News Archive

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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Economics Professor to Lead New Research Center

Kurt Beron, professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, will help coordinate the new Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center, which is designed to give researchers access to sensitive data. The data center is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and a consortium of leading research institutions led by UT Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. read more...

Sociologist's Program Gives Teens a Heads Up to Success

A six-session class developed by a UT Dallas sociology researcher and her students is helping high school students steer past the pitfalls of substance abuse to pursue college degrees. read more...

Public Affairs Senior Named Student Leader of the Year

Brooke López, a public affairs senior in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences received the Student Leader of the Year Award for her leadership skills, impact on the campus community, and involvement in organizations and activities both on and off campus."As an outstanding leader, Brooke is a selfless individual who never says no when asked for help. She is the perfect person to represent this campus as the Student Leader of the Year," read one of her nomination letters. read more...

Washington Post: Why a "Hard" Brexit Makes Sense

In a new book Brexit — Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, EPPS Political Science Professor Harold Clarke and his co-authors explain why Britain is in a better bargaining position than some critics claim. They outline the case for a "hard" Brexit in this Washington Post article. read more...

Award Funds Student's Analysis of Crime in Guyana

Phillip Accetturo BS'16 and his co-authors found that crimes involving guns increased over a 20-year period and that crime fluctuated with changes in gold prices in the South American country. read more...

Piquero Takes Helm at Criminal Justice Academy

Dr. Nicole Leeper Piquero, associate provost and Robert Holmes Professor of Criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been named president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). read more...

EPPS Majors Take the Helm in Student Government

UT Dallas students have elected J.W. Van Der Schans, an international political economy senior, as their new Student Government president, and Alex Holcomb, an economics sophomore, as vice president. read more...

Criminology Program Ranks No. 5 in Research Work

A study, which assessed faculty articles published between 2010 and 2014 in top criminology scholarly journals, listed the UT Dallas program fifth in the nation.
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Study Examines Needs of LGBT+ Communities

Sociologists at UT Dallas are conducting an in-depth study to identify the needs and concerns of LGBT+ communities across the state. The project is the first comprehensive assessment of its kind in Texas.
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Symposium Examines US-German Relations in Trump Era

The International Political Economy program recently hosted a symposium on U.S.-German relations that featured Boris Ruge, Germany's Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States, and other panelists.
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EPPS Pathway to Graduate School April 17

The EPPS Pathway to Graduate School event is designed for undergraduate students who are considering pursuing a master's degree in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
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New Masters in Data Analytics Meets a Growing Need

Inside Higher Education reports that as industries collect more and more big data, colleges and universities are responding by introducing new data analytics degrees. UT Dallas' new master's degree in data analytics and research is among the programs highlighted in this recent article. read more...

Op Ed: Setting the Record Straight on NCAA Athletes

NCAA athletes skip class, rarely graduate, and tend to be exploited and deserve to be paid. Or is this fake news? Kurt Beron, professor of economics and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, explains in this Dallas Morning News op ed. read more...

EPPS Students Raise the Bar with Moot Court Success

Moot Court at UT Dallas gives students an opportunity to sharpen their skills and practice for competitions in an authentic courtroom setting. The courtroom replica, housed in the Founders Building, is named for Dr. Anthony Champagne, professor emeritus of political science. This school year, EPPS students won several awards in regional and national competitions. read more...

Men Outnumber Women 2-1 Among Trump's Top Aides

According to a USA Today analysis, men outnumber women 2-1 among top President Trump's top aides. Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, associate professor of public and nonprofit management in EPPS, has researched presidential appointments and explains why it's important to have more gender balance. read more...

Huffington Post Piece Highlight Juvenile Justice Problems

In a new article for the Huffington Post, Dr. Alex R. Piquero highlights research that shows juvenile justice facilities sometimes function like "schools for crime." Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in EPPS. read more...

Alumna's Path Leads Back to Old Classroom

Caitlin Maxwell had fond memories and longtime friendships from attending elementary school at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School in Dallas. Now she's back in class, this time as a teacher. read more...

EPPS Adds Social Data Analytics And Research Program

Beginning in fall 2017, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will offer a new master's degree in data analytics and research that focuses on the social sciences. read more...

Editorial: Dallas is Forward Thinking in Screening Inmates for Mental Illness

In this editorial for the Dallas Morning News, Alex R. Piquero points out that the justice system in Dallas is forward-thinking in the way it deals with mentally ill offenders. Piquero, who is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, estimates one-third of Dallas County Jail inmates have some form of mental illness. read more...

Research Shows Self-Control Can Be Taught

A lack of self-control can impact everything from weight gain to criminal behavior. In an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News, Alex R. Piquero of the School of Economic Political and Policy Sciences and Francesca Filbey of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences discuss their new research which shows self-control can be taught and improved. read more...

