarah Maxwell launched Texans & Ticks to raise awareness about the disease, and teamed up with a UT Dallas colleague on a new research project.
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#MeToo Scandals at Nonprofits Likely to Grow

Recent scandals at the Human Society and Red Cross have shown that U.S. nonprofits are not immune to the sexual harassment and abuse accusations brought to light by the #MeToo movement. According to faculty members in the Public and Nonprofit Management program at UT Dallas, this type of behavior is more widespread than we might think and often goes unpunished. read more...

Peace Corps Program Helps EPPS Students Go Global

EPPS students interested in exploring international careers can sign up for the University's new Peace Corps Prep Program to better prepare for intercultural immersion. Those who want to serve with the Peace Corps are not guaranteed a position, but the prep program will allow them to become a more competitive candidate. read more...

High Fees in Juvenile Justice System Harm Youth

A recent Juvenile Law Center report, Debtors' Prisons for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System, surveyed lawyers for children, other professionals, youth, and families to learn about the consequences of these costs. In a guest commentary for the Kansas City Star, EPPS Criminology Professor Alex R. Piquero along with the report's lead author outline some possible solutions.
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Former Badminton Pro Focuses on Serving Others

Armed with a master's in public affairs from UT Dallas, former pro athlete Aditi Mutatkar wants to expand physical education in India's public schools. read more...

Study: Recent Homicide Spikes Don't Tell Whole Story

Criminologists from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences found that the recent increases in homicide rates follow predictable fluctuations over the past 55 years. read more...

Study Examines Latino Graduation Rates at UTD

According to recent data from the Education Trust, UT Dallas lags behind similar schools on Latino enrollment and especially Latino graduation rates. Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS, says this information is puzzling because the university is among the most ethnically diverse in the country. In this commentary for the Dallas Morning News. Dr. Piquero digs into the data. read more...

IPE Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Vladyslav Wallace, a double major in global business and international political economy, will study at Emlyon Business College in France this spring. read more...

Doctoral Student Selected for Research Scholars Program

Marcela Gutierrez, a PhD student in public policy and political economy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. read more...

Institute Releases Dallas Domestic Violence Data

The Institute for Urban Policy Research at UT Dallas documented 15,566 domestic violence offenses in its latest progress report for the city's task force. read more...

New Study Tackles the Divide over NFL Players' Protests

According to a survey by UT Dallas researchers, 90 percent of black respondents supported kneeling during the national anthem, while only 38 percent of non-black respondents did. read more...

Associate Provost Wins International Studies Book Award

Dr. Paul F. Diehl, associate provost, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, has been honored as the 2017 winner of the J. David Singer Book Award for "The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System", published by Oxford University Press. read more...

EPPS Adds Experts in Political Science, Economics

Three new tenure-track faculty members whose interests range from the state court system and voter behavior to microeconomic theory joined the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences this fall.
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UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its eighth annual GIS Day on November 15 and showcase its geospatial information sciences program at the event. read more...

BBC Features EPPS Professors' Election Research

According to an article co-authored by two UT Dallas political science professors and posted on the BBC website, the June 2017 general election in Britain was the moment when the internet finally delivered on its long-awaited promise of having a big effect, both on how individual people voted and the overall outcome of the election. Ashbel Smith Professor Harold Clarke and Professor Marianne Stewart were part of the team that carried out the election research. read more...

EPPS Freshman Excels at Debate

UT Dallas freshman Ragya Kaul may spend all her free time honing her skills as a member of the debate team, but she thinks it's well worth it. "Debate teaches you the skills you need to be successful: how to be a public speaker, how to think like an attorney and how to do problem-solving on the fly at a rapid pace. It enhances whatever you decide to do," said Kaul, an international political economy and global business double major who hopes to work for women's rights with a nonprofit government organization. read more...

