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Economics Professor Shares Thoughts On Income Inequality
Professor of economics Mark Frank discussed his data on income inequality in Texas since the 1970s in a Dallas Morning News article. His statistics show the disparity in the income taken home for the top 10 and top 1 percent of earners and suggest that the gap has widened between the rich in the poor since the 1970s. His research also has appeared on NPR and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Contact: Mark Frank
Sociology Professor Comments On Aftermath Of Colorado Flooding
Andrew Prelog, assistant professor of sociology, was quoted in The Coloradoan about the lack of looting following the recent flooding in Colorado. He explained that altruism was the most likely reaction.
Contact: Andrew Prelog
Student Money Management Expert Discusses Building A Budget
Kristy Vienne, assistant vice president for student services, talked about building a budget before making long-term financial commitments in an article about eliminating student loan debt for Fox Business.
Contact: Kristy Vienne
Criminal Justice Professor Comments On Spotting Terrorists
Phillip Lyons, a professor in the College of Criminal Justice and executive director for the Center for Policing Innovation, was recently featured in a Discovery News article on how to spot a terrorist before they act. Lyons stressed the importance of community policing and the need for citizens to report suspicious activity to police.
Contact: Phillip Lyons
Professors Discuss Financial Literacy With Online Outlet
Nicole Garrison, a lecturer who teaches business principles and personal finance, and Timothy Jones, an associate professor of education, discussed financial literacy among Texas college students and in high schools with Card Hub, a research tool that allows people to search, compare and apply for credit cards.
Junior Fellows Get Press For DC Trip
Sam Houston State's Junior Fellows have been featured in several media outlets for their 2013 inauguration trip, including Bryan/College Station's KBTX (click on the screencap to watch the video), the Tyler Morning Telegraph and the Tyler televison station KLTV (also via the screencap).
Contact: Mike Yawn
Houston Chronicle Features Mitch Roth's Newest Book
Criminal justice professor Mitch Roth's latest book "Houston Blue: The Story of the Houston Police Department" was featured in an article in the Houston Chronicle on Nov. 25.He also was featured more recently in a half-hour podcast on the book at Police Magazine.
Contact: Mitch Roth
Halmari Comments On Person-First Language
Department of English professor and chair Helena Halmari discussed the use of person-first language in a recent article in the Canadian Medical Journal.
Contact: Helena Halmari
KAGS Explores Holiday Spending With Peer Counselor
KAGS TV, an NBC affiliate in College Station, recently interviewed junior Samantha McKinley, a peer counselor with SHSU's Student Money Management Center, for a story on holiday spending. The SMMC is a financial outreach and educational program created to improve the financial well-being of our students by providing the unbiased education, counseling, tools, and solutions students need in order to achieve financial independence.
Ruffin's New Book Featured in Jackson Magazine
The Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion Ledger/Jackson Magazine recently ran a piece on Paul Ruffin's new collection of essays, Travels With George In Search of Ben Hur. Ruffin is the 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate, a Texas State University System Regents Professor, and Distinguished Professor of English at SHSU.
Contact: Paul Ruffin
Bytheway, 'Body Farm' Featured In Houston Chronicle
Joan Bytheway, director of SHSU's Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, and the facility itself were featured in a Houston Chronicle article by Allan Turner on the work done there. STAFS is one of four willed body donation sites in the world for the study of forensic science, especially as it pertains to human remains, for crime scene and criminal investigations. Before joining SHSU, Bytheway evaluated mass graves in Iraq, which led to the conviction of Saddam Hussein.
Contact: Joan Bytheway
Department Chair Talks Taxes On CSPAN
History department chair Brian Domitrovic gave a talk at the Cato Institute on Aug. 14, 2012, on income inequality and taxes that was covered by CSPAN.
Contact: Brian Domitrovic
Professor Profiled For 'Texas Economy'
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management Victor Sower answered questions on his latest book Better Business Decisions Using Cost Modeling: For Procurement, Operations, and Supply Chain Professionals, co-authored with his son Chris, in a profile for the Texas Economy, a website run by the Texas Comptroller's office that provides news, trends and analysis on issues affecting the state's economy.
Contact: Victor Sower
Policing Program Highlighted On 'Voice'
Sam Houston State University's police exchange program with Zhejiang Police College in China was recently featured on Voice of America in a story on Chinese/American policing collaborations. The story profiled Chinese police cadets who study for a year at the College of Criminal Justice and a video of their internships with the Alvin and League City Police Departments.
Article Examining Reagan's Gas-Price Policy Features Domitrovic
History department chair Brian Domitrovic was interviewed by Investor's Business Daily for an article that examines President Ronald Reagan's "vital lesson on reducing gas prices." Domitrovic argues that when Reagan's energy, monetary and tax cut policies were in full swing in early 1983, "the whole energy crisis was on the cusp of vanishing from the scene."
Contact: Brian Domitrovic
Houston Station Features Forensic Scientist
Joan Bytheway, director of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, was recently featured on Houston's CBS affiliate KHOU-TV. Bytheway helped the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office piece together a 2010 murder case, leading to a post plea confession by the suspect.
Contact: Joan Bytheway
Prison Historian Featured In International News Story
Criminal Justice professor Mitch Roth was quoted in an Associated Press story about the deadly prison fire in Honduras on Feb. 14. He was also featured on Al Jazeera television in Houston on the topic. Roth is a noted prison historian.
Contact: Mitch Roth
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