GIS Professor Uses Drones To Track Rainforest Changes

Anthony Cummings, Assistant Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences in the School of EPPS, is working with indigenous Guyanans to use drones to track and study how farming plots affect the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem over time.
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Study: NCAA Athletes Should Put Academics First

According to a new UT Dallas study, NCAA student-athletes with the lowest average GPAs say they view themselves as athletes more than students and expect to pursue either a professional or Olympic career -- even though the vast majority (over 95 percent) will not. The research was conducted by Kurt Beron, professor of economics and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, and Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

Power-Sharing Rules Keep Peace Between Faiths

A new UT Dallas study examines why Christians and Muslims regularly clash in some parts of Nigeria, but live together peacefully in others. The answer lies in different electoral rules across districts.
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Political Science Student Earns Marshall Scholarship

Political science senior Nancy Fairbank has become the first UT Dallas student in 10 years to win the Marshall Scholarship, which supports graduate study in the United Kingdom. read more...

Study Finds Link in NFL Players' Bad Behavior

Research conducted by two professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences found that NFL players who drew the most penalties also had more criminal arrests than teammates. read more...

Researchers Focus on Fiscal Health of Local Government

While the news headlines tend to focus on federal government debt, the fiscal condition of local governments has a bigger impact on our day to day lives. In an opinion piece in U.S. News and World Report, Evgenia Gorina, an assistant professor of public affairs at UT Dallas, and her coauthor explain how you can tell if your city or county is in fiscal trouble. read more...

Study Examines Factors that Lead to Human Trafficking

A new study co-authored by Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in EPPS, finds that children who are sexually abused at home are more likely to fall prey to human trafficking. The study was based on an examination of over 900 girls and boys detained by the Florida juvenile justice system. read more...

Battaglio Takes Helm at Public Administration Review

The American Society for Public Administration has selected Paul Battaglio of the University of Texas at Dallas and Jeremy Hall of the University of Central Florida as the next editors-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), the leading professional journal in public administration research, theory and practice. read more...

Research Group Details Domestic Violence in Dallas

A report by UTD's Institute for Urban Policy Research gives a detailed picture of domestic violence in Dallas including 15,000 police calls and a shortage of shelter rooms for victims. read more...

Study Finds Correlations On and Off Field Among NFL Players

A new study co-authored by Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, and Nicole Piquero, Associate Provost and Robert Holmes Professor of Criminology, examines the relationship between criminal arrests and penalties incurred by NFL players on the field. According to their analysis, those with a higher number of penalties also tended to have more off-the-field criminal arrests. read more...

PA Student Lands Role with U.S. Women's Group

Brooke Lopez serves on the Student Advisory Council of the American Association of University Women, an organization that seeks equity and education for women and girls. read more...

Geospatial Work Identifies High-Risk Flooding Areas

UT Dallas researchers and their colleagues have developed geospatial science methods to help the Egyptian government determine how to avoid flooding in a coastal mountain region. read more...

Piquero says New Dallas Police Chief has Big Shoes to Fill

Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, recently appeared on NBC 5 news to discuss the selection of a new police chief in Dallas, which was rocked by the killing of five police officers in July. read more...

Prof Explains How 1950s Theory Predicted Clinton Loss

As pollsters scratch their heads over the surprising outcome of the presidential election, political theory might provide insights. In an op-ed piece for the Dallas Morning News, UT Dallas Political Science Professor Harold Clarke says a theory from the 1950s can help explain why Clinton lost. read more...

UT Dallas to Host Annual GIS Day Event

UT Dallas will celebrate its seventh annual GIS Day on November 16, and showcase its own geospatial information sciences programs at the event. The event will start at 8:45 am in Green Hall with a light breakfast. It will continue until 2:30 with events throughout campus. read more...

How did the Pollsters Get it So Wrong?

In the aftermath of the presidential election, UT Dallas Political Science Professor Harold Clarke was back on the radio explaining how the pollsters got it so wrong in predicting a Clinton victory. Listen to his interview on KERA's Think with Krys Boyd. read more...

Washington Post Piece Probes Controversial Law

Multinational corporations have controversial rights under international law to sue governments, including the U.S. government. In a Washington Post piece he co-authored, Clint Peinhardt, an associate professor of political science in EPPS, analyzes the implications of the so called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system. read more...

Study: Best Road to Peace Begins with Borders

A new UT Dallas study, authored by Dr. Paul F. Diehl, finds that settling territorial conflicts had a greater impact on rival nations' relations than democratization or ending civil wars. read more...

Poll Data Demystified in KERA Interview

Have you ever wondered how the poll data is collected in the presidential race? EPPS Political Science Professor - and polling expert - Harold Clarke, explains in this KERA interview. read more...

EPPS Professor Pens Debate Analysis for Fortune Magazine

The two presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, recently traveled to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the last presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. EPPS Political Science Professor Robert Lowry later wrote this analysis for Fortune Magazine. read more...

