EPPS News

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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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...

Researchers Assess Pollution Risks with New Method

Seoul skyline 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...

UT Dallas Rises in List of Best Public Universities

The University, which now ranks No. 61 in the nation, earns high marks for diversity and low student debt, and remains the second-best value out of all public schools in Texas, according to U.S. News & World Report. read more...

New Strategic Plan Outlines Vision for University Through 2023

As The University of Texas at Dallas approaches the 50th anniversary of its founding, a new strategic plan charts a path for the future of the young institution. read more...

University Becomes Popular Destination for Merit Scholars

aerial view of Green Center More than 170 scholars are enrolled this fall, a record for the University. Last year, 160 chose to attend UT Dallas, the ninth-largest class among all U.S. universities and the third largest among public universities. read more...

UT Dallas Honors 76 Doctoral Candidates at Ceremony

Dr. Varghese Jacob, newly named interim dean of graduate studies, oversaw the summer hooding ceremony in which graduates were awarded their doctorates. read more...

Back to School: A Guide to the Start of the Fall Semester

aerial view of campus Whether you are new to campus or returning from summer break, here are resources - from campus maps and safety information to key dates and upcoming events - to help you navigate the start of the fall semester. read more...

New Engineering Building, Housing Will Make Fall Debut

aerial view of new engineering building The Engineering and Computer Science West building, featuring labs and a 300-seat auditorium, will open this semester, as well as the next phase of Northside, which will add 900 apartment beds and new retail space. read more...

Apps Simplify Parking, Finding Comet Cabs

students riding in Comet Cab From real-time updates listing available garage parking to mobile tracking of Comet Cabs to a hike-and-bike trail around campus, new transportation features will help ease campus navigation this fall. read more...

More than 1,400 Students Earn Spots on Spring Dean's List

person riding bicycle on campus To receive the recognition, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester with a GPA among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...

UT Dallas Qualifies for State's 'Tier One' Fund

student in lab wearing goggles The University reaches a milestone after hitting key benchmarks required for the state's National Research University Fund, including the amount of its endowment and the quality of its faculty and freshman class. read more...

Researchers Pinpoint Best Locations for Cameras

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

Accolades: Faculty, Student Group Receive Honors

UTD emblem Dr. Riki Takeuchi was named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and an organization for transfer students was named a top performer. read more...

UT Dallas Magazine: Brothers Flip Scripts on Careers

The Boyd brothers in LA After pursuing careers in different fields, two Comet brothers - VJ Boyd BA'02 and Justin Boyd BA'06 - decided to chase their dreams as screenwriters in Hollywood. read more...

Study: Focus on Fundraising Took Upturn During Downturn

Lee in classroom 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...

Students, Alumni Don UT Dallas Rings at Spring Ceremony

Filled with Comet pride, students and alumni celebrated officially receiving the tangible reminder of their University experience before spring commencement. read more...