GIS Internship and Career Event October 13

GISSO is hosting its annual GIS Internship and Career Event on Friday, October 13 at 6 pm in Green Hall 3.402. UT Dallas GIS students and alumni will share their internship experiences and insights.
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Piquero Comments on Rise in Violent Crime

The Texas Tribune reported on new FBI data that show violent crime is up for the second year in a row, and is rising in Texas at a faster rate than the nation. But according to Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS it's important not to jump to conclusions based on two-year trends. read more...

UT Dallas Introduces Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep Program is a unique opportunity for UT Dallas undergraduate students to combine their coursework, volunteer service, and hands-on experience while advancing toward a certificate offered by the Peace Corps. Students enrolled in the Peace Corps Prep Program will be better prepared to serve as Peace Corps volunteers in the future or to work in any other global setting that requires specific skills to excel as a professional. Attend an October information session to learn more. read more...

GIS Professor Receives Two Honors for Research

Dr. Daniel A. Griffith, Ashbel Smith Professor of geospatial information sciences, has received two new honors that recognize him for profoundly influencing how researchers analyze spatial data. read more...

EPPS Alum Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Sarah Islam, who graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2005, was named one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation's largest award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. read more...

Research Explores Attitudes Toward Crime and Punishment

What do you think about the Kansas City Chiefs' decision to appoint Michael Vick as a coaching intern under head coach Andy Reid? According to Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in EPPS, public attitudes about Vick's reinstatement into the NFL offer important insights. read more...

Author to Speak on IBM and the Holocaust

On September 13, you can learn the true story of how one of the world's best-known corporations colluded with Nazi Germany beginning in 1933. Edwin Black, award-winning author of IBM and the Holocaust, with be giving two lectures that day co-sponsored by the Public and Nonprofit Management program and the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 5

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 5 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

EPPS Executive in Residence Earns Terrell Blodgett Academician Award

Teodoro J. Benavides, executive in residence at UT Dallas, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Terrell Blodgett Academician Award for significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government. read more...

Political Science Graduate Wins Urann Fellowship

Nancy Fairbank BA'17, who plans a career in international law, is the second UT Dallas student in a row to receive the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. read more...

GIS Experts Map Out Changing Coastlines

Major changes on the earth's surface are creating new challenges for digital mapping services that must quickly adapt to keep up with the ever-evolving landscape. In an interview with NPR's Science Friday, Denis Dean, professor of geospatial information sciences and dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, explains how it's done. read more...

Center to Provide Researchers with Federal Data

UT Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are leading a consortium of institutions working to establish a Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center. read more...

Article Probes Policy Impact on New-Business Development

How are Trump administration policies impacting new-business development? That's one of the questions that WalletHub seeks to answer in this "Ask the Expert" feature with Donald A. Hicks, professor of public policy and political economy in EPPS. read more...

Study Links Low Self Control and Deadly Force

A groundbreaking new study from EPPS criminologists found that police officers dealing with divorce, debt and other factors linked to low self-control are more likely to use deadly force on the job. The Dallas Morning News editorial board weighs in on the study's potential impact. read more...

Was This a Brexit Election After All?

Was the 2017 general election in Britain actually a 'Brexit election' as well? Harold Clarke, EPPS political science professor an co-author of the new book, Brexit – Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, delves into that question in this blog post for the London School of Economics.
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Study Links Low Self-Control, Use of Deadly Force

Research conducted by two UT Dallas criminologists found that police officers who exhibit low self-control in their personal lives are more likely to use deadly force on the job. read more...

Boren Fellow Returning to Mideast to Study Arabic

Aysha Khan BS'15 will travel to Jordan in September to further her studies in Arabic during a yearlong Boren Fellowship. She spent the summer of 2015 in Oman as a recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship. read more...

MPA Alumni Connect at Annual Conference

A master's in public affairs provided Army veteran Brandon Friedman with a professional path to a role at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was among those recognized at the MPA alumni conference. read more...

