EPPS News

Undergraduate Becomes Master in Perseverance

Janet Fein, who will earn a bachelor's degree in sociology at the age of 84, refused to let anything keep her from pursuing her longtime dream at UT Dallas.
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Op Ed: Nation Divided Over Social Movements

Social movements like Black Lives Matter and the NFL anthem protests are dividing the nation, with often violent consequences. That's the message in this op ed authored by Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and an EPPS alum who is now an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University. read more...

Team Shares New Domestic Violence Data with Dallas

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots and her colleagues detailed the number of incidents and the lack of shelter space as part of the fourth annual report for the city.
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IPE Student Makes Headlines for Work in Haiti

Haiti has been hard hit by natural disasters, political instability and more. Forbes Magazine recently featured 10 Haitian entrepreneurs who are bringing change to the country. Jude Celiscar, founder of Goodoo Courier and a UT Dallas International Political Economy major is among those making headlines. read more...

Criminology Professor Receives Prestigious Award

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences has selected Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in EPPS, for its most prestigious award.
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Friendship Sustains Comets Pursuing Legal Careers

After meeting as freshmen their first week on campus, Monica Niewiarowski BA'13 and Aisha Noor BA'12, MPA'13 forged a friendship that has taken them from UT Dallas to the U.S. Supreme Court to becoming attorneys. read more...

IUPR Releases New Report on Domestic Violence

The Institute for Urban Policy Research (IUPR) at UT Dallas has released its fourth annual report on domestic violence in Dallas, documenting an increase in both the number of family violence cases filed by the Dallas Police Department (DPD) and the number of victims turned away from shelters due to lack of space. read more...

AJC Columnist Highlights Black Lives Matter Research

In an article for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, columnist Gracie Bonds Staples highlights research on Black Lives Matter conducted by Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of criminology and associate dean of graduate programs in EPPS. He and his colleagues found that most opposed to the movement were men, conservative or Republican individuals, and supporters of the death penalty. read more...

Political Scientists Talk Midterm Elections

UT Dallas political scientists discussed winners and losers, political polarization and ugly rhetoric at a postelection panel discussion on Nov. 7. More than 100 students attended the forum, which featured panelists Dr. Harold Clarke, Dr. Tom Brunell and Dr. Robert Lowry. read more...

GIS Day Slated for November 14

EPPS will celebrate its ninth annual GIS Day on November 14 and showcase its geospatial information sciences (GIS) program at the event.
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National Magazine Profiles GIS Professor May Yuan

Whether she is researching severe weather patterns, dangerous intersections or the likelihood of suicide bombings, Dr. May Yuan, Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences, is looking for novel ways to enrich GIS methodology with concepts from across disciplines. In a wide-ranging interview with Trajectory, the official publication of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), Dr. Yuan discusses her research, innovation and the future of GIS. read more...

IPE Graduate Student Awarded AAUW Fellowship

Ani Baghdasaryan, who received the American Association of University Women fellowship, wants to help improve public policy and gender equity back home in Armenia. read more...

Study Explores Split Opinions on Black Lives Matter

Dr. Alex R. Piquero and his colleagues looked at whether factors such as race, age, education, political affiliation and geography predicted support or opposition to the movement. read more...

Five Forces, Trends and Skills in GIS

Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GIS Professional and Educational Manager at the Environmental Systems Research Institute recently visited the School of EPPS to talk about the five forces, trends and skills that are most prominent in the GIS field.
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Son Follows Father in the EPPS Tradition

Like many new college students, Julian Mensah started out with one major — biochemistry - only to completely change course and later double major in sociology and public affairs. But one thing was certain all along. He knew he would follow in his father's footsteps and attend UT Dallas.
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Alumnus Brings a Personal Touch to Community Policing

With his outgoing personality and penchant for problem-solving, Kanvin Ravin MPA'08 has built a successful 20-year career in the Plano Police Department.
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Op Ed: More research needed on marijuana effects

As legalization of marijuana gains momentum, scientists and the general public remain in the dark about the real effects of cannabis on the brain, the body, and human behavior. That's the message in a new Dallas Morning News opinion piece co-authored by Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, and Francesca M. Filbey, professor of cognition and neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. read more...