Criminologist to Speak on Meth Problem on Sand Mountain

The Sand Mountain area of Alabama has acquired the name "Meth Mountain" because of the prevalence of drug use in the area. Criminologist Heith Copes and photographer Jared Ragland will speak about their yearlong collaborative project in the area in their lecture Good Bad People on Friday, October 28 at 11 a.m. in Green Hall GR 2.302.
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EPPS Team Examines Construction Accidents in Gulf Region

Inadequate training, limited use of safety equipment and a lack of government oversight contribute to deaths and injuries among construction workers in the rapidly developing Arabian Gulf region, a UT Dallas study found. read more...

Professor Sheds Light on Latinos and Law Enforcement

What is Latinos' relationship to law enforcement? That's a question The Atlantic magazine sought to answer in a Q&A with Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS. read more...

Presidential Appointment Trends Examined

A new study found significant differences in the rate that minorities and women were appointed to top federal jobs under the Democratic and Republican presidents between 1993 and 2013. read more...

Criminologists Bolster Approach in EPPS

Two new professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences add expertise in police-community relations and the use of geospatial information sciences to solve crime. read more...

Criminologists Explore Motivations Behind Graffiti

Youths who paint graffiti on businesses and public property say they don’t view their actions as criminal because they are not injuring anyone and the graffiti can be easily erased, according to a new UT Dallas study. read more...

High Court Costs Linked to Recidivism in Nonwhite Juvenile Offenders

As part of news story focusing on how high court costs often entrap nonwhite poor juvenile offenders, The New York Times turned to Dr. Alex R. Piquero for expert analysis. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, said his research in Pittsburgh shows nonwhite offenders owe more on average than white offenders at the time their cases are closed, and those who owed the most were more likely to be rearrested. read more...

Study: Paying Terrorist Kidnappers Doesn't Pay Off

Countries that negotiated with terrorists to release hostages faced up to 87 percent more kidnappings than those that did not pay ransoms, according to researchers in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. read more...

EPPS Organization Fair Slated for Sept. 6

Take time out of your lunch hour on Tuesday, September 6 to attend the EPPS Organization Fair, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. in the second floor Founders Building atrium. read more...

Professor Pens Opinion Piece on State Lawmakers

In an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science Paul F. Diehl questions why Texas lawmakers are crafting legal solutions to problems that don't exist. Citing the state’s voter id law, abortion restrictions and the recent controversy over transgender bathrooms, Diehl suggests that public policy should instead be directed toward addressing the state's real needs. read more...

Political Science Graduate Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

UT Dallas alumnus Blake Eaton BA '16 will move closer to his goal of becoming an attorney this fall at the University of Chicago Law School, thanks to a $15,000 fellowship from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Eaton is one of six graduate students in the U.S. to receive the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, given to Phi Kappa Phi members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. read more...

Prof Discusses Childhood Hunger and Adult Violence Link

Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of EPPS, recently co-authored a study that shows children who often go hungry are twice as likely to have impulsive, violent behavior while growing up -- and later in life. In a column for the Dallas Morning News, Dr. Piquero elaborates on how childhood hunger leads to adult violence. read more...

University Adds Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy

Starting this fall, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will offer a bachelor's degree in public policy that will include new courses focusing on legal and legislative issues related to science, big data and the internet. read more...

Prof Discusses Implications of New Campus Carry Law

The new Campus Carry law, which allows Texas students to carry concealed handguns on campus, went into effect on August 1. Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology who chaired the task force charged with implementing the UT Dallas campus carry policies, discussed the implications of the new law in a media interview. read more...

Taxes May Have Worsened Housing Bubble

A UT Dallas economist found that property taxes did not reflect rising home values during the housing bubble that began in the early 2000s and led to the Great Recession. 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...

Update on DACA from Chancellor McRaven

UT Dallas monogram UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven has issued a statement about the Supreme Court's decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. read more...

Transfer Students Learn the Ropes from Peer Mentors

Gamino and Smith The new UT Dallas program pairs incoming transfer students with upperclassmen who answer their questions, help them navigate campus and connect them with fellow students. read more...

New Community Caters to First-Generation Students

Mary Jane Partain The First Generation Living Learning Community will help students whose parents did not complete a bachelor's degree in the U.S. gain a sense of belonging and awareness of resources available. read more...

Campus Honors MLK's Legacy with Call to Service

keynote speaker Rev. Frances Cudjoe Waters Nearly 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the UT Dallas community gathered to celebrate the civil rights leader's legacy and to honor him by serving others. read more...

More than 1,500 Students Earn Spots on Dean's List

students walking front of Student Services Building To receive the recognition, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in the fall with a GPA among the top 10 percent of all students within their respective schools. read more...