Study Finds Benefits to Justice Dept. Oversight of Police

A new study by Criminology Professor John Worrall shows that Justice Department oversight of local police departments reduces civil rights lawsuits. The findings generated national media attention with articles in the Houston Chronicle, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Star-Ledger.
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GIS Professor and student honored

Dr. Yongwan Chun, associate professor of geospatial information sciences at UT Dallas, received the inaugural Emerging Scholar Award from the Spatial Analysis and Modeling specialty group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Hyeongmo Koo, a geospatial information sciences doctoral student, received a student paper award from the 2017 Korea-America Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences. read more...

Op-Ed: Lowering Corporate Tax Rate Makes Sense

President Trump recently called for lowering the federal corporate tax rate to 15 percent. In an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, Seth H. Giertz, an associate professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences says the proposed change is encouraging.
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Contest Showcases Undergraduate Researchers

Contest winners Sixty-four UT Dallas students presented their work in the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Contest, with the top prizes going to students in bioengineering, mechanical engineering and neuroscience. read more...

Construction, Infrastructure Planning on Tap

Engineering Building under construction Summer will usher in the completion of the 200,000-square-foot Engineering and Computer Science West building, continued work on the 186,000-square-foot Science Building and strategic planning for future campus infrastructure. read more...

Scholars Pay Tribute to Margaret McDermott

Margaret McDermott and Megan Coker Margaret McDermott was fond of saying that she and her husband shared a fundamental commitment: Always invest in people. But perhaps her greatest legacy will be the people in whom she invested, Megan Coker BA'10 and Benedict Voit BA'08 wrote. read more...

Regents' Award Winners Exemplify Dedication to UT Dallas

Hernandez and Taylor pose together outdoors on campus UT System Regents' Outstanding Employee Award recipients Nora Hernandez BA'99, MPA'10 and David Taylor were selected for their outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication. read more...

University Set for Record Spring Commencement

graduates in regalia More than 4,100 students are expected to participate during commencement ceremonies May 8-11 at the Activity Center. read more...

UT Dallas Rises in Forbes' Best Value Colleges List

students at desks in a UTD classroom The University was named among the best values in higher education for its quality, net price, alumni earning and other factors, according to the newly released ranking. read more...

New Student Government Leaders Focus on Sustainability

Chen and Ramazan pose together outdoors on campus Incoming president Eric Chen and vice president Carla Ramazan hope to engage students in efforts including a freshman bike project and the expansion of common areas on campus. read more...

University to Celebrate Champions of Diversity

Alireza Nourani-Dargiri portrait Student, faculty, staff and community leaders will be honored April 19 for their commitment to diversity and inclusion at the ninth annual Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée. read more...

Comet Quiz Bowl Team Preps for Nationals

quiz bowl team ready at buzzers A team of UT Dallas undergraduates is getting ready for the school's first trip in 20 years to the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. read more...

Comets Team Up to Boost Women in Politics

Brooke Lopez and Adrianna Maberry A UT Dallas student and a recent graduate joined forces to launch the Lone Star Parity Project, a nonpartisan online publication designed to encourage more women to run for office in Texas. read more...

Criminologist Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Alex Piquero Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of criminology and associate dean of graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, will be inducted into the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers on April 6. read more...

University to Hold Second Annual Comets Giving Day

Comets Giving Day graphic On Tuesday, the UT Dallas community will come together for Comets Giving Day, an 18-hour fundraising effort to benefit students and initiatives across campus. read more...

Team Builds New Database on U.S. School Shootings

Nadine Connell at her computer Dr. Nadine Connell and her students are compiling data from gun-related incidents at K-12 campuses since 1990 in an effort to provide more reliable information to administrators and law enforcement. read more...

Mock Trial Teams Court Success, Prepare for Tournament

the mock trial team poses with their trophy on the Student Union steps For the third time in four years, UT Dallas is sending mock trial teams to the American Mock Trial Association's Opening Round Championship Series. read more...

Professor Targets Lyme Disease in Social Media Campaign

Sarah Maxwelll and daughter Claire at a computer After her two daughters faced many misdiagnoses, Dr. Sarah Maxwell launched Texans & Ticks to raise awareness about the disease, and teamed up with a UT Dallas colleague on a new research project. read more...