Study Puts Human Cost of Terrorism into Fuller Focus

New research, led by Dr. Daniel G. Arce, Ashbel Smith Professor and program head of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, estimates the number of years of healthy life that victims lost due to injuries in attacks. read more...

Study Questions Narrative in Attorney Firings

Research by Dr. Banks Miller, head of the EPPS political science, public policy and IPE programs, shows that the decision-making process in the 2006 dismissals of nine U.S. attorneys was not as arbitrary as many had thought. read more...

PNM Hosts Delegation on Nonprofit Management

An international delegation of executives from a wide variety of backgrounds came together with the UT Dallas Public and Nonprofit Management (PNM) program to discuss the role of the nonprofit sector in the United States, and the ways that these nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) promote and educated, engaged, civil society. read more...

Research Assesses Air Pollution Risks with New Method

A team from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences applied spatial autocorrelation to examine how closely air pollution levels and allergic diseases were related in smaller geographic areas of Seoul, South Korea. read more...

Survey Shows Voters Dismayed with British Prime Minister

UT Dallas researchers, in collaboration with scholars in Britain, have found that voters are disappointed with the performance of Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative government. EPPS Political Science Professors Harold Clarke and Marianne Stewart were among a team of researchers who conducted a national poll among British voters. Their findings show less than one in three voters are satisfied with May's performance and only about 20 percent believe that her government is trustworthy and honest.
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Op Ed: Immigration Not Linked to More Crime

Do immigrants commit crime at higher rates than native born Americans? Does immigration, in the aggregate, lead to more crime? In an op ed piece for the Des Moines Register, Criminology Professor Alex R. Piquero says different sources of data from different time periods show that the answer is clearly no. read more...

Graduate Student Named Emerging Scholar

Trang Hoang, a doctoral student in public affairs, has been selected as a 2018 NASPAA Emerging Scholar. She will be honored at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Atlanta in Georgia. read more...

New Strategic Plan Outlines Vision for University

The plan specifies critical issues that must be addressed successfully during the next five years for UT Dallas to continue its trajectory to be one of the world's great universities. read more...

Applications Open for the Texas Legislative Internship Program

Applications are now being accepted at UT Dallas for the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP), an undergraduate internship program in the Texas state capitol during the spring semester while the legislature is in session. Applications are due Saturday, September 1, for the Spring 2019 86th Legislative Session. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 4

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 4 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

Opinion: Juvenile Justice Decisions Based on Faulty Data

State officials recently approved funds that would allow the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice to improve its case management system. In an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News, EPPS Criminology Professor Alex R. Piquero says an upgrade is essential because decisions on juvenile offenders are currently being made using an outdated and faulty data management system. read more...

Political Scientist Receives Grant to Study Refugees in Germany

Patrick Larue, a lecturer in the EPPS political science program, has just been awarded a $8000 grant by the Texas National Security Network to travel to Germany and survey the refugee populations there. read more...

Researchers Pinpoint Best Locations for Cameras

The study, co-authored by Dr. Dohyeong Kim, was designed to help the South Korean government determine the most effective video surveillance sites to prevent crime. read more...

EPPS Professors Researching Lyme Disease

EPPS Professors Sarah Maxwell and Dohyeong Kim are gathering data on Lyme Disease and Perceptions in research funded by the Lyme Disease Association. Dr. Maxwell, who was recently featured on CBS 11 News, became interested in the subject after her daughters contracted the disease. read more...

EPPS Alum Pursues Hollywood Dream

Growing up in Richardson, VJ Boyd BA'02 dreamed of being a screenwriter, crafting his first screenplay at age 16. Now, after a stint in corporate sales, VJ is living the Hollywood dream. His brother, Justin Boyd BA'06, left a university post teaching philosophy to join him in California two years ago and now writes for SyFy's Channel Zero. read more...

Fundraising Focus Took Upturn During Downturn

Dr. Young-Joo Lee, associate professor of public and nonprofit management, examined how some nonprofits' spending priorities changed before, during and after the recession that began in 2007. read more...

Professor: Korean Denuclearization Will Take Years

This week's historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore culminated with a joint agreement aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But as Political Science Professor Paul Diehl told Fox 4 News in an interview, the agreement is broad, and the details will take time. read more...

Mistakes Help Drive Improvements in Polling Methods

After several high-profile missteps, political pollsters accurately predicted the outcome of the recent election in Ontario. Political Economy Professor Harold Clarke, who has done extensive research on polling, told the Canadian National Post in an interview that the setbacks helped drive improvements in their methods. read more...

Criminology Professor Comments on Active Shooter Drills

How can schools best prepare for the possibility of an active shooter on campus? Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proposed drills that has some wondering whether it might provide potential perpetrators with too much insider information. For an expert opinion, KERA News turned to Criminology Professor Alex R. Piquero. read more...

Political Science Student Wins Dissertation Award

The Office of Graduate Studies honored six doctoral students for writing the best dissertations in their respective schools. The awards were presented as part of a reception celebrating excellence in graduate education. read more...

EPPS Faculty, TA Win Prestigious Teaching Award

Five teachers recently received President's Teaching Excellence Awards for the outstanding impact they have on students through mentoring and creative teaching in the past year. read more...

EPPS Grad Lands on Wall of Honor

Jewell Love, a UTD sociology graduate student who graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Science in Applied Sociology in May, lands on Richland College 2018 Student Wall of Honor.
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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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Start the New Year Smart: A UT Dallas Guide to the Spring Semester

pink flowers near Margaret McDermott Trellis on campus. Whether you are a UT Dallas newcomer or returning from winter break, here are resources — from safety information to upcoming events — to help you this semester. read more...

Ring Recipients Share Reflections, Gratitude at Fall Ceremony

students poses with hand out-stretched displaying class ring More than 70 students commemorated their achievements with family and friends and thanked those who have helped them on their journeys. read more...

Undergraduate Becomes Master in Perseverance by Earning Degree

Janet Fein visiting campus Janet Fein, who will earn a bachelor's degree in sociology at the age of 84, refused to let anything keep her from pursuing her longtime dream at UT Dallas. read more...

New University Resource Helps Students Complete Degrees on Time

help desk represtative in her office chats with a student The Graduation Help Desk aims to keep undergraduates on course to a timely graduation by connecting them to the right people and support across campus. read more...

University Gets Ready for Record Fall Finale

two students in graduation regalia hugging Find all the details about commencement — from the ceremony schedule to parking — as the University honors nearly 2,800 students, its largest-ever December cohort. read more...

University Team Shares New Domestic Violence Data with Task Force

judge The Institute for Urban Policy Research analyzed data for the city for the fourth year in a row, detailing the number of incidents reported to police, lack of shelter space and the outcome of cases as part of a 57-page report. read more...

University Will Join Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush

The campus community is invited to pause for a moment of silence during Wednesday's memorial service for George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. read more...

Dr. Juan González Named New Dean of Graduate Education

Dr. Juan González, professor of molecular and cell biology who served as associate dean of graduate studies in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, began his new role Dec. 1. read more...

University Launches Orbit Program for Keeping New Comets on Course

With Dr. J.D. Thomas as director and involvement from numerous organizations, the program is designed to provide support for every new student at UT Dallas: first-timers in college, transfer students, graduate students and international students. read more...

University Pays Tribute to Founders with Artwork, Festivities

Students, staff and faculty celebrated the legacy of Eugene McDermott, Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green on Chess Plaza, while a relief sculpture of the three men was unveiled at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. read more...

Dr. David Daniel Named President Emeritus of UT Dallas

Dr. David Daniel, who served as University president for 10 years, oversaw significant growth and change that helped UT Dallas become one of the nation’s top-tier research universities. read more...

Inclement Weather, Emergency Closing Procedures at UT Dallas

small icicles on campus With the winter season setting in, here’s how to stay informed if inclement weather or other events require changes in the University's schedules. read more...

President Touts NRUF Status, Strategic Plan at State of the University

Benson speaking at podium. President Richard C. Benson described recent achievements — including qualification for the National Research University Fund — and set forth new targets and intentions for UT Dallas in his annual address to campus. read more...

International Political Economy Student Awarded AAUW Fellowship

portrait of Baghdasaryan outdoors Ani Baghdasaryan, who received the American Association of University Women fellowship, wants to help improve public policy and gender equity back home in Armenia. read more...

Researchers Explore Division of Public Opinion on Black Lives Matter

portrait of Alex Piquero Dr. Alex R. Piquero and his colleagues looked at whether factors such as race, age, education, political affiliation and geography predicted support or opposition to the movement